New Mike Hagen Workshops Added

Posted April 13th, 2013 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

We’ve just posted new Nikonians Academy workshops for Seattle and San Diego this September and December as well as a brand-new trip to Tanzania scheduled for November 4 – 11, 2014. Our classroom topics in Seattle and San Diego will include Mastering the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000, Mastering Lightroom 4, and Masering the Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash, CLS.

For the existing trips in 2013, we have two seats remaining for our July 2013 photo adventure to Iceland, and four seats remaining for our November 2013 photo safari to Tanzania.

Be sure to check back soon as we’ll be adding 2014 excursions to Iceland and Galapagos in the coming weeks.

Follow this link to sign up:

Mike Hagen Nikonians Academy Workshops



Happy Photography Workshop Customer

Posted December 14th, 2012 by   |  Photography, Wildlife, Workshops  |  Permalink

Every once in a while I have to share some kudos from people who’ve attended our workshops. This last week I was in San Diego running four days of Nikonians Academy classes. Two of the days were on Mastering the Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 cameras. Charlie Silver attended both classes, then went out to a wildlife sanctuary near by to photograph some bids. Here’s a copy of an email he sent with pics from his experience.


white egret

Egret. © Charlie Silver.

Hi Mike,

I took the 2 D800 workshops with you last week in San Diego. While the sessions were amazingly informative and it was a challenge to process so much important information, I appreciated your patience with the group and your ability to move us along while dealing with MANY individual concerns. Not an easy task. My camera was fairly new to me and I had not yet established any custom profiles nor explored its many features. It had felt somewhat intimidating to get “off” the automated options and shoot in a more precise manner.


Heron. © Charlie Silver.

I felt encouraged by my experience in the classroom and had scheduled a day of shooting on Saturday before flying home. Karen (classmate) recommended that I explore the Bolsa Chica Estuary in Huntington Beach as I was driving north to meet friends in Irvine. I got there about 1 pm, an admittedly crappy time to shoot as the light was quite harsh. Nonetheless, as the birds were in the water at a fair distance, I hauled out my 70-200 f2.8 (having stupidly left my 200-400 f4 at home) bundled it with a 1.7 teleconverter and, using the one custom profile we established in class, quickly switched to DX format to gain the 1.5 crop factor. Rear focussing was seamless and the 21 point focussing really worked. Of the several hundred shots I took, only a few were slightly out of focus, either because the bird’s eye was so small in the viewfinder that I missed a little, or when some birds took flight unexpectedly and I, not the camera, couldn’t catch up with them. Basically, the focus tracking worked amazingly well. The exposures were relatively good, but the bright white of the egrets did require some compensation in Aperture. I felt much more comfortable with the camera and could really concentrate on observing and composing. Amazingly, my wife almost seemed to appreciate my slideshow, although she’s gotten pretty good at faking it over the years.


Duck. © Charlie Silver

You really have wet my appetite for enthusiastic shooting. Thanks so much. I hope that I get to travel and learn from you in Africa, if not next November, then sometime soon thereafter.

Charlie Silver


March 2012 Newsletter is Posted

Posted March 14th, 2012 by   |  Photography, Software, Workshops  |  Permalink

The March 2012 Out There Images newsletter is posted!


News this month:

– D800 or D4?
– Two openings for Galapagos
– Two New Books Shipping This Month
– Book Giveaway
– Stuff I Like This Month
– February GOAL Assignment: Purposeful Distortion
– March GOAL Assignment: Walking Zoom
– Digital Tidbits: What Camera Settings Affect RAW?
– Book Review: Ten Photo Assignments to develop your photographic skills
– Workshop and Business Updates


May 2012 Tanzanian Photo Safari

Posted September 2nd, 2011 by   |  Photography, Wildlife, Workshops  |  Permalink

We are headed out to Tanzania in May 2012 for another incredible adventure. Our November 2011 safari is completely sold out so we’ve added a new safari at a different time of year. May brings the wildebeest rut and all the photo opportunities that come with it.

