Photography in the Field - Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi to Tamarama

In this comprehensive Field Trip at Sculpture by the Sea, set against the jewelled Pacific Ocean, you will learn; Comprehensive camera set up including; Image settings large fine Jpeg and or RAW, ISO Film speed, Light meter settings, Colour Space settings ARGB or SRGB, White Balance and Picture Control / Picture Styles. You will also learn; How to focus and recompose correctly, Point Of View – POV, Subject to background distance, Framing, Composition, Negative space, Previsualization, How to interpret light and a ‘Mystery’ composition module.

You will be taken to a number of exhibits, where you will have the opportunity to learn from a Professional Photography Tutor, with over 45 years of Photography experience in a relaxed but informative atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to hone your photographic skills, and take your photography to another level. This field trip concludes with a 1 x hour de-brief and an open chat session, relating to anything about photography technique and or equipment.

What you will learn:

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;

  • How to focus and recompose correctly
  • Point Of View POV
  • Subject to background distance
  • Framing
  • Composition
  • Negative space
  • A ‘mystery’ composition module
  • Pre visualization
  • How to interpret light

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 your camera will be ON, for most of this field trip and you will be 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
* Any wide to telephoto prime lens(es) / zoom(s) and or len(es) with a fast aperture of f1.4 / f2.0 / f4.0 etc please bring them along too

Filter Kit;

  • A Circular Polarizing filter also known as C-PL is strongly recommended
  • If you have a set of slip in graduated neutral density filters and/or screw in solid neutral density filter(s) 3, 6 or 10 stop filter
  • Please note; always ask for filters by the stop X factor
  • A Tripod and connected cable release are recommended for use with a 10 X stop filter
  • Tripods are allowed for this field trip, but can only be used out of the way of public thoroughfares, and under the supervision of the Tutor, for safety reasons.

What to wear: 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 sunglasses, bug repellent and sunscreen

Footwear: Please note; as there are some uneven and loose surfaces, to participate you must wear enclosed footwear only, no open footwear ie sandals can be worn for this field trip. For safety purposes acceptable footwear is as follows; walking shoes, running shoes, bush walking shoes or hiking boots, (weather-proof footwear is advisable).

Additional items:

  • Own food and water (drinks and food are not included)
  • Note pad and pen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Money – cash is preferable for coffee / snacks / lunch / brunch (no split bills)

Special notes:
Weather: This field trip will be held in wet weather as it can give students an opportunity to capture photographs that are not normally available in fine weather

  • Tripods are allowed for this field trip, but can only be used out of the way of public thoroughfares, and under the supervision of the Tutor, for safety reasons.


Location: Tamarama and Bondi

Time and where to meet:
Meet the Tutor at 9 am at the corner of Marks Lane and Kenneth Street, Tamarama (near Marks Park).

Getting there:

Please note; the following link has information for transport, road closures, one way streets and enforced special event clearways

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."


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.