Photography - Intermediate

This comprehensive Photography Course, is tailored for those seeking to learn in depth, the techniques of Photography, and seek a greater understanding of the traditional, artistic and core principles of Photography. This in depth 8 x week Course includes; two x 2 hour Night Photography field trips, to Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House as well as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Milsons Point and Lavender Bay, you will learn how; tell a story through Photography, to do night photography, bracketing your exposures, and long exposure photography with and without a tripod and learn creative photography techniques; how to take intentionally blurred images – bokeh and learn how to do the ‘zoom’ effect.

You will also learn the techniques of; advanced composition and point of view POV, previsualization, Macro Photography and Flash Photography.Understand the difference between RAW and JPEG formats how RAW post processing software works, workflow and archiving / backing up, learn how to set up your camera properly including; picture control / picture style(s), image size, colour space – aRGB / sRGB and white balance. This course also includes an introduction to filters and filter technique.

Learn from a Professional Photography Tutor with over 44 years of Photography experience, in a relaxed, but informative atmosphere.

Course Outcome:

What you will learn:

  • Learn advanced principles and techniques of photography including; Depth of Field – DOF, night photography, long exposure photography, macro photography and flash photography
  • Advanced composition, point of view and object magnification
  • Learn how to take intentionally blurred image – bokeh
  • Learn how to do the ‘zoom’ effect
  • Understand the difference between RAW and JPEG formats
  • How RAW post processing software works,
  • Workflow and archiving / backing up
  • An introduction to filters and filter technique
  • How to pack your kit properly and be prepared
  • Previsualisation – thinking before you press the shutter button
  • How to tell a story through photography
  • The influence of famous photographers and their legacies

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

Course Outline:

The steps of Photography
Thinking before you press the shutter button
Choosing the right lens / focal length every time,
advanced point of view, composition and lighting

Macro and Close-up Photography
The difference between close up and macro photography;
How to focus manually and automatically, how to use extension tubes,
Depth of Field – DOF; shallow depth of field and deep depth of field

Previsualization – How to see before you actually take a photograph
Planning – How to pack like a professional, and being prepared for the weather.
Introduction to filters and filter technique

Night Field Trip to Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House
Night Photography; iso, noise and grain,
Keeping it steady – How to photograph; handheld at night / low light
Advanced principles of; composition, negative space, lighting and texture
Storytelling through photography

Picture control / Picture style how do they work?
What is raw format? , how does it differ from Jpeg?
What is a RAW processor?
Organising and backing up your photographs;
Back up methods; Physical drive HDD, digital – SSD / NAND, archival optical disk and cloud back ups

Field Trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, Milsons Point and Lavender Bay
knowing when to use using shutter priority and aperture priority.
Learn how to take intentionally blurred images;
What is intentional blur and what is bokeh
Zoom effects
Time exposures; without a tripod, and with a tripod / mini tripod

Intermediate flash, why use flash, understanding the usage of flash,
why professionals use flash, when and when not to use flash,
how to really get more out of your flash; understanding off camera flash and its advantages,
2nd curtain sync explained, fill flash and panning with flash

Masterclass; Influential Photographers, that made photography what it is today, and their legacies, and how it is even more important in the fast world of digital photography

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 your camera will be ON for most of our practical sessions, and field trips including long time exposures, and reviewing your photographs frequently

Additional items for night field trips;

Tripod gear:

  • A sturdy tripod
  • Tripod plate and spare plate if you have one
  • Tripod head / tripod ball head
  • A connected electronic cable release for your camera, as timing is crucial
  • A spare connected electronic cable release or remote release if you have one
  • Please note a sturdy tripod and tripod / tripod ball head and an electronic connected cable release (is essential as timing is crucial), Releasing with the delayed timer on your camera or button remote is not recommended

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

Some night photography is done at close quarters + so make sure you also bring your widest zoom lens and or widest wide angle prime lens or +fisheye lens.
+ i use a 15mm fisheye to capture photographs of rides at closer range

Additional photographic gear, if you have any of items please bring them along too;

  • A flashlight or off camera flash (and batteries)
  • An off – camera flash cord and or flash transmitter

Any Macro kit;

  • close up filter(s) / extension tubes and or macro lens

What to wear:

As we will be doing some practical lessons outside the classroom and Weatherproof clothing especially for our Field Trips

  • Wet weather – Weatherproof clothing / weatherproof footwear / mini umbrella / rain jacket
  • Cool weather – Warm clothing; jacket / jumper / beanie / hat / scarf
  • Warmer weather – comfortable clothing / hat /sunglasses
NO LARGE UMBRELLAS for safety reasons

Closed in footwear for your safety:


  • Sensible shoes / closed walking shoes / running shoes / hiking boots with rubber soles

Please (NO thongs / sandals / high heels etc)

Additional items:

  • A torch – LED (* a smartphone is not recommended)
  • Own food, snacks and water
  • Note pad and pen
  • Bug repellent
  • Money / cash for coffee / snacks / food /drinks on our field trips


Both field trips will run regardless of the weather, to give participants an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather. A field trip will only be postponed to a future date if heavy weather / thunderstorm is forecast or it is continuously raining.

Special notes:

Field trips:

*Please note;
General photography is 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)

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

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

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

$218 Limited inc GST / $207.10
Photography - Intermediate

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