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September 30, 2013

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

lightbulb.jpgDon't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results.

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September 24, 2013

Nikonians Academy Fall schedule begins in the mountains

Grand_Tetons_MT_THU_110.jpgThe Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes photo adventure with Jim Stamates next week and there are still a few seats available.

Grand_Tetons_Mountain_250.jpgYou will shoot:
Bull moose in a backdrop of fall colors are the bill-of-faire at Grand Teton NP and we spend as much time as it takes to get special images of this magnificent animal.

Other wildlife may include, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Black and Grizzly Bears, Coyote, Fox, River Otters, Beavers, and Wolves. We will also look for Bald Eagles, Great Gray Owls, Trumpeter Swans, and Osprey. Landscapes will include the Snake River, Autumn Colors with the Grand Tetons, Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing, Moulton Barn, and Jackson and Jenny Lakes.

You will experience:
The Grand Tetons in the fall, being near wild animals, the feeling of wilderness, great camaraderie, exceptional photo opportunities, and lots of fun. No strenuous hiking.

California
Also leading off next month is the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop led by Michael A. Mariant (October 3 –6) . This 4-day session takes you to a jagged and prominent escarpment rising over 10,000 feet above the Owens Valley, one of the hidden photographer's gems in California

sierra-owens-Tel_250.jpgCapture the vibrancy of the Eastern Sierra during shooting sessions throughout the day interspersed with extensive specialized instruction in landscape photography. This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location, building on the previous locations techniques and lessons to culminate in a comprehensive lesson in composition, modified exposure, light controls, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to name just a few.

This truly is a collaboration of extensive, comprehensive landscape photography education coupled with a dynamic locale.

A rare and special treat, exclusive only to the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop, is an evening at a Deep Space Satellite Dish Array Complex to photograph star trails and the Milky Way, while surrounded by giant satellite dishes.

Each workshop participant gets to pick out their own satellite dish on the pad to use in the foreground of their astrophotography. Past workshop participants remark that this is the highlight of the entire workshop!

ANPAT 13 - Arizona
ANPAT-13-Sedona_250.jpgNikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) and Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen), Nikonians Academy Director, host the 13th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in Arizona.

The week-long (October 5-12) ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year.
Northern Arizona is a photographer's dream location with classic landscapes, painted deserts, sweeping panoramas, and amazing canyons.

Each and every day, our intrepid crew of photographers will explore the high desert of America's Southwest. We put together a detailed daily itinerary that highlights the best the area has to offer and traveling on our own time table gives us the flexibility to stay on location as long as we wish.
The ANPAT is currently sold out, but there is a waiting list.

Indiana
Stangl_Portrait_200.jpgGreg Stangl brings his Secrets of Studio and Environmental Portraiture workshop to Indianapolis, Indiana October 7-9.

Greg will guide you through a personal journey toward becoming the portrait artist you’ve always wanted to be.

In this 3-day interactive workshop you will be exposed to a series of lectures, slide shows, and lighting and posing demonstrations that will make your learning experience fun and meaningful.

You will learn to pose the male and female form while also understanding how to pose couples and groups.
This workshop will help you discover and develop your creativity while offering you lessons in studio, window light, and environmental portraiture.

New Mexico

One of the annual highlights of the year is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – (October 8 – 11)
Join Winston C. Hall in this 4-day workshop for spectacular Hot Air Balloon photography at one of the USA's most famous events.

Balloon_250.jpgThe Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon rally in the world with as many as 700 balloons participating.
The balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park -- a 78-acre launch site where spectators and participants mix and chat. In addition to the wildly popular mass ascensions, the fiesta offers eerily beautiful balloon glow evening events. As the light fades, these colorful and fragile colossi fill, lit from within by the blasts of flame.

This year, the Nikonians Academy will be in Albuquerque for both the Balloon Fiesta and a combination Nikon camera workshop and field photography activity during the fiesta. This workshop combination will give photographers the chance to learn more about their Nikon camera, photograph in the wonderful light of the southwest and spend a day shooting the colorful balloons.

Washington DC and Baltimore, MD
Steve Simon will be back in the USA with his Masters Series in Washington D.C. (October 9-14).

