Southern Forests Photography Weekend

Instructors: Seng Mah
Level: Intermediate
Dates: 7 – 9 August 2020 (Friday to Sunday)
Cost: $499 (This price is for the workshop and pre- and post-event webinars only. If you are visiting the region, you will need to arrange accommodation in Pemberton)
Location: Pemberton
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you would like to go on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation.

Karri Valley Sunrise
Forest reflections in Pemberton

Explore the soaring karri forests and the mirror lakes of the Southern Forests in an unforgettable weekend of photography. If you enjoy uncovering new landscapes and discovering your potential as a creative photographer and image maker, join us for this weekend retreat where you will be exploring, shooting and creating beautifully lush images of Western Australia’s green heartland.

Pemberton forest pool New Growth Forest

This weekend retreat takes you deep into the winter forests of the Karri Valley, along the Karri Valley Explorer Trail, as you uncover forest pools and leafy river bends, reflective lakes, glimmering cascades and more. You will also journey to the rugged coast of Windy Harbour and the stunning views from Point d’Entrecasteaux overlooking the Southern Ocean at sunset. It’s three days of splendid photography!

Morning lake reflections

This weekend will be based out of Pemberton, so we recommend that you book accommodation for the 7 and 8 August in Pemberton. If the weather permits, we might even squeeze in a Milky Way shoot or two!

Highlights include:

  • Sunset shoot at Lake Beedelup, a reflective lake fringed by lush karri forests.
  • Exploring the banks of the Warren River in search of still reflections.
  • Forest pools and cascades in the Southern Forests.
  • The Gloucester Tree – a fire lookout perched at the top of a massive Karri Tree.
  • The sensational southern coastline of Windy Harbour and Point d’Entrecasteaux at sunset.
  • Big Brook Dam and the meandering forest trail of the Karri Valley Explorer.
  • Opportunities for close up and macro shots of forest details in the Southern Forest and the Big Brook Arboretum.

Windy Harbour

Shooting and learning on location means that you will develop real world skills and understandings in recognising the way light shapes the landscape and how you can visualise, frame and compose your landscapes to achieve your vision.

Learn to master your camera and find out how to control focus and depth of field to ensure absolute sharpness and clarity in your landscapes. Learn how filters affect your exposures and how you can select the best filters to obtain the effect you’re after in your landscapes.

Included in this workshop are two live webinars:

  • Pre-workshop webinar that covers equipment, use of filters, and composition for landscape photography.
  • Post-workshop webinar that looks at editing/post-processing techniques in Lightroom for landscapes.
  • Each webinar is an hour.

Note: We are limiting this workshop to six participants in order to give you maximum opportunity to shoot and have 1 on 1 time with your instructor. Should the numbers increase due to demand, a second instructor will be available.

The Cascades


  • Your DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
  • Wide angle and telephoto lenses; typically, lenses that cover the range from 14mm – 200mm if you are shooting full frame, or 10mm – 200mm if you’re shooting crop frame. Micro 4/3 camera users should look at lenses in the 8mm – 100mm range. You can also bring a macro lens for detail shots.
  • A sturdy and stable tripod that will let you adjust the position of the camera on the tripod quickly and easily.
  • A remote shutter or cable release.
  • Neutral density (ND) filter: a mid-density filter of around ND32 or ND64, and (optionally) a high density filter such as an ND1000.
  • A circular polariser filter (essential).
  • A sturdy camera bag that is easy to carry around (backpack or a sling bag).
  • 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 on uneven and wet surface.

Please dress for the weather and for forest walks (closed hiking shoes or boots with good grip). If you require assistance in hiking on trails (most of them are easy grade trails, there may be some moderate grade trails especially around rivers and cascades), bring a set of walking poles to help you.


Please read the following to make sure you’re aware of other details pertaining to this retreat:

  • You will need to organise your own travel to and from Pemberton and the photographic locations during the retreat.
  • You will need to cover the cost of your own meals and refreshments.
  • This workshop runs from 3.30pm on Friday 7 August to 11am Sunday 9 August.
  • The workshop organisers reserve the right to change sessions, venue and locations during the workshop (subject to weather, access and availability).
  • This is an Intermediate level workshop. It assumes that you are able to adjust your aperture, shutter speed and ISO on your camera and are already familiar with shooting in Raw image format.



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 uneven or even wet surfaces such as trails and across rocky and sometimes slippery surfaces. You will need a good level of mobility and reasonable level of fitness in order to participate in this workshop. You should only go as far as you feel comfortable and safe and avoid taking risks that may lead to injury.



SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you would like to go on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation.