Balingup Heights Photography Weekend

A weekend that’s all about photography, in beautiful Balingup!


Balingup Heights Photography Weekend


Level: Intermediate
Dates: 26-28 June 2020 (SOLD OUT) or 21 – 23 August (SOLD OUT)
Instructors: Seng Mah
Location: Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages
Cost: $499 – does not include accommodation. For accommodation and pricing at Balingup Heights, see below.
Maximum participants: 10


What’s better than a weekend short break? A weekend short break that’s all about photography in beautiful Balingup, of course!

Come and join us for a great weekend of sensational shooting and image making at Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages — one of the most highly awarded accommodation in the region! Landscapes, portraits, macro, wildlife, astro… you name it, we’ll be doing it!

This epic weekend comprises of a number of mini-workshops that run from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. You’ll be shooting and learning with other like-minded photographers and having the time of your life.

We have two weekends available for you to select: 26-28 June 2020, or 21-23 August 2020.

Mini Workshops

Golden Valley Tree Park Portrait Shoot
Join Seng for a session of outdoor location portraiture in the beautiful Golden Valley Tree Park, where you’ll learn to shoot beautiful portraits in the natural environment. Discover how to use available light and to balance subject and background in your compositions.

Astrophotography on the hill – There’s nothing quite as epic as being out on a cool, clear night, star gazing and photographing the brilliance of the night sky. We’ll be shooting at the Lookout at Balingup Heights, which gives us an amazing vantage point to see the stars in the sky!

Macro photography – Dive into the world of small things and learn how to use your macro lens to its full effect. Craig will show you how to work your macro lens for full 1:1 macro photography, before you explore the undergrowth and foliage of Balingup Heights in search of critters to photograph.

Farm and Shearing Shed Portrait Shoot – Experience a change of pace and scene as we shoot portraits in sheds and the environment of a local farm. You’ll discover the joy of looking for directional light and positioning your portrait subjects in this light to create stunning, dramatic portraits.

Dawn and sunrise shoot – Take advantage of living at the highest point in Balingup to photograph the dawn and sunrise over the valley. Fingers crossed, we will have the iconic mist that often blankets the river valley below Balingup Heights!

Mystery wetland dawn shoot – Embark on a trip to a mysterious local wetland to photograph it in the eerie light of pre-dawn and dawn. Who knows what you will find there… Dramatic and haunting images, for sure!

It’s going to be a totally, photography-packed weekend.

This workshop includes all tuition and guidance by your instructor.


What you need

To get the most out of this experience, we recommend that the following equipment:

  • Your digital camera (we recommend a DSLR or similar interchangeable lens camera with fully manual controls) with a variety of lenses ranging from wide angles (eg. 24-70mm) to mid-range telephotos (eg. 70-200mm). A telephoto lens will be useful for wildlife photography (eg. 100-400mm, 150-600mm) and a dedicated macro lens (eg. 90mm macro, 100mm macro, 105mm macro) for macro photography. Fast lens (eg. f/2.8 or faster) will also be useful.
  • A sturdy tripod (we recommend tripods with thick, sturdy legs and with heads that will lock your camera firmly and allow you to tilt and pan easily).
  • A remote shutter release.
  • Spare batteries, battery charger, lots of spare memory cards.
  • A large plastic bag to protect your camera gear from moisture or drizzle.
  • Lens cleaning fluid and cloth.
  • Warm, weatherproof clothing.
  • Flashlight and insect repellant.
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes suitable for walking in wet grass.


Where to stay in Balingup

This weekend workshop is based at Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages at 65 Nannup Road, Balingup. Brian and Deb, owners of Balingup Heights, have a number of cottages available on special for this weekend. We recommend that you make use of this generous offer and book yourself into a cottage for the weekend.

The cottages at Balingup Heights have already been pre-reserved for the workshop weekend, so all you need to do is call Brian or Deb at the details below and let them know the kind of accommodation that would most interest you:

  • Twin share in a 2 room, 4 bed cottage: $190 for two nights.
  • Queen bed room in a 2 room cottage: $290 for two nights.
  • Single occupancy in a twin room in a 2 room cottage: $290 for two nights.
  • Private cottage (queen bed room) suitable for a couple or a single person: $470 for two nights.

* Accommodation includes a weekend Breakfast Hamper supplied to each Cottage and BBQ Dinner (BYO drinks) at the Saturday evening bonfire (the bonfire is weather-dependant).

To reserve your accommodation at Balingup Heights, please contact Brian or Deb on 9764 1283 or email info [at]

Note: If you visit the Balingup Heights website, online reservations will show all accommodation booked out for this weekend because Brian and Deb have reserved the cottages for us for this workshop. If you would like to stay at Balingup Heights in one of the cottages, just call Deb or Brian on the telephone number above.

The fine print (please read):

  • You will need to organise your own travel to and from Balingup and the photographic locations during the retreat (we will car pool as much as possible to reduce the number of vehicles taken to the locations).
  • You will need to cover the cost of your own meals and refreshments during the weekend (except for the breakfast hamper and BBQ dinner on Saturday night).
  • The workshop organisers reserve the right to change sessions, venue and locations during the workshop (subject to weather, access and availability).


Safety points (please read):

Your safety is our concern, but it is your own responsibility, so please read the following safety points that will give you a better picture of the types of terrain we will be exploring at this retreat:

  • 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 will require physical travel on sloping or wet surfaces including gravel trails, steps and walking through wet grass and on river banks. You will need to have a fairly good level of mobility in order to participate in this workshop.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a standard waiver at the beginning of the workshop.



For information on refunds and late cancellations, please refer to our Workshops Terms and Conditions.

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