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March 29, 2012

Nikonians Northern Exposure #1

Welcome to the first show of the new Nikonians Northern Exposure Podcast brought to you by Peter Spence from Canada.

In his first show Peter is talking about improving the sharpness of one Photograph images. This is design for beginners to Professional Photographers.

Download Nikonians Northern Exposure #1 (NPC-NE-2012-04-02.mp3; 28:21; MP3 format)

At some point in our life, all of us Professional Photographers need to go back to the basic of Photography, sometime we do become too comfortable in our Photography, so we do stop learning .So we need to become uncomfortable and approach the basic of Photography in a different light. Why we should to using prime lens more for better sharpness and composition, instead of just using a Zoom lens for every type of images. Why every photographer from beginners to professional, should be carrying a point-to -shoot Nikon camera with them all the time. Learn to see by listening with your ears and the important of using a tripod.

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March 26, 2012

Nik Software divorces Nikon... right?

Seems the 2006 wedding between the two has been annulated. How much of a happy wedding that was is hard to say, but, we have been waiting for a follow up on the Nikon Capture NX2 a few years now and nothing is on, not even on the most sensitive of rumor radars.

Is the software some minority groups claim we'll still get worth waiting for, risking it will never come?

I would say hardly. Life's moved on and there are great, new tools out there. Take your pick, even if your new one does not come from Nik(on).

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So much good stuff to read

Our sponsor Profoto runs their own blog and I really liked what I read. You probably have heard of this vendor before, providing leading light solutions for professionals and ambitious amateurs alike. If you are into understanding more about light and how you can deploy their solutions to get the right light, check their blog.

We have had the luck to use their equipment on various locations, including on the community stand on various Photokina exhibitions.

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March 25, 2012

Academy instructors preparing Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 workshops

Nikonians-Academy-Update.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reports the instructor staff is receiving the new Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 cameras, and they are seriously impressed with the image quality potential. The instructor team has already begun creating new D800/D4 workshop curricula for the Nikonians Academy and these workshops will begin rolling out in May.

Here is Mike’s report:
Make sure you look for the official workshop postings on the Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 later this week at www.nikoniansacademy.com.


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I’ve already had a chance to work with the Nikon D800 and you can have a look at my impressions in my blog.

Meanwhile—On the Road
Our intense workshop schedule for March is just wrapping up and we are looking forward to April with workshops in Denver, Seattle and California's Big Sur.

Our four Denver workshops scheduled for April 4-7 are close to selling out, so don't wait too much longer to sign up for the D700/D3, Lightroom 3/4 and iTTL Wireless Flash workshops led by Winston C. Hall.

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Rick Hulbert's four-day Seattle Urban Photography workshop will be a wonderful opportunity to learn the intricacies of photographing urban environments, architecture, and street photography.

This workshop series is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, or a professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

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Michael Mariant's trip to California's Big Sur (April 19-22) will take photographers through one of the Pacific Coast's most dramatic areas.

Michael knows the area well and is one of the foremost experts on the landscapes, waterfalls and coastlines in this region.

Reminder: Your Big Sur deadline for signing up is April 4th.

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Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons are two of North America's most incredible locations for wildlife photography.

Our wildlife photography instructor, Jim Stamates, knows these two National Parks like the back of his hand and is running two workshops in June.

For participants who book both of these back-to-back, we are offering a $100 rebate.

The Yellowstone dates are June 2-5 and the Grand Teton dates are June 6-9.

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Speaking of North American wildlife, check out Jim Stamates' Alaskan Wildlife Photography Adventure from July 22 - 28.

This trip will be an excellent opportunity to photograph whales, bears, eagles, glaciers and everything else "Alaska".

Jim knows how to run a great trip and I know you'll love this experience.

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For those on the East Coast of the USA, it is already time to start thinking about Fall colors in Acadia NP.

Les Picker has been photographing the east for decades and is one of the best suited to lead photo workshops to Acadia NP.

Our Acadia NP Photography Adventure will run October 18th - 21st and includes an amazing variety of photographic destinations such as sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, Bar Harbor, Ocean Drive, Thunder Hold and Thuya Gardens.


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Top 10 problems solved by members

Chime in to identify the top 10 issues solved by members for members and get an original Nikonians Photo Pro Strap as a thank you.

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March 20, 2012

$150 savings on Tokina 16-28MM F/2.8

Tim limited offer.

Nikon Mount Tokina 16-28MM F/2.8 ATX Pro FX Zoom Lens Regular price $849 add $50 Mail in Rebate $799 Additional Adorama discount $100

Final price $699 

Expires 3/30/12

Regular Pricing:

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March 18, 2012

Academy instructors primed for outdoor adventures

Nikonians-Academy-Update.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the “outdoor bug” is in full swing with the instructor staff, featuring scenic and wildlife adventure trips for the coming months.

Here is Mike’s report:
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Big Sur is one of California's great shooting locations and Michael Mariant knows this area in and out. Join him for his photo workshop titled Big Sur: From the Coast to the Canyons (April 19-22).