His schedule includes:
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (October 9)
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (October 10)
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (October 11)
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2 (October 12)
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer (October 13-14)
Steve will bring the same series to Baltimore, Maryland (October 16-20).

Maine
Acadia_145.jpgOn October 10, Lester Picker begins the 4-day Acadia NP Photography Adventure.
Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine’s Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna… and weather.

Each morning you will embark on an adventure taking you to the fog-shrouded rocky coast or to photograph sunrise atop a mountain. You might visit a beaver pond at sunrise to capture these amazing engineers hard at work. You might hike a wooded path to capture sunlight streaking through mature pine forests, or photograph along one of Acadia’s picturesque fresh-water ponds. Each evening we will have an optional image review and critique.


South Carolina

Winston Hall takes the Masters Series to Charleston, South Carolina (October 17-20).
His schedule:
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (October 17)
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (October 18)
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (October 19)
- Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS (October 20)
He will be taking the same series to Richmond, Virginia at the end of the month (October 24-27) with one of the sessions being replaced by Master Adobe Lightroom 5 In Depth 1.

Seattle, Washington
Urban_180.jpgRick Hulbert, one of our Nikonians Photo Professors brings his 4-day Urban and Street Photography workshop to Seattle, Washington (October 24-27).

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.

There are rules for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.

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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September 23, 2013

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

17.why-M-mode_interiors-flash_cover.pngShould you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Have a read and enjoy!

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ThinkTank & MindShift Gear Promo!

mindshift-logo.pngOur friends at Think Tank Photo just alerted us to a fun promotion their sister company, outdoor backpack company MindShift Gear, just announced.

MindShift is sponsoring free, on-fire random drawing called “Pack It In” where one lucky winner scores a rotation180° Professional Deluxe backpack loaded with cool covetable stuff, such as a Wimberley Head, an REI gift card, a Camelbak hydration bladder, and more. Here's your chance to score this mega-prize package valued in excess of $1,100. Get yours now!
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September 19, 2013

Nikon 1 cameras gain underwater brother

Nikon-1-AW1_thu.jpgNikon has announced the Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera. This version allows for underwater photograph by snorkeling and scuba enthusiasts.

The new camera is being released with two brand new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses for your underwater photography but for everyday use, the full line of regular 1 NIKKOR lenses are compatible.

Here are the highlights:
Nikon-1-AW1-_250.jpg
Nikon 1 AW1
• World’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera
• Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F)
• Outdoor friendly features: built-in GPS, altimeter, depth gauge, compass, and underwater controls
• 14.2 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3A image processing engine, Full 1080p HD Video
• Extremely fast Advanced Hybrid AF system (73-point array) and world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (15 fps with AF)
• Action Control for easy menu/setting navigation even with gloves on
• Several Creative Shooting Modes including: Easy Panorama, Creative Mode, Advanced Movie Mode, Slow Motion Movies, Best Moment Capture Mode, Smart Photo Selector, Slow View
• Wi-Fi connectivity is achievable when attached to the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
• Compatibility with new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses and expanding lineup of 1 NIKKOR lenses
• Available in October 2013 in black, silver and white.
• One-lens kit (w/ 11-27.5mm lens) will be available for $799.95 USD (SRP) and a Two-lens kit (w/11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses) will be available for $999.95 USD (SRP)

1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
• Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F)
• Lightweight durable lens with a 2.5x zoom
• Ideal for everyday use, portraits

1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 Lens
• Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F)
• Ultra-compact wide-angle fixed lens with a fast f/2.8 aperture
• Ideal for landscapes, or close-up action

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September 18, 2013

New 2014 workshops added to Academy curriculum

Galapagos_2014_THU.jpgThe Nikonians Academy staff is preparing for newly announced workshops the 2014 calendar while tackling a busy schedule in the coming weeks. Galapagos_2014_175.jpg

The most recent additions to the calendar include:

- Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2014

- Galapagos Photography Adventure – September 2014

- Tanzania African Photo Safari - November 2014

- Bald Eagles in Winter – February 2014

- Giant Redwoods of Northern California – June 2014

 

The coming weeks include:

London

Steve Simon is in London this week running workshops and he still has some seats available.

