August 30, 2012
Exposure - little helpers
August 29, 2012
Exposure - metering modes
August 28, 2012
Academy Director - Behind the Scenes, Part Two
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is preparing for his custom expedition yacht photo adventure trip to the Galapagos Islands (Sept. 14-23). At press time , there are only two seats left. While preparing for the trip, Mike has filed behind the scenes reports highlighting the accomplishments and activities of his fellow Nikonians Academy instructors.
Here is Mike’s Report:
Continuing with last week's theme of showing off some of the projects from our group of professional photographer workshop instructors, we have updates from Rick Hulbert and Winston Hall. In Part Two, I'll let Rick and Winston fill you in.
It is gratifying to work with people of all ages and skill sets who want to excel at documenting and interpreting the world around them through photography.
While the core of my teaching has centered around Architectural and Urban Photography, my recent photographic efforts include the development and instruction of workshops focusing on the following topics:
Real Estate Photography
Extended Dynamic Range Photography
Pre-Visualization and Re-Visualization of Digital Imaging
The new series of Urban Photo Workshops that I am preparing for the Nikonians Academy will offer students instruction on any or all of the above topics as they relate to Photographing Cities and City Life.
My client base not only includes individuals from casual to professional photographers, but also includes the following Institutions, Galleries and Academies of Photography:
Vancouver Photo Workshops
The University of British Columbia
Simon Fraser University
High Sierra Workshops
My recent photographic activities include speaking engagements at various camera clubs and professional associations.
I have recently written two published articles on enhancing ones financial bottom line though photography for Real Estate Agents and for Resort Development Industry Professionals.
If there is a request from any group of 6 or more Nikonians in any region, I will organize a "local" Urban Photography workshop specific to your needs and desires.
I just finished creating a new D800 video training series called "Learn, Capture and Express Yourself with the D800 camera."
The program will be available as a DVD series or Quicktime movies. Due to ship on 15 September 2012.
My High Dynamic Range workshop has been completely updated to include the latest version of Photomatix Pro and NIK HDR Efex software.
The two day HDR workshops come to Colorado Springs, CO - Garden of the Gods on Sept 22nd and Salt Lake City on Sept. 29th.
In other Nikonians Academy news, we have a very busy few months coming up in September and October. Les Picker's Acadia Maine workhop is sold out and so is Winston Hall's Monument Valley workshop.
We do have some space in our two wildlife photography workshops in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. We have a very cool two-day HDR workshop scheduled for Colorado Springs, CO - Garden of the Gods.
Also, our Master your Gear series of workshops will be traveling to Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA, Woodlands, TX, and Austin, TX with workshops like Master the Nikon D800/D4, The Passionate Photographer, and Master Adobe Lightroom 4.
For workshop details, dates and availability check our Nikonians Academy Home Page.
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August 22, 2012
Nikon announces three new COOLPIX cameras
Easy on the budget and heavy on features, Nikon’s latest COOLPIX cameras include Wi-Fi connectivity, long-reaching zooms with vibration reduction (VR) and touchscreen operation.
The three new cameras range in price from $179.95 USD to $499.95 USD (suggested retail) and one of them will be an interesting link for social networking enthusiasts familiar with the Android operating system.
According to Nikon's official Press Releases, the three new cameras will be available next month.
Here are the highlights from Nikon USA's Press room:
Nikon’s COOLPIX S800c combines Nikon’s imaging technologies with built in Wi-Fi and the Android Operating System to allow for easy shooting and sharing of photos and HD video through various social networks.
Complete with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 10x NIKKOR zoom lens, Full HD video recording, GPS and easy access to Android Apps, Nikon’s new camera is the perfect camera for “connected” individuals.
Nikon’s new flagship COOLPIX camera, the COOLPIX P7700 offers an unparalleled feature set for its class in a compact body. Featuring a 12.2-megapixel sensor, 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR ED glass lens, manual controls and Full 1080p HD capability.
For the active and stylish photographer who needs a convenient camera for every on-the-go moment, Nikon has introduced the COOLPIX S01, an ultra-mini point-and-shoot. Complete with quick touchscreen operation and several Easy Auto Modes, taking photos has never been so fun and stylish.
COOLPIX S800c Highlights
• Wi-Fi Connectivity
• Runs the Android™ Operating System, access to Android Apps
• Easy shooting, editing and sharing photos through social networks
• 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, EXPEED C2 image-processing
• 10x NIKKOR zoom lens with Vibration Reduction (VR)
• Full HD 1080p video and built in GPS technology
• Available in September 2012 in White and Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95
COOLPIX P7700 Highlights
• 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
• 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR ED glass lens (28-200mm equivalent zoom range)
• Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
• Full Manual Control (PSAM), 19 Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector, RAW Shooting
• Full HD 1080p video capability
• Auto, Manual, AP, Custom movie modes
• Intelligent Autofocus and optical zoom
• 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor (921,000-dot)
• Available in September 2012 in Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95
COOLPIX S01 Highlights
• Ultra-mini pocket-sized camera (3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 in., 3.4oz)
• Easy-to-use touchscreen operation system
• Easy Auto Mode, including six scene modes
• 3x wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens and EXPEED C2 image-processing
• Built-in Xenon flash
• Available in September 2012 in Silver, White, Red and Pink for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $179.95
August 21, 2012
Nikonian Northern Exposure #5
Do you want to make that jump to becoming a Professional Photographer?
