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July 30, 2013

West Coast USA and Canada next for Academy workshops

Academy-square-125.jpgNikonians Academy instructors Steve Simon, Winston C. Hall and Michael A. Mariant share the workshop schedule in August, bringing popular topics to San Francisco, Seattle/Bellevue, WA, Portland, OR, Victoria, BC and Santa Barbara, CA.

Steve Simon continues his California workshop tour Wednesday (July 31) bringing the following topics to San Francisco:
- July 31 -- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1
- August 1 -- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1
- August 2 -- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2
- August 3-4 -- The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop

Steve will then head to Portland, Oregon, to make the same workshops available August 12 15, followed by Victoria, BC (August 27-31).

HDR_250.jpgMeanwhile, Winston Hall's schedule takes his Master HDR Photography - 2 Day Workshop (August 9-10) to Seattle/Bellevue, WA.

This workshop brings the often confusing world of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography into an easy and manageable process that in turn opens your photographic eyes to the explosive potential that awaits you.

The workshop includes classroom and in-the-field instruction and begins with understanding the technical infrastructure of the HDR process, delving into the digital aspects of the methods, followed by a step-by-step explanation of how to go about creating your own HDR images.

From pre-visualization to exposure methods to post-production to the digital workflow to the evaluative comparisons between software options, this workshop explores the whole HDR phenomenon and will de-mystify the process.

Rounding out the month of August, Michael A. Mariant presents the 3-Day Video & Cinematography with your DSLR in California (August 30-September 1).

HabbyCam_small_125.jpgHosted by Samy's Camera in Santa Barbara, this workshop allows you to jump feet-first in the HD DSLR genre at the introductory instruction level. Get hands-on demos with the myriad of accessory equipment available for the DSLR shooter, including follow focus, matte boxes, shoulder supports, sliders/dollys, monitors and more will be available from High Sierra Workshops for hands-on demo and also for field rental from Samy's Camera.

Aside from a DSLR camera that shoots HD video and a laptop to edit, there is no need to purchase ANY equipment in advance of the workshop!

Urban_180.jpgLooking ahead to September, Rick Hulbert's best selling Urban and Street Photography Workshop is set for September 5 - 8 in Chicago, IL.
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 will learn how a basic understanding of street photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography. You will discover how the fundamental principles of travel photography will enhance your architectural and urban imaging.
While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography.


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July 29, 2013

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

8.built-in_flash_metering_cover.pngHow do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read here.

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July 25, 2013

Petzval Portrait Lens Reloaded

From the makers of the Lomo retro film camera comes a project to update the Petzval design of portrait lenses and bring it into the DSLR age. The Lomography Petzval is an 85mm f2.2 lens featuring a solid brass exterior, gear-rack driven focus and a very unique bokeh effect thanks to the use of Waterman aperture stops. If you love shallow DoF and manual focusing, you will stand out with this lens. Coming soon in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts.

(Via Kickstarter)

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July 24, 2013

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

7.how-to-large-groups_cover.pngTrying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Find out How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikons CLS.
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Academy Spotlight: Video with DSLR and Urban Photography

HabbyCam_small_125.jpgOne of the Nikonians Academy's newest workshops, Video & Cinematography with your DSLR led by Michael Mariant, comes to California August 30 September 1st.

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Located in the beautiful coastal resort town of Santa Barbara, the workshop will introduce not only the equipment necessary for successful and dramatic HD DSLR video, but provides ample locations and subject matter to fill the short film all workshop participants will create during the four-days of instruction.

From beach volleyball to sailing, surfing and fishing on the coast to the Spanish architecture, the historic Mission and grounds, to high-end shopping in the city to mountain biking, hiking, wineries and landscapes in the back-country, Santa Barbara has the story for you.

All workshop participants will be provided with a list of suggested story ideas and resources prior to the workshop, to allow for individual research and study in preparation of four-days of instruction and shooting.

Urban_180.jpgLooking ahead to September, Rick Hulbert's best selling Urban and Street Photography Workshop is set for September 5 - 8 in Chicago, IL.
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.
Hulbert_175.jpgYou will learn how a basic understanding of street photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography. You will discover how the fundamental principles of travel photography will enhance your architectural and urban imaging.
While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography.

Last minute check on July/August
Los Angeles and San Francisco, California are next on Nikonians Academy instructor Steve Simon's extensive summer workshop schedule.
Steve will be in Los Angeles this week (July 24 27) and heads for San Francisco July 31- August 3.
His workshop topics for both cities include:
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop

Steve will then head to Portland, Oregon, to make the same workshops available August 12 15, followed by Victoria, BC (August 27-31).

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July 22, 2013

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

6.Sequence_of_events_TTL-Flash.cover.pngThere are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more, and find out!

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July 17, 2013

Summer sessions in full swing with Nikonians Academy

SteveSimon_125.jpgLos Angeles and San Francisco, California are next on Nikonians Academy instructor Steve Simon's extensive summer workshop schedule.

Steve will be in Los Angeles July 24 - 27 and San Francisco July 31- August 3.
His workshop topics for both cities include:
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop

Steve will then head to Portland, Oregon, to make the same workshops available August 12 15, followed by Victoria, BC (August 27-31).

Nikon_VDSLR_250.jpgOne of the Academy's newest workshops, Video & Cinematography with your DSLR led by Michael Mariant, comes to Santa Barbara, California August 30 September 1st.

Located in the beautiful coastal resort town of Santa Barbara, the workshop will introduce not only the equipment necessary for successful and dramatic HD DSLR video, but provides ample locations and subject matter to fill the short film all workshop participants will create during the four-days of instruction.

