Photography Masterclass

Learning from a Professional Photography Tutor, this Masterclass Course is for Photography students, who want to have the opportunity to truly challenge themselves, and their current skill set, to take their Photography beyond any concept or structure, they have already learned. This Masterclass Course allows students to question, and understand what are the true fundamentals of Photography, and how they began, and how they make a difference.

Through the Masterclass Method, students will relearn their Photography techniques through; Observation, Advanced Previsualization to understanding, and mastering the principals of The Trilogy of Photography; Light, Composition, and Timing. This comprehensive Course includes 2 × 2-hour theory classes, and 3 × 4-hour field trips; The Art Gallery NSW, Sydney CBD, and Bare Island.

Skill level:

Please note this course covers advanced principals of Photography in-depth, therefore it is recommended that students should have completed either an;

  • Intermediate Photography Course, and 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.

and or

  • Students must have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and all its controls, including their set up of their camera; iso, image size and picture styles, and some of the principals of Photography including; both shutter speeds, and aperture-depth of field, and composition.

What you will learn:

Course Outcome:

The Masterclass Method:

  • Observation
  • Advanced Previsualization
  • The Masterclass Method

The Trilogy of Photography;

  • Light
  • Composition
  • Timing


The principles of Straight Out of Camera SOOC CAMERA
Advanced Picture Control and Picture styles

  • Customizing your picture control/picture style to every situation
  • Flat versus contrast
  • Muted / neutral versus Vivid
  • Custom Colour presets
  • Custom Monochrome/black and white presets

What is the Masterclass Method:

Style and How do I achieve it?

  • Modern / Straight Photography style in camera
  • Pictorial Creative style, using optical effects, filters, and post-processing

Planning one of the secrets to success in Photography

  • Weather, why is it so important?
  • Photography kit,
  • What do I need?
  • Be prepared for anything


The Art Gallery NSW 4 x hours Masterclass in the Gallery An introduction to the ancient masters, of light and composition. * Masterclass Lighting * Masterclass Composition * Positive and negative space * Review and debrief lunch

Sydney CBD 4 x hours Masterclass Observation and Advanced Previsualization * The Trilogy of Photography: COMPOSITION LIGHTING and TIMING * TEXTURE * Review and debrief brunch

Bare Island 4 x hours afternoon/Sunset/Twilight Masterclass Storytelling Storytelling through Photography using the Masterclass Method Establishing mood * The power of black and white * The emotion of colour

What you will learn on FIELD TRIPS:

The Art Gallery NSW: 4 x hours Masterclass in the Gallery An introduction to the ancient masters, of light and composition. * Masterclass Lighting * Masterclass Composition * Positive and negative space * Review and debrief lunch/brunch

Sydney CBD / HYDE PARK: 4 x hours Masterclass Observation and Advanced Previsualization * The Trilogy of Photography: COMPOSITION LIGHTING and TIMING, TEXTURE * Review and debrief lunch/brunch

Bare Island, La Perouse: 4 x hours afternoon, Sunset, Twilight, and Masterclass Course debrief and open a chat session, evening tea.
Storytelling through Photography using the Masterclass Method; Observation, Pre visualisation, How we tell a Story through Photography, Masterclass techniques including Lighting, Masterclass mystery challenges.

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/autofocus 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 practice sessions, and field trips including long time exposures, and reviewing your photographs frequently

A lens with a standard focal length lens is highly recommend
PRIME: 28mm, 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm

ZOOM: 8 – 55 mm , 18 – 135 mm , 16 – 35mm , 24 – 70mm , 28 to 80 mm


Prime lens(es) ie 15mm , 20 mm, 24 mm , 85mm , 135mm
Zoom lens(es)

1 10 – 20mm , 40 – 150mm , 70 – 200 etc
Lens notes;

  • Any lens with a fast aperture of f1.4 / f1.8 / f2.0 / f2.8 / f4.0 etc will be very useful for sunset / twilight / 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

+ I use a 15mm fisheye to capture the scenes at close range

  • A circular polarizing filter known as a CPL is strongly recommended


Closed in footwear ONLY for your safety, for ALL field trips acceptable; closed walking / running shoes/hiking boots with rubber soles (no leather soles / no thongs/sandals / high heels, etc)

Additional items for field trips:

  • Bug repellent / sunscreen
  • A flashlight / LED torch
  • Water / snacks
  • Note pad and pen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antibacterial wipes (camera)
  • Camera (LCD) screen cleaner
  • Face mask – strongly recommended
  • Money – cash is preferable for coffee / drinks / snacks / brunch lunch / dinner (no split bills)

For classroom sessions other additional items:

  • Seat cushion
  • Notepad and pen
  • Glasses if you need them

Special notes:

Safety precautions:
Please note hygiene safety precautions, and Government advisory will be in place

Students will be notified of the details before the beginning of this course via email, and when we start – Week1

Field trips:
Details for the field trips will be sent once this course had begun

If a venue for a field trip(s) has not been granted access ie lockdown/safety concerns etc, an alternative field trip(s) will be offered during the course
Briefing, as well as review and debrief of student’s photographs, is inclusive of the time allowed, for each field trip.

Please note:

For all field trips; 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).


ALL field trips will be run regardless of the weather, to allow participants to photograph in fine or wet weather.
A field trip will only be postponed to a future date, ONLY if extreme weather/thunderstorm is forecast or it is continuously raining.


Ensure your battery/batteries are fully charged whether they are half full or not, as your camera will be on for the entire first-class lesson, and to charge your battery/batteries before each class.

Memory cards:

An extra memory card is strongly advisable, the Tutor will advise students of what and how to purchase a second/extra high-quality memory card.

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, Beginner, 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 who 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 before the commencement and you will be informed.

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