January 31, 2013
Nikonian Northern Exposure #8
When Canadian Photographer Maurice Henri began his career as a professional photographer in 1988, he never imagined he would be helping hundreds of kids in Africa, Haiti, and other countries. It all started in an African village when he gave a little girl an orange. That orange eventually led to his project called "Cameras for Healing."
Download this podcast. to Peter and Heather's interview with Maurice.
This is a podcast that will melt your heart!
Maurice Henri believes that the power of the photographic image can open the heart and change people's view of the world. It also tells a story of the relationship between subject and photographer. It conveys what the image maker sees, feels and believes.
Using his methods of art for healing, Maurice has helped many children and adults process stress, illness, and grief.
Maurice's Website is : http://www.mauricehenri.com/
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January 29, 2013
Academy ready for Spring and Summer workshops
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us the month of January, 2013 was busy, but pales in comparison to the calendar ahead.
Here is Mike's report:
We've had sold-out workshops on both coasts of the USA and an increasing buzz about our workshops around the world.
We keep making our workshop experience better and would love to have you attend one of our classroom workshops or our outdoor photo adventures.
For example, we have our annual Yosemite in Winter workshop with Michael Mariant running February 14 - 17.
This is one of our favorite trips where photographers capture the beauty of Yosemite's granite walls under the splendor of winter snow. For a preview, be sure to check out the web-cams of Yosemite to see all the snow and beautiful scenery.
February, March, and April bring an amazing array of workshops all around North America taught by Steve Simon, Winston Hall, Mike Hagen, Rick Hulbert, and Michael Mariant.
Check out our website for more details and even more workshops in May, June and July:
Seattle, WA Feb 21 - 24
Calgary, AB Mar 7 - 10
Denver, CO Mar 7 - 10
Los Angeles, CA Mar 7 - 10
Las Vegas, NV Mar 14 - 17
Raleigh, NC Mar 21 - 24
Atlanta, GA Mar 29 - 31
Fairfield, NJ Apr 4 - 7
Boston, MA Apr 7
Big Sur, CA Apr 11 - 14
Dallas, TX Apr 11 - 14
Vancouver, BC Apr 17 - 21
Las Vegas, NV Apr 20
New York, NY Apr 20 - 23
Philadelphia, PA Apr 25
Our Ultimate Travel Workshop aboard the Semester at Sea cruise ship begins April 26.
This ship-based workshop travels around European ports of call to amazing locals such as Monte Carlo, Cadiz, Casablanca, Lisbon, Le Havre, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin and Dover.
It is an incredible journey and you'll learn all about travel photography, multi-media production, workflow, street photography, environmental portraiture and much more. Check out our website for detailed information.
Nikon announces COOLPIX expansion and 2 new FX-format lenses
The Nikon COOLPX line has added seven new models. These cameras cover long zoom requirements, GPS and Wi-Fi enhancements, rugged harsh outdoor environments, and even modest budget needs.
The Nikkor FX-format lens category has also expanded, with a hefty 800mm fixed focal length lens and an 18-35mm wide-angle zoom designed for Nikon's ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price range on these new additions covers the gamut from a low of $120 (USD) for one of the COOLPIX offerings to a nose-bleed high of more than $17,800 (USD) for that 800mm lens.
Here are the highlights (courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room):
18.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
42x optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens from a wide 24mm to 1000mm
Full manual controls give users the power to realize their creative potential when shooting images and full HD (1080p) video
Built-in GPS capabilities allow photographers to log their journey with an easy-to-use display
Compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to transfer content to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others
Available for a suggested retail price of $449.95 in Black, Red, and Dark Grey in February 2013
Increased ruggedness: Waterproof (up to 59 feet), shockproof (up to 6.7 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14ฐ F) with GPS technology
Features built-in Wi-Fiฎ connectivity, allowing the image data transfer to compatible smart devices through the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application
16-megapixel (BSI) CMOS sensor that helps create sharp, beautiful images and Full HD (1080p) video even in challenging lighting conditions
NIKKOR 5x optical zoom lens with Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
Available in Orange, Black, Camouflage and Blue in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $349.95
Slim, compact body sports a 22x optical zoom (25-550mm) and features an 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
Offers various shooting effects to enhance memories, including an upgraded Glamour Retouch function, Skin Softening and Quick Effects.
