At the Nikonians Academy we aim to shorten your learning curve and help you to master your camera, your tools, your workflow and your vision.

Designed as a service to Nikonians community members to extend the forums experience into the classroom and the field, we have accumulated now 9 years of experience.

Other camera brand users are more than welcome.

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Below you can find the latest news. Scrolling further down this page you will find all the current classes offered which still have seats left, or you can use the menu at left to see what is available as of this moment by topic, by city area or by date

If you want to make a gift, check our Gift Vouchers, available for $25, $50, $100, and for the full price of our most popular workshops, $224 and $995

Steve Simon Richard Hulbert
Steve Simon Rick Hulbert
Michael A. Mariant Mike Hagen
Michael A. Mariant Mike Hagen

From the Nikonians Academy News Blog:

Nikonians Academy 2016 Highlights (November 24, 2015)

Academy-SQ-Hulbert_125.jpgPreparing for the new year, Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has compiled his personal thoughts on some highlighted workshops.

Two will take members to exotic locations while two in the United States will use architectural and street methods as a focus for improving your skills in photography.

As a bonus, Mike includes links to sites showing examples of the images you will have an opportunity to capture (with your own artistic interpretations).

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Nikonians Academy 2016 Preview Highlights (November 17, 2015)

Academy-square-125.jpgNikonians Academy Director has updated the preview highlights for the coming year.
Near the top of his list we find a photo adventure an island nation with unparalleled photographic possibilities, a perfect trip for couples to participate in a safe, yet intrepid adventure together and your opportunity to learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of both your friends and potential future clients.

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Nikonians Academy Director pens new book (November 10, 2015)

Hagen-Autofocus-Book-2015-SQ_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen's new book titled The Nikon Autofocus System, Mastering Focus for Sharp Images Every Time is now available for purchase.

Created in conjunction with Rocky Nook and NikoniansPress, this book is aimed at photographers who want to improve their autofocus skills with Nikon DSLR cameras.

With today's advanced camera technology, achieving focus on a photographic subject seems like it should be a straightforward task. But many photographers know that it can be deceptively difficult, especially when shooting moving subjects or in challenging situations. Now, there is a complete guide available for Nikon shooters that will help them get tack-sharp photos every time.

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Nikonians Academy preps for Sri Lanka, Chicago, Seattle (November 4, 2015)

Academy-Sri-Lanka-SQ_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is finishing up the paperwork for the 2015 curriculum and he's now setting his sights on the coming year.
Two items on the 2016 curriculum are in this week's Academy Spotlight.
It is important to note that while the first item (Sri Lanka) may be several months in the future, there is a November deadline for booking your reservation.
The workshop is limited to 12 participants.
In this photography tour you will intimately explore Sri Lanka�s landscape, from vaunted mountains to its pristine seashore, from its tidy and colorful tea plantations to its lush forests.

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Jim Stamates Lester Picker
Jim Stamates Lester Picker

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Daily Schedule
All of our one-day classes start at 8:00 AM and end by 5:00 PM

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Colin Hocking


Featured Workshops
in the Master Your Vision Series

By Michael Mariant
- Eastern Sierra and The Owens Valley - September 2015

By Jim Stamates
- Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - September 2015

By Mike Hagen
- Galapagos Photography Adventure - September 2015

Death Valley Sand Dunes
Alaska Group
Architecture and Urban Photography

Featured in the Master your Nikon Camera Series, coming back soon:

- Nikon D750, D600, D610, D7000, D7100 In Depth 1 and In Depth 2
- Nikon D810, D800, Df, D4 and D4s in Depth 1 and In Depth 2

And featured
in the Master your Tools Series, also coming back soon:

- Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS
- Adobe Lightroom 5 - In Depth 1 and In Depth 2

Our workshops always sell quickly, so hurry; don't hesitate to sign up!
You may check all what is available by Topic, by City Area and by Date
Nikon Df Nikon D7000
LightRoom SB-700 Speedlight


By Mike Hagen
- Galapagos Photography Adventure - September 2015
- African Photo Safari, Tanzania - November 2015
- African Photo Safari, Tanzania - November 2016
- Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2016

By Jim Stamates
- Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - September 2015

By Michael Mariant
- Eastern Sierra and The Owens Valley - September 2015
- Advanced Photography Course: The Zen Of Thinking - October 2015
- Yosemite Exclusive: Digital Black and White Zone System - October 2015

By Lester Picker
- Acadia NP Photography Adventure - October 2015
- Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife - March 2016

And make sure to check the 16th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip in the Spring 2016 (ANPAT)

To stay tuned subscribe to the Nikonians Academy Newsletter here

Students keep on emailing to let us know how pleased they were with our classes. Feedback is just incredible.
We encourage you to go to the Nikonians Academy forum to see what people are saying about our workshops and/or to share your own experience

You may also want to peek at the Nikonians Academy Field Workshops Galleries to see what our attendees have been shooting


Urban and Street Photography Workshop

How to photograph built environments including architecture and other places for people.

Urban environments comprise the most diverse, target-rich places to photograph . . . anywhere. Most photos contain a “subject” within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places can be both subjects and/or settings. Think about all the images you have made or will make in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects . . . like people and their activities....

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Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife

Join us for a trip to one of Asia's premiere photo destinations.

March 12-23, 2016...

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Gift Vouchers

A friend, your hubby or yourself want to attend a Nikonians Academy Workshop, however you may not know which one, where or when.


Yet, you would like to gift a present now.


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Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast

Come along for a photo adventure like none you've been on before! Long heralded by photographers as the “best time to photography Yosemite Valley”

Workshop Dates: Thursday, Feb. 18 - Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016...

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Galapagos Photography Adventure - 2016

Join us for the photo trip of a lifetime on a custom expedition yacht to one of Earth's most treasured locations

Trip Dates...

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African Photo Safari, Tanzania - November 2016

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime to photograph Africa's amazing wildlife and landscapes. 11/4/16 - 11/15/16.

We'll be photographing the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and at private luxury tent camps throughout Northern Tanzania. All with private Land cruisers, professional wildlife guides, catered meals and excellent accommodations. Yes, it is a long ways off, but start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! We are limiting the size to 12 participants and this number includes your Tour Leader....

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Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2016

Join the Nikonians Academy for an incredible journey to the land of Fire and Ice.

Our trip runs from July 17-24, 2016. During our journey, we'll photograph some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife Iceland has to offer. From verdant rolling hills to rugged mountains, the landscapes of Iceland are famous for their interplay between light and sky. We've also included a few photo sessions with some famous bird populations to stoke your wildlife photography passions....

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16th ANPAT Spring - Redwoods and Sea Stacks

Come with us to celebrate the 16th year of the Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in the Spring, the Nikonians event of the year, this time in the splendor of the Pacific coast for a full week of photography, shop talk and camaraderie.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bo) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), with ANPAT Leader Eric Bowles (ericbowles), in this target-rich region for splendid photography opportunities....

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Czech Republic and Prague

The Best of Bohemia in 8-Days


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