The London schedule highlights :
- Master the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000 In Depth 1 (Sept 18)
- Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 1 (Sept 19)
- Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 2 (Sept 20)
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer 2-day Workshop (Sept 21-22)

 

Wyoming

Grand_Teton_bears_250.jpg

The Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes photo adventure with Jim Stamates begins later this month (September 30 - October 3).

You will shoot:

Bull moose in a backdrop of fall colors are the bill-of-faire at Grand Teton NP and we spend as much time as it takes to get special images of this magnificent animal. Other wildlife may include, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Black and Grizzly Bears, Coyote, Fox, River Otters, Beavers, and Wolves. We will also look for Bald Eagles, Great Gray Owls, Trumpeter Swans, and Osprey. Landscapes will include the Snake River, Autumn Colors with the Grand Tetons, Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing, Moulton Barn, and Jackson and Jenny Lakes.

You will experience:
The Grand Tetons in the fall, being near wild animals, the feeling of wilderness, great camaraderie, exceptional photo opportunities, and lots of fun. No strenuous hiking.

 

California

EasternSierra_01_284px.jpg

Also leading off next month is the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop led by Michael A. Mariant (October 3 – 6) . This 4-day session takes you to a jagged and prominent escarpment rising over 10,000 feet above the Owens Valley, one of the hidden photographer's gems in California

Many prominent landscape photographers, including the late Galen Rowell, have called Bishop, California and the Eastern Sierra "home" and their base for their photographic expeditions into the stunning surroundings

No other region in the country offers the dramatic granite peaks, glacier-carved valleys, dense foliage and roaring mountain streams. And the Fall Season is the time of year prized by all Sierra photographers, as the colors of the Eastern Sierra explode into a visual contrast against the stark gray of the granite, bleached white of the mountain glaciers and the deep blue sky

A rare and special treat, exclusive only to the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop, is an evening at a Deep Space Satellite Dish Array Complex to photograph star trails and the Milky Way, while surrounded by giant satellite dishes. Each workshop participant gets to pick out their own satellite dish on the pad to use in the foreground of their astrophotography. Past workshop participants remark that this is the highlight of the entire workshop!


ANPAT 13 - Arizona

Anpat-13_Grand_Canyon_Colorado_River_250.jpg

Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) and Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen), Nikonians Academy Director, host the 13th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in Arizona.

The week-long (October 5-12) ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year.

Northern Arizona is a photographer's dream location with classic landscapes, painted deserts, sweeping panoramas, and amazing canyons.

Each and every day, our intrepid crew of photographers will explore the high desert of America's Southwest. We put together a detailed daily itinerary that highlights the best the area has to offer and traveling on our own time table gives us the flexibility to stay on location as long as we wish.

The ANPAT is currently sold out, but there is a waiting list.

 

Indiana

Stangl_Portrait_225.jpg

Greg Stangl brings his Secrets of Studio and Environmental Portraiture workshop to Indianapolis, Indiana October 7-9.

Greg will guide you through a personal journey toward becoming the portrait artist you’ve always wanted to be.

In this 3-day interactive workshop you will be exposed to a series of lectures, slide shows, and lighting and posing demonstrations that will make your learning experience fun and meaningful.

You will learn to pose the male and female form while also understanding how to pose couples and groups.

This workshop will help you discover and develop your creativity while offering you lessons in studio, window light, and environmental portraiture.

 

New Mexico

One of the annual highlights of the year is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – (October 8 – 11)

Balloon-300.jpg

Join Winston C. Hall Join in this 4-day workshop for spectacular Hot Air Balloon photography at one of the USA's most famous events.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon rally in the world with as many as 700 balloons participating.

The balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park -- a 78-acre launch site where spectators and participants mix and chat. In addition to the wildly popular mass ascensions, the fiesta offers eerily beautiful balloon glow evening events. As the light fades, these colorful and fragile colossi fill, lit from within by the blasts of flame.

This year, the Nikonians Academy will be in Albuquerque for both the Balloon Fiesta and a combination Nikon camera workshop and field photography activity during the fiesta. This workshop combination will give photographers the chance to learn more about their Nikon camera, photograph in the wonderful light of the southwest and spend a day shooting the colorful balloons.