Offers a built-in GPS function and built-in Wi-Fiฎ connectivity so images and videos can be shared while on the go by transferring them to a compatible smart device equipped with the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application
Available for a suggested retail price of $349.95 in Black, Silver, and Red in February 2013
High-power 30x zoom, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and Vibration Reduction (VR) technology
3-inch monitor, ergonomic design, and use of convenient AA-size batteries make it easy and fun for users to shoot comfortably
Features a simple and intuitive interface, with features including Easy Auto Mode, Smart Portrait System, and Glamour Retouch
Available for a suggested retail price of $279.95 in Black and Red in February 2013
A durable 10.1-megapixel compact, camera that allows every family member young and old to capture photos, worry free
Waterproof (up to 16.5 feet), shockproof (up to 3.6 feet) and dustproof
3x optical zoom (29-87mm equivalent) NIKKOR lens, and a dedicated video record button creates an effortless transition from stills to video
2.7-inch LCD display supports an enhanced easy and intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) that allows for simple navigation
Available in White, Blue, Pink, Brown and Yellow, also in February 2013, for a suggested retail price of $119.95
A 16.0-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that helps captures high-quality images and video, even in low-light conditions
Features a wide-angle 6x (26mm to 156mm) optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens and 3-inch TFT LCD monitor
Built in Wi-Fi allows images and videos to be uploaded and shared instantly with compatible smart devices via the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application
Available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $179.95 in Plum, Red, Blue and Black
20.1-megapixel compact camera that features easy-to-use shooting functions and streamlined operation
5x optical zoom (26mm to 130mm) and simple shooting functions such as Easy Auto Mode
3-inch LCD screen and an easy-to-hold grip and button layout that fits in a users hand comfortably
Uses widely available AA-size alkaline batteries, so users can keep their camera powered
Available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $119.95 in Red, Black and Silver
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Features an outstanding 800mm fixed focal length, the longest of any AF-S NIKKOR lens
Designed for the needs of sports, wildlife and news photographers and features a maximum aperture of f/5.6
Includes the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED (developed exclusively for the 800mm f/5.6 lens)
Available in April 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $17,899.95
AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Features a useful wide-angle focal length of 18-35mm (1.9x zoom equivalent)
FX-format lens is optimized for ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras including the Nikon D800 and D600, while providing close focus up to .92 feet (approx. 11 inches)
Available in March 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95
January 28, 2013
Capture One Pro 7 Review
Capture One Pro 7 is a significant advance on Version 6.0, but does it stand up to the rest that's out there?
Read more in our review by Nikonians Moderating Team member Martin Turner and find out if Capture One Pro 7 is for you.
January 22, 2013
Academy workshops abound in Feb-March
The Nikonians Academy slate of workshops and adventure trips goes in full swing starting in February.
Instructors Michael A. Mariant and Winston C. Hall will be leading workshops in California and Washington in February. Michael will be hosting Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast starting February 14th and Winston will bring four Master series courses to the Seattle area starting February 21st.
The Yosemite photo adventure is a four-day session designed to take advantage of the Winter season when the park displays peaceful serenity at its best.
You will find the least number of tourists and a blanket of white snow covers the valley, dotting the trees and providing great contrast to the stark granite walls.
Michael Mariant describes it as a landscape photographer's dream:
"The winter season in Yosemite is one revered by all landscape photographers .... an opportunity for solitary immersion in an iconic location that is covered in a snowy blanket not seen by many."
Winston C. Hall's workshops in Washington will be in Bellevue, conveniently located near downtown Seattle attractions.