Michael will take you to the right spots at the right time to photograph stunning sunsets, expansive seascapes and intimate waterfalls. You'll love this workshop.

Wildlife bonanza
Jim Stamates is one of the great North American based wildlife photographers and we are honored to have him leading trips for us at the Nikonians Academy. Jim's trips this year include photo adventures to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons as well as a tremendous photo opportunity to capture images of wildlife in Alaska.

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Our four-day Yellowstone in Spring trip begins on June 2nd. This trip photographs wildlife in Lamar Valley, South Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mammoth, Yellowstone Falls, and more.

You will be be searching for bear, elk, wolves, bison, badger, pronghorn, and everything in between. Many photographers will choose to attend the Grand Teton Spring Wildlife Adventure, which follows the next week (June 6). For those that sign up for both the Yellowstone Wildlife Adventure and the Grand Teton wildlife adventure the following week, we are offering a $100 off the grand total special.

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Jim's Alaska Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure (July 22-28) will be one of our marquee events in 2012.

Join Jim and Kathy Stamates as they guide our own private boat to find humpback and killer whales, seals and marine mammals. Jim is eager to share his knowledge from 30 years as a professional wildlife photographer and his countless trips to Alaska. He will teach his 3 Keys to Great Photos, and how to get those stunning images of wildlife while using ‘low impact field techniques’.

You will have the opportunity to photograph grizzly bears and eagles while searching for dramatic landscapes, glaciers and everything Alaska has to offer.

Urban settings also provide adventure
Urban_180.jpgFor photographers who are looking for a more urban environment, I encourage you to check out Rick Hulbert's four day Urban Photography workshops in Seattle (April 12 - 15) and Toronto (May 3 - 5).

Rick will help attendees fully understand how to photograph the urban-built environment while also showing excellent techniques for using architecture as a backdrop for people and street photography.

Galapagos Update
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Two seats just opened up for our Galapagos trip this September.

Our workshop was sold out, but now a couple of people have a great opportunity to join our intrepid adventurers as we explore the wildlife and landscapes of the pristine Galapagos Islands. The trip includes seven nights on a Galapagos cruise and three nights in Quito Ecuador.

Classroom favorites update
Check out our classroom-based workshops on topics such as Studio Photography with Profoto, Master Nikon D800/D4/D700/D3, Master Nikon D300/D300s, Master Nikon D7000/D90/D80, Master Adobe Lightroom 3/4, Master Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash, and the Passionate Photographer, led by Steve Simon.

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The next three cities we'll be running these workshops are Montreal (March 22-25), Denver (April 4-7 with instructor Winston C. Hall) and Fairfield, NJ (May24-27 with instructor Mike Hagen).

We are adding more cities all around the USA and hope to be coming to a city near you very soon.


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March 16, 2012

New Nikon rebates available - Save up to $250

Today B&H just released a couple of new Nikon rebates. With this rebates you can save up to $250. B&H is shipping worldwide. So wherever you are in the world, this might be interesting for you.

For instance there is $100 savings on the Nikon D5100 (Body). Get this camera here.

To take advantage please visit the Nikon rebates website.

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March 14, 2012

Adobe PS Lightroom4 at $ 99 with purchase of a Nikon P7100

aps-lightroom4.jpgAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software at unbelievable price of $99, With Purchase of select cameras over $300. Nikon COOLPIX P7100

Take advantage here.

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March 13, 2012

Save 50% on the ultimate RAW converter --offer ends Friday

CO6express_300.jpgCapture One Express 6 brings out the best in your images! With tailor-made Nikon camera profiles; Capture One is the choice for Nikon photographers.

Until March 16th, you can save 50% and get Capture One Express 6 for only $64 USD/49 Euros. Use the voucher code “LENIK12” to claim your discount here.

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March 12, 2012

6% discount on Nikon Coolpix AW100

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Abes of Maine price: $276.95 
Savings: 6% Promotion 
Code: LOYALTY10
Click here to take advantage: AW100 deal
Offer expires: 3/13

Here are some sample shots: NikonAW100 sample by Hendric

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Nikonians Photo Professors #3

Photo Professors Episode 3: The Photo Professors getting a sharp image and they reinterpret a famous quote from Robert Capa.

Download Nikonians Photo Professors #3 (NPC-PP-2012-03-11.mp3; 50:08; MP3 format)

* Learning about the importance and methods of creating sharper images
* Sharing thoughts with Professional and Portrait Photographer Michael Price
* Being Inspired by the words of Robert Capa

Length of the podcast is 50:08

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March 11, 2012

New Jersey chosen first venue for newest workshop series

Nikonians-Academy-Update.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has just concluded his sold-out workshop series in Los Angeles, CA hosted at Samy's Camera store and each day ended with rousing applause from the attendees. Next on his agenda is preparing for the new workshops on the calendar, and he tells us the debut location will be in New Jersey.

