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May 28, 2014

Nikonians Academy June Highlights

Our Nikonians Academy instructors are presenting a wide range of workshops and photo adventures in June.

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Jim Stamates leads off with his four day Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2014 photo adventure June 2-5. 

Springtime in Yellowstone NP is an exciting time. Bison, Moose and Elk have dropped their young. Bears are on the prowl looking for opportunities to fatten up after a long hibernation. 

You will arrive by dawn at Mammoth Hot Springs looking for newly born elk calves. 

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The travertine formations present you with unending abstract compositions as the hot water bubbles out of the ground. 

After a great morning shoot you are off to find more wildlife babies and incredible landscapes. 

Your are invited to join Jim and Kathy Stamates to learn, experience , and capture the essence of Yellowstone National Park in the Spring.



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Steve Simon will be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosting his Masters Series, featuring Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 1 on June 12, Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 2 on June 13 and The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop with Steve Simon starting June 14. He will continue his Canadian tour in Edmonton presenting the same workshops June 19-22.

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Meanwhile, Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen takes the Master Series to Seattle, Washington, presenting Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 1 and Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 2 June 13-14.

Richard Hulbert will also be in Seattle, with his four day Urban and Street Photography Workshop starting June 19.

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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, you will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography. Your professional instructor, Rick Hulbert, will also give daily constructive critiques of your own selected images which is a key part of the learning experience.

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The month will conclude with Michael A. Mariant's Giant Redwoods of Northern California photo adventure (June 26-29).

This four day 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.

By building on the previous location's techniques and lessons, this allows for culmination in a comprehensive lesson in pre-visualization, composition, modified exposure and light controls.

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

 

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May 21, 2014

ANPAT-14 seats availability shrinks

Blog-ANPAT-14-SQ_125.jpgThe number of available seats in the edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT-14) has shrunk to single digits. Only nine reservations are left to be made.

The ANPAT, at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, USA will be held from September 28 to October 4. The park is a photographer's dream location with classic landscapes, sweeping panoramas, and giant mountain vistas.

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Check the official Nikonians Academy ANPAT page for more information.
To see what the attendees are discussing in advance of the adventure, click here.

IYellowstone-Spring_300.jpgf you want to enjoy a photo adventure with our Nikonians Academy instructors even earlier, you still have time to register with Jim Stamate's trip to Grand Teton later this month and to Yellowstone the first week of June for a wildlife photography workshop. Jim's field workshops are known worldwide for their excellent ability to produce stunning wildlife images in great light.

Giant-Redwoods-250.jpgFor those on the West Coast, check out Michael Mariant's amazing trip to the Giant Redwoods of Northern California this June.
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.
By building on the previous location's techniques and lessons, this allows for culmination in a comprehensive lesson in pre-visualization, composition, modified exposure and light controls.

Our Masters Series workshops and Passionate Photographer workshops are scheduled around the USA and Canada for the next two months.
Join us in Seattle, Calgary and Edmonton this May and June.

Hulbert_Composition_275.jpgRick Hulbert has added an entire new schedule of Urban and Street Photography workshops around the USA for 2014. Next up is Seattle in June, then Vancouver, Houston, San Antonio and Los Angeles.
The reviews from Rick's workshops are excellent and people fly in from destinations far and wide to attend.

SriLanka_300.jpgInterested in an international photo adventure? Join us for an incredible trip to Sri Lanka, Tanzania, or Cuba this year. Each trip has its own unique mix of exciting wildlife or cultural photography or both.

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May 14, 2014

New Nikon 1 cameras and accessories plus NIKKOR additions announced

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgNikon has announced new additions to both the Nikon 1 System of interchangeable lens cameras and new professional NIKKOR optics.

First, Nikon has introduced the compact, versatile and blazing fast Nikon 1 J4 for the USA market and the Nikon 1 S2, the next evolution in the Nikon 1 line for those ready to step their photography up to the next level.

For users ready to take Nikon 1 underwater, also announced were the new WP-N3 Waterproof Case and SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight.

Nikon also introduced the new professional-grade AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto lens and AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, providing a lightweight yet optically excellent option for sports, action and wildlife shooters.

Here are the highlights (courtesy of Geoffrey Coalter from the Nikon USA Press Room).