His workshops begin on February 21st, covering:
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth - (Feb 21)
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - Advanced - (Feb 22)
Master the Nikon D600 & D7000 - In Depth - (Feb 23)
Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS - (Feb 24)
Busy month of March
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen will be bringing the Master series to Los Angeles starting on March 7th. His three-day visit will bring:
Meanwhile, Winston C. Hall will be in Denver, presenting:
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth (March 7)
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - Advanced (March 8)
Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS (March 9)
Master the Nikon D600 & D7000 - In Depth - (March 10)
Steve Simon's March schedule takes him to Calgary, Alberta for:
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth - (March 7)
The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop - (March 8-9)
Steve will then take off to Las Vegas for a four-day session covering:
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth - (March 14)
Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - Advanced (March 15)
The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop (March 16-17)
Finishing out the month, Winston Hall takes his Master series from Denver to Raleigh, North Carolina starting on March 21. Steve Simon goes back to Canada for workshops in Toronto, starting on March 20 and concludes his hectic itinerary with workshops in Atlanta, starting on March 29.
January 21, 2013
Photo Ninja Review
Looking for an easy to use image editing software?
Most important however, is achieving quality, crisp results, and Photo Ninja performs amazingly when it comes to color reproduction, exposure controls, noise reduction, and more. Find out here!
January 14, 2013
Academy expands globally
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reports the Academy is continuing to expand globally and has just added workshops for Australia this October and November.
The Australian workshops include two weeks of Masters Series workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, covering the Nikon D800, D4, D600, and D7000 cameras and the Nikon wireless flash system.
We are off to a strong start in 2013 with most of our January workshops sold-out.
We still have a few seats remaining in our January Florida Masters Series Workshops and our Milan, Italy Fashion and Glamour Photography workshop. February and March bring Michael Mariant's adventure photography workshops to Yosemite and Death Valley as well as our entire line of Masters Series classroom workshops to Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Raleigh, and Toronto.
Rick Hulbert's Urban and Street Photography workshop is completely sold out for San Francisco (in fact, we added additional seats to meet the demand), but there are still seats open for the same workshops in New York, Chicago, and Toronto.
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.
You'll love Rick's humor as well as his incredible teaching style.
Here at the Nikonians Academy, we love photography and more importantly, we love teaching photography.
You won't find a more qualified or enthusiastic group of workshop instructors anywhere. Join us for a photo workshop in 2013.
Time Lapse with Dennis Owens
Something that has been an interesting topic and one that I'd like to give a try is, creating Time Lapse videos. And who better to talk to, then Nikonian, Dennis Owens (DennisOwens).So, who is Dennis, and how did all this all come together? Let's take a look, at an exclusive interview and find out more.
January 8, 2013
Nikon unveils new gear at CES
Nikon is showcasing its full line of imaging solutions including new products at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas starting today (Jan 8th).
Highlights at the Nikon Booth (#8643) in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center include the new Nikon D5200 D-SLR, and new Nikon 1 duo of cameras, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1.
The Nikon booth will also feature dedicated sections to demonstrate the shooting, connectivity and sharing capabilities of Nikons HD-SLR cameras, the Nikon 1 System, NIKKOR lenses and COOLPIX cameras.
Interactive displays will be available, as well as opportunities for the connected user to experience the sharing capabilities of Nikons latest products.
Highlights from Nikon's CES Press Release:
The New Nikon D5200 Inspires Users to Capture Creatively
The 24.1-megapixel Nikon D5200 features a user-friendly interface, in-camera Special Effects and creative shooting modes to inspire innovative photography, making it effortless to create amazing images and HD video.
The D5200 also allows users to share photos with friends and family in an instant when attached to the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter1. Users can also apply creative filters and effects to HD video for truly unique memories.
Additionally, the D5200 features a vari-angle LCD that lets users swivel the screen for above-the-head photos, or down low for creative self-portraits. The Nikon D5200 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in late January 2013 for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $899.95 USD.
