Photography for Beginners St George & Sutherland Community College

Photography for Beginners

This introduction to Photography Course for Beginners is suitable for all levels of Photography, whether you are a Beginner or want to brush up on your skillset. 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 also includes; Travel photography – how to get the most of your Photography when you’re travelling, a day trip, a weekend away or overseas, and then concludes with a night Field Trip at Tom Ugly’s Bridge; Night / Long exposure Photography; Exposure – using aperture, shutter speeds and manual, and an introduction to light painting.

Course Outline:

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

  • Week 1

Correct camera set up; Picture Styles and How to see in Colour and Black and White (monochrome)

  • Week 1

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, aperture and depth of field

  • Week 3

Composition; Point of View – POV, Composition and Negatie 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 Action photography – Motor drive set up Focusing modes, Shutter speeds slow to fast, Freezing the moment and Panning

  • Week 6

Travel photography how to get the most of your Photography when you are travelling, a day trip, a weekend away or overseas

  • Week 7

Introduction to long exposure photography; Camera Set up, Iso and noise reduction, Tripod theory, focusing manually, exposure bracketing over and under exposure

  • Week 8

Tom Ugly’s Bridge Field Trip – Night Long exposure Photography long exposures; Using what you learnt in week 7; Exposure – using aperture, shutter speeds and manual, and an introduction to light painting

Course Outcomes:

You will learn how;

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

Learn the fundamentals and principles of photography including;

  • Light and exposure – Under and over exposure
  • How to Focus properly and recompose
  • Framing and Composition
  • Night photography (handheld)
  • Night long exposure Photography with a tripod and light painting
  • Flash photography
  • Aperture and Depth of Field – DOF
  • Shutter and Shutter speeds – freezing and blurring

What to bring:

Field trip:
Details for the field trip will be sent via email once this course has begun.
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)


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:

Coffee/drinks / food/dinner / snacks /etc, transport to and from and any other expenses are not included in the cost of this course
What you will need for Photography field trips;

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
  • 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


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
  • 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.

  • The Tutor uses a 15mm fisheye / wide angle lens to capture photographs at a closer range

For Week 7 and Week 8 the Tom Ugly’s Field trip in addition to the above:
Tripod gear:

  • A sturdy tripod, Tripod plate
  • Tripod head/tripod ball head
  • A connected electronic cable/cable release is 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 backup remote)
  • The Tutor has 3 x spare tripods he will bring for these 2 x weeks

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

For night classes / flash Photography:

  • Your internal camera flash is fine for night classes, but if you have If you have a separate camera flash, please bring that too
  • With necessary batteries; fresh alkaline or fully charged – rechargeable batteries

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
  • Money / cash for coffee / snacks / food /drinks on our field trips

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 in Photography, 25 years as a Press Photographer, including over 19 years of Digital Photography.

I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching all levels of 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 Short and Mini Photography Courses, Field Trips and classes 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 before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.