Nikon 1 J4
J4-BLK_300.jpg• World’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 fps at full resolution
• 171 contrast detect focus areas and 105 phase-detect AF points for incredible AF accuracy
• Features an 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4A image processing engine
• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing of precious moments
• 1080/60p HD video capability and Auto Image Capture that allows user to capture still images during video recording
• Slow View Mode allows user to slow down the frame and capture the ideal moment
• Capable of recording slow motion movies in 1280 x 720 resolution at up to 120 fps.
• Sports a new touchscreen interface with touch shutter functionality
• New creative modes for both stills and video including Easy Panorama Mode and Creative Pallet
• Available in May 2014 in Black, White, Silver and Orange in three kit options:
• With 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens: $649.95 SRP
• With 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens: $849.95 SRP
• With the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens: $1,049.95 SRP

Nikon 1 S2
S2_300.jpg• Features a 14.2 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4A image processing engine
• World’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 fps at full resolution
• Wi-Fi connectivity is possible alongside optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
• 1080/60p HD video capability and Auto Image Capture that allows user to capture still images during video recording
• New creative modes for both stills and video including Selective Color and Creative Pallet
• Available in June 2014 in Black, White, Red and Yellow in two kit options:
• With 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens: $449.95 SRP
• With 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens: $699.95

WP-N3
SBN10_WPN3_250.jpg• New Waterproof case for use with the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2, for deeper diving without a D-SLR, with an operating depth of 45m
• Available in May 2014; Pricing TBD

SB-N10 / Fiber Optic Cable Adapter
• Waterproof Speedlight for Nikon 1 underwater shooters (Waterproof up to 100m)
• Compatible with WP-N1, WP-N2 and WP-N3 waterproof cases
• Also compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1 using Fiber Optic Cable Adapter
• Available in May 2014; Pricing TBD

AFS_400E_FL_ED_VR_250.jpgAF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
• New professional grade telephoto option for professional and passionate photographers
• Nearly two pounds lighter, yet more durable than its predecessor; ideal for shooting sports, action and wildlife
• Improved AF, exposure accuracy and speed.
• Vibration Reduction (VR) technology with up to four stops of image stabilization
• Contains two fluorite elements, two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nano Crystal Coat
• Features an electronic diaphragm, allowing for stable exposure even during high speed shooting
• Available in August 2014 for $11,999.95 SRP

AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
AFS_Telecon_TC14E3_a_250.jpg• Effectively multiplies focal length of many NIKKOR lenses by 1.4x, while losing only one stop of exposure
• Features fluorine coating for enhanced resistance to dirt and water.
• Available in August 2014 for $499.95 SRP.


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Academy National Parks photo adventures highlight Spring

Academy-Logo_Ermine_SQ.jpgSpring is a great time to experience the USA's National Parks with your camera.
Join us on a trip to Grand Teton later this month and to Yellowstone the first week of June for a wildlife photography workshop with Jim Stamates.

Stamates_175.jpgJim's field workshops are known world-wide for their excellent ability to produce stunning wildlife images in great light.

Jim has been highly commended by the Natural History Museum, London, England through the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. His award winning images have been published in over 30 countries. His fine art prints are sought after worldwide and are hanging in homes, offices, and galleries throughout the U.S, Japan, Australia, and Europe.

The Nikonians Academy is very proud to have Jim as member of its faculty

Giant-Redwoods-250.jpgFor those on the West Coast, check out Michael Mariant's amazing trip to the Giant Redwoods of Northern California this June.

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.

By building on the previous location's techniques and lessons, this allows for culmination in a comprehensive lesson in pre-visualization, composition, modified exposure and light controls.

Our Masters series workshops and Passionate Photographer workshops are scheduled around the USA and Canada for the next two months.

Join us in Seattle, Calgary and Edmonton this May and June.

Hulbert-architectural_300.jpgRick Hulbert has added an entire new schedule of Urban and Street Photography workshops around the USA for 2014. Next up is Seattle in June, then Vancouver, Houston, San Antonio and Los Angeles.

The reviews from Rick's workshops are excellent and people fly in from destinations far and wide to attend.

Interested in an international photo adventure? Join us for an incredible trip to Sri Lanka, Tanzania, or Cuba this year. Each trip has its own unique mix of exciting wildlife or cultural photography or both.

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May 12, 2014

Hunting for Rhythms

The rhythms and patterns in an image can considerably improve its visual quality. Get inspired by the advice in our article for an effective "rhythm hunt". (premium)

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May 7, 2014

Academy: Super summer of workshops and adventures on tap

Academy-SQ-Hulbert_125.jpgNikonians Academy instructor Rick Hulbert just added four new cities to his very popular series of workshops. He invites you to join him in Seattle this June for his best selling Urban and Street Photography Workshop. Hulbert-architectural_300.jpg

He is running his new signature series of workshops Mastering Composition in Photography and Mastering Architectural and Urban Photography in Atlanta, Vancouver BC, Houston, San Antonio, Washington DC and Los Angeles throughout the rest of this year. 

