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May 5, 2011

Nikonians Academy Europe expands its workshop lineup

Nikonians-Academy-EU_100.jpgFollowing a start-up period of just over six months, Nikonians Academy Europe is pleased to announce a further expansion in the range of workshops on offer to Nikonians.

These new ventures seek to introduce themes and subjects beyond the typical one-day "Master your DSLR" series. Furthermore, several of the workshops like the Steam Train Extravaganza will no doubt be of interest beyond the usual national audiences and tempt visitors to combine an overseas trip with an exciting photographic adventure! Many of these new workshops are scheduled across weekends and comprise daytime activities with evening seminars and social gatherings. The London Street Photography Experience for example is scheduled to coincide with a festival on this subject in the nation's capital - giving you the opportunity to explore beyond the confines of the organised workshop. Competitively priced, these location-based (as opposed to classroom-based) events are hosted by our professional Instructors in conjunction with local experts (where applicable) and offer a unique way of expanding your technical knowledge whilst broadening your photographic horizons! To see the full details of all the (new) workshops visit the Nikonians Academy Europe website.


Severn Valley Railway Steam Train Extravaganza (extended weekend)


In the historic river port of Bridgnorth in the Midlands region of the UK, the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has kept alive the magnificent world of steam locomotives, running engines and passenger carriages up and down a 16-mile enclosed line through the beautiful Shropshire and Worcestershire countryside. On two very special weekends each year they host a 1940’s themed event, inviting people to become fully immersed in one of the most significant and yet romantic periods in history when steam trains where at the heart of the British transport system. To complete the picture, the stations, their staff and visiting public along the line are bedecked in 1940’s costume and livery and a whole range of activities are staged for people to take part in; from a mock wedding and wartime aircraft fly-pass to a foot-tapping Big Band Ban dshow.

Together with instructor and regional manager UK & Ireland, John McDonald you have the chance to participate in this spectacle of visual delight and to soak up some of that 1940's atmosphere.
Dates: July 1 to July 4, (Friday through Monday) 2011

London Street Photography Experience (weekend)


Some of Photography's most famous protagonists are inextricably linked with the practice of capturing candid moments, fleeting gestures, bizarre coincidences and visual obscurities found out there on the streets, avenues and byways of our towns and cities. Many of photography's most iconic images depict "decisive moments" where the power of the stills' camera to freeze a unique slice of time is portrayed to magnificent effect. These pictures delight and enthral us on many levels; they speak to us of the human condition, the society we live in and the transient nature of life itself. But almost above all else they allow us to be there - to participate - to be a witness to the fact that it did, for that split second at least, exist.

Timed to coincide with the first ever "London Street Photography Festival", this workshop is the perfect way to celebrate an approach to using a camera that is arguably at the very core of the art of Photography itself. Nikonians Academy Europe has put together an agenda of presentations, group review meetings and a series of accompanied "street walk" sessions in a number of key locations and at very specific times in and around the centre of London. From our workshop base at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith, we will ride the Tube around London, coming together as a group in the evenings to discuss the images we have made and to exchange our experiences. To kick things off, there will be a presentation on Street Photography by John McDonald on Friday 15th, in which he will illustrate the appro ach of the major historic and contemporary photographers in this genre and illustrate and discuss some of the equipment and techniques you may use during the workshop. John will lead the group through all five street walk sessions and be on hand to provide support and feedback throughout the two days of image capture.
Dates: July 15 through 17 (Friday through Sunday) 2011.


Artistic Nude Photography (5 Days)


Artistic NudeLearn to create beautiful artistic nude photography in this 5 day training workshop with Pascal Baetens.

The workshop will be held at Salve Mater (Lovenjoel, near Brussels), an abandoned early 20th century hospital/monastry with more than a hundred rooms, long corridors and a chapel. Together with the surrounding scenic garden this will provide beautiful scenery for your images. With Pascal's guidance, expert tips and a team of stunning models (at least three different models a day) you will be able to realise beautiful and creative images.

This special version of Pascal's workshop includes the services of our Head Instructor, Hayo Baan, who will provide advanced technical support throughout the five days. Hayo and Pascal will both be available give feedback on your existing portfolio. If you want to take advantage of this extra service, don't forget to bring your portfolio with you.

Lodging at the Salve Mater (albeit very basic) is included in the price of the workshop (please see the description of the workshop on our website for more details).


Dates: May 19-23 (Thursday through Monday) 2011
September 5-9 (Monday-Friday) 2011


Master Digital Portraiture Techniques (Two Days)


PortraitureResponding to feedback from Nikonians attending the Speedlight i-TTL and other workshops, this is the ideal follow-on training opportunity to improve your Creative Lighting knowledge and explore the fascinating and rewarding world of portraiture. This two-day workshop will improve your photographic skills by submerging you in a potent mix of practical activity coupled with in-depth portraiture instruction. The workshop cost of EUR300 (~GBP256) includes time with a professional model and access to the latest Nikon Speedlight equipment with expert guidance on hand.


Dates: May 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday) 2011, UK - Manchester

Nikon Behind the Lens Wedding Photography Workshop (Three Days)


The intensive three day Nikon Behind the Lens Wedding Photography Workshop with acclaimed international photographer covers everything from marketing and shooting the wedding, to post production. It is a highly interactive course which will include live shoots using models at a simulated wedding. During the course, Brett will also give you close personal attention regarding your portfolio and marketing material.

Brett Florens' images are admired throughout the globe and have been used on numerous campaigns amongst others, for the "I am Nikon" advertisements series.


Dates: August 10-12 (Wednesday-Friday), UK - London (City)
August 17-19 (Wednesday-Friday), NL - Utrecht


Master Wildlife Photography: Birds of Prey


Birds of PreyIf you've always wanted to create beautiful bird of prey images or learn how to improve your wildlife photography, this workshop provides you with a unique chance to photograph them up close, in flight, or on their prey. This workshop is guaranteed to offer you great opportunities for stunning images of falcons, owls, hawks and other birds of prey.


Date: June 11 (Saturday) 2011, NL - Tilburg (Diessen) Only two seats left!


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Why Choose Nikonians Academy Workshops?


  • From us you hear it the way it is. We are not sweet-talking about every and all features. You learn what works and which functions you should (or shouldn't) use, and why. And you learn it from photographers who use their gear professionally.

  • Fully packed days. Not just 6.5 hours like some others, no, with us it is a really long and full learning day!

  • In-depth. We are not the marketing department of someone else. We are going in-depth, hard-core, beyond the surface of things, and we love questions!

  • Camaraderie – You may meet your online buddies AND make new, offline friends! Nikonians are a friendly bunch and the classroom is not crowded, but everyone has the chance to discuss and to raise questions and learn, learn and learn!

Posted by flashdeadline at May 5, 2011 6:55 AM