 

Washington DC and Baltimore, MD

Steve Simon will be back in the USA with his Masters Series in Washington D.C. (October 9-14).

His schedule includes:

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (October 9)

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (October 10)

- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (October 11)

- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2 (October 12)

- The Passionate Nikon Photographer (October 13-14)

Steve will bring the same series to Baltimore, Maryland (October 16-20).

 

Maine

Acadia_250.jpg

On October 10, Lester Picker begins the 4-day Acadia NP Photography Adventure.

Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine’s Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna… and weather.

Each morning you will embark on an adventure taking you to the fog-shrouded rocky coast or to photograph sunrise atop a mountain. You might visit a beaver pond at sunrise to capture these amazing engineers hard at work. You might hike a wooded path to capture sunlight streaking through mature pine forests, or photograph along one of Acadia’s picturesque fresh-water ponds. Each evening we will have an optional image review and critique.

 

South Carolina

Winston Hall takes the Masters Series to Charleston, South Carolina (October 17-20).

His schedule:

- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (October 17)

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (October 18)

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (October 19)

- Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS (October 20)

He will be taking the same series to Richmond, Virginia at the end of the month (October 24-27) with one of the sessions being replaced byMaster Adobe Lightroom 5 In Depth 1.


Seattle, Washington

Urban_250.jpg

Rick Hulbert, one of our Nikonians Photo Professors brings his 4-day Urban and Street Photography workshop to Seattle, Washington (October 24-27).

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.

There are rules for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.

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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September 16, 2013

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

cover-shot-#16.jpg"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Get your proof, here!

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September 12, 2013

Nikonians Academy workshops coming to London

London.jpgThe Nikonians Academy staff has been working hard to continue expanding workshops around the world and would love to see you in London, September 18 - 22.

Passionate-Photog.jpgSteve Simon is running our Masters workshops on Nikon camera bodies as well as his famous Passionate Nikon Photographer 2-day Workshop.

SteveSimon_125.jpgSteve is truly comfortable in the International photography arena, having earned recognition from: Director’s Club of New York, The Canadian Newspaper Photographer of The Year, Global Health Council Photography Award for his work on AIDS in Africa, Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award Nomination and Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).

Steve's London Schedule:
- Master the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000 In Depth 1 (Sept 18)
- Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 1 (Sept 19)
- Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 2 (Sept 20)
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer 2-day Workshop (Sept 21-22)

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September 11, 2013

Nikonians Academy October schedule

Balloon_120_thu.jpgOur last weekly Nikonians Academy News Blog highlighted September activities with a glimpse at October. This week, let's have a closer look at the October schedule.

First, we have the Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes photo adventure with Jim Stamates (September 30 - October 3).  

Grand-Teton_280.jpg

You will shoot:
Bull moose in a backdrop of fall colors are the bill-of-faire at Grand Teton NP and we spend as much time as it takes to get special images of this magnificent animal. Other wildlife may include, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Black and Grizzly Bears, Coyote, Fox, River Otters, Beavers, and Wolves. We will also look for Bald Eagles, Great Gray Owls, Trumpeter Swans, and Osprey. Landscapes will include the Snake River, Autumn Colors with the Grand Tetons, Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing, Moulton Barn, and Jackson and Jenny Lakes.

You will experience:
The Grand Tetons in the fall, being near wild animals, the feeling of wilderness, great camaraderie, exceptional photo opportunities, and lots of fun. No strenuous hiking.

 

Also leading off next month is the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop led by Michael A. Mariant. This 4-day session takes you to a jagged and prominent escarpment rising over 10,000 feet above the Owens Valley, one of the hidden photographer's gems in California

sierra-owens-Tel_250.jpg

Many prominent landscape photographers, including the late Galen Rowell, have called Bishop, California and the Eastern Sierra "home" and their base for their photographic expeditions into the stunning surroundings

No other region in the country offers the dramatic granite peaks, glacier-carved valleys, dense foliage and roaring mountain streams. And the Fall Season is the time of year prized by all Sierra photographers, as the colors of the Eastern Sierra explode into a visual contrast against the stark gray of the granite, bleached white of the mountain glaciers and the deep blue sky

A rare and special treat, exclusive only to the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop, is an evening at a Deep Space Satellite Dish Array Complex to photograph star trails and the Milky Way, while surrounded by giant satellite dishes. Each workshop participant gets to pick out their own satellite dish on the pad to use in the foreground of their astrophotography. Past workshop participants remark that this is the highlight of the entire workshop!

