The Rocks Field Trip - Capturing the Moment and Storytelling

In some of the best locations in the The Rocks precinct; The Argyle stairs, Sydney Harbour Bridge Stairs, Observatory Hill and Garrison Church, you will learn how to capture a moment or tell a story through Timing, Light and Composition, in both black and white and in colour.

Learn how to use colour to create emotion, learn how to evoke a reaction, tell a story, a moment in time using colour temperature – white balance, colour tone through picture styles / Picture control to really create dramatic colour photographs.

Learn to Photograph in black and white, using your monochrome and filter settings; how light and shadow can set a tone or mood and invoke a reaction. Timing; the essential ingredient to Capturing any Moment and POV Point of View, Composition and negative space to frame and compose your timing.

This field trip includes a de-brief (within the 3 x hours), and open chat session, relating to anything about Photography technique and or equipment.
You will receive the benefit of being tutored by a Professional Photography Tutor, with 48 years of photography experience and camera equipment, in a relaxed, but very informative manner.

Please book early to receive your field trip instructions via email (the week preceding the field trip). 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. If wish not to do the zoom class feedback session this field trip still offers great value to learn and get experience of Photography in the Field.

Skill level:

Please note this course covers in-depth principals of Photography, therefore it is recommended that students should have completed:

  • At least a Beginners / Intermediate Photography Course, and or similar
  • Masterclass Course or Similar
  • Or completed 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 some of the principals of Photography including, both shutter speeds, and aperture-depth of field.

What you will need for your Zoom session:


  • Computer with camera
  • Tablet with camera
  • Smartphone

A strong internet connection is recommended. A zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the session taking place

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 3 if you have them

An extra battery and extra memory cards, are strongly recommended, as your camera will be ON for most of this field trip, 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) i.e. 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

What to wear:

This course includes outdoor photo so please dress appropriately for the expected conditions. Check for your latest forecast


This field trip will go ahead even if it is raining lightly. Field trips will run regardless of the weather to give students an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather.

If it is dangerous weather, high winds severe downpour you will be sent an email or text, please keep an eye out for any messages/mail from Neoklis in case the weather changes suddenly.

A field trip will only be postponed to a future date if heavy weather/thunderstorm is forecast, or it is continuously raining.

Please note:

  • All locations are a guide only, depending on length of time taken at, and between actual Photography locations, every endeavour will be made to get to all of these locations.
  • Transport to and from are in addition to the cost of this field trip. Drinks, foods, snacks, water, parking, lunch etc are not included.

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, 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.
$100 Limited inc GST
The Rocks Field Trip - Capturing the Moment and Storytelling

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