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February 28, 2011

Richard Hulbert Grand Prize winner Day Two-- still shooting - still learning

Nikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has been covering workshop activities in Belgium and he reports that day two for Richard Hulbert's (rhulbert) grand prize session was busy.

Rhulbert-2_275.jpgRichard, from Vancouver, Canada is attending a workshop lead by International award winning photographer Pascal Baetens, which he won in our Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest from last year.

Bo tells us the lessons for day two included: "Light - working with natural light, how to model with light. Further practicing how to locate yourself on relation to your model and the pros and cons of adding effects in post processing."

Pascal explained that post processing effects can often lead to discussions how the photo was done instead of focusing the audience on the original intent of the photographer.

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February 26, 2011

10th Anniversary Contest winner enjoying his Grand Prize

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert), from Vancouver, Canada is in Leuven, close to Brussels,enjoying his exclusive workshop with an International award winning photographer Pascal Baetens.
He won the grand prize in our Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest last year.

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That's Rick on the right (on the first day), discussing photo techniques with Pascal.

Rick has has been learning the use of perspective and relative perspective in people photography as well as practicing the techniques for establishing distance between photographer and model (and how you can enter into the personal bubble to get more emotional portraits).

Also discussed was placement of the model in best frame composition to allow for strongest communication between subject and viewer.

A small group of four students in the first workshop Rick is taking with Pascal makes learning highly effective. Two models are available to the photographers.

Rick's workshop win included air ticket and hotel accommodations in Belgium plus a Plaber Case HPRC 2780W and Foolography Wireless GPS Bundle.

His winning image titled "3 Nikonian Amigos on the Caribbean Road" was made with a Nikon D3X camera using a 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S set at 16mm. The aperture was f/5.6, the shutter speed was 1/8000s.

Check our News Blog for Richard's description of the shooting details (including the names of our shadowy Nikonians Amigos).

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February 25, 2011

Nikonians Anniversary Workshop

Member Rick Hulbert from Canada is getting his first prize that he won during the 2010 Nikonians 10th Anniversary Contest this weekend in Brussels. Renowned fine art nude and fashion photographer Pascal Baetens will deliver the workshop Rick won.

More information - behind the scenes - with images from the workshop will be posted in the blog in the coming days.

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Nikonians Academy Europe adds new workshop focusing on birds of prey

For the Netherlands and Belgium area, Nikonians Academy Europe is now offering a brand new and exciting workshop Master Wildlife Photography: Birds of Prey.

bird-NAEU.jpgIf you've always wanted to create beautiful bird of prey images or learn how to improve your wildlife photography this is an ideal workshop. It provides you with a unique chance to photograph them up close, in flight, or on their prey. This workshop is guaranteed to offer you great opportunities for stunning images of falcons, owls, hawks and other birds of prey.

The first of these exciting new workshops will be held on Saturday 11 June 2011 in Diessen, The Netherlands. Diessen is situated close to the border of Belgium thereby offering a great opportunity for both Dutch and Belgian residents. There are a limited number of seats available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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February 24, 2011

The Image Doctors #135

Rick and Jason discuss the subject of water and putting together a budget birding kit

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This Episode is sponsored by Tamron USA and the new SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II VC. Take advantage of the $50 Mail In Rebate offered by Tamron USA.

Show Notes: February 24, 2011
Upcoming events: South Dakota photo safari with Jason
Water as a subject
Birding on a budget: Gear Recommendations
Photo Prescription: Don't spend time on bad images

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February 20, 2011

Nikonians News Flash #170

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This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:-Eight new Coolpix cameras
-Win a D3100 from Nikon
-D90 and D5000 firmware update
-Nikonians News Flash Q&A toll free phone number 1-888-727-4101
-Pocket Wizard interview on News Flash horizon
-PhaseOne Capture One survey
-Apple update for iPhoto 11 and Aperture 3
-Viveza 2 update

Download Nikonians News Flash #170 (NPC-NF-2011-02-20.mp3; 4:05; 3.75MB; MP3 format)

Today's News Flash Sponsored by Tamron

SHOW NOTES FOR FEBRUARY 20. 2011


Nikon announces 8 new cameras


Nikon D3100 Giveaway


Firmware Update
for the D5000 and D90

Nikonians News Flash Question & Answer line 1-888-727-4101

PocketWizard Mini TT1 Interview upcoming

CaptureOne Phase One User Survey

Phase One IQ180 Digital back

Update for Aperture 3
and iPhoto 11

Viveza 2 Update

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February 16, 2011

News Flash EXTRA-- Ask YOUR question

NewsflashExtra.jpgNikonians News Flash podcaster Ray Valdovinos extends his invitation to you to join in on the show!

NewsFlash-Ray_150.jpgStarting today, listeners can call in via a toll free number (888-727-4101) and record photographic questions.

Ray will then pick a few and experts will answer them in his News Flash podcasts.

The invitation is always open, and you are now invited to call.

Once again-- the Toll Free number is 888-727-4101

Special Note for callers outside USA:
You can dial this number and it will connect. If international dialing rates apply from your current location, you will hear a message alerting you that the call will be charged.

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February 14, 2011

Berger Bros. Camera D7000 body/kit special offer for Nikonians

Check out the latest special from our favorite discount lady over at the Nikonians Berger Bros. Camera forum!

D7000_110.jpgLisa has a combination package for our members in the Continental USA:
- Buy a Nikon D7000 body or kit.
-Berger Bros. will ship your order via UPS ground for FREE within the continental U.S.