 

Stangl_Portrait_200.jpg

Greg Stangl brings his Secrets of Studio and Environmental Portraiture workshop to Indianapolis, Indiana October 7-9.

Greg will guide you through a personal journey toward becoming the portrait artist you’ve always wanted to be. 

In this 3-day interactive workshop you will be exposed to a series of lectures, slide shows, and lighting and posing demonstrations that will make your learning experience fun and meaningful.

You will learn to pose the male and female form while also understanding how to pose couples and groups. 

This workshop will help you discover and develop your creativity while offering you lessons in studio, window light, and environmental portraiture.


One of the annual highlights of the year is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – (October 8 – 11)

Balloon_250.jpg

Join Winston C. Hall Join in this 4-day workshop for spectacular Hot Air Balloon photography at one of the USA's most famous events.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon rally in the world with as many as 700 balloons participating.

The balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park -- a 78-acre launch site where spectators and participants mix and chat. In addition to the wildly popular mass ascensions, the fiesta offers eerily beautiful balloon glow evening events. As the light fades, these colorful and fragile colossi fill, lit from within by the blasts of flame.

This year, the Nikonians Academy will be in Albuquerque for both the Balloon Fiesta and a combination Nikon camera workshop and field photography activity during the fiesta. This workshop combination will give photographers the chance to learn more about their Nikon camera, photograph in the wonderful light of the southwest and spend a day shooting the colorful balloons.

 

Steve Simon will be back in the USA with his Masters Series in Washington D.C. (October 9-14).

His schedule includes:

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (October 9)

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (October 10)

- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (October 11)

- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2 (October 12)

- The Passionate Nikon Photographer (October 13-14)

Steve will bring the same series to Baltimore, Maryland  (October 16-20).

 

On October 10, Lester Picker begins the 4-day Acadia NP Photography Adventure.

Acadia_145.jpg

Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine’s Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna… and weather.

Each morning you will embark on an adventure taking you to the fog-shrouded rocky coast or to photograph sunrise atop a mountain. You might visit a beaver pond at sunrise to capture these amazing engineers hard at work. You might hike a wooded path to capture sunlight streaking through mature pine forests, or photograph along one of Acadia’s picturesque fresh-water ponds. Each evening we will have an optional image review and critique.

 

Winston Hall takes the Masters Series to Charleston, South Carolina (October 17-20).

His schedule:

- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (October 17)

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (October 18)

- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (October 19)

- Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS (October 20)

He will be taking the same series to Richmond, Virginia at the end of the month (October 24-27) with one of the sessions being replaced by Master Adobe Lightroom 5 In Depth 1.

Rick Hulbert, one of our Nikonians Photo Professors  brings his 4-day Urban and Street Photography workshop to Seattle, Washington  (October 24-27).

Urban_275.jpg

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.

There are rules for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.

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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September 10, 2013

Back to school ThinkTank bags? Not exactly!

mybrainsingle.jpgOur friends at Think Tank Photo just launched two new product lines whose intention is to help those us using Apple® devices have an easier time of organizing our accessories and ourselves.

My 2nd Brain.JPGMy Second Brain – The four ultra thin My 2nd Brain™ bags were created with pockets specifically sized for Apple® computers and accessories and all the tools needed to support a digital lifestyle. Slide a MacBook Pro® or iPad® into the zippered padded pocket that also has an organizer for pens and more. Keep an iPhone in the top pocket with a pouch for earbuds or a Bluetooth headset. Unzip the main compartment to organize and secure adapters and small items in clear zippered pockets. Stow documents in the rear pouch. Even the removable padded shoulder strap has a clip for full-size headphones.

Powerhouse – Created for MacBook Pro® laptop power adapters and AC cable plus pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.

