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November 19, 2012

Give Yourself an Early Present

Nikonians-Academy-update-Bow_125.jpgLas Vegas and San Diego area members can treat themselves to an early present for the Holidays by attending our Nikonians Academy workshops in early December.
Both Winston Hall and Mike Hagen are running classes on HDR photography, Master Nikon D800/D4, Lightroom 4, and the Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash System.

We'd love to see you at our workshops and know that you'll learn more than you ever thought possible. Hurry, because the workshops are selling out quickly.

hagen__HDR_284px.jpgLas Vegas Schedule
Dec 6/7 - Master HDR Photography Two-Day Workshop
Dec 8 - Master the Nikon D800 and D4 In Depth (sold out)
Dec 9 - Master Adobe Lightroom 3 & 4 Essentials

San Diego Schedule
Dec 6 - Master the Nikon D800 and D4 In Depth (sold out)
Dec 7 - Master the Nikon D800 & D4 Advanced (sold out)
Dec 8 - Master Adobe Lightroom 3 & 4 Essentials
Dec 9 - Master Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash, CLS

2013 Masters Series Workshops
We've just started adding our Masters Series workshops to the calendar for 2013 with dates already scheduled for January, February, March, and April. Look for workshops in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Vancouver BC. We'll be adding many more cities and dates around the USA. In fact, we'll have another announcement for New Jersey/New York this week.

Acadia NP
Last month's Acadia National Park photo workshop with Les Picker was such a success that we've decided to bring it back again for 2013. The new Acadia National Park workshop is scheduled for October, 2013 and is timed to coincide with the peak of fall color. This year's workshop sold out early, so don't wait too long to sign up.

Check out some of the feedback we received from this year's participants:

forest-stream-lewisrothman.jpg "I recently returned from a Nikonians workshop led by Les Picker at Acadia National Park. In a word it was outstanding. Les is an excellent teacher, photographer and leader.

He was extremely knowledgeable about the Park and scouted out several beautiful photo venues in advance. He offered solid and comprehensive shooting tips geared to our individual needs and provided insightful feed back after each shoot.

Perhaps most important he provided additional opportunity to review and improve our images after we returned home from the workshop. He was genuinely interested in our progress and it didn't end with the workshop.I recommend the workshop without reservation and look forward to attending another one with him."
--- Lewis Rothman (lewisrothman), M.D., New York City


bass-harbor-light-soderlund_250.jpg "Eight other folks and I spent the better part of four photography-packed days exploring Mt. Desert Island under Les Picker's guidance. His depth of knowledge of the landscape, history and biology of the island informed our photography and took us to places that most other workshops just don't see.

Les provided itineraries that were well-balanced between iconic locations (Cadillac Mountain, Bass Harbor Lighthouse) and out-of-the-way gems. When the weather turned against us Saturday morning, he led a stimulating, free-wheeling discussion in which all of the participants shared freely some of their favorite tools and photographic tricks. That afternoon we capitalized on the rain with a hike to Hemlock Falls (in full flow!) on Parkman Mountain. Each evening we capped the day's work with a review of the day's events and Les' insightful critiques of a few of our images.

Les proved to be a great workshop instructor. He was attentive to the varied skill levels and needs that all of us brought to the event and was readily available in the field to provide technical assistance and one-on-one teaching. As someone who probably has better technique than vision, I really appreciated his gentle challenges to try new things.

To sum up, this was a great experience! Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park in the fall are unbelievably beautiful, and Les Picker allowed us to take maximum advantage of our time there. I know that he is planning to offer this workshop again next year, and I can recommend it without reservation."

--- Dave Soderlund (DaveSoderlund), Ithaca, New York


"This workshop was a special experience at multiple levels: image creation, learning, and in the case of this particular workshop enjoying the camaraderie of a diverse group of people that quickly bonded sharing their passion for photography and enjoying each others company. Les Picker was the key to creating this experience Les' in depth knowledge of Acadia enabled him to guide the group to a diverse set of sites on a off the beaten path, sunrise to sunset. His gracious style in sharing his artistic and technical expertise set the tone for the group dynamics. Post shoot discussions were nicely balanced between a focus on developing an eye for the creative image and technical / practical tips and techniques. Les' knowledge of the history and flora of Acadia enriched the experience."

--- Thomas E. Wilson (tew4774), North Sandwich, NH

Posted by flashdeadline at November 19, 2012 11:14 PM