April 16, 2021
Friends of Nikonians
We are starting today with a new feature, Friends of Nikonians, highlighting interesting workshops, courses and webinars provided by talented professionals, both in North America and internationally. These photographers are considered by the Nikonians team to be true friends and supporters of our organization.
We are planning to regularly highlight upcoming, interesting events held by the Friends of Nikonians.
The photographers we list do not pay us for doing this, nor is there any commission, kick-back, exchange of services or of goods. We are listing their offering at no cost as a benefit to the members of the Nikonians community.
The photographers including in this blog have all been team members at Nikonians at one point in time.
If you have a suggestion for something we might have missed, please do get in touch with us and let us know.
The Image Doctors Rick Walker and Jason Odell have a series of workshops:
Oregon Waterfalls & Coastal Landscapes May 9 - May 13, 2021
Digital Infrared Photography, Portland, OR May 13, May 14 , 2021
Colorado Wildflowers with The Image Doctors, Jul 18 - Jul 21, 2021
Rick Hulbert, Fine Art Photography
Rick is running a series of virtual Fine Art Photography workshops and the latest one for April-May is already sold out. Make sure you sign up to his newsletter to stay up-to-date on upcoming courses and workshops.
Steve Simon, The Passionate Photographer
Steve has kicked-off several new courses and is going to run a workshop in Japan again, Nov 7 - 13, 2021. More on that in an upcoming Friends of Nikonians. He has started a new virtual course: The Passionate Personal Project - A transformative 5-week online workshop. The first course runs Apr 14 - May 12, 2021 and the second chance is Jun 23 - Jul 21, 2021
Posted by bgs at 9:19 AM
July 29, 2012
Creative shutter speed
Next step is the ISO. If you set higher ISO, you get more grain for moody pictures and if you convert them to black and white you get nice "film-like" look. Here has to be said digital noise is a bit different than film grain, but still it is quite close. And there are plenty of products on the market which help you achieve this in your computer if you've forgotten to set your ISO high.
And finally, if you mess with shutter speed, you can either freeze the action happening in front of you, or you can let the movement get into your pictures. Especially with long shutter speed you can create some interesting pictures. Let me show you some examples what can be done with long shutter speed, but first let's have a look at the equipment required. As usual, I don't like to carry much equipment, so line up is quite simple. You'll need a good quality tripod, camera, lens (your choice, depends on what you're going to shoot), ND filter, remote shutter trigger (optional).
Posted by pkuzmin at 11:50 AM
June 23, 2012
Polarizing filter in digital photographyAs have been said in article about filters in digital photography last week, polarizing filter is a must have accessory for every photographer. Firstly because it has got usage across all fields of photography and secondly because its effect is very difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce in Photoshop.
Posted by pkuzmin at 12:35 PM
May 9, 2012
Posted by pkuzmin at 11:05 PM
April 24, 2012
Street photographyIf we want to talk about "street photography" we must talk about Henri Cartier-Bresson (left) and the old photograph taken in 1932 somewhere in France, with a man about to get his shoes quite wet on it first. Why? Because it is a mother of all streets photographs same as Henry Cartier-Bresson is basically a founder of this ever so popular photography style.
Posted by pkuzmin at 2:12 PM
June 10, 2010
Nikonians Academy expands to Europe
Marking five years of successful growth, the Nikonians Academy expands to Europe and will start to offer workshops in Europe this year.
Started in 2005, the Nikonians Academy has been offering high quality personalized photography training in all topics related to modern photography in North America.
For this exciting new expansion we are looking for highly motivated instructors with photographic backgrounds.
You can find both job descriptions at the Nikonians jobs page.
If you live in North America: We are always looking for additional workshop instructors, so feel free to contact us!
Posted by joef at 1:03 PM
April 7, 2010
Blurb photo book contest could win you $25,000
Blurb, provider of online photo books, started a competition for photographers "who are the age of 18 years or older, are self-identified photographers who currently receive or have received payment for their photographs".
