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Light on the Land Photography Workshops

  pdf Light on the Land 2021 Brochure & Form (2.28 MB)

The Light on the Land workshops in the Flinders Ranges are aimed at photographers of all levels.

With two presenters and a maximum of 10 participants this predominantly field-based workshop has a proven track record of participant satisfaction and successful photographic outcomes. Each workshop will include a mix of iconic, publicly accessible locations and private property locations that are not generally accessible to the public. Held in August each year and presented by Keith Seidel and Lou Marafioti, the workshops offer fieldwork, exercises and photograph review and evaluation sessions. Keith and Lou’s aim is that by the end of the workshop you will be inspired by the creative possibilities provided by the workshop locations and subjects, and the skills you have learned or had refreshed.

light on the land

The Light on the Land Workshop Story

The “Light on the Land” photography workshops began in 2010 as an irregular series of one day and longer workshops aimed at amateur photographers, from the beginner to the experienced. Presented by Keith Seidel and Lou Marafioti, the workshops offer fieldwork, exercises and photograph review/evaluation sessions.

Both Keith & Lou believe there are no rules to photography – their workshops are based on testing your ideas with useful tips borne from their significant experience of what works in different situations.

In recent years the main focus has been the annual week-long workshop in the Flinders Ranges. The Flinders Ranges offer a wide variety of landscape opportunities, both iconic public locations such as the Arkaba Woolshed and Cazneaux Tree, and the private property locations that Keith & Lou have gained access to over many years, including ten years of conducting the workshop based at Merna Mora station. Each workshop includes at least one natural light portrait session (usually in the woolshed at Merna Mora) to provide further understanding of working with light, whilst giving workshop participants portraiture skills that can be easily used back home.

By keeping to a maximum of 10 participants Keith & Lou offer a dedicated week of photography in a small group that allows the participant to enhance their skills with easy access to the support available from the presenters. Workshop content is tailored to the experience levels of the workshop participants, from beginners to experienced photographers, to provide creative opportunities to develop photographic skills and creativity in a range of subjects, with a focus on portraiture and landscape photography.

This predominantly field-based workshop has a proven track record of participant satisfaction and successful photographic outcomes, characterised by the several repeat participants since the Light on the Land workshops commenced in 2010. By the end of the 2019 workshops over 100 participants will have experienced a Light on the Land week in the Flinders Ranges with Keith & Lou.

Both Keith and Lou’s aim is that by the end of your Light on the Land workshop experience you will be inspired by the creative possibilities provided by the workshop locations and subjects, and the skills you have learned or had refreshed during this workshop.

Keith and Lou both have a lengthy track record of being active and successful exhibitors in internationally-accredited print exhibitions. More importantly, they both enjoy sharing their experience and talking photography whether in groups or one-to-one.

Both offer a quality and diverse body of work as evidence of their photographic knowledge and experience – some of which can be found on their respective websites and social media posts.

These can be found at:

Keith Seidel

Web  (includes latest workshop information updates)
  Instagram seidelkeith
  Facebook Keith Seidel
  Facebook Page Photography by Keith Seidel (@KSeidel645)
  Phone 0418 838 504

Lou Marafioti

  Instagram loumarafioti
  Facebook Lou Marafioti
  Facebook Page Lou Marafioti Photography
  Phone 0417 682 077

Workshop Location

Since starting in 2011 the Light on the Land Flinders Ranges photography workshop has been based at the historic Merna Mora station. Merna Mora is located on the Moralana Creek, which gives easy access to many of the Flinders’ well known highlights.

Merna Mora is approximately 45 kilometres north of Hawker on the Hawker – Parachilna Road. It is based around the Moralana Creek and butts up against the south-west side of Wilpena Pound.The property extends east from the Hawker - Parachilna Road for roughly half of the length of the well-known Moralana Scenic Drive, and extends west to Lake Torrens.


Workshop Aims

Through fieldwork, exercises and image review and evaluation sessions – workshop participants will receive tuition and encouragement to

  • A critical appreciation of creative photography, understanding the play of light on the form of the land
  • An appreciation of compositional elements within landscape photography and how to best arrange them in the camera
  • Your understanding of lens choices for your photography – focal lengths, zooms vs prime lenses
  • An ability to produce creative photographs when the light isn’t good (we cannot control the weather) – we will pursue low light and middle of the day photography
  • An ability to constructively evaluate your own and others’ photographic work
  • An understanding of your preferred photographic style and how to break out of your comfort zone to try something different
  • The workshop is conducted annually over seven days (six nights).

Transport, Accommodation & Catering

We ask that you make your own way to Merna Mora, it is an approximately 450 km (5 hour) drive from Adelaide – not counting coffee stops!

  • We share vehicles during the week to keep costs down
  • Accommodation is in the “shearer’s quarter”- style accommodation block with linen provided
  • All meals at Merna Mora will be provided
  • Nibbles and morning/afternoon teas will be provided
  • Tea, coffee, milk are provided
  • On the last day of the workshop we will take you to the historic Prairie Hotel at Parachilna for lunch
  • All you need to bring is your own choice of alcohol, soft drinks and chocolate for the social side of the workshop, where often the
    real learning happens


iconic flinders

private property flinders


World Photo Adventures

WFT web


Targeting top tips on Travel, Landscapes, People, Nature, Creative and Processing.

wpa seminars


  • Brisbane - 21 March
  • Brisbane 21 March
  • Melbourne 16 May
  • Adelaide 23 May
  • Perth 31 May
  • Sydney TBA
  • Sunshine Coast 14 November


These Seminars are famous for offering you in depth information about photography from practical to theory and importantly - from beginners to advanced photographers.

Each year we change the content and tone of the presentations to offer fresh information and challenging thoughts. This is all to inspire you to be more creative with your photography interests.

Your expert lecturers will offer top tips using their vast field experiences from around the world. Importantly, we offer quality question time.

Frustrated with your photography results? Darran and Frazer look forward to helping you with simple but very effective techniques and a thought process that helps you to achieve your creative goals.



This is a FREE seminar open to all photo interests.


Please send a confirmation email to julia to book your place. AND please tell your friends - anyone and everyone is welcomeBut you must book!



Each seminar location will be confirmed about one month before the event. Join us for an amazing few hours of packed information, motivation and some - tall stories...



At World Photo Adventures, creating marvellous and memorable journeys is our mission. Our tours give you impressions and experiences you’ll cherish for a lifetime. We’re more than travel and tour specialists — we’re your complete photography adventure solution. We take you straight to the photographic heartlands of your chosen tour region. As a family business, personalised service is close to our hearts.



Please download the full brochure which includes the program.


  pdf World Photo Adventures (861 KB)



Darran and Julia have a combined 70+ years of working in the travel and tour industry. Son’s Pearce and Frazer also offer unique experience with Pearce guiding and working in over 50 events and Frazer working at many events and covering the businesses IT requirements. We are a family business...

Julia became a professional travel agent in 1983. Julia has worked for travel retailers and wholesalers, plus of course many years as the office manager for our business. Julia is very travelled, having visited every continent and many islands.

Darran first guided a group while working at Carnarvon Gorge in Central Queensland in 1981. He has a huge portfolio of photography work and accomplishments from guiding for several companies, to commercial shoots, books and to this day supplying articles for publications like Australian Photography Magazine. Darran has been involved with over 400 photo events around the world.

Finally, World Photo Adventures is fully covered by Tour Operator Insurance. This is not standard travel insurance and is not available until a rigorous check of a businesses procedures and use of travel operators is made.

In 2019, our family celebrates 30 years of offering some of the world’s greatest photo adventures. 

Check out Darran’s work: