Learn about the Elements of Photography!

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This full-day Nikon School class bypasses the boring and moves right into what builds a great photograph. Learn how to get a proper exposure and be more creative with ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Find out what all of the camera modes and settings are used for in order to take photos and make them more unique. Dive into the exciting worlds of flash photography, High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, Time Lapse, Black & White and much more. You'll come away with a better understanding of the entire digital photo process, from shooting and editing to sharing your impressive shots.
Nikon School: Educate + Inspire
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Translate your passion into inspiring photographs

Learn not only what makes for an interesting photograph but the actual fundamentals and techniques to shoot them yourself in this in-depth full-day Nikon School class! Learn how to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed to get a proper exposure and be more creative, how to modify light and use a flash, explore creative types of photography like High Dynamic Range (HDR), Time Lapse, Black & White and much more.
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Take control of your camera

Find out what all of the modes and settings are used for in order to take photos and make them more unique, how to manage autofocus to your advantage, workflow basics like shooting JPEG vs NEF (RAW), basic photo editing with Nikon Capture NX-D software, how to share your images with built-in Wi-Fi® or by using Nikon's Wireless Mobile Adapters and more.
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Tap into your creativity

Explore creative types of photography like High Dynamic Range (HDR), Time Lapse, Night Photography, Light Painting, Underwater Photography, Close-Ups, Black & White and more!
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Create dazzling videos

Learn the fundamentals of shooting HD video with your D-SLR camera so you can create impressive home movies and videos.

Nikon School Tip: The Rule of Thirds

Compose photos using the “rule of thirds”. Think of the frame as being broken into nine rectangles (like a tic-tac-toe grid over the picture). Place your subject at one of the intersections of the lines for a more visually stimulating photo.

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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