From beach volleyball to sailing, surfing and fishing on the coast to the Spanish architecture, the historic Mission and grounds, to high-end shopping in the city to mountain biking, hiking, wineries and landscapes in the back-country, Santa Barbara has the story for you.

All workshop participants will be provided with a list of suggested story ideas and resources prior to the workshop, to allow for individual research and study in preparation of four-days of instruction and shooting.

Urban_250.jpgLooking ahead to September, Rick Hulbert's best selling Urban and Street Photography Workshop is set for September 5 - 8 in Chicago, IL.

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 will learn how a basic understanding of street photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography. You will discover how the fundamental principles of travel photography will enhance your architectural and urban imaging.

While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography.

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July 15, 2013

What is Lightroom? Is it necessary in my workflow?

blog_boat.jpgWhat is Adobe Lightroom? Would this program benefit my overall workflow? Find out how to manage, edit, and convert your photos quickly and easily, with Lightroom.

It's a basic program that sometimes gets overlooked. For those minor fixes, but in a quantified amount, you just might have your go-to fixer-picker-upper! Read the full Lightroom Article.

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What is Lightroom? Is it necessary in my workflow?

blog_boat.jpgWhat is Adobe Lightroom? Would this program benefit my overall workflow? Find out how to manage, edit, and convert your photos quickly and easily, with Lightroom.

It's a basic program that sometimes gets overlooked. For those minor fixes, but in a quantified amount, you just might have your go-to fixer-picker-upper! Read the full Lightroom Article.

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July 14, 2013

Nikonians Photo Professors #16

Photo Professors Episode 16: This month the Photo Professors discuss some new products, a little Nikon history, the Adobe Cloud controversy and wrap up photography related quotes from John Steinbeck.

Download Nikonians Photo Professors #16 (NPC-PP-2013-16.mp3;39:18;MP3 format)

Length of the podcast is 39:18

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July 9, 2013

Advance schedule includes new HDR workshop

d600_shooting-menu_125.jpgNikonians Academy instructor Steve Simon's New Orleans workshops are in the last call stage, and as August draws closer, we have a new HDR workshop added to the schedule.

Steve Simon's workshops this month include Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 on July 10th, Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 on July 11th and The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop on July 13th. At press time each workshop has seats available.

Steve's next stop will be at Calumet Photo's Hollywood store location from July 24th - 27th. His Calumet Photo workshops include:

July 24 -- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1
July 25 -- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1
July 26 -- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2
July 27 -- The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop

His final destination will keep him in California for the same series of workshops in San Francisco (July 31- August 3).

HDR_MontanaDeOro_185.jpgHeading into August, Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us Winston Hall has a new workshop set for Seattle called Master HDR Photography - 2 Day Workshop (August 9th). He'll be covering all the newest software.

This workshop brings the confusing world of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography into an easy and manageable process that in turn opens your photographic eyes into the explosive potential that awaits you.

The workshop includes classroom and in-the-field instruction, beginning with understanding the technical infrastructure of the HDR process, delving into the digital aspects of the methods, followed by a step-by-step explanation of how to go about creating your own HDR images.


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A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in5TTLFlash.jpg TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power.

So, let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography!
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July 3, 2013

Print it or (Potentially) Lose It

YTB_1241.jpgTo print, or not to print? - That is the question! With everything becoming digitized now a days, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with taking pictures, processing them and then printing.

Remember when you simply took out your camera, made a few clicks, and then went to get your pictures developed? Easy as pie! Well, now a days taking a few hundred clicks is in the norm and that could end up being both time consuming and costly. So, what are your options? Find out here.

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Popular workshops and adventure trips going fast

Academy-square-125.jpgNikonians Academy instructors are noticing a trend developing for some of the high profile workshops and adventure trips scheduled this year. Academy Director Mike Hagen, currently on the road in California, had time to dash of a fast message while traveling:

"The African Photo Safari in November is sold out, but not to worry. We have already added our November 2014 Photo Safari in Tanzania to the schedule.

On the same topic of "sold out" seating, the 13th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) to Arizona in October is almost sold out, and we have just one seat remaining for our Iceland Photo Adventure from July 29 - August 6."

RichardHulbert_175.jpgChecking the updated roster of members going to the 13th ANPAT, we ran across an interesting exchange between some of our frequent participants and a self-described "newbie." Academy faculty member Rick Hulbert (rhulbert) assured a first-timer that all participants share equal standing from the moment they arrive.

"Hi MaryKaye,
Remember that everyone attending was at one time a newbie.
The great thing about the ANPATS is that we all enjoy equal status. We all learn from each other, regardless of our level of experience or amount of gear. People from all walks of life come together in the spirit of the sheer enjoyment of photography. I can tell you that after you meet all of the attendees on the first afternoon and evening, you will not feel like a newbie."


SteveSimon_175.jpgAcademy faculty member Steve Simon heads to Toronto, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco this month, running our signature Masters series classes on the Nikon D600, D7100, D7000, D800, and D4.

Additionally, he's bringing his famous The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Workshop based on his popular book The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.
Steve is in Toronto this week, followed by New Orleans (July 10-14), Los Angeles (July 24-28) and San Francisco (July 31-August 04)

Also in July, the three-day Timelapse Photography Workshop in San Francisco (starting July 12) with Michael Mariant is a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of creating stunning timelapse videos.

Check out the Nikonians Academy August, September and October schedules for information on workshops and photo adventures coming to a location near you.

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July 1, 2013

So, What is Flash Lock Value?

4.so-wat-is-flash-value-lock_cover.pngFlash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just read more.
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