Grand Pacific Creative Photography Field Trip

All aboard for our inaugural Creative Photography Social Field Trip, with Neoklis your Professional Photography Tutor for the day. Join us and learn some Creative Photography techniques, have some fun, and be part of a social Photography experience with other like minded students, in a relaxed but informative atmosphere. We are heading to the South Coast, to the amazing Clifton Sea Bridge and the natural wonder of the Coalcliff Rock Pools. Next stop, the magnificent Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong, to do some more Creative Photography, which then concludes with lunch / open chat session, relating to anything about Photography technique and or equipment.

Creative Photography is the art of being able to capture what you actually ‘see’ and truly make it your own; you will learn to compose any photograph, the way you want and the way you see it. You will expand your skillset, your creativity and artistic skills, and learn how to express yourself through your photography, no matter where you are or what you are photographing.

What you will learn:

  • Creative Photography techniques that will enable you to compose any photograph and to capture what you actually ‘see’ including;
  • Colour Photography
  • Finding and using the light
  • What is High Key and Low Key
  • Texture; finding and photographing texture
  • Composition
  • Negative and Positive space
  • POV Point of View – Where you take the photograph from
  • Seeing and Photographing in Black and White / monochrome (*depending on your camera) please note your colour photographs can be digitally post processed to monochrome / black and white photographs

Skill Level:

This field trip is suitable for students who have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and its controls, shutter and aperture settings and or have completed either a;

  • Beginner’s Digital Photography Course or similar
  • Basic DSLR / Basic Mirrorless Photography Course or similar
  • Intermediate DSLR / Mirrorless Digital Photography Course or similar
  • Landscape Photography Course or similar
  • Or an Intermediate Field Trip(s) i.e.; Seeing in Black in White – CBD, Seeing in Black in White – Tram Museum, Action Photography, Night Photography i.e. Luna Park, Macro i.e. Sylvan Grove, Sculpture by the Sea and or similar.

What to bring:

Camera Equipment;

Any adjustable digital camera; Optical DSLR or Mirrorless with;

  • RAW / JPEG image capability
  • adjustable ISO / film speed settings
  • with adjustable exposure settings; shutter, aperture and manual exposure i.e. S or TV, A or AV and M,
  • with manual / auto focus capability
  • also if your camera has adjustable picture control / picture style settings i.e. monochrome standard, neutral etc


Zoom lens(es)
18 – 55 mm , 18 – 135 mm , 16 – 35mm , 28 to 80 mm , 10 – 20mm , 40 – 150mm , 70 – 200 etc
and or
Prime lens(es) if you have them i.e. fisheye , 15mm , 20 mm , 35 mm , 50 mm , 85mm / 135mm

  • A spare camera body if you have one
  • Batterie(s) charged and ready x 2 if you have them
  • Memory card(s) x 2 if you have them

Please note; Make sure you have fully charged your batterie(s) even if they are at half or one third

A Filter kit if your have one;

ANY of the following

  • A circular polarizing filter known as a CPL is strongly recommended
  • A set of slip in GRADUATED neutral density filters

Please note; No tripods for safety reasons

What to wear:

As we will be outdoors these additional items are strongly recommended
Weatherproof clothing / clothing for warmer or cool weather

  • Cool / wet weather warm clothing / jumper, mini umbrella (no large umbrellas for safety reasons) and rain jacket
  • Warmer weather – comfortable clothing, hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent


Please note; as there are some uneven and loose surfaces, to participate you must wear enclosed footwear only, no open footwear i.e. sandals, high heels, open shoes, smooth soled shoes cannot be worn for this field trip.

For safety purposes acceptable footwear is as follows; Shoes with grip / rubber soles i.e. walking shoes, running shoes, bush walking shoes or hiking boots, (weather-proof footwear is advisable).

Additional items:

  • Own snacks and water (drinks and food are not included)
  • Please bring your morning tea to have at the beautiful Coalcliff Rock Pools
  • Cash for lunch
  • Note pad and pen


  • We will be having lunch at the Nan Tien Temple (Vegetarian)
  • Only food purchased for lunch maybe eaten in the Nan Tien; Dew Drop Inn or Dining Hall
  • Money – cash is preferable for your lunch and a drink
  • Please note; drinks / coffee / brunch / food / snacks are not included in cost of this field trip.


This field trip will run in light rain, to give participants an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather, in the event of a heavy storm, continuous rain this field trip will be postponed.

Special notes:

Nan Tien Temple entry conditions
Students may photograph the exterior hallways, gardens, pathways and Lotus pools etc, with the exception of the Shrine, where photography is strictly not permitted.

General Photography permitted, but; (close up photos of families / adults and especially identifying children under 18 years old, should not be taken or be published, unless a model waiver has been signed).

Any photographs taken at the Nan Tien Temple cannot be sold commercially or used for profit.

South Coast;
Clifton Sea Bridge
Coalcliff Rock Pools
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong

Time and where to meet:
Meet the Tutor at 8.15 am to leave at 8.30 am
at the SGSCC Jannali Campus
127-129 Sutherland Rd
Jannali NSW 2226
West side of Jannali, closest cross street is Louise Street

Duration of bus trip:
Please note:
We should be back at Jannali by 4.00pm
(3.15 pm is the actual return time, this allows an extra 45 mins in case of traffic, road conditions etc
Please allow enough time if you intending to go somewhere else after this field trip.

Getting there:
Public Transport
From Jannali Station walk to the West side along Jannali railway (heading towards Sutherland), the fourth street on the right is Louise Street.
The Jannali Centre, is at the end of Louise Street

By Car
Onsite and on street parking is available

About the Tutor:

"My name is Neoklis Bloukos and I have had a passion for Photography since I was 14 years old. With over 45 years of experience with camera equipment, 25 years as a Press Photographer and over 16 years of digital post processing.

I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching the whole spectrum of Photography from Buying a Camera, Getting to Know your Camera, Beginners, Intermediate and Masterclass (Advanced) Photography at SGSCC.

I am passionate about Photography, and I love to teach and share both classic and modern Photography techniques, and believe it is the most significant visual medium on this planet.

My Courses, Classes and Field Trips are not just about learning Photography, but experiences with like-minded people whom want to learn, share and enjoy the Photography learning experience together, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere."


Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.