Take your action, sports, people and portrait DSLR photography to a higher level.

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Improve your knowledge of action, sports, people and portrait photography, both creatively and technically, with this exciting half-day Nikon School class. You’ll learn from professionals about important skills like anticipating action and reaction, overcoming poor lighting, choosing the right lens and camera settings for the moment, using light, background, depth of field and exposure to achieve optimal results and getting the most out of your DSLR equipment.
Nikon School: Educate + Inspire
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Capture more amazing moments

Whether you're capturing an action-packed sporting event, a candid moment between friends or even a posed portrait, timing is everything. This exciting half-day Nikon School class will give you the skills and techniques to catch more of those amazing moments.
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Master your tools

Learn about "fast" lenses and how they can make a difference to your photography, how to overcome poor light, which metering system is best for the type of action you're shooting, how to get the most out of autofocus, shooting in continous mode with fast media cards and useful camera settings for action and people photography.
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Learn the art of timing

Great action photographers have mastered the art of anticipating action and reaction. Learn how to improve your own skills.
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Capture action and people

Learn how to shoot great portraits by using light, background, depth of field, lens choice and exposure along with some key camera settings.

Nikon School Tip: Freeze Sports Action

The key is using a high shutter speed. On compact cameras, use the sports scene mode. On a D-SLR, pick a high shutter speed of 1/500th of a second or above. This will freeze almost all action. If the light is low, adjust your ISO to a higher sensitivity (800-1600 ISO), which will allow you to select a faster shutter speed.

Whatever your skill level or camera brand,
Nikon School has a class for you!

Nikon School Instructors

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Reed Hoffmann

Over 25 years ago, Reed started in studios, then worked at newspapers, and now freelances out of Kansas City. He has been shooting digital since 1996 and teaching digital photography since 2000. Nationally recognized as an expert on digital photography, Reed has helped over 30 U.S. and Asian news organizations ease their transition to digital. He is also a founding member of Blue Pixel, a major digital imaging consulting firm.

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Michael A. Schwarz

Michael is an Atlanta-based freelance photojournalist and digital photography consultant. He is a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Dag Hammarskjöld Award for Human Rights Advocacy Journalism, and he was chosen by Life magazine as one of the country’s outstanding young photographers. A frequent exhibitor and lecturer on photojournalism, Michael has completed more than 2,000 assignments for major national publications.

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Carey Wagner

Carey Wagner is a photojournalist based in Brooklyn. After 10 action-packed years as a staff photographer at newspapers in California and Florida, she bravely went independent to pursue work about women around the world. She has lived and photographed extensively throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Her clients have included The New York Times, NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, CARE, and Sports Illustrated. Carey is fluent in Spanish, has experience diving as an underwater photographer, and loves the outdoors and dancing. She is committed to telling the stories of women who might not otherwise be heard while helping others make an impact through their photography.

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Nick Didlick

Nick has been a professional photographer for nearly 30 years, and while working assignments for wire services and newspapers, he has seen the world through the viewfinders of his Nikon cameras. He was one of the early pioneers of digital camera capture and abandoned film-based photography for digital in 1994! Currently, he is an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in digital imaging as well as a digital imaging consultant, Web designer, and lecturer.

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Bob Pearson

Bob spent most of his career as a photographer for wire services, covering political campaigns in the US and South and Central America, the U.S. invasion of Panama, the first Gulf War in Kuwait, Olympic and Pan American Games, Masters Golf, and World Cup Soccer. In 2003 he was promoted to Director of Photography for North America for AFP (Agence France Presse). He left that position in 2006 to move to the hill country of Texas and start a freelance career in commercial and editorial photography.

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