Photography - Intermediate

This Photography Course is tailored for those seeking to learn both technical and creative techniques of Photography and who wish to seek a greater understanding of the traditional, artistic and core principles of Photography. Through the guidance of a Professional Photography Tutor, you will be able to build on and increase your technique and skillset, and take your Photography beyond what you can see, through the technique of previsualization – the true cornerstone of Creative Photography.

This comprehensive 8 x week Course includes 1 × 2 hour night Photography Field Trips to Circular Quay / Opera House and 1 × 2 hour Field Trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge / Luna Park Sydney precinct as well as 6 × 2-hour classes a total of 16 hours. Please note as all field trip venues/dates can be changed at any time due to any govt restrictions, another field trip will be in place. This Course precedes the Photography Masterclass Course, which is offered every term, through the College.

Skill level:

This field trip is suitable for students who have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and controls, shutter and aperture settings and or have completed either a;

  • Beginner’s Digital Photography Course or similar
  • Basic DSLR / Digital Photography Course or similar
  • Intermediate DSLR / Digital Photography Course or similar

Course Outline:

  • Advanced camera set up
  • The steps of photography
  • Thinking before you press the shutter button
  • Choosing the right lens / focal length every time, advanced point of view, composition and lighting.
  • Macro and Close-up photography
  • The difference between close up and macro photography;
  • How to focus manually and automatically, how to use extension tubes,
  • Depth of field; shallow depth of field and deep depth of field.
  • Picture control / Picture style how do they work?
  • What is the raw format? , how does it differ from Jpeg?
  • What is a RAW processor?
  • Organising and backing up your photographs;
  • Back up methods; Physical drive HDD, digital – SSD / NAND, archival optical disk and cloud backups
  • Intermediate flash, why use flash, understanding the usage of flash
  • why professionals use flash, when and when not to use flash,
  • how to get more out of your flash;
  • understanding off-camera flash and its advantages,
  • 2nd curtain sync explained, fill flash and panning with flash.
  • Previsualization – How to see before you take a photograph
  • Planning – How to pack like a professional, and being prepared for the weather.
  • Introduction to filters and filter technique
  • Night Field Trip to Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House
  • Night Photography; iso, noise and grain,
  • Keeping it steady – How to photograph; handheld at night / low light
  • Advanced principles of; composition, negative space, lighting and texture
  • Storytelling through photography
  • Night Field Trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park Sydney precinct and Lavender Bay
  • How to photograph; handheld at night / low light, knowing when to use using shutter priority and aperture priority.
  • Learn how to take intentionally blurred images;
  • What is an intentional blur and what is bokeh.
  • Zoom effects
  • Time exposures; without a tripod, and with a tripod / mini tripod.
  • Masterclass; Influential photographers, that made photography what it is today, and their legacies, and how it is even more important in the fast world of digital photography

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) 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

Additional items for night field trips;

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

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 a closer range

Additional photographic gear, if you have any of items please bring them along too;

  • A flashlight or off-camera flash (and batteries)
  • An off-camera flash cord and or flash transmitter

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 / 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:

Other additional items:

  • Bug repellent / sunscreen
  • A flashlight / LED torch (* a smartphone is not recommended)
  • Water /snacks
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antibacterial wipes (camera)
  • Camera (LCD) screen cleaner
  • Face Mask – strongly recommended
  • Money / cash for coffee / snacks / food /drinks on our field trips

For classroom sessions other additional items:

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


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

Please note:

If a venue for a field trip(s) has not been granted access ie lockdown/safety concerns etc, an alternative field trip(s) will be offered during the course

  • Entry to Luna Park Sydney is currently on hold we will be taking photographs of Luna Park from the perimeter, not within Luna Park itself until further notice
  • *This field trip be held whether Luna Park Sydney is operating or not, I.e. Photography of the Luna Park Sydney face from the outside etc
  • 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

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, Beginners, Intermediate and 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, 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 prior to the commencement and you will be informed.
$235 Limited inc GST / $223.30
Photography - Intermediate

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