Welcome!

The NikoniansAcademy is a photography training institution specialized in a small class size environment -typically of 10 to 15 students- to provide high quality personalized photography training in all topics related to modern photography in North America.

Powered by nikonians.org, the largest community of Nikon photographers in the world, the NikoniansAcademy is celebrating its 8th anniversary. Since 2005 our workshops are led by the best instructors who teach on the most advanced topics.

We aim to shorten your learning curve and help you to master your camera, your tools, your workflow and your vision. Toward that aim, we also offer field photography travel workshops and photo safaris.

Designed as a service to Nikonians community members, we nevertheless welcome students who may not want to become Nikonians community members.
We also welcome other camera brand users in our field/travel workshops.

Click on this link to learn more about us, our values, philosophy and faculty

NOTE: If you are a Nikonians member, please login, otherwise you will not get your member's discount

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

Jim Stamates Steve Simon
Jim Stamates Steve Simon
Lester Picker Michael A. Mariant
Lester Picker Michael A. Mariant

May includes two new workshop opportunities (April 16, 2014)

Academy-Logo-Rocks_THU_120.jpgTwo new additions to the Nikonians Academy curriculum highlight our weekly report from Academy Director Mike Hagen. 

Both will be available next month.

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2014 workshops cover cameras, techniques, adventures (April 9, 2014)

Academy-Logo_Galap_SQ_110.jpgThe Nikonians Academy 2014 workshop curriculum has our instructors preparing for workshops and photo adventures in North American cities, National Parks and International scenic islands. 

Steve Simon and Mike Hagen are running the Masters Series workshops  this week, with the next stop in Chicago, then off to Dallas and Houston - The Woodlands, Texas. The workshops cover the Nikon D800, Df and D4.


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Nikonians Academy - Report from the road (April 1, 2014)

Academy_logo_SQ_Comp_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is on the road, and he took time to give us an update on the coming months.

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Nikonians Academy curriculum in full swing (March 25, 2014)

Academy-Logo_Ermine_SQ.jpgWith warmer weather ahead of them, our Nikonians Academy instructors are engaged in a heavy schedule of workshops and photo adventure tours.

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Richard Hulbert Giuseppe Circhetta
Rick Hulbert Giuseppe Circhetta

Frequently Asked Questions

You may find answers to frequently asked questions here

Our Cancellation Policy can be found here


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

Greg Stangl Mike Hagen
Greg Stangl Mike Hagen

COMING UP SOON

Featured Workshops
in the Master Your Vision Series

By Michael Mariant
- Death Valley in the Spring - March 2014
- Yosemite in Spring: Big Waterfall Weekend - April, 2014
- Giant Redwoods of Norther California - June 2014

By Jim Stamates
- Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring, May 2014
- Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring, June 2014
- Alaska! - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure - July, 2014


By Steve Simon
- The Passionate Photographer - Two-Day Mastery Workshop -March, April and May, 2014.

By Rick Hulbert
- Urban and Street Photography Workshops - USA, Germany and the UK - March, April and June, 2014
- Mastering Composition in Photography 2-Day Workshop - June, July, September. October & December 2014
- Mastering Architectural and Urban Photography 2-Day Workshop - June, July, September. October & December 2014

 

Featured in the Master your Nikon Camera Series
- Nikon D600, D610, D7000, D7100 In Depth 1 and In Depth 2
- Nikon D800, Df and D4 in Depth 1 and In Depth 2

And featured in the Master your Tools Series:
- Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS
- Adobe Lightroom 5 - In Depth 1 and In Depth 2

and more.

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


YOU ARE STILL ON TIME FOR A LIFETIME ADVENTURE!
Check:

By Mike Hagen
- Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - August 2014
- Galapagos Photography Adventure - September 2014
- Cuba Photo and Cultural Tour - November 2014
- African Photo Safari, Tanzania - November 2014

By Jim Stamates
- Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes - Fall, September 2014
- Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Fall, September 2014
- Costa Rica Photography Adventure - February 2015

By Lester Picker
- Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife, September 2014
- Acadia NP Photography Adventure, October, 2014

And make sure to be on the lookout for the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT), now in its 14th consecutive year. October 2014

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 students have been shooting

Eastern Sierra & The Owens Valley

Come with us to one of the hidden photographer's gems in California

Workshop Dates: September 18-21, 2014
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Alaska! - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure

Join Jim and Kathy Stamates as they return to one of their favorite places, Southeast Alaska! This is not just a photo workshop, this is an Adventure!

Trip Dates:...

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African Photo Safari, Tanzania - November 2014

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime to photograph Africa's amazing wildlife and landscapes. 11/4/14 - 11/15/14.

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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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 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....