If you meet these specifications you may submit your photo book (online or hard copy) and win the Grand Prize of $25,000.
The submission period started on March 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and ends on July 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT.
We should mention that there is a contest submission administration fee of $35 for every submission.
The categories are "Fine Art", "Editorial" and "Portfolio", there is no limit to the number of submissions that any contestant can make in any category.
All details can be found at Blurb's micro page on the competition.
Blurb shipped more than 1.2 million books in 2009. If you intend to create a photo book with Blurb, please support your community by ordering through the Nikonians Partner Page, Thank You!
Posted by joef at 3:53 PM
March 4, 2010
Become your own boss -- Nikonians Rewards Benefit Alert
We would like to introduce you to an application that enables you to put your images online and to manage and distribute them: Zensario.ImagePool.The big difference to the usual stock photography solutions is the fact, that you are your own boss: presentation, image management, image copyrights and prices are fully under your own control.
Zensario also has a unique automatic payment processing (PayPal, credit cards) with no additional cost.
The application price starts at $90 per month. Silver, Gold and Platinum members can test is for free and save $50 when buying it. Just get the rebate code from your Rewards Page.
See how Zensario.ImagePool works in this demo movie.
Posted by joef at 8:00 AM
May 26, 2009
Airshow Photography With Roberts Imaging
Are you looking to improve your airshow photography? Roberts Imaging can get you to the next level with their popular field events; featuring seminars from leading airshow shooters and one-of-a-kind access to live show events and equipment.
On May 30th, 2009, Roberts Imaging will be hosting a half-day seminar with veteran airshow shooter Bob Burns. In the afternoon, you'll be guided by Indy Airshow Chairman Ted Brindle for up close access to a select group of pilots and planes. Weather permitting, you'll then be treated to a live aerial display to practice your skills.
And on June 7th, 2009, join Roberts Imaging at their popular Indy Airshow Experience. Enjoy exclusive access to Roberts Imaging's chalet, right on the flight-line. While enjoying the great perspective, you can also chat with pro shooters and sample the top-quality equipment available for use during the show. Always wanted to try that 200-400 VR? Now you can, and you can grab some great aviation images while you're at it. Parking, lunch and admission included.
Both events are available for a nominal fee. To register, see the contact details on Roberts Imaging Events page.
Posted by covey22 at 12:53 AM
September 21, 2007
"America At Home" - The Nikon S51C Campaign
Nikon is arming 100 preeminent photojournalists with Nikon S51C Coolpix cameras and sending them out to capture a week in the life of American households across the nation. "America at Home" is the latest mass-photojournalism project from the producers of "America 24/7" and "One Digital Day." Thousands of amateur photographers will be participating as well and the entire workflow is digital - only digital still cameras and cameraphone images are allowed.
Posted by covey22 at 2:59 PM
September 11, 2007
Claus Brandt FotoCampus 2008 Schedule
The FotoCampus Tours, hosted by Nikonians' own Claus Brandt, has released the 2008 schedule. Join Claus and new team member Bence Mate in mastering your wildlife and nature photography in three beautiful locations: Helgoland Island - The Pearl of the North Sea, the lively Pusztazer Bird Sanctuary in Hungary and exotic Krueger National Park in South Africa. Register now to save a seat!
Posted by covey22 at 6:06 PM
July 10, 2007
Roberts Imaging Airshow Photography Experience
Roberts Imaging is offering a unique photography experience; for 75 USD, shutterbugs will be granted admission to the 2007 Indianapolis Airshow on August 26th featuring the US Navy's Blue Angels jet demonstration team, along with exclusive benefits.
The cost will also include exclusive access to the Roberts Imaging Chalet located on the flightline, a catered lunch and access to Nikon, Canon and Bogen equipment onsite for use during the show. Representatives from all three companies will be on hand to lend expertise. Seating is limited, so those who have a hankering to try out the latest long lenses with VR or IS should sign up quickly.