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The month of May marks a major change to our workshop schedule as we roll out brand-new workshops all across the board. One of the more exciting new workshops will be our one-day studio lighting class using Profoto gear.
In this class, you will learn the ins and outs of using both continuous lighting (tungsten) as well as studio strobes (flash) to create stunning results.

Our first new workshop series begins in Fairfield, New Jersey in conjunction with Unique Photo's photography superstore. We posted the Fairfield NJ workshops a couple days ago and we are already half sold-out on our more popular classes. Don't delay.

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This weekend, Winston Hall is running classes in Dallas, Texas with his next series set for Austin, TX (March 14-18).

His Austin, Texas D7000/D90/D80 class is already sold out, but there are still a few seats available in the D700/D3, iTTL Wireless Flash, and Adobe Lightroom 3/4 workshops.

Winston just shot me a text message and said, "These Texas workshops are going great!"

Passionate_300.jpgSteve Simon is returning from his photo workshops with Gulf Photo Plus and will be running Nikonians Academy workshops in Toronto, Ontario (March 15-18) and Montreal, Quebec (March 22-25). In both cities, he's running workshops on D300/D300s, The Passionate Photographer, D700/D3/D3s/D3x, and the Nikon D7000/D90/D80.

His class, The Passionate Photographer, is getting rave reviews all around the world. Check it out.

Urban_275.jpg Have you ever wanted to become a better urban photographer? Rick Hulbert, our own Nikonians Photo Professor podcaster, is running a new workshop titled "Urban Photography, How to photograph built environments for people."

His class is unique from the standpoint that Rick is an award-winning architect as well as a master digital photographer.

He is one of the few people with both a mastery of the architectural urban environment and digital imaging. Join Rick in Seattle (April 12-15) or in Toronto (May 3-6).
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The Big Sur is one of Californians most famous coastal destinations with giant Pacific Ocean seascapes to amazing canyons and waterfalls. Join Michael Mariant for one of his signature workshops as you spend four days photographing tide pools, crashing waves, moss-covered rocks, deep canyons and amazing waterfalls. The deadline to sign up for this workshop is April 4th, so don't delay or you might miss your chance!

Check out the rest of our trips to places like Acadia National Park, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Eastern Sierra, Alaska Wildlife Adventure, Monument Valley, Galapagos, Africa and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

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March 4, 2012

Nikonians Academy Instructors missing

Nikonians-Academy-Update.jpgMissing-- but doing just fine....Nikonians Academy director Mike Hagen tells us most of the staff will spend considerable time absent from their home cities this month, as they tackle a busy March schedule.

Mike was one of the first ones packed up and on the road, and he filed this report while finishing up his workshop series on the USA West Coast:

I'm writing this week from Los Angeles, CA while running Academy Workshops at Samy's Camera store here in Hollywood.
We've had four days of sold-out workshops and enthusiastic photographers. What a great way to kick off March!

Passionate-Photog.jpgDuring the rest of March, we have workshops scheduled all around the USA and Canada taught by Steve Simon and Winston Hall. Steve will be teaching Master the D300/D300s In Depth, Master the Nikon D7000/D90/D80, Passionate Photographer, and Master the Nikon D700/D3/D3s,D3x In Depth in Montreal (March 22-25) and Toronto (March 15-18).

Winston Hall is running Nikon D700/D3/D3s,D3x In Depth, Master Nikon D700/D3/D3s,D3x Advanced, Master iTTL Wireless Flash, and Master Adobe Lightroom 3 in Dallas (March 8-11) and Austin (March 15-18).
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Michael Mariant is also bringing his brand of adventure/outdoor photography workshops to California during March and April in Death Valley (March 22-25) and the Big Sur from (April 19-22).

Click Here to Watch the Death Valley Virtual Video Tour.


Urban_275.jpgJoin Nikonians Photo Professor Rick Hulbert as he teaches our brand new 4-day Urban Photography workshop in Seattle (April 12-15) and in Toronto (May 3-6).

Taking it outdoors….
If you've ever wanted to photograph grand landscapes and wildlife in some of the most scenic spots in the world, then join us this year for our photography workshops in Moab UT (May 7-10), Yosemite CA (May 24-27), Yellowstone WY (June 2-4), Grand Teton (June 6-9), Giant Redwoods (June 21-24), Alaska Wildlife (July 22-28), Eastern Sierra (August 9-11), Monument Valley (September 10-13), Moab UT (September 18-21), Yellowstone Wildlife (September 29-October 2), Grand Teton Wildlife (October 3-6), Albuquerque Balloon Festival (October 8-12), Acadia NP (October 18-21), and Tanzania African Safari (November 4-15).

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March 2, 2012

Limited time only: Save 50% on the ultimate RAW converter

CaptureOne_logo_120x150px.jpgCapture One Express 6 brings out the best in your images! With tailor-made Nikon camera profiles; Capture One is the choice for Nikon photographers. Until March 16th, you can save 50% and get Capture One Express 6 for USD 64/EUR 49 only. Use the voucher code “LENIK12” to claim your discount here.

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