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May 27, 2015

A Landscape Shooting Experience: Dream and Nymph Lakes, Rocky Mountain National Park

Rick Walker takes us into his personal experienced approach path to successful landscape photography. From tripod positioning through focal length choices, to composition, actual shooting and then to post-processing. Read article >>

Posted by Ronny89 at 3:27 PM

May 22, 2015

To Clean or Not To Clean: Steps to Sensor Cleaning Made Simple

You've seen them in photographs and videos, often hours after a photo shoot when your fresh images are full screen on a large monitor. They appear as circular dark blobs, unnatural discs in an otherwise perfect blue horizon. They are called dust bunnies (or dust mice) and they are the bane of all DSLR owners. At some point during the life cycle of your camera, you?ll have to combat them if you change lenses. This article will show you several ways to tackle this problem. Read article >>

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:42 AM

May 20, 2015

Spotlight on Adventure - Jim Stamates leads the way


This week we shine the Nikonians Academy faculty spotlight on Jim Stamates. Jim will be leading groups of intrepid shooters to the wildlife hotspots of Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP and Alaska in the coming weeks. 

These shooters will be learning professional field techniques for capturing fleeting wildlife moments from a recognized master in the field 

The Grand Teton in the Spring dates are May 25-28, 2015, followed by Yellowstone, June 1-4, 2015.

The seven-day Alaska - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure starts July 17. This trip is special as we travel on boats and planes to photograph Alaska's amazing bounty.


Nikonians will have their own private boat to find Humpback and Killer Whales, seals, and other marine mammals, and to take them to a remote area to photograph the largest of the grizzly bears, the Alaskan Brown Bear.

Jim has been creating photographic images for more than 35 years. He majored in photography at college and after a short stint as a commercial photographer in San Francisco, where he photographed Janice Joplin, The Jefferson Airplane, and Richie Havens, he moved to Lake Tahoe and focused his talents on the photography and preservation of our natural surroundings. His respect for wildlife takes precedence over "getting the shot."

He has been highly commended by the Natural History Museum, London, England through the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. 

His award winning images have been published in over 30 countries. His fine art prints are sought after worldwide and are hanging in homes, offices, and galleries throughout the U.S, Japan, Australia, and Europe.




Join Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen for a wildlife photography adventure in Galapagos this September.

We'll be traveling on a 78-foot expedition yacht and photographing land and marine wildlife with our national park guides. This trip is great fun and the food is incredible. Mark your calendar for September 13-20, 2015.

This is the perfect trip for couples to participate in a safe, yet intrepid adventure together. If you've been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it.

Check out Mike Hagen's Instagram feed (@MikeJHagen) for daily photographs from this diverse and alluring wildlife location.

You will also want to check out Mike?s article in The Nikonian eZine #58 on photographing in the Galapagos. Read the article, then think about joining him this September.


Posted by flashdeadline at 1:56 AM

May 14, 2015

Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 Classic V3.0 Bag ? Field Review

Thinking about a shoulder bag? This field review revisits shoulder bags and discovers the excellent redefinition of the concept by thinkTANK when testing it out in the field. Read article >>

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:51 AM

May 12, 2015

Grand Teton and Yellowstone workshops up next


Spring is the best time to photograph baby animals in the Yellowstone & Grand Teton ecosystems. Our Nikonians Academy resident professional wildlife photographer Jim Stamates is leading two separate trips to these National Parks and you are invited to join him.

He will host his popular springtime photo adventures in succession at these two parks, starting late this month and his invitation is open to either or both workshops in a row.

These field workshops will help you learn the ins and outs of wildlife photography in North America.

Join Nikonians Academy with Jim and Kathy Stamates while learning to shoot, and experience Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park in the spring.


Both workshops feature an intense 4 days of photography. Attendees will position themselves each day before dawn for the best light and best wildlife or landscape options. 

Each day ends with your memory cards filled with exceptional images. You will eat lunch as a group at one of the local in-park restaurants with time to socialize and get to know fellow enthusiasts. Instruction will be in the field. No strenuous hiking.

Nikonians is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service under Low Impact Wildlife Photography.


This week we have photographers at workshops in London and in Yosemite.

Don't miss out on your own opportunity to join us on a photo workshop somewhere in the world.

Join us in Alaska this summer, the Galapagos this September, California or Maine this fall, or in Tanzania this November.

If you are checking your calendar, here?s a quick reference guide for the next four months:


▪ Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2015 (starting May 25)

Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2015 (starting June 1)

Giant Redwoods of Northern California (Starting June 26)

Alaska - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure - (starting July 17)

Galapagos Photography Adventure ? (starting September 13)

Eastern Sierra and The Owens Valley ? (starting Sept 24)

▪ 15th ANPAT- Badlands in the Fall  ? (starting September 26).


  Special Note:  The 15th Anniversary Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in the Fall is booking fast, with less than a dozen seats available.

Your trip coordinator. Eric Bowles has arranged for visits to: 

▪ Badlands National Park

▪ Buffalo Gap National Grassland

▪ Custer State Park

▪ Sylvan Lake State Park

▪ Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

▪ Crazy Horse Memorial

▪ Wind Cave NP

▪ Devils Tower

▪ Sturgis

In addition: This year there will be a total lunar eclipse on the evening of September 27 beginning at sundown. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. Weather permitting we'll be at a great location to catch it.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:59 PM

May 5, 2015

Spring/summer workshops spotlight on photo adventures

Academy-SQ-sunrise_125.jpgThe Nikonians Academy spring/summer 2015 workshop series is ready to kick into high gear with fun, educational trips all throughout the North American West.
Michael Mariant and Jim Stamates are running these trips and are both experts in their fields.
Join them for adventures you'll never forget.

Highlights include:
Yosemite - Spring Waterfalls and Spring Blooms (May 14-17)
Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes (May 25-28)
Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes (June 1-4)
Giant Redwoods of Northern California (June 26-28)
Alaska - Whales, Bear, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography (July 17-23)


This week marks your last chance to sign up for Rick Hulbert's Urban and Street Photography Workshop in London.

Hulbert-architectural_300.jpgThis workshop runs May 14-17 and is based in downtown London, UK for close access to all the amazing architecture and street life for which London is known.

Urban environments comprise the most diverse target-rich places to photograph anywhere. Most photographs contain a ?subject? within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places are both subjects and settings. Think about all of the images you have taken or will take in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects ? like people, for instance.

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.


Galapagos_seals_300.jpgJoin Mike Hagen in the Galapagos this September for our Galapagos Photography Adventure trip. We'll be photographing one of the most impressive wildlife regions in the world, just off the coast of Ecuador in South America.

Mike has led trips here on numerous occasions and will help you get amazing shots of your own. Come along for photographs of blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas, and penguins. Check out Mike's Instagram feed for more Galapagos images to whet your appetite.

Each day will feature a different area of the amazing Galapagos Islands. Our expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to our attractions and our small group size means that we can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

The trip includes seven nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:49 PM