Photography Storytelling - Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk

In this comprehensive Field Trip at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, set against our magnificent Sydney Harbour, you will learn in depth how to tell a story using traditional and modern photography techniques, from a Professional Photography Tutor with over 44 years of Photography experience in a relaxed but informative atmosphere.

You will learn: Storytelling with Photography, Comprehensive Set up, Framing and how to crop for Panoramic Aspect, Point Of View – POV, Composition and Negative space and Previsualization – how to see before you actually take a photograph, How to interpret light, low key and high key light, special effects; Bokeh – intentional blur and Zoom effects. 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 open chat session, relating to anything about photography technique and or equipment, in a local cafe in the Rocks District.

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;

  • Storytelling with Photography
  • Comprehensive Set up
  • Framing and how to crop for Panoramic Aspect
  • Point Of View – POV, Composition and Negative space
  • Previsualization – how to see before you actually take a photograph
  • How to interpret light
  • Low key and high key light
  • Bokeh – intentional blur
  • Zoom effect
  • Last hour de-brief and open chat session relating to anything about photography technique and or equipment in a local cafe in the Rocks District

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:

  • Please note; No tripods are allowed for this field trip for safety reasons but a small table top / mini tripod is ok under the Tutor’s supervision

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

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 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

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 have used a 15mm fisheye to capture photographs of the bridge

A circular polarizer known as a CP-L is strongly recommended

If you have these filters, please bring them along too
Neutral density 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 X stop for longer exposures
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

  • please note; always ask for filters by the stop X factor
  • A small mini / table top tripod and connected cable release are recommended for use with a 10 X stop filter
  • Small mini / table top 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:

As we will be outdoors these additional items are strongly recommended
Other additional items:

  • Wet weather – Weatherproof clothing, (weather-proof footwear is advisable), mini umbrella - *no large umbrellas for safety purposes
  • Cool weather – Warm clothing / jumper / jacket 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
  • Bug repellent
  • Money – cash is preferable for coffee / snacks / dessert / supper (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.

Please note; No tripods are allowed for this field trip for safety reasons
but a small table top / mini tripod is ok under the Tutor’s supervision

Special Harbour Bridge conditions;
Close-ups or specific photographs of people / families / parents and their children are not permitted during this field trip whatsoever.

Please note; coffee / drinks / food / snacks / transport to and from the Harbour Bridge / The Rocks and any other expenses are not included in cost of field trip.


Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge stairs

Time and where to meet:

We meet at 5pm at the base of the Harbour Bridge stairs, Cumberland St, near the corner of Argyle Street,
The Rocks.


We will access the Harbour Bridge from the Harbour Bridge stairs, and then through a series of steps onto the main walkway (Eastern side).

Getting there:

Public Transport
Public transport you must provide your own transport to Circular Quay / The Rocks
Please check transport info for rail or bus information to ensure your arrival

By Car
Please note if you are driving
1) Please allow enough time to get a parking spot,
most locations in the city are metered.
2) I do not recommend parking on street.
3) I do recommend booking off street parking.

Wilson parking Book a Bay is one alternative, the closest and most reasonably priced to Circular Quay / The Rocks is Wilsons Parking 111 Harrington Street Sydney , approx $16 + booking fee

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.