Pinnacles Photography Workshop

A Single Supplement is available on request but may be charged where no twin share accommodation can be arranged (we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender).Instructors: Greg Perry, Seng Mah and David Nicholls
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Dates: Saturday 27 October – Sunday 28 October, 2012
Cost: $480 inc GST (one night twin share accommodation, inc breakfast, lunch, dinner and entry into the Pinnacles Desert | $570 inc GST (one night single supplement, inc. breakfast, lunch, dinner and entry into the Pinnacles Desert).
Location: Cervantes
Maximum participants: 16

The unique setting of the Pinnacles Desert and the sand dunes of Cervantes have been a photographer’s mecca for decades. Now you can discover the magic of this landscape with us on a weekend workshop devoted to teaching you how to photograph and create stunning images of the Pinnacles and pristine sand dunes.

You’ll be led by photographers Greg Perry, Seng Mah and David Nicholls as you explore the landscape with the view of developing your creative skills in landscape photography. Find out what accessories you need to photograph landscapes and learn how to use them effectively. Discover how to compose, expose and shoot this dramatic landscape, and then post-process your photographs into stunning images in a session dedicated to post-processing with Photoshop in Cervantes.

This workshop will take you step by step through the image making process, from image capture on location to creative post-production using dodging and burning, high dynamic range processing and panoramic stitching. You will:

  • Photograph the sand dunes in the afternoon and learn how to capture the textures and line detail of this impressive dune system
  • Visit the Pinnacles at night to photograph its unearthly landscape in long exposure under the light of a full moon.
  • Practice painting the Pinnacles with light — exploring the effects of a range of light sources including torches, strobes and gels in long exposure photography.
  • Shoot the Pinnacles at sunrise and learn how to take exposure bracketed photographs for high dynamic range (HDR) images.
  • Compose and shoot for dramatic perspectives and to create panoramas.
  • Learn to control glare and saturate colours using a circular polarising filter.
  • Use Photoshop to create high dynamic range images, panoramic stitches and fine art landscapes using dodging and burning techniques.

What you will need:

    • Your digital SLR camera.
    • Lenses with focal length covering wide angle to moderate telephoto (15mm to 150mm)
    • Sturdy tripod.
    • Remote release cable.
    • Circular polarising filter.
    • Camera bag that is easy to carry around (backpack or sling).
    • Spare batteries, charger and memory cards.
    • Laptop or notebook computer.
    • Plastic bag to protect camera gear from rain and salt spray (large freezer bags work well).
    • Warm clothing.
    • Sturdy, comfortable shoes suited for traversing uneven surfaces.


    The fine print:

    • The standard workshop price includes one night twin share motel accommodation for one night at the Cervantes Pinnacles Motel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the motel along with the entry fee for the Pinnacles Desert are included in the price. A Single Supplement is available on request but may be charged where no twin share accommodation can be arranged (we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender).
    • You will need to organise your own travel to and from the photographic locations. The workshop will commence at 2pm on Saturday 27th October at the Cervantes Pinnacle Motel.
    • The workshop organisers reserve the right to change venue and locations during the workshop (subject to weather, access and availability)

      Safety first:

      • You are fully responsible for your own safety and the safety of your equipment during the workshop, and should always observe your own health and safety first.
      • Some photographic excursions may require physical travel on uneven surfaces such as sand dunes, trails, rocky and sometimes slippery surfaces. You will need a reasonable level of mobility and fitness to participate.
      • Each participant will be required to sign an indemnity form at the beginning of the workshop.



      For information on bookings, cancellations and booking transfers, please view our Workshops Terms and Conditions.