Introduction to Photography St George & Sutherland Community College

Introduction to Photography

This comprehensive Introduction to Photography Course is suitable for anyone starting in their Photography journey; either getting to know their camera, for Beginners, or for those who want to brush up on their skill set. Learn both your camera, and the fundamentals and the principles of Photography in depth.

Learn the fundamentals, and the principles of Photography in depth. You will go beyond the ‘full auto’ or program setting on your digital Optical DSLR / Mirrorless / 4/3rds / Superzoom / Bridge camera / Adjustable Compact camera using the Shutter, Aperture, and Manual modes. Learn how to set up, and use your camera properly, and capture truly creative and memorable photographs. This comprehensive course concludes with; Travel photography how to tell a story and get the most of your Photography when you are travelling.

Course Outline:

  • Week 1

Correct camera set up; Picture Styles and How to see in Colour and Black and White (monochrome)
Setting up menus, know your camera, recording images, playback and toolbox, Getting it sharp, Focusing and Recomposing – Focus and recompose

  • Week 2

Light, lighting exposure, under and over exposure, high key and low key lighting, aperture and depth of field

  • Week 3

Composition; Point of View – POV, Framing, Composition and Negative space

  • Week 4

Flash; how to use your built in flash or accessory flash, to get the most out of those situations when you don’t have enough light

  • Week 5

Capturing the Moment and Action photography – Motor drive set up Focusing modes, Shutter speeds slow to fast, Freezing the moment and Panning

  • Week 6

Travel photography how to tell a story and get the most of your Photography when you are travelling.

Course Outcomes:

You will learn how;

  • To set up your camera properly; iso, image size and white balance WB, picture styles / picture control and colour space RGB
  • Review your photographs properly

Learn the fundamentals and principles of photography including;

  • Light and exposure – Under and over exposure / high key low key lighting
  • How to Focus properly and recompose
  • Framing and Composition
  • Night photography (handheld)
  • Flash photography
  • Aperture and Depth of Field – DOF
  • Shutter and Shutter speeds – freezing and blurring


This course will run regardless of the weather, to give participants an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather. A field trip will only be postponed to a future date if heavy weather / thunderstorm is forecast or it is continuously raining.

Please note:

General Photography is permitted, but; (close up photos of families / adults and especially identifying children under 18 years old, or adults should not be taken or be published online or printed, unless a model waiver has been signed)

After your first class, most classes will be held at the Jannali campus, for optimal lighting and Photographic opportunities and cover from weather conditions, if there is a severe weather / storm warning in place, for student safety those classes will be held at the Jannali College.

Coffee/drinks / food/dinner / snacks /etc, transport to and from and any other expenses are not included in the cost of this course

What to bring:

What you will need for Photography classes;

Camera Equipment;
Any adjustable digital camera; DSLR / 4/3rds / Mirrorless / Superzoom / Bridge camera / Adjustable Compact camera with;

  • RAW / JPEG image capability (JPEG only is fine)
  • 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
  • Batterie(s) charged and ready x 2 if you have them
  • Memory card(s) at least x 2 if you have them


Lens(es) for interchangeable cameras:
Zoom lens(es)
Any Zoom Lenses you have
18 – 55 mm , 18 – 135 mm , 16 – 35mm , 28 to 80 mm , 10 – 20mm , 40 – 150mm , 70 – 200 etc
and or
Any Prime lens(es) if you have them i.e. fisheye / wide angle / standard, telephoto
i.e 15mm , 20 mm , 35 mm , 50 mm , 85mm / 135mm
Lens notes;

  • If you have any lens with a fast aperture of f1.4 / f1.8 / f2.0 / f2.8 / f4.0 etc will be very useful night time photography

What to wear:

Weatherproof clothing for Field Trips

  • Cool / wet weather warm clothing layers / jumper / rain jacket
  • Warmer weather comfortable clothing, hat and sunglasses
  • Mini umbrella only, no large umbrellas for safety reasons


  • Closed in footwear for your safety, as we will be doing some practical lessons outside the classroom as well as for field trips acceptable; closed walking / running shoes/ hiking boots with rubber soles (no thongs/sandals / high heels etc)

Additional items:

  • A torch – LED and a cob-lamp / headlamp are essential to adjust set up your camera in the dark (* a smartphone is not recommended)
  • Own food, snacks and water
  • Note pad and pen
  • Bug repellent
  • A small towel for yourself /camera,
  • A face mask is recommended especially for feedback
  • Handkerchief, Tissues
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitiser should be at least 70 / 90 percent alcohol, Antibacterial wipes Camera (LCD) screen cleaner

About the Tutor:

"My name is Neoklis Bloukos, and I have had a passion for Photography since I was 14 years old.

My experience of over 48 years of in Photography includes; 25 years as a Press Photographer, over 19 years of Digital Photography & post processing, and now 8 years as a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching all levels of Photography.

I am very passionate about Photography, and I love to teach and share, my knowledge and practice of both classic and modern; Photography genres and techniques in the field, and I believe it is the most significant visual medium on this planet.

It is not just about teaching Photography, it is also about 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 before the commencement and you will be informed.
$215 Limited inc GST
Introduction to Photography

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