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Galapagos Photography Adventure

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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Giant Redwoods of Northern California

Giant redwood forests, breathtaking scenery and fog shrouded trees make for an incomparable photographic journey. 2014 dates: Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, June 29

The towering, giant redwoods of Northern California are the stuff legends are made of. Trees so wide at the base, it takes 20 grown men, linked hand-to-hand, to circle the circumference. Tree tops lost in the clouds as single redwood trees that rise to heights greater then a 40-story building. Foot trails cut through the dense understory of vibrant green ferns as sunlight streams through the fog-shrouded trees, fingers of light illuminating the branches and trunks of these old-growth behemoths. With thousands of redwood trees clustered in hundreds of groves tucked away in Northern California, this workshop brings you to the perfect and ideal redwood groves, at times and locations predetermined to be the best photographic opportunity....

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Cuba Photo and Cultural Tour

Journey to Havana and Vinales, Cuba for a photo adventure you'll never forget.

Trip Dates: October 4 - 12, 2014...

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Advanced Photography Course: The Zen Of Thinking

Leave your comfort zone. Push the boundaries. Challenge how you see photographs.

The Zen of Thinking...

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Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 2

Join us as we go into the advanced functions of the D800, Df and D4 to further unlock the potential of these incredible professional cameras in our brand-new curriculum.

There is so much more to the D800/Df/D4 than we can cover in our In Depth Day 1 workshop that we felt the need to build this second day curriculum to fully exploit the power of these professional tools....

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Master the Nikon D600, D610, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1

For Nikon D600, D610, D7000 and D7100 owners who want to learn their cameras in depth, with our completely reworked curriculum.

We really go into a lot of detail with these impressive cameras. We start the day with an indoors tutorial and Power Point Presentation. We cover the camera's main dial operations, menu controls and custom function screens....

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Master the Nikon D600, D610, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2

Join us as we go into the advanced functions of the D600, D610, D7100, and D7000 to further unlock the potential of these incredible professional cameras in our brand-new curriculum.

There is so much more to your D600/D610/D7100/D7000 camera than we can cover in our In Depth Day 1 workshop that we felt the need to build this second day curriculum to fully exploit the power of these professional tools....

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Master the Nikon D800, Df and D4 - In Depth 1

Join us as we go in depth to unlock the potential of the amazing Nikon D800, Df and D4 cameras in our brand-new curriculum.

The Nikon D800, Df and D4 cameras are the newest generation professional cameras in the Nikon digital SLR family. This course is aimed at improving your skills with these amazing digital cameras and helping you master their operation so the cameras become second nature. You will learn directly from one of our Nikonians Academy professional photographers in an intensive hands-on environment....

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

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....

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Mastering Architectural and Urban Photography 2-Day Workshop

Learn to create stunning images in urban environments while mastering extended dynamic range imaging methods

If you are comfortable with knowing the very basics of how your camera works and you now want to know how to make some great images, this workshop is for you! You understand and appreciate the buttons, dials and menus on your camera. You know the fundamentals of photography. Now it’s time to take the next step and create some great images....

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Mastering Composition in Photography 2-Day Workshop

Use science and art to influence your photographic vision

This workshop is designed to help you take your photography from good to great by focusing on the art and science of composition. Rick Hulbert draws inspiration for this class from selected academic sciences including physics, mathematics, neurobiology and neuro-aesthetics. If you are comfortable with knowing the very basics of how your camera works and you now want to know how to make some great images, this workshop is for you!...

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Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife

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

September 13-24, 2014...

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Acadia NP Photography Adventure

Stunning sunrises and rugged coastlines await.

Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine’s Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna… and weather....

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Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2014

Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton Spring Wildlife and Landscape FunShop (Because if it’s not fun, I’m not doing it)...

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Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Fall 2014

Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton Fall Wildlife and Landscapes 2014 FunShop (Cause if it’s not fun, I’m not doing it)...

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Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2014

Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Spring Wildlife and Landscapes FunShop (Cause if it’s not fun, I’m not doing it)...

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Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes - Fall 2014

Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Yellowstone National Park.

DATES: September 22-25, 2014...

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Costa Rica Photography Adventure 2015

Warm up your Nikons in the middle of winter! Beaches, Jungles, River trips, Culture, and lots of Birds and Wildlife!

DATES...

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Death Valley National Park: Sand Dunes & Landscape Oddities

Amazing landscapes, beautiful astrophotography and sand dunes in North America's most famous desert.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK: SAND DUNES & LANDSCAPE ODDITIES

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Exclusive Yosemite: Black & White Digital Zone

Private format, one time only workshop limited to only FIVE students

Join Nikonians Academy instructor Michael Mariant for a rare, private-format, one-time-only workshop in Yosemite National Park on May 16-18, 2014. This workshop will be limited to only FIVE Nikonians students!...

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14th ANPAT - Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain national Park is a photographers dream – join us as we explore this beautiful outdoor destination.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) in this 14th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT). The ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year.

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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.