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January 20, 2008

Weekly News From the Nikonians Academy

Academy workshops price reduction response draws enthusiastic response
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
Last week, we reduced our prices for one-day workshops from $199 to $179 and people responded by buying workshops all around the USA.

Our price reduction came as a direct result of the generosity of our two major sponsors: HP and datacolor. We have worked hard to bring you more cities, more topics and more options this year and it is paying off for you, our membership!

We're already on the road for our 2008 kickoff workshops and have only a couple of seats left for our Los Angeles sessions in late January. Our February schedule includes workshops in Orlando, Charleston, Las Vegas and Austin.

HP B9180 13x19" Pro Photo Inkjet Printer amazes workshop attendees

The prints that I'm getting from my HP-B9810.jpg HP B9180 printer are simply amazing.

Recently, I made a nice big 13x19" photo of a rock formation called "Dragon's Teeth" that I took in Maui.

hagen-orig-250.jpgThe photograph was taken about 20 minutes after sunset and the sky was a very subtle shade of pink and blue. I was worried that the printer might not capture the delicate transitions between the pink and blue hues in the sky, but little did I know that I had nothing to worry about! The B9180 printed it amazingly well.

I showed the print to a few people and they were amazed at the clarity, color and sharpness of the print. The image was processed in Capture NX using four color control points and then sent the image to Photoshop to do some dust removal.

The Academy wants to show you how to do the same thing in our 4-day Advanced Digital Imaging Workflow workshops currently scheduled for only two sessions this year.
Regardless of the type of printer that you use, this workshop will definitely improve your output. We'll be spending a lot of time learning how to set up our software and hardware to achieve perfection. There will also be significant time spent on using Nikon Capture NX and Adobe Photoshop in your workflow.
These won't be "high level" discussions, but rather meat and potatoes hands-on tutorials with you in the drivers seat. Our conference space will be outfitted with a network of B9180 printers and Datacolor Spyder3 display calibration systems.

You can also learn some of these techniques at our Steamlined Digital Workflow and Inkjet Printing workshops -- designed to show you how to calibrate your monitor the professional way.

Spyder-3-1.jpgIn addition to a whole host of other topics at these workshops, we are going to thoroughly cover calibration of LCDs, CRTs and laptop screens.
We'll go through how to set up your system for changing ambient light conditions using the Spyder 3 Elite's embedded ambient light sensor. We'll have a number of test units setup and ready to go at the workshops, so you can calibrate your laptops in real time.

Looking for adventure?

We have more adventure lined up with the Academy than you can shake a stick at. This April and May we have some wonderful outdoor photography opportunities in Page, Arizona and Moab, Utah. Additionally, we have a quick two-day trip planned to photograph the beautiful Tulip Festival in Washington State's Skagit River Valley. You can see our trips posted at
That's it for this week. More great news next week!

Posted by flashdeadline at January 20, 2008 5:13 PM