August 27, 2007
Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy
Flash Workshops rank high in popularity
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
One of our most popular workshops is the iTTL Wireless Flash workshop. It tends to sell out in most major cities and for good reason; the class is a hoot and you learn a heck of a lot about Nikon's ingenious flashes.
The day is split up between classroom study and hands-on application. For example, we spend a good portion of the day learning how to configure your SB-800, SB-600 and SU-800 strobes. Then, we set up indoor and outdoor shooting situations so you can practice the techniques in real-world scenarios. We want everyone to walk away from the workshop with the ability to create phenomenal flash photos at any time, anywhere. Check out the workshop details at www.nikoniansacademy.com.
Speaking of wireless flashes, Here's a quick camera tip for those of you who are setting up your SB-800 and SB-600 flashes to be used in a wireless arrangement. We recommend using an ISO between 200 and 400 and an aperture of f/5.6 or larger. This will allow your flashes to cycle quickly as well as give you a bit of flexibility with positioning them farther from the subject. There are lots of times when you just aren't able to get your flashes close to the subject. In those situations, using a low ISO like 100 or small aperture like f/11 will make it very difficult for the flashes to light up the subject with our smaller speedlights. If you need more depth of field, then you can always double up flashes by rubber-banding two of them together in tandem.
Our September workshops still have a few seats remaining and some of them have already sold out. Winston Hall will be teaching in Indianapolis IN 9/7 through 9/9, Raleigh NC 9/13 through 9/16 and Nashville TN 9/20 through 9/23. Don't let the last days of summer slip by without learning how to use your favorite Nikon camera gear and software!
Our African photo safari already has five people on the waiting list and we haven't even posted signup details yet! This is going to be an amazing trip to Tanzania, the Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater and other private wildlife parks. The whole time, you'll be transported in special stretch Land Cruisers and we'll limit the number of photographers to four per vehicle. This is a trip for photographers, designed by photographers.
We'll be waking up in the early morning hours to take sunrise photos and then staying in the bush for our sunset photos. The goal is perfect light and great photos. During the middle part of the day, we'll take a rest at our lodges and bush tents. Our hope is to have all the details such as pricing and flight arrangements ironed out by next week when I'll have the workshop posted at our website www.nikoniansacademy.com. In the mean time, feel free to contact me about the safari if you have questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by flashdeadline at August 27, 2007 12:03 PM