Night Photography and Photography Effects Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light and music. During this field trip you will be given an opportunity to learn Night Photography within the Circular Quay and The Rocks District, at approximately 5 or 6 of the Vivid exhibits, depending on student numbers - (maximum of 6 x students), set up time and tuition at each exhibit.

In this comprehensive field trip, you will learn in detail about Night Photography including; correct set up, using a tripod properly, interpreting light, manual and auto exposure, time / long exposures, previsualization, composition, depth of field, correct tripod and cable set up, time / long exposures in both auto and manual exposure modes and special effects including; Zoom effects – zoom, twist and zoom effect, panning and rotation effects and the Bokeh effect; how to create magical bokeh photographs – otherwise known as intentional blur.

This field trip includes a de-brief, and open chat session, relating to anything about photography technique and or equipment at a local Rocks Cafe. Learn from a Professional Photography Tutor with over 44 years of Photography experience, in a relaxed but informative atmosphere.

Field Trip Outcome: What you will learn:

Comprehensive Camera set up:
Setting up your camera properly including;

  • Image settings large fine JPEG and or RAW
  • ISO Film speed
  • Light meter settings
  • Colour Space settings; ARGB or SRGB
  • White Balance
  • Picture Control / Picture styles
  • Noise reduction

Comprehensive Photography Tuition including;

  • High key and low key lighting
  • Previsualization, composition, and depth of field – DOF
  • You will learn interpret and photograph in various light conditions including; afternoon, magic hour, sunset, twilight and night
  • Focusing in low light
  • Correct tripod and cable set up, time / long exposures in both auto and manual exposure modes
  • Zoom effects – zoom, twist and zoom effect
  • Panning and rotation effects
  • Bokeh effect; how to create magical bokeh photographs – otherwise known as intentional blur

Skill Level:

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

  • Beginner’s Photography Course or similar
  • Basic DSLR / Digital Photography Course or similar
  • Intermediate Photography Course or similar
  • Landscape Photography Course or similar

What to bring:

Camera Equipment;

Any adjustable digital camera; DSLR / 4/3rds / 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
  • 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

An extra battery and memory card, are strongly recommended, as you will be your using your camera, doing time exposures and reviewing your photographs frequently.

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

Lens notes;

  • any lens with a fast aperture of f1.4 / f1.8 / f2.0 / f2.8 / f4.0 etc will be very useful night time photography
  • to do some effects photography a lens with manual focus

(usually a switch on the lens or camera) is necessary

  • to do zoom effects, a zoom lens is necessary

A lot of photography is done at close quarters so make sure you bring your widest zoom lens and or widest wide angle prime lens or +fisheye lens.
+ i use a 15mm fisheye to capture Vivid exhibits at close range

  • A Tripod – matching tripod plate and a camera cable release are necessary (*a cable release is essential, as timing is crucial, as releasing with the delayed timer on your camera is not recommended).

Please note; an extra battery and flash card are strongly advisable as you will be your using your camera for long exposures, and reviewing your photographs frequently, during this field trip.

What to wear:

As we will be outdoors these additional items and clothing are strongly recommended

  • Wet weather – Weatherproof clothing, (weather-proof footwear is advisable), mini umbrella - *no large umbrellas for safety purposes
  • Cool weather – Warm clothing / jumper / jacket / beanie etc
  • Warmer weather – comfortable clothing, hat and sunglasses


  • Closed in footwear for your safety, acceptable; closed walking / running shoes / hiking boots with rubber soles (NO thongs / sandals / high heels etc)

Additional items:

  • An LED torch (smartphone torches are not recommended),
  • Note pad and pen
  • Water, food, snacks
  • Money – cash is preferable for coffee / snacks / dessert / supper (no split bills)


This field trip will run regardless of the weather to give participants an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather

Special notes:

Only photographs including general views of exhibits are allowed, but close-ups or specific photographs of parents and or their children / families are not permitted

Safety Note; Tripods can only be used with the Tutor’s supervision, and away from public thoroughfares

Please note; coffee / drinks / food / dinner / snacks /etc, transport to and from Vivid and any other expenses are not included in cost of field trip.

Neoklis Bloukos / St George and Sutherland Community College are not members or employees of Vivid, or any of its affiliates, associated companies, parent or partner companies or governing body


Circular Quay and the Rocks District

Time and where to meet:

Meet the Tutor at 7pm Wharf 6 Circular Quay, (closest to the Museum of Contemporary Art)

Getting there:

Public Transport
Circular Quay Railway station is the closest to Wharf 6, Circular Quay.
Please check transport info for rail or bus information to ensure your arrival.

By automobile

Road Closures
Please note; The Rocks and City will be under road closures
There are usually road closures in the city and the rocks district from approx 7pm to midnight, please note ongoing George St closures could also be in place; follow link below
For more details on road closures and special event clearways visit or call the 132701 Traffic Information Line.
Please check your map route before leaving
Live traffic web link or APP is recommended

Please note if you are driving
1) Please allow enough time to get a parking spot,
most locations in the city are metered and many roads closed

2) I do not recommend parking on street

3) I do recommend booking off street parking, and as soon as you can
Wilsons Book a Bay
*please note this car park closes at 12 am sharp (midnight)
offers parking for approx $11.50 incl gst and booking fee
please read terms and conditions
approx 15 – 20 min walk to wharf 6 Circular Quay
recommended timing ;
1900 allowed to arrive between 18.00 and 19.00
23.00 can leave as late as 23.59 but you must leave by 12.00am (midnight)
(note at 12.00 midnight this car park is closed)
This parking availability will not last as Vivid fast approaches!
You will also need your credit card that you used to make the booking with at the entry / exit gate.

About the Tutor:

"My name is Neoklis Bloukos, and I have had a passion for Photography since I was 14 years old, with over 44 years of experience in Photography and camera equipment, over 25 years of experience as a Press Photographer, and over 15 years of experience of Digital Post Processing.

I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Photography Courses, One Day Classes and bespoke Photography Field Trips including; Landscape, Macro, Night, Action, and Black and White Photography at SGSCC.

I am passionate about Photography, 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, Field Trips and Classes, are not just about learning Photography, but experiences with like minded people, whom want to share and enjoy the experience of learning Photography together, in an formative, but relaxed and comfortable atmosphere." Neoklis

$132 Limited inc GST
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