Richard Hulbert is an International Award winning and published Architect, Urban Designer, and Photographer

Those of you who are ANPAT veterans will know “Rick” as the guy dressed in black with more gear than should be possible to carry. 


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Steve Simon is running workshops this week in Houston. We keep adding more workshops to the schedule and will soon be in Boston, Calgary AB and Edmonton AB.

Your choices in the Masters Series include:

▪ Master the Nikon D600, D610, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1

▪ Master the Nikon D600, D610, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2

▪ Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 1

▪ Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 -  In Depth 2

▪ The Passionate Nikon Photographer with Steve Simon

The Calgary sessions run June 12-15 and the Edmonton workshops will be held June 19-22.

Other cities around the USA for our Masters Series workshops are:

Seattle - June 13-14

Boston - November 14-19

Note: Depending on the city scheduled, the number and specific titles of Masters Series workshops may vary, so it helps to check your desired city and dates to make sure your preferred courses are available.  

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We still have space in our Exclusive Yosemite: Black & White Digital Zone workshop with  Michael Mariant beginning on May 17. This rare, private-format, one-time-only workshop will be limited to only five Nikonians students.  

 

The new workshop is aimed towards photographers who want to follow in the footsteps of the famous landscape masters.  Michael will be teaching black and white theory, manual exposure, composition, and post processing. 

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Join Academy Director Mike Hagen on an international photo expedition to Cuba, Galapagos or Africa.

We have already sold out our Summer Iceland trip, so don't wait to sign up for our other adventure locations.

Mike is a veteran trip leader and works tirelessly to provide a shooting experience like none other.

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May 6, 2014

Gear up for summer with special offer by Think Tank Photo

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced a special "Gear Up For Summer" offer. Buy an eligible backpack during May and they?ll include a Camera Strap V2.0 and Camera Support Straps V2.0 (a $44.50 value total) for free!

Take a load off by using Camera Support Straps V2.0 along with the Camera Strap V2.0. Their strap kit will keep your camera?s weight off your neck and shoulder and transfer the load onto your shoulder straps and backpack. You'll hardly notice your camera is there even though it will be ready to go for hassle-free shooting.

By using the special Nikonians link you receive a Think Tank product free with your order, free shipping. Offer valid through May 31, 2014. When you order one of the backpacks, the free gear will be automatically included in your order.

Order here today:
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/camera-backpacks.aspx?code=Nikonians

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May 2, 2014

Nikonian Northern Exposure #17

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Newfoundland Photography Retreat 


This Podcast is about Peter upcoming photography retreat to his home area of the great northern peninsula of Newfoundland. Peter talks about the Newfoundland culture that he grew up with and about his people and their way of life

Click here to listen to the Podcast

Click here to Journey with me back through time and travel to the edge of the earth

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Come Join US for our Photography Tour to the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland - August 23rd to 30th, 2014

Exploring from Corner Brook to St. Anthony, we will experience the rich land and sea while enjoying the friendly local people and culture. Highlights include two scenic boat tours, Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park, Lobster Cove Lighthouse, The Arches, Cow Head, Parson?s Pond, L?anse Aux Meadows, and so much more.

A modern spacious coach will transport us through coastal and rugged landscape as you are provided guided tours, photography workshops, and one on one instruction. The smaller size of the group will provide an intimate and enjoyable atmosphere while you learn. The Spence?s will make this an unforgettable holiday adventure.

Please contact us for more details!

902 999 4077 or northernexpoure2011@hotmail.com

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May 1, 2014

Top 10 tweets from April 2014

What were the most important or interesting topics of last month? April's list includes discussions, articles, workshop announcements and photos for your inspiration.








1. Poll: Are you a lens snob?
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2. Which tripod legs - Gitzo or Manfrotto?

3. How does a blue sunset look like?
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Image credit: David Schultz

4. Should you consider sensor gel stick to clean your camera's sensor?

5. A beginner's guide: What a lens can teach you
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6. Are theft proof camera straps worth it?

7. 2014 workshops cover cameras, techniques and adventures
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8. How to simulate sunshine on a cloudy day for your photographs
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Image credit: Paco Romero

9. Capture NX-D - Why?
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10. The teleconverter compatibility table: Which lens with what converter?


Have a twitter account? Follow us here

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