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September 10, 2007

Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy

Nikonians Academy will offer Nikon D300 workshops
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
With the introduction of Nikon's new digital SLR cameras, we have been receiving many questions about when we will start offering workshops on these new cameras. The answer is that we will add Nikon D300 workshops starting in January of 2008.

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We're looking forward to this great new camera and can't wait to start teaching each of you how to use it! For the time being, we encourage you to go over to our D100/D200/D300 Users Group forum to read what others have to say about it! You can also check out Nikon's detailed D300 specifications or a quick D300 overview from our friends at LetsGoDigital.

We really want to highlight the Philadelphia dates this October.
Carmine Picarello, (our resident commercial, wedding and all-around master photographer) will be teaching workshops on the Master your Nikon D200, Field Photography: Nikon D200 and D80, Nikon Capture NX and Nikon wireless iTTL flash and Creative Lighting System (CLS). The D200 workshops he's leading are set up for two days. The first day will be our standard D200 class, aimed at helping you fully understand all the camera's advanced functions. This is a wonderful workshop and has been selling out in almost every city we run it. The second day will be a field photography workshop. Carmine will be working with you on the D200 in the field, showing you how to actually put into practice professional techniques and methods. The name of this workshop is "Master Field Photography: Nikon D200 and D80". The workshop is actually open to anyone with a Nikon DSLR (D50, D70, D40, D80, D200, D2X, D100) and the purpose is to show you how to get the most out of your camera in real world shooting situations. We'll be doing street photography and also photographing in great locations in Philadelphia's historic downtown district. Carmine will show you how to optimize the camera for autofocus, color modes, depth of field and fill flash so that you can shoot with confidence on your next photo adventure. Join us for an exciting series of workshops in Philadelphia.

Quick Tip:Use your Highlights Screen to check exposures
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Here's a quick field photography tip for you. Many times when I'm photographing on assignment in the outdoors, the ambient light is just too bright to adequately see my camera's LCD. I'm normally in the habit of quickly checking my LCD right after taking my photo just to make sure I've nailed the shot. One of the fastest methods to check your exposure is to view your camera's Highlight screen. Many people call this the blinkies screen. The reason why this screen is important is that it shows you which portions of the photo (if any) are over exposed or "blown out." By quickly viewing this, I can see if the subject's face has any blown highlights and then quickly make adjustments if necessary.
Obviously, judging exposures with the Highlight screen isn't as accurate as using the Histogram screen, but it sure is a lot faster!
When shooting photos on a trip, you want to stay in the moment and keep shoot photos as they are happening and a quick view of the Highlight Screen is one of the best ways to do this.

Finally, for those Floridians out there, we want to remind you that we have a couple workshop dates scheduled just for you this October.
Winston Hall will be teaching in Miami from October 18th - 21st. We have seats remaining for each day of the series in our D200, D80/D70, Capture NX and iTTL flash workshops. Winston is also teaching in Orlando the week before from October 11th - 14th.

Posted by flashdeadline at September 10, 2007 4:55 AM