New Nikon 1 Cameras and Lenses Provide New Ways to be Creative, Expressive, and Connected
Nikon has expanded the Nikon 1 system with the new Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 cameras, offering superfast speed and performance, high image quality and easy-to-use creative shooting modes.
The new Nikon 1 cameras are intended for users looking for a camera that offers the compact size and portability of point-and-shoot cameras along with advanced controls and features found in more advanced digital cameras.
The new J3 and S1 feature unique shooting modes like Auto Mode, Creative Mode, Advanced Movie, Motion Snapshot and Best Moment Capture, and are compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter2 so that users can share and transfer images and HD videos to smart devices.
The Nikon 1 J3 with the 10-30mm lens will be available in February 2013 for a SRP of $599.95 in White, Black, Silver Burgundy and Beige. The Nikon 1 S1 with the 11-27mm lens will be available for an MSRP of $499.95 USD in White, Black, Red, Pink and Khaki.
Two new lenses for the 1 NIKKOR lens lineup
The VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens featuring Vibration Reduction (VR) and a wide 100-degree angle of view that makes it perfect for capturing photos and HD video of landscapes, cityscapes, interiors and architecture. It will be available in February with an MSRP of $499.95 USD.
The VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, is convenient enough to take everywhere and provides a long focal range ideal for various types of photography including group shots and action sports. It will be available in February with an MSRP of $549.95 USD.
Nikon has also introduced the WP-N2 underwater case, which can house the new Nikon 1 cameras with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm lens.
Fully submersible to a depth of 130 feet deep (40 meters), the WP-N2 waterproof housing transforms your Nikon 1 J3 or Nikon 1 S1 into a powerful waterproof, underwater camera that's perfect for diving, snorkeling, boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, surfing or just having fun at the pool.
It will be available in February with an MSRP of $749.95 USD.
January 7, 2013
Vision Quest Cards
Every photographer has moments of being stumped. What to shoot now? I've nearly shot all that I can think of, subject wise. What's something new and creative I can do, to add to my portfolio, or simply, just expand and do something you've never tried before. Read here, to find out more!
January 5, 2013
Nikonians Photo Professors Episode 12
Photo Professors Episode 12: This month the Photo Professors are joined by guest podcaster, Michael Mariant. Together they tackle the topic of Street Photography. They discuss some definitions of what Street Photography is, along with gear and techniques.
January 1, 2013
Nikonians Academy ready for New Year
2013 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet for the Nikonians Academy.
In addition to our highly popular Master's series workshops, we are now increasing the availability of adventure workshops in outstanding locations.
These are designed to help you learn how to master your gear while also helping you explore our incredible planet
This forms a powerful combination; our adventure trips span the globe and our classroom-based workshops cover the newest technology on the market today.
Your last opportunity to sign up for our January workshops in Florida is this week. This includes both Orlando (January 11-13) and Fort Lauderdale (January 17-19). Academy Director Mike Hagen is teaching classes on the Nikon D800, D4, iTTL Wireless Flash and Lightroom 4. Many classes have already sold out and have long waiting lists.
For our members in Europe, we have our Glamour and Fashion Photography workshop (January 19 21). Join master photographer Guiseppe Circhetta as he teaches on-location lighting techniques with live fashion models in downtown Milan, Italy.
Shoot for a whole weekend with Giuseppe and his team and learn how to approach glamour & editorial shootings (production & postproduction).
This is your opportunity to learn the techniques that will help you become a great glamour and fashion photographer.
Join Michael Mariant in Yosemite, CA this February for his amazingly beautiful Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast. This is one of Michael's favorite workshops and he loves to show off the grand beauty of Yosemite National Park.
We've been adding workshops all around the USA and will continue to do so.
Check out our Masters series workshops in Seattle, Los Angeles (hosted at Samy's), Denver, Las Vegas, Raleigh, New Jersey (hosted at Unique Photo), Dallas, Vancouver and Indianapolis. These workshops are widely praised as some of the best in the industry. We guarantee you will love the classes and want to come back for more.