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:

To understand what photography equipment can be used and to get the most from your Intermediate Photography Course please click here to view the detailed What to Bring Guide

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 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."


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