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August 20, 2007

Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy

Toronto concludes, Africa beckons
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
It's always nice to hear from our Nikonians who have had great results from attending our workshops, and the recent Toronto had their share. Now, with a full slate of North American cities on our calendar--- we're looking a full year ahead to an African photo safari adventure.

Winston Hall's workshops in Toronto last week were received with great reviews! I like to think that all of our instructors are top notch and are the best of the best, but our customers say it better than I ever could. Let me share a couple of emails we received yesterday:

Oliver writes - Hi Winston! That was a great weekend! The only other weekend that I will never forget is the one I spent with Nikon School of Photography ---a - way back in 1979! Your patience and willingness to share your knowledge is a great example of a true Nikonian! Thank you! - Oliver Kilayko.

Bruce writes - I could really kick myself for not signing up for Capture NX. However, I've taken some really bad photography courses--not from Nikonians--and I didn't want to commit to two courses with you without trying one out; boy, did I blow that. Thanks again and see you next year. - Bruce.

My instructors and I pride ourselves on taking the time to answer all questions and help you fully understand your gear. Winston, Carmine, Darryll and myself love what we do and can't wait to do more of it. Come by one of our workshops and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Our upcoming workshops are scheduled for:
Indianapolis, IN September 6-9.
Raleigh, NC Sep 13-16.
Nashville, TN Sep 20-23.

At each of these, we'll be teaching D200, D80/D70, Capture NX and Nikon i-TTL Flash, CLS.

Finally, we are preparing an African photo safari adventure for November 11-23, 2008. We'll be photographing the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and at the private Arumeru River Lodge. All with private Land Rovers, professional wildlife guides, catered meals and great accommodations. Yes, it is a long ways off, but start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! We are limiting the size to 12 people. We'll have signup information and a detailed itinerary posted to our Academy home pages very soon. In the mean time, feel free to contact me about the safari if you have questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list: mike.hagen@nikonians.org.

From the Weekly Quick Tips Department:
If it's white- Push it

In just about every workshop I lead, someone invariably speaks up at the end of the day and says with exasperation, "Ugh. How do you remember all these settings!?" The answer is easy. All you have to do is create a camera checklist that depends on you pushing all the white buttons on your Nikon DSLR in a familiar pattern, moving from one side of the camera to the other. With time and practice you'll be doing it as fast as stepping into your car, putting on the seat belt, checking the mirror and turning on the ignition.

The quick way to remember each item on the checklist is to simply press each and every white-labeled button on the exterior of the camera. Pushing all the white buttons will quickly show you most of the important settings on your camera. I start with the lower left on the back of the camera and work my way around the top and front of the camera. Along the way, I can quickly see that (for instance) my ISO for that indoor shoot from last night won't work for the outdoor photos I plan on taking today. The same goes for White Balance settings, Shooting Modes, metering Modes, etc. etc. etc.

I share that checklist with Nikonians attending my workshops.


Posted by flashdeadline at August 20, 2007 8:00 AM