The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop with Steve Simon

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Washington, DC 13-OCT-2013 Steve Simon $575 $635 Sold out

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Learn to passionately use your Nikon DLSR to go from good to great.

In his best selling and critically-acclaimed book The Passionate Photographer, award winning photographer Steve Simon maintains that to do your best work requires a technical mastery after which your creativity will soar.

If you own any of the following Nikon bodies: D7000, D7100, D600, D610, D700, D800, D300/D300s, D3, D3s, D3x, D4, D4s, Df then you are eligible to take this intensive two-day workshop designed to make your camera fade to the background, no longer getting in the way of the images you know you can make.

Along with covering the technical side, Steve Simon deconstructs the elements that make good photographers great: taking you to a higher level in your own photographic journey. Through his innovative 10-step Passionate Photographer process and critiques, you’ll be inspired to transform your passion into a unique personal vision.

This workshop sets the stage for a quantum leap in the quality of your work. This class is limited to 11 participants and each student gets a signed and personalized copy of The Passionate Photographer book.

Our Nikon Cameras are amazing miracles of technology, yet few of us are willing to spend the time it takes to fully learn and exploit all its possibilities. Steve will guide you through the labyrinth of camera menu items, buttons and dials to help you clearly understand your camera’s many features. Through this comprehensive look at all important features and menu items, your process will be simplified giving you full control of your Nikon body with a minimum of fuss. From autofocus settings to white balance, histograms, image review and other shortcuts to customizing your Nikon to your own unique shooting style, part of this class will focus on the technical, so it fades to the background letting you get on with the more important business of making great images.

Then Steve takes you out of your comfort zone to help you determine what you want to say in your work while providing practical knowledge to translate your feelings into strong, meaningful content through personal projects and a more thematic approach to your subjects.

Of crucial importance are the critiques, where we share ideas and constructive criticism as we look at each others’ images. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward to push ourselves to new heights in our work.

Some of the concepts included in this two day class are:

- Finding inspiration and the importance of mastering the technical and simplifying your process to let your creativity soar.

- How persistence, practice and the 10,000 hours theory can transform your work.

- The art of effective and thorough editing.

- Learning to trust your intuition and rid yourself of preconceptions that hold you back.

- Approaches for even the shyest photographers to find success photographing people by establishing trust to gain access.

- Setting goals, following through and sharing your work.

We will look at ethics and overcoming photographic fears, recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, visual warm-up techniques along with troubleshooting technical and practical issues.

Steve’s presentation combines humor and poignancy as he takes you on an inspirational journey through his personal, compelling projects and those of other master photographers. His presentation is full of surprises and tips for balancing personal and more commercial work while pushing your photographic limits. This will be an intense and fun experience, providing you with a reinvigorated passion for your work and a clear and concise plan of action, maximizing your strengths and talents to move forward toward becoming a great photographer.


Workshop starts at 9:00am and runs until 5:30pm each day. We will have an optional shooting assignment on the first night.

  • You will learn

    • To trust your intuition and rid yourself of preconceptions that hold you back.
    • How to transform photographic weaknesses into strengths through targeted goal setting assignments and create an effective plan for improvement.
    • Shooting modes, effective use of metering systems and histogram interpretation, ISO and Auto ISO settings, Raw/JPEG usage, menu navigation, custom function optimization and more!
    • An approach to translate your vision to compelling photographs and find direction and meaning in your work through focusing on photographic themes and projects.
    • How mastering the autofocus settings on your camera can transform your photography and speed up your process for less missed images.
    • How to connect with your subject and improve your people pictures.
    • Composition and concentration techniques that can have an immediate, positive impact on your work.
    • Steve's personal approach for working in new environments and rekindling your passion for photography.
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • A portfolio of 6 images in print form or JPEGS on a USB FlashDrive in a folder with your name on it.
    • One or more of the following Nikon bodies: D7000, D600, D300/D300s, D700, D800, D3, D3s, D3x, D4
    • At least one lens like a Wide angle zoom (should include 28mm focal length within the zoom range) or a prime wide angle 20, 24, 28 or 35mm lens))
    • Two fully-charged batteries & charger
    • Memory cards, reader
  • Optional

    • Your own laptop or iPad to edit images and take notes or review images
    • Extra lenses
    • Flash
  • What is provided

    • The Passionate Photographer: 10 Steps Toward Becoming Great, book.
    • Direct learning and personal critique from Steve Simon in a hands-on environment.
    • Reduced class size for personalized attention to your needs, regardless of skill level.
    • The opportunity to email Steve with future questions that come up in your photographic journey.
  • Venue Information


Cancellation Policy: If participant cancels more than 15 days before the workshop date, then we will refund the enrollment amount minus a $60 processing fee. If participant cancels 14 days or fewer before the workshop date, then we can offer no refund.


Following The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop with Steve Simon workshops are organized in Washington, DC:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
13-OCT-2013 Steve Simon $575 $635 Sold out

Other workshops in Washington, DC:

Topic Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Master the Nikon D750, D600, D610, D7000 and D7100 - In Depth 1 09-OCT-2013 Steve Simon $224 $254 Sold out
Master the Nikon D750, D600, D610, D7000 and D7100 - In Depth 2 10-OCT-2013 Steve Simon $224 $254 Sold out
Master the Nikon D800, D810, Df, D4 and D4s - In Depth 1 11-OCT-2013 Steve Simon $224 $254 Sold out
Master the Nikon D800, D810, Df, D4 and D4s - In Depth 2 12-OCT-2013 Steve Simon $224 $254 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.