About Us

Nikonians Academy

Photography is changing rapidly and staying ahead of the learning curve is getting harder every day. Here at the Nikonians Academy, our goal is to help you learn photography through hands-on, practical workshops. We give it our all and aim to give you one of the best learning experiences available.

Powered by Nikonians, the Worldwide Home for Nikon Photographers, the NikoniansAcademy is a training institution aimed at teaching all topics related to modern photography. Our workshops are led by the best instructors who teach on the most current topics. Our workshops include courses on digital imaging, camera operation, fine art photography, travel photography, photo safaris, digital workflow, digital image processing/enhancement and other great photographic topics.

We are approaching our 10th anniversary, we know what it takes for you to have a unique experience.

Our Commitment to You

  • We are set apart by our commitment to offer the best learning experience available today.
  • We want you to feel comfortable to ask questions, so we keep our workshops small and personable.
  • We treat you with respect and professionalism.
  • Our instructors are the best. They are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and inspiring.
  • We want you to enjoy the experience.
  • We want you to learn as much as you can. So we share as much as we can.
  • We want to inspire you to be the best photographer possible.
  • You should expect only the very best from us.

Instructor Evaluations

We take pride in knowing that we have engaged the very best, therefore we ask that you comment on each instructor’s performance. We require that each instructor receives excellent marks for their performance, or they are not asked back to teach again.

Class size

We keep our hands-on workshops small so that you have direct access to the instructor at any time.
The best way to learn is in a small group where you are free to ask questions.
If you are looking for the best in quality instruction and current photographic information then look no farther than The Nikonians Academy.

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, so everyone has the chance to discuss and to raise questions and learn, learn and learn!


Mike Hagen Director & Instructor
Michael Mariant Instructor
Jim Stamates Instructor
Steve Simon Instructor
Lester Picker Instructor
Richard Hullbert Instructor
Colin Hocking Instructor

You have a great camera and the passion to learn digital photography. Let us help you master both and go beyond!

Typical class
In the field learning
Typical class
In the field