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January 27, 2015

Masters Series workshops schedule adding new cities

Academy-SQ-Camera-Hands_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reports the Academy Masters Series workshops are back with new cities added all around the USA.

Check out our classes in:


? Charlotte ? April 9-12 ? with Colin Hocking

? New York ? April 9-12 ? with Steve Simon

? Atlanta ? April 16-19 ? with Colin Hocking

? New Jersey ? May 7-10 ? with Steve Simon

? Orlando ? May 14-17 ? with Colin Hocking

? Philadelphia ? May 28-31 ? with Steve Simon

? Dallas ? June 11-14 ? with Colin Hocking


Topics are on all the newest professional and pro-sumer Nikon DSLR cameras and on Lightroom 5.


Our instructors go into a lot of detail with each camera, covering the main dial operations, menu controls and custom function screens. 

The also show you how to use all main features and then assist with practical exercises.

Photographers who have come to our previous workshops tell us time and time again that our classes are the best they've ever attended. 

Try it out for yourself. The goal is to help you learn your camera and show you techniques that will greatly improve your photography.

We are actively adding more cities all the time, so if you don't see your favorite city posted, expect to see it listed very soon.



Join Rick Hulbert for our Urban and Street Photography workshop in Charleston, SC from February 19-22 to learn the skills required to photograph urban spaces. After Charleston, his next Urban and Street photography workshop is scheduled for San Francisco, CA April 9-12.


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.



Now is the time to plan for your 2015 international photography adventure.

Join Nikonians Academy director Mike Hagen on a trip to Iceland in July, Galapagos in September or Tanzania in November.

These trips are incredible adventures completely designed around photography.




If you are a wildlife and nature photographer, we have a ton of photo workshops to satisfy your outdoor needs:

? Death Valley in March ? with Michael A. Mariant

? Yosemite in May ? with Michael A. Mariant

? Grand Tetons in May ? with Jim Stamates

? Yellowstone in June ? with Jim Stamates

? Giant Redwoods in June ? with Michael A. Mariant

Michael A. Mariant and Jim Stamates share extensive experience leading photographers through outdoor photo adventures in settings they have personally explored for decades. Combining their real-life experiences in these locations with impressive photography credentials, Michael and Jim will lead you with their trademark passions for improving your ability to capture stunning images in their adopted ?backyards.?


Posted by flashdeadline at 4:01 PM

January 22, 2015

Review of Nikon?s New AF-S 20mm 1.8 - A Long Overdue Digital Update

It's been 30 years since Nikon updated its 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens and this new version, announced in September along with the Nikon D750 and SB-500 Speedlight, is sharp and capable. This report brings you the sample images gallery to see that for yourself.

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:23 AM

January 10, 2015

Fundraising Campaign Wrap-Up

Nikonians Fundraising Campaign 2014 has officially ended. We would again like to thank all of you for you support.

Since the start of the campaign, we have been able to:

We are excited about new challenges coming in 2015 and are happy to see you standing behind us as we tackle them.

List of supporters

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:00 PM

January 8, 2015

Nikonian Northern Exposure #20

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Phototherapy and the Photographer

Through Phototherapy, we can become better photographers by understanding why we do take certain photo and what is more important is what we do leave out of the photo. So join Peter on a little journey of how everything has change and grow?with Digital Photography today.

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Click here to listen to the Podcast

Posted by pspence at 4:48 PM

January 6, 2015

Nikonians Academy adds new instructor

Academy-SQ-Camera-Hands_120.jpgThe newest instructor on the Nikonians Academy roster combines a hefty resume with international experience.
Academy Director Mike Hagen welcomes the newest member of the instructor team, Colin Hocking, from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Colin Hocking LRPS is an award winning and published photographer from Plymouth, England, who received his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Photo Science from the University of Westminster in London. Member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), he is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)

Colin_Hocking_200.jpgColin's interest in photography started at a very young age when he would take his little plastic point & shoot out into the woods behind his parents' house to photograph birds.

He started his career at Polaroid UK and worked with many of the big names in the photography world. Moving to the United States, he lived in California for 19 years where he accumulated experience in the field and as owner of a photo-processing business. Now living in North Carolina, he held the position of Photography Department manager with the US National Whitewater Center for several years and later created his own franchise for high volume photography, photographing every photo genre one could think of, including sports, schools, pets, families, children, weddings, engagements, and of course nature and wildlife, his lifetime passion.

While some of his work has been featured in local and national publications he is specially proud of his nature and wildlife photography and of his growing commercial business that includes clients such as Lowe's Corporate, Ingersoll Rand, US National Whitewater Center,. Media Tech Publishing, Hedrick Gardner, Hickmon & Perrin, Care Pkg, Sequel Select and many more.

With a background that includes computer software teaching and the training of trainers, he is recognized as having a knack for teaching complicated subject matter in an easy and enjoyable way.

His first four cities on the 2015 schedule are:
Charlotte, NC 3/19 - 3/22
Atlanta, GA 4/8 - 3/12
Orlando, FL 4/16 - 3/19
Miami, FL 4/23 - 3/26

Specific classes and locations will be posted to the Nikonians Academy website in the next
few days.

Looking ahead----
Rick Hulbert's Urban and Street Photography workshops are set for Charleston, South Carolina this February and San Francisco this April.

The Charleston location is designed to photograph the beautiful and historic downtown area. Rick's San Francisco venue is designed to highlight the drama and grand city-scapes of the City by the Bay. Rick is also looking forward to our London and Munich Urban and Street Photography workshops this May. If you live in Europe or are interested in visiting these great locations, then don't hesitate to sign up for these great workshops!


Teton_Spring_Owl_300.jpgJim Stamates? annual photo trips to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are dedicated to wildlife and landscape photography.

Few people know these parks better than Jim and he is definitely a master at helping photographers become better image makers in the wild.

Our Grand Teton trip is scheduled to begin May 25th and our Yellowstone trip is scheduled to begin June 1st.


Death_Valley_Spring-284.jpgBe sure to check out our other trips to the USA National Parks with instructors Michael Mariant and Les Picker.

We are running photo workshops to Yosemite, Death Valley, Giant Redwoods and Acadia.

The Yosemite in Winter adventure is slated for next month. Death Valley in the Spring comes in March and the Acadia workshop will be in October.


Galapagos_seals_300.jpgFor the international adventurers, we still have a few seats available for our Iceland photo adventure this July.

Also, we have spots open for our Galapagos cruise this September and our Tanzania photo safari in November.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:55 PM

January 5, 2015

New eZine apps for iOS and Android available

Last month Nikonians introduced the new eZine, featuring new design and functionality. From now on you can access new issues not only on desktop, but also through our apps, which got upgraded as well.

Silver, Gold or Platinum members are entitled to all editions for free. All editions prior to the issues 57 remain in the apps for free as well.

Moreover, the iOS version includes a "Sync purchases" feature, allowing you to sync bought issues on multiple devices.

Please note that previous app versions don?t support new eZine issues, starting with edition 57.

Download The Nikonian? eZine for iOS
Download The Nikonian? eZine for Android


iOS (iPad support, iPhone support to follow)

Android (tablet and phone support)

Posted by Ronny89 at 12:02 PM