And...you can choose one of the following items for FREE:
-Nikon MLL3 Remote Control
or - Quickpro's D7000 instructional DVD Camera Guide

for ordering details-- go to Lisa's posted offer.

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February 10, 2011

The Image Doctors #134

Rick and Jason interview UK product/interior photographer David Cleveland.

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Show Notes: February 10, 2011
Interview with David Cleveland www.davidcleveland.co.uk
Getting sharp images
Photo Prescription: In-camera sharpening settings

For the MP3 version of this podcast (audio only) click here.

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February 9, 2011

PhaseOne Conducts CaptureOne Survey

PhaseOne wants to know about your photography style and how you use their premiere CaptureOne RAW conversion suite. If you're an owner/user, be sure to get your opinion heard.

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Nikon unveils eight new COOLPIX cameras

logo_nikon.gifPowerful zooms, HD video and surprisingly competitive prices highlight the features available in Nikon's latest COOLPIX cameras, announced today.

Our thanks to Nikon USA representative Geoff Coalter for providing these bullet points on the new COOLPIX models:

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▪ 36x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (22.5mm wide-angle to 810mm super-telephoto)
▪ 12.1-Megapixels
▪ EXPEED C2 dual image processors and Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor enable high-speed continuous shooting, exceptional low-light quality and advanced performance
▪ Full HD (1080P) recording
▪ Available in March 2011 for $399.95 in Black and Red

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Nikon COOLPIX P300:
▪ 4.2x Wide-Angle, f/1.8 maximum aperture NIKKOR glass lens (24-100mm)
▪ 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
▪ Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor, High ISO Sensitivity, and fast wide-angle f/1.8 lens result in superior image quality in low-light conditions
▪ Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S) and Full Manual (M) Controls easily accessed by the camera’s convenient Mode Dial
▪ Available in March 2011 for $329.95 in Black

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Nikon COOLPIX S9100:
▪ 18x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (25mm wide-angle to 450mm telephoto)
▪ 12.1-Megapixels in a deceptively thin body
▪ Full HD (1080p) movie recording with one-touch operation, optical zoom, stereo sound and the ability to capture still images during recording
▪ Huge, Bright 3.0-inch high-resolution VGA (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display
▪ Available in March 2011 for $329.95 in Black, Red, and Silver

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Nikon COOLPIX S6100:
▪ 16.0-Megapixels and a 7x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (28mm wide-angle to 196mm telephoto)
▪ Touch Panel operation on huge, bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD
▪ HD Movies (720p) with HDMI connectivity
▪ Available in March 2011 for $199.95 in Silver, Red, Black and Violet

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Nikon COOLPIX S4100:
▪ 14.0-Megapixels and a 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto)
▪ Ultra slim (0.8-inches) camera body, with One-Touch recording and moviemaking of HD Movies (720p) with sound
▪ Intuitive Touch Panel operation on bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD
▪ Available in February 2011 for $179.95 in Champagne Plum, Silver, Black, and Red

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Nikon COOLPIX S3100:
▪ 14.0-Megapixels and a 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto)
▪ Sleek camera design (0.8 inches, 4.2 ounces), 2.7-inch LCD and ISO Capability up to 3200
▪ Features 19 Scene Modes, including Portrait, Party, Landscape and Sunset – all of which automatically adjust camera settings to specific scenes
▪ Available in February 2011 for $139.95 in Silver, Red, Black, Yellow, Purple, Blue and Pink

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Nikon COOLPIX L120:
▪ 14.1 Megapixels and a 21x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (28mm wide-angle to 420mm super-telephoto)
▪ Advanced One-Touch HD (720p) Movie recording capabilities with Stereo Sound and Sports Continuous Shooting
▪ Features a 3.0-inch high-resolution HVGA (921,000-dot) LCD Color Display, Five-way VR
▪ Image Stabilization, Motion Detection and 17 Scene Modes
▪ AA-battery power
▪ Available in February 2011 for $279.95 in Black, Bronze and Red

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Nikon COOLPIX L24:
▪ 14.0 Megapixels and a 3.6x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (37mm wide-angle to 134mm telephoto)
▪ Incredible 3.0-inch LCD and ISO 1600 Capability
▪ Easy Auto Mode automatically selects the best settings for a photograph and a Scene Mode system that allows the user to choose from 16 scenes to find the best one for the situation
▪ AA-battery power
▪ Available in February 2011 for $119.95 in Red, Black and Silver

Coinciding with the COOLPIX announcement, check out the latest installment in Nikon's podcast series featuring host Mark Ellwood and guest Steve Heiner discussing the new cameras.

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February 6, 2011

Nikonians News Flash #169

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This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
-News Flash Q & A Q=Ralph Cowden A=Darrell Young
-Nikon Instant Rebates continue
-D3100 firmware update 1.01
-Looking for The World's Best Street Photographer
-"Parlez-vous français?"
-A winter warmup with Michael Mariant


Download Nikonians News Flash #169 (NPC-NF-2011-02-06.mp3;
5:00; 4.58MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes for February 6, 2011
Darrell Young answers a question from Ralph Cowden
Send your questions

Nikon's Instant http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/find/newsLetter/Rebates.jsp/kbid/3285

D3100 Firmware Update

London Street Photography Festival accepting entries

Parlez-vous français?

Death Valley in the spring with Michael Mariant

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

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