Posted by covey22 at 3:25 AM
May 3, 2007
Nikon's Wildlife Weekend at London WWT
Nikon UK has teamed up with the London Wetland Center to offer a wildlife photography weekend 12-May and 13-May.
This is the second year of the program, with noted photographer Chris Packham lecturing and leading participants in shooting opportunity walks around the reserve. Nikon Solutions Manager John McDonald will also speak on wildlife photography techniques and there will be a full range of Nikon equipment to try out during that time.
Normal admission will be charged, but the activities above are free of charge. Reservations are recommended, so call to save a seat now.
Posted by covey22 at 5:58 PM
October 16, 2006
Fujifilm's Giant Panda Habitat To Open At Smithsonian Zoo
Visitors to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC in October will have the unique opportunity to attend the grand opening of the Giant Panda Habitat as sponsored by Fujifilm.
The exhibit spans across six acres and provides a home for seven different animals including the Giant Panda, sloth bears, fishing cats, clouded leopards, a giant salamander and otters. Built at a cost of USD53 million, the grand opening will be held on October 17th.
Posted by covey22 at 12:09 AM
June 30, 2006
Carlsbad Offers Cave Photography Basics
The Deming Headlight reports that Carslbad Caverns NP and Carlsbad Caverns-Guadaloupe Moutains Association are offering a one-day course on cave photography on July 22nd. The one-day workshop will feature "discuss photographer safety, protection of cave resources, lighting, accessories, and basic techniques." Opportunities to practice these techniques will then occur along several parts of the Caverns. Registration in advance is required.
Posted by covey22 at 10:52 PM
May 17, 2006
Nikon Alpine Safari
Four our Australian Members: Local Nikon distributor, Maxwell Optical Industries will host the Nikon Alpine Safari on the October long weekend to celebrate the continuing Nikon sponsorship of the Perisher Blue resort.
Posted by covey22 at 3:16 PM
April 13, 2006
SanDisk Red Sea Underwater Photo Contest
SanDisk announces it's 2006 Red Sea Underwater Photography Competition, which takes place in Eliat, Israel from April 24-29th. The main contest will be with the Eliat competition, where divers will take to the waters of the Red Sea to get the best photo. For shooters not able to travel, the Images of the World shootout is offered, where you can send in your best frames from home. The grand prize, however, will only be awarded to an Eliat participant, and what a whopper it is - USD10000 in cash and a three week diving trip for two to Papua New Guinea.
Posted by covey22 at 10:05 PM
April 12, 2006
Carlsbad Caverns: No Photography
The National Park Service has taken the extreme step to forbid photography inside the famed Carlsbad Caverns. The Park Service wants to prevent further disruption to the native bats that inhabit the caves. Despite strong enforcement, visitors persisted in using flash and bright video lights that caused disorientation to the bats during their evening flights.
Posted by covey22 at 10:49 PM
February 15, 2006
Images for Conservation Fund Holds Nature Photography Symposium
The nonprofit Images For Conservation Fund (ICF) has announced its inaugural Pro-Tour of Nature Photography coming up the entire month of April. Twenty Texas Hill Country ranchers will be teamed with 20 top nature photographers from across North America to compete for a share of up to $200,000 in prize money.
For information or to register for events, visit www.imagesforconservation.org, or call Sam Mason or John Martin at (956) 381-1264.
The Images for Conservation Fund is a Texas-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, self-funded wildlife conservation industry based upon nature photography tourism. ICF hopes to establish exciting nature photography leasing destinations while simultaneously generating significant income for the private landowners who lease them. To raise public awareness of these opportunities for both landowners and photographers, ICF has created the Pro-Tour of Nature Photography and a number of supporting events.
The symposium will feature two programs open to the public. One is for photographers wishing to learn about wildlife photography techniques and the existing opportunity to photograph wildlife on premier private ranches in the Texas Hill Country, according to Bob Petersen, chairman of the Images for Conservation Advisory Committee. "The other program is for landowners who are interested in learning about the income potential that nature photo tourism offers for their ranching operations," Petersen said. "The classes will be taught by some of the world's best professional wildlife photographers, plus private landowners and tourism experts," Petersen said.
