Photography Seeing in Black and White - Sydney CBD

Black and White photography is one of the most powerful forms of photography, learn how to see and photograph in Black and White including; the ‘moment’, lighting – high key & low key lighting, contrast, colour and texture for black and white photography, advanced camera set up, using lens filters and picture control / picture style(s).

You will learn in depth about Black and White photography, theory and practice; Advanced camera set up, camera style and picture settings, Previsualisation – thinking before you press the shutter button, How to see and photograph in black and white, Being ready and capture the ‘moment’, Point of View POV and interpreting Light for Black and White photography, High key and Low key lighting, for black and white, High and Low contrast and colour, and subjects, for black and white, How to correctly use graduated and solid Neutral density and filters and polarizing filters for black and white photography.

This field trip concludes with a debrief in a local cafe; assessment of student photos and an open session about photography theory and or equipment. Learn how to master Black and White Photography with a Professional Photography Tutor with over 44 years of experience in Photography and camera equipment, in a relaxed but informative atmosphere, in one of the most picturesque cityscapes in the world.

What you will learn:

Advanced 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
  • Picture Control / Picture styles
  • Noise reduction

Black and White photography theory and practice;

  • How to see and photograph, in black and white
  • Previsualisation – thinking before you press the shutter button
  • Being ready and capture the 'moment'
  • Point of View POV and interpreting Light for Black and White photography
  • High key and Low key lighting, for black and white
  • High and Low contrast colour, and subjects, for black and white
  • How to correctly use graduated and solid Neutral density and filters and polarizing filters for Black and White photography
  • Debrief in a local cafe; assessment of student photos with an open session about photography theory and or equipment

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

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

Please note; you will still able to do this field trip even if your camera does not have black and white picture settings or functions, you can convert those images to black and white in most photographic processing software with your own Windows PC or Mac PC.


  • Wide to telephoto lens(es) / zoom(s) and or len(es) with a fast aperture of f1.4 / f2.0 / f4.0 etc
  • Zoom lens(es) i.e. 16 – 35mm / 10 – 20 mm / 18 – 55mm / 18 – 135 mm / 70 -200 mm etc
  • Wide, standard or telephoto lens(es) and or zooms(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 set of slip in GRADUATED neutral density filters (half clear/half tinted); 1, 2 , 3 x STOP * i.e. Cokin H250 filter set or similar, a slip in filter holder and ring adaptor to fit your lens.
  • at least a one 10 x STOP * SOLID neutral density filter known as ND 3.0 or ND1000 or a 10 x STOP * is recommended (to do time exposures at sunrise / daylight) Please bring at least one of the following or a set of filters if you have them;
  • A SLIP IN SOLID neutral density filter(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 x STOP * (ND1000) *

and or

  • A SCREW IN SOLID neutral density filter(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 x STOP * (ND1000) *
  • Please note *always buy filters by the x STOP factor
  • A circular polarizing filter known as a CPL

MINIPOD tripod kit

  • A lightweight travel tripod / minipod are recommended as we are walking most of the field trip
  • Tripod base plate
  • Tripod or Mini tripod for your camera
  • Tripod head / ball head
  • Cable camera release and or remote release trigger
  • Phone App release if you do not have a cable

Students will receive my black and white notes, and links to open source legitimate software, which enable conversion from colour images to black and white, these comprehensive software links and links to my Wikipedia compilations, will be sent to students at the completion of the field trip (via email only).

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 and sunglasses and sunscreen


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

Additional items:

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


This field trip will run regardless of the weather to give participants an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather.

Special notes:
Safety note;
Students are to follow instructions of the Tutor, tripods may only be used under the Tutor’s supervision away from public thoroughfares, students are to keep their camera bags / packs with them at all times.

*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).


Sydney CBD and Hyde Park Sydney

Time and where to meet:
Meet the Tutor at 9 am at the entrance of St James Railway Station Elizabeth Street, opp David Jones, Sydney CBD
(Hyde Park side).

Getting there:
By train St James Station is the closest
*Please check public transport info for track work or delays

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

Wilsons parking Book a Bay is one alternative, the closest and most reasonably priced to St James is
Wilsons Parking at the MLC Centre or Wilsons Westfields King Street
the other alternative is the Domain Parking Station

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.