However, just by picking up a camera and pushing a button does not make you a professional. Here are some great tips to become a pro, to market your photos, and to build your business.
Peter Spence will give you invaluable advice and tips that you can use to become a Professional Photographer. Includes: How Social Media Web Site like Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, and Blog will promote you to grow your photography business. ( Pictures taking by Heather Knockwood )
New Firmware Version 1.10 for Nikon CX Lenses
Nikon has released Version 1.10 firmware for the 10-30mm and 30-110mm CX lenses. The update allows Nikon J2 cameras to be shut off by collapsing the lenses to their carry position.
The technical note reads:
When this lens is used with Nikon 1 cameras released in, or after, August 2012, the camera can be turned off by locking the lens barrel (retractable lens barrel button), even if the monitor has turned off and the camera has entered standby mode.
Editor's note - the only Nikon 1 camera released in August 2012 was the J2. So by definition (and anecdotally confirmed by owners in the field), the J1 and V1 do not enjoy this new feature.
Find the firmware links here (US links TBD - this will be updated as they become available)
Academy director: behind the scenes
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is preparing for his custom expedition yacht photo adventure trip to the Galapagos Islands (Sept. 14-23). The trip has only two seats left (at newsletter publication time). While preparing for the trip, Mike decided to file his latest update by focusing on the recent behind the scenes accomplishments and activities of three Nikonians Academy instructors.
Here is Mike‘s report:
Our instructors are some of the best in the industry. Each of them have established reputations as professional photographers who regularly work in the editorial and commercial realms.
The 2012-2013 issue of Guest Life El Paso, the Southwest's Prestige Magazine, features an image of a dancing señorita captured by Efrain. The image is titled Folklorico dancer.
Guest Life destination books can be found in better hotels in places like New Mexico, Vancouver and Monterey Bay.
The Summer 2012 issue of Santa Fean Magazine, Santa Fe's luxury lifestyle publication, features an article titled High Desert Drama, a behind-the-scenes look at the Santa Fe Opera.
Efrain took the photographs to illustrate the piece while on assignment for the magazine.
To see the article and photos go to pages 54-56.
Efrain's work has appeared in Geographic Expeditions catalogs, Outdoor Photographer, Frommer's Budget Travel, Photo Life (Canada), Bienvenidos Magazine (Puerto Rico), New Mexico Magazine, Texas Journey, Colorado State Vacation Guide, Santa Fean Magazine, as well as calendars, web sites, and other publications. He is the author of The Photographer's Guide to New Mexico.
Efrain is leading our five- day Puerto Rico travel workshop next February.
Les was honored with the 2011 Canada Northern Lights Award for travel journalism. Les describes his reaction to witnessing the Northern Lights for the first time in a July blog entry:
“I was standing on a mountaintop in Canada’s Yukon wilderness when they suddenly blazed across the sky. Nothing had prepared me for that moment. They literally took my breath away and I sank to my knees, thankful for the privilege of living in that moment.”
Les recently received a large contract to install 75 images at a major teaching hospital in Baltimore (Sinai Hospital).
Several of the images are ridiculously wide; one is 29' and another is 19' and yet another at 14' wall covering). Most are fine art mounted and framed at 40x30. This is the first time the hospital has done this exclusively with an artist.
The new wing opens on Oct 10, 2012. Since this is for a traumatic brain injury unit, each image had to be vetted for appropriateness. About 1/4 of the images had to be local and had to be shot on location.
Lester is leading our sold-out Acadia NP Photography Adventure travel workshop in Maine, USA in October.
Michael has been very busy between his workshops.
His schedule included work for The Associated Press and his consulting and travel photography work with the Semester at Sea study-aboard program.
In fact, right now, Michael is on the program's MV Explorer ship sailing on the Fall Semester at Sea voyage for a 107-day journey.
Michael's nearly 4-month voyage will take him through the Atlantic rim, starting in Boston, then stopping in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Galway and Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Antwerp, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Tema, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He then sails 500 miles up the Amazon River to Manaus, Brazil, followed with a stop at the Caribbean island of Dominica, before returning to the United State in early December.
This is Michael's fourth 4-month journey with Semester at Sea. It is the same program that Michael collaborates with the Nikonians Academy for our annual Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop.