The symposium will be held at Texas Military Institute, the Episcopal School of Texas, in northwest San Antonio from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $75 and includes lunch.
The Images for Conservation Fund (ICF) is partnering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to hold a nature photography symposium for landowners and photographers, as well as the launch party for the inaugural Images for Conservation Pro-Tour of Nature Photography coming up in April. The daytime symposium and evening launch party will be held March 18 in northwest San Antonio.
The Pro-Tour launch party is also an organizational event leading up to the inaugural Pro-Tour of Nature Photography. At the launch party, professional photographers from across North America will be paired into teams with Texas Hill Country landowners for the month-long tournament-style event April 1-30. It is the world's first all-professional nature photo competition, and the 20 teams will compete for a share of up to $200,000 in prize money. The launch party will be held at the historic Gallagher Headquarters, located 23 miles northwest of San Antonio. Admission is $50 and includes a light supper.
Petersen noted the symposium and launch party mark the first public events associated with the inaugural Pro-Tour of Nature Photography. In January, representatives from the 20 Pro-Tour ranches heard suggestions from professional wildlife photographer Larry Ditto on working with their photographer teammates.
For information or to register for events, visit www.imagesforconservation.org or call Sam Mason or John Martin at (956) 381-1264
Posted by drjay32 at 3:36 AM
November 3, 2005
Race Shooters: Give Them Your Best Shot!
Action fans close to the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, have an opportunity to win and become a track photographer for a day as well as publication of their image on the 2006 Program brochures.
SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - Don't miss the chance to demonstrate your photography skills with the InfineonRaceway.com Photo Contest. You could have your image posted on InfineonRaceway.com, and possibly win a chance to be a race photographer for a day during the 2006 Big O Tires Racing Season at Infineon Raceway.
Beginning on Nov. 3, race fans are invited to submit images taken at any of the 2005 Infineon Raceway major events by visiting www.infineonraceway.com <https://www.infineonraceway.com/> . The raceway will post 10 images each day through Nov. 30, with all images accessible for viewing.
Infineon Raceway officials will select an overall winner on Dec. 5, and the winning photographer will be treated to an Infineon Raceway prize pack that includes a one-day photo pass at one of the raceway's major events in 2006. The photo pass will allow you the same access as photographers from all of the major media outlets that cover Infineon Raceway. The prize pack will also include a cap, T-shirt, and the winning image will be published in one of the raceway's 2006 event programs.
Submissions must be from any of Infineon Raceway's major events during the 2005 Big O Tires Racing Season, and images are not limited to racing action. Facility and fan images are also welcome. This contest is limited to amateur photographers, and only two images may be submitted per person.
To submit your photos, visit www.infineonraceway.com <https://www.infineonraceway.com/> beginning Nov. 3 and click on the Photo Contest link on the homepage. Images can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your name, e-mail address, mailing address and phone number, as well as the event at which the image was taken. Images should be no larger than 6 x 4 inches at 300 dpi.
Posted by covey22 at 5:27 PM
October 31, 2005
A Rare Photo Op: Shoot Karchner Caverns
We've just heard of a rare opportunity available to nature photographers. The Karchner Caverns State Park near Benson, Arizona, will be made open to photographers from 10-4 on November 5th. The catch? The privilege of shooting some of the most spectacular natural caves in the US will set you back USD150. But it's a small price to pay given that photography is normally prohibited to public visitors to the site. Friends of the Arizona Highway will be on hand to provide guidance on how to best capture the breath-taking interior views. Proceeds will go to nonprofit organizations helping to combat homelessness and preserve park lands. See more details in the Tucson Citizen. For tickets, go to the Arizona State Parks Foundation site.
Posted by covey22 at 3:35 PM