Photography for Beginners

In this comprehensive course you will 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 or Mirrorless 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 course is now comprised of 4 sessions of 2 x hrs learning Photography in the field (other than your initial class 2 x hrs held in the actual grounds the College, as well as comprehensive feedback and theory sessions and Post Processing Class held using Zoom in the comfort of your own home.

This comprehensive 8 x week Course includes 10 x hours of learning Photography in the field (includes Jannali set up session);

1 × 2hr Jannali College (set up intro) - night, 1 × 2 hour – Como Pleasure Grounds, 1 × 2 hour Jannali shopping centre – night, 1 × 2 hrs – Cronulla night, 1 × 2 hrs Tom Ugly’s Bridge – night

As well as comprehensive feedback and theory sessions of 6 x hours (3 × 2 hrs) including your final 2 x hr Post Processing Class, all held using Zoom in the comfort of your own home. This Course precedes the Intermediate Photography Course, which is offered every term, through the College.

Course Outcome:

You will learn;

  • To set up your camera properly; iso, image size and white balance, picture styles / picture control and colour space
  • Reviewing your photographs properly
  • Processing software and introduction to backing up

The fundamentals and principles of photography including;

  • Light and exposure – High key and Low key
  • How to Focus properly and recompose
  • Composition
  • Night photography hand held
  • Night photography with a tripod and light painting
  • Flash photography
  • Aperture and Depth of Field – DOF
  • Shutter and Shutter speeds – freezing and blurring

Course Outline in detail:

  • Week 1

2 hrs
Setting up menus, know your camera, Recording images, playback and toolbox, Getting it sharp, Focusing and Recomposing – Focus and recompose

  • Week 2

2 hrs Field trip
Como Pleasure Grounds / Jannali Shops / Light / Lighting exposure / Aperture and Depth of Field / Flash introduction

  • Week 3

ZOOM 2 x hours feedback and theory

  • Week 4

2 hrs Field trip
Jannali Shops
Point of View – POV, Composition and Negative space

  • Week 5

2 hrs
Field trip Cronulla
Action photography – Motor drive set up Focusing modes
Shutter speeds slow to fast
Freezing the moment and Panning

  • Week 6

ZOOM 2 hours feedback and theory

  • Week 7

2 hrs Field trip
Tom Ugly’s Bridge Night Photography Field Trip;
Introduction to Night Photography
Set up – Tripod theory iso and noise, Focusing, long exposures, and an introduction to light painting.
Introduction to light painting

*Sunset, *golden hour, twilight and night time
*The light for this field trip varies, depending on the time of year.

  • Week 8

ZOOM 2 x hours feedback and theory


Post Processing software and Organising your photographs

Physical drive, archival disk and cloud back ups
Introduction of how to post process

Introduction to free legitimate photo processing software and non-subscription post processing software paid once only alternatives as well as effects and film simulation software.

Field trips:

Please note:
Details for the field trips will be sent once this course has 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 students photographs, is inclusive of the time allowed, for each field trip. 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)
Coffee/drinks/food/dinner/snacks/etc, transport to and from, and any other expenses are not included in the cost of this course.


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

What you will need for Photography field trips:

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) at least x 2 if you have them

An extra battery and memory card, are strongly recommended, as your camera will be ON, for most of the field trips, and also reviewing your photographs frequently

You need either;
At least one Zoom lens(es) with manual focus capability
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. 35 mm, 50 mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm
Some night photography is done at close quarters + so make sure you also bring your widest zoom lens and or widest wide angle prime lens or + fisheye lens.
+ i use a 15mm fisheye to capture photographs at closer range

For the Tom Ugly’s Field trip:

in addition to the above
Tripod gear:

  • A sturdy tripod
  • Tripod plate and spare plate if you have one – essential for the connection of your camera to your tripod
  • Tripod head / tripod ball head
  • A connected electronic cable / cable release are strongly recommended for your camera, as timing is crucial
  • If it is a remote button release (you should use the same camera brand that is specific to your camera, this is fine if you have one, they are great as a back-up remote)
  • The Tutor will bring 3 x spare tripods for this field trip, if you do not have a tripod, please notify the Tutor at the beginning of this course.
  • Please note an electronic connected cable release (is essential as timing is crucial), Releasing with the delayed timer on your camera or using a wireless trigger or app with smartphone is not recommended

Safety Note;
Tripods can only be used, with the Tutor’s supervision, and away from public thoroughfares

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 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

Some night photography is done at close quarters + so make sure you also bring your widest zoom lens and or widest wide angle prime lens or +fisheye lens.
+ i use a 15mm fisheye to capture photographs of rides at closer range
Additional photographic gear, if you have any of items please bring them along too;

  • A camera flash (and batteries)
  • Any Macro kit; close up filter(s) / extension tubes and or macro lens

What to wear:

Weatherproof clothing for Field Trips

  • Cool / wet weather warm clothing / jumper /mini umbrella only / rain jacket
  • Warmer weather – comfortable clothing, hat and sunglasses
  • 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 or cob-lamp / headlamp is 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
  • Money / cash for coffee / snacks / food /drinks on our field trips

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.

If you wish not to do the zoom class feedback / theory (depending on the course), this course still offers great value to learn and experience Photography in the Field, the best way to really learn Photography.

Zoom classes are not mandatory but enables the Tutor to give more accurate feeback, in the comfort of your home and also allow a better opportunity for; audio visual Tutoring of Photography: knowledge, and theory and experience from the Tutor and other resources hand picked the Tutor.

Most courses and field trips are now maximum of 6 x places offering only the best possible Tutoring and field trip experience(s), and feedback.

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 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.
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Photography for Beginners

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