Photography Field Trips

In this comprehensive Photography Course you will learn about the different methods of Photography in some of the best locations in the Shire, Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra to really learn Photography in the Field. Learn how to look and really observe, and capture the Photographs as you really desire, increasing your skillset and perception of what you are actually seeing. You will also get constructive feedback in our Zoom online feedback sessions, where the students and the Tutor can share their photographs, and give feedback in a constructive and positive manner in the comfort and safety of their homes.

Learn a different and refreshing approach to Photography, make new friends and have some real life outdoor experiences, all at the same time. All of Neoklis courses and field trips are now a maximum of 6 x places offering only the best possible Tutoring and field trip experience(s), and feedback possible.

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
  • Masterclass 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 need for Zoom classes:

Computer / Smartphone / Tablet loaded with an updated version of a browser, either Firefox / Chrome / Safari and zoom software with a basic/free account set up Have zoom software installed and free / basic account set up, this only takes a few minutes. The Tutor will broadcast in HD please use the fastest connection possible whether; broadband / 5G / 4G etc Zoom Links, free legitimate camera manufacturer and other software links, course Outline and course notes will be provided by the Tutor, once the course has started.

Please note: Online Feedback Zoom Classes

Zoom Online Classes; If wish not to do the zoom class feedback / theory (depending on the course), these field trips still offers great value to learn and get experience of Photography in the Field.
Please note: Zoom classes are usually held on a Wednesday night
Zoom classes are not mandatory but enables the Tutor to give more accurate feedback, in the comfort of your home and also allow a better opportunity for Hybrid learning; handpicked audio-visual resources, as well as the knowledge, of a Tutor with over 48 years' experience.

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 /compact camera 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

Filter kit

  • A circular polarizing filter known as a CPL is strongly recommended
  • Neutral density graduated filters
  • 10 x stop filter also known as ND1000
tripod kit for if you wish to do long exposures (not all field trips)
  • a tripod
  • remote cable release – connected by wire to camera
  • back up remote release

What to wear:

Weatherproof clothing / clothing for cool weather

  • Cool / wet weather

layers are strongly recommended

  • Thermal wear
  • woollen jumper mid layer
  • fleece mid layer
  • windproof jacket
  • puffer jacket
  • rain jacket / rain outer shell
  • Gloves
  • neck gaiter / tube
  • scarf etc
  • handwarmers (most chemists stock them) they are very handy for keeping batteries warm too
  • mini umbrella only (NO large umbrellas they are a burden to carry and for safety reasons)

Warmer weather

  • comfortable breathable clothing,
  • hat and sunglasses and sunscreen
  • rain jacket / rain shell in case of sudden rain

Essential Footwear:

You will need proper footwear for this field trip, Please note; as it is extremely slippery around the rockpool, to participate you must wear enclosed footwear only, no open footwear i.e.; sandals, high heels, open shoes, smooth soled shoes cannot be worn for this field trip.

For safety purposes acceptable footwear is as follows; Shoes / boots with grip / rubber soles i.e. walking shoes, running shoes, - bush walking shoes or hiking boots / weather-proof footwear / boots / rock shoes are highly recommended (Coalcliff).

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 – tap pay /card preferable for coffee / drinks / snacks / brunch lunch / dinner (no split bills)
  • Seat cushion
  • Notepad and pen
  • Glasses if you need them

Special notes:

Safety precautions:
Please note ANY hygiene safety precautions, and Government advisory will be followed
Students will be notified of the details before the beginning of this course via email, the same week 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 i.e. 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.

Batteries: 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 48 years of experience of Photography, 25 years as a Press Photographer, and over 19 years of digital post-processing.

I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching the whole spectrum of Photography; Beginner, Intermediate, and right through to 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 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 or 2 weeks 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.