John Cook

About the Tutor:

Press photographer at The Age  1960 – 1966

Own business as wedding/portrait photographer in the eastern Melbourne suburbs from 1966 to 1990

Glamour photography shop in a suburban shopping centre from 1990 to 2000

Retired then ran two photography classes per week at U3A Hawthorn from 2008 till 2019.

Computer Room

U3A Noosa – Photography


To learn how an image is constructed to please the eye and the heart. Composition. Where to point the camera. From landscapes to table-top. From Noosa to Naples.

To explore Noosa and surrounds. Possible excursions to other parts of Queensland and Australia.

To socialise with like-minded people

To create unique art and earn kudos from one’s peers.



Any camera, big or small. Phone camera to SLR.

Computer and USB stick with knowledge how to use them.

Car or carpool



Male or female, young or old.

Preferably able to walk, talk and kneel



Week one – arrive at U3A Noosa for the introduction and preliminary briefing.

Week two – arrive at designated location, spend an hour and a half photographing at will, lunch at nearby café at reasonable prices.

Week three – arrive at designated facility – which is equipped with large TV monitor or projector. Submit a USB stick with 6 of the best images, watch and listen to constructive, light-hearted, generic comments from John Cook. Lunch at nearby café at reasonable prices.

And repeat two and three.

Xmas party on last class day of the year.

Two weekends away per year. Within a couple of hour’s drive. Affordable self-booked accommodation. Meals at local pubs and café’s.



Day – subject to U3A.  Monday is subject to public holidays, Friday involves the weekend. So Tues, Wed or Thurs?

Location – 11am meeting – get there 15 minutes early. Lunch at 12.30. Leave at will.

Show and tell – 11am meeting, – to suit U3A schedule – lunch around 12.30, leave at will.



Possible locations

Hastings St, Gympie Terrace, Tewantin, Marina, National Park, Sunshine Beach, Perigian, Cooroy, Pomona, Kin Kin, Eumundi, Eumundi Market, Farmers market, Sunshine Plaza.

Any affordable tourist attraction from the Australian Zoo to the Aircraft Museum.

Any public facility from the cemetery to the tip.

Possible weekends away – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay, Gympie,



With a sense of adventure and a desire to see the world through a new dimension.

Create, laugh, learn.