Photography for Beginners

In this comprehensive Course, through the help and guidance of a Professional Photography Tutor, 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 also gives students an opportunity to practice some of the theory, and exercises they have learned during the course, in the experience of a 2 x hour field trip to be held in Week 7. This Course precedes the Intermediate Photography Course, which is offered every term, through the College.

Creative Kids:

The minimum age for this Course is 15

Skill Level:

This class is suitable for students, who have a basic knowledge of their camera and controls, and or have completed either a;

  • Getting to Know your Camera Class
  • Basic DSLR / Photography Class or similar

Course Outcome:

You will learn:

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

The fundamentals and principles of photography including;

  • How to Focus properly and recompose
  • Composition
  • Portraiture
  • Night photography
  • Aperture and Depth of Field – DOF
  • Shutter and Shutter speeds – freezing and blurring

Course Outline in detail:

  • Introduction, set up, focus and recompose, and getting it sharp
  • Point of View – POV, Composition and Negative space and Reviewing your photograph(s)
  • Light and exposure, Aperture – Depth of Field and shutter speeds introduction, The Exposure Triangle, and under and overexposure.
  • Portraiture, with flash and available light, family & group Photography.
  • Action Photography; Motor drive set up, Focusing modes, shutter speeds slow to fast, Action photography – Freezing the moment and Panning.
  • Night Photography Field Trip; Set up – iso and noise, handheld and long exposures, and an introduction to light painting.
  • Photography equipment introduction; Memory cards, batteries, lenses, lens hoods, filters, tripods, monopods, and cable / wireless releases.
  • Introduction of how to post-process your photographs digitally, and introduction with free legitimate photo processing software.

What to bring:

Please bring your camera instructions/guides;
In Paper Booklet form (preferable):

  • Your instruction manual
  • Your quick guide

and or
In the digital form on your tablet or phone i.e. PDF format

  • Your instruction manual
  • Your quick guide

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

Any Zoom lens(es) 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 20 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 85mm, 135mm, 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

Please note; An extra battery and memory card are strongly advisable as you will be using your camera, and reviewing your photographs frequently, during class lessons and exercises.
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

Additional items for our night field trip:

Tripod gear:

  • A sturdy tripod
  • Tripod plate and spare plate if you have one
  • Tripod head/tripod ball head
  • A connected electronic cable release for your camera, as timing is crucial
  • A spare connected electronic cable release or remote release if you have one
  • Please note a sturdy tripod and tripod/tripod ball head and an electronically connected cable release (is essential as timing is crucial), Releasing with the delayed timer on your camera or button remote is not recommended
  • Please note the tutor has a limited amount of spare tripods for students that do not already have one for the night field trip

What to wear:

As we will be doing some practical lessons outside the classroom

  • Wet weather – Weatherproof clothing / weatherproof footwear / mini umbrella/rain jacket
  • Cooler weather – Warm clothing; / jumper / beanie / hat / scarf•Warmer weather – comfortable clothing/ hat / sunglasses
  • NO LARGE UMBRELLAS for safety reasons

Closed in footwear for your safety:

  • Sensible shoes / closed walking/running shoes/hiking boots with rubber soles

Please (NO thongs/sandals / high heels etc)

Other additional items:

  • Bug repellent/sunscreen
  • A flashlight / LED torch
  • Water
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antibacterial wipes (camera)
  • Camera (LCD) screen cleaner
  • Face mask – strongly recommended

For classroom sessions other additional items:

  • Seat cushion
  • Notepad and pen
  • Glasses if you need them


Classes/field trips will 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 if heavy weather/thunderstorm is forecast or it is continuously raining.

Special notes:

Safety precautions;
Please note hygiene safety precautions, and Government advisory will be in place
Students will be notified of the details before the beginning of this course via email, and when we start – Week1

Field trips:

  • Please note;

Details for the field trip will be sent once this course has begun

If a venue for our field trip has not granted access i.e. lockdown/safety concerns etc, an alternative field trip will be offered during the course

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)

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

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, Beginner, 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 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.
$235 Limited inc GST / $223.30
Photography for Beginners

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Creative Kids – Minimum age for this course is 15

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