Don’t forget, as my friend when you click on these links and order $50 or more of Think Tank Photo gear you receive a free gift, such as a Pixel Pocket Rocket memory card holder.
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September 9, 2013

When is Full Power Flash NOT Full Power

15.when-full-power_cover.pngWhen you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though.
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September 4, 2013

Nikonians Academy September-October Highlights

Teton_Stamates_Oxbow_120.jpgSeptember and October offer the full gamut of Nikonians Academy workshops and photo adventures. Our weekly spotlight features the fourth annual wildlife and landscapes workshop in Wyoming, Urban and street photography in Boston and Seattle, and the Masters Series in Colorado and London, United Kingdom.

Check out these highlights:

Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes
Teton_Fall_Moose_250.jpgThis September 30 - October 3 workshop is our fourth Grand Teton photo adventure with Jim and he knows how to run them well. He works hard to find the wildlife so you are able to create amazing images in one of North America's most beautiful locations.

You will shoot:
Bull moose in a backdrop of fall colors are the bill-of-faire at Grand Teton NP and we spend as much time as it takes to get special images of this magnificent animal. Other wildlife may include, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Black and Grizzly Bears, Coyote, Fox, River Otters, Beavers, and Wolves. We will also look for Bald Eagles, Great Gray Owls, Trumpeter Swans, and Osprey. Landscapes will include the Snake River, Autumn Colors with the Grand Tetons, Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing, Moulton Barn, and Jackson and Jenny Lakes.

You will experience:
The Grand Tetons in the fall, being near wild animals, the feeling of wilderness, great camaraderie, exceptional photo opportunities, and lots of fun. No strenuous hiking.

Urban and Street Photography
These highly regarded four-day workshops with a maximum enrollment of 10 people are led by Rick Hulbert, one of our Nikonians Photo Professors in Boston September 26 - 29 and Seattle October 24 - 27.

Urban_175.jpgThis 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.

There are rules for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.

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.

Masters Series in Colorado
d600_shooting-menu_250.jpgJoin Winston in Colorado Springs as he teaches our signature Masters series workshops on topics including the Nikon D800, Nikon D4, D600, D7100, and D7000.
His schedule begins in Mid-September:
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (Sept 17)
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (Sept 18)
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (Sept 19)
The venue will be Courtyard Colorado Springs South, 2570 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs. Get to fully know your camera with Winston's in-depth workshops. Each day's session starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

London, United Kingdom
Passionate_300.jpgWe've been working hard to continue expanding our workshops around the world and would love to see you in London from September 18 - 22. Steve Simon is running our Masters workshops on Nikon camera bodies as well as his famous Passionate Nikon Photographer 2-day Workshop.

Steve is truly comfortable in the International photography arena, having earned recognition from: Director’s Club of New York, The Canadian Newspaper Photographer of The Year, Global Health Council Photography Award for his work on AIDS in Africa, Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award Nomination and Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).

Steve's London Schedule:
- Master the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000 In Depth 1 (Sept 18)
- Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 1 (Sept 19)
- Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 2 (Sept 20)
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer 2-day Workshop (Sept 21-22)

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September 3, 2013

Nikonians.org Scheduled Maintenance

services_icon_full_bw8.jpgDear Fellow Nikonians,

The Nikonians.org website will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled maintenance today,between 07:00-09:00 CEST.
Thank you for your patience.
Happy Wednesday!

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September 2, 2013

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

14.basics-brackets-diffusers_cover.pngDiffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash and what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it, you ask? We can't tell you everything here, but read this article, and you'll find out all there is to know and more :)

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September 1, 2013

Nikonians Photo Professors #18

Photo Professors Episode 18: This month the Photo Professors discuss Light and Dark! They discuss the use of flash outdoors in daylight, and then welcome guest Howard Ignatius discuss to his work in night photography.

Download Nikonians Photo Professors #18 (NPC-PP-2013-18.mp3;57:52;MP3 format)
Download Nikonians Photo Professors #18 (PDF transcript, text version) 
Professionally transcribed by Rev

You can find out more about Howard's workshops at: http://highsierraworkshops.com/nite/

Length of the podcast is 57:52

CARMA Radio Telescope, Big Pine, CA

First Light Over Kilauea Caldera

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