During his 4-month journey, Michael will be teaching classes in Travel Photography, Cinematography, and Digital Storytelling — in addition to wrapping up a new travel photography book. Prior to departing on the ship in early August, in between our workshops, Michael squeezed in two weeks of concert photography and video work for The Associated Press, covering several top country and rock acts.
Looking for a workshop or photo travel adventure?
Visit our Nikonians Academy home page and feel free to search by geographical location, dates and topics.
August 18, 2012
August 9, 2012
Nikon J2, 11-27mm CX Lens and WP-N1 Housing Announced
Nikon has announced an update to the popular J1 mirrorless camera - the Nikon J2. The latest arrival update the rear LCD screen to 921k dots resolution and adds a scene mode setting to the dial for making photos appear as panoramas, miniatures, soft color, backlighting and more. The new camera lists at USD549.99 starting cost with a kit lens.
A new CX kit lens was also announced - an 11-27mm f3.5-5.6 (MSRP USD190). Notably, this is without VR. The J2 will continue to be sold with the 10-30 and/or 30-110 kit options, with the latest addition sold separately.
Finally, an underwater housing, WP-N1, rated to 131m/430f, will accomodate either the J1 or J2 and the CX 10-30mm. The case lists for USD750 and is compatible with the Sea & Sea YS-D1 underwater flash.
August 8, 2012
Firmware Update 1.2 for Nikon J1 and V1
Updated: Nikon USA links now available.
Nikon has released version 1.2 firmware for both the J1 and V1 mirrorless cameras. Improvements include a fix to the "low shutter speed" threshold in Still Image Mode, Auto White Balance enhancements, exposure fixes when using the optional SB-N5 Speedlight at certain ISO ranges and error messages encountered during interval shooting and power-on using the lens barrel switch.
August 5, 2012
Nikonians Photo Professors #8
Photo Professors Episode 8: This month the Photo Professors Homework Assignment includes a contest to win a Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 camera bag! The Photo Professors discuss Rick Paul's renewed interest in film photography, interview with photographer and studio owner Mark Korytowski, and interpret an inspiring quote from photographer Freeman Patterson.
Download Nikonians Photo Professors #8 (NPC-PP-2012-08.mp3;58:03;MP3 format)
* Contest with a chance to win a ThinkTank Photo Retrospective 10 camera bag!
* The Photo Professors discuss the possibilities of film photography in 2012
* Interview with Photographer and Studio owner, Mark Korytowski
* Being Inspired by the words of Freeman Patterson
* Discuss our Homework Assignment and Contest rules!
Contest submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and received no later than September 15, 2012 in order to be considered for the contest.
To learn more about Mark's work, please visit his website:
To learn more about Freeman's work, please visit his website:
Length of the podcast is 58:03
August 2, 2012
Berger Bros. Camera Opens New Photography Center
New York based, full service camera store helps its customers bring their images to life with new Center dedicated to photographic art and education.
Berger Bros. Camera has just announced the opening of the Berger Bros. Camera Center for Photographic Art this July 2012 at 22 Clinton Avenue in the Village of Huntington, NY. The school is conveniently located just one block north of Main Street, opposite the Huntington Post Office and adjacent to two of the largest municipal parking lots in town.
Yvonne Berger will serve as Director of the Center.
Yvonne is a professional photographer specializing in product, food, corporate and interiors as well as photo restoration.
She is an expert in post production tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom, color management and printing and has many years of teaching experience as head instructor of photography at Berger Bros. Camera and the Art League of Long Island.
“It has been a long time dream of ours to have a location that we can dedicate to the art and education of photography,” said Yvonne Berger. The new location will allow Berger Brothers to schedule more classes, workshops and private instruction that their local and out of state customers can take advantage of to improve their photography skills. The new location will be equipped with studio lighting, space and the atmosphere needed to learn and create outstanding photography. “We envision a hub where people can learn, connect and express themselves through the art of photography,” Berger said.
Among the many classes the Center for Photographic Art will provide are hands on photography workshops in lighting, wedding, portrait, Photoshop, Lightroom, color management, printing, food and product photography, landscape and street photography classes. One on one instruction and basic and advanced classes on specific cameras and a myriad of general photography topics will also be offered. In addition the Center will provide studio rental space; serve as a location for meet-up groups and function as a photo gallery exhibiting professional level, customer and student photographs. It’s no wonder that their logo is “The Camera Store That Educates.”
Contact the new school at 631-421-2200. For Internet sales of cameras and equipment, class schedules and to register for a class go to www.Berger-Bros.com or for the personal touch when buying equipment or needing advice call 800-542-8811 or email Brad at BradBerger@me.com.
Don't forget, you can always chat with the Berger Bros. Team in our Nikonians - Berger Bros. Camera Forum