Lodging is phenomenal (top notch) and the food is excellent. Our trips are premium trips as we only allow 3 people per stretch Landcruiser. You get an entire row all to yourself so you can keep your camera bag open on one side while also having an open seat on the right. We have unobstructed views all around the vehicle and incredible access in all the parks.

One of the advantages of going in May is the lower overall cost since it is a lower travel season. Photographically, May can be just as impressive or even more impressive than other times of the year. The truth is that any time in Tanzania is wonderful.

If you want more information or would like to sign up, then follow this link:

Leopard in Serengeti.

Leopard in Serengeti.

Zebra moving across Ngorongoro Crater.

Zebra moving across Ngorongoro Crater.

Clearing storm behind Acacia tree. Serengeti.

Clearing storm behind Acacia tree. Serengeti.

Lilac breasted roller.

Lilac breasted roller.

Accommodation in Northern Serengeti

Accommodation in Northern Serengeti

Lion on the Serengeti.

Lion on the Serengeti.

Zebra on the Serengeti.

Zebra on the Serengeti.

May 2011 Newsletter is Posted

Posted May 4th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

Our May 2011 Out There Images newsletter is posted!

Here’s the direct link:

In this month’s newsletter:
April GOAL Assignment: Point of View Photography
– May GOAL Assignment: Shooting in P Mode
– Photo Techniques: Shooting in P Mode
– Photo Techniques: How Does VR Respond with Back Button Focusing?
– Photo Techniques: White Balance for Blue Hour Photography
– Book Review: Remote Exposure, A Guide to Hiking and Climbing Photography
– Workshop and Business Updates

Who shoots in Program exposure mode? Click through to find out.

Who shoots in Program exposure mode? Click through to find out.

Day on the Ranch, morning photo session

Posted April 6th, 2010 by   |  Photography, Travel, Workshops  |  Permalink

Sunrise and a cowgirl with her horse. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8.

Spent the morning taking some amazing photographs at our Day on the Ranch photography workshop. We are south of Mariposa, CA and the weather couldn’t be nicer. We have a bunch of ranch hands running horses and cattle while we photograph them on their turf. It is a lot of fun. Later, we’ll have a big BBQ around a fire pit. I’m headed home stuffed like a pig.


Steam in the morning light. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4.

Cowgirl portrait. Nikon D300s, 70-200 f2.8.

Cowgirl portrait. Nikon D300s, 70-200 f2.8.

This is the owner of the ranch. Nikon D300s, 70-200 f2.8, handheld reflector for lighting her face...

This is the owner of the ranch. Nikon D300s, 70-200 f2.8, handheld reflector for lighting her face...

Riding on the ridge. Nikon D300s, 200-400 f4.

Riding on the ridge. Nikon D300s, 200-400 f4.

April 2010 Newsletter Posted

Posted April 1st, 2010 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

After a brief hiatus, we’ve just posted our April 2010 Out There Images newsletter. Here’s the link:


– Where’s Mike?
– Nikon Creative Lighting System: 3rd Printing
– Magazine Article for Travelers to Africa
– New Travel Photography Books are Published
– April GOAL Assignment: Wide Angle Lenses
– Product Review: Scott eVest Evolution Travel Jacket
– Product Review: Lexar Pro Dual Card Reader
– Product Review: OWC Mercury Elite AL Pro eSATA Disk Drive
– Photo Techniques: Focus Point vs. Depth of Field
– Workshop Updates

Atlanta to Orlando

Posted February 1st, 2010 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

Just finished up running four Nikonians Academy workshops in Atlanta, GA and had a total blast. The workshops were all sold out and the people were awesome. I met a bunch of new friends and I learned a few new things as well. People flew and drove into the area from places all around the Southeast USA. I can’t wait to come back here!

This morning, I’m headed down to Orlando for another week’s worth of workshops. I’ll be at a hotel right outside the gates of Disney World, running workshops, taking photos and having a great time. We have one more seat available for the Nikon D3/D700 workshop, so head over to Nikonians Academy if you want to sign up!

More soon…

Enthusiasm for Learning

Posted January 6th, 2010 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

I ran a private workshop yesterday for a lady who is producing her own cookbook. She loves photography, loves cooking and wants to write individual stories about the people who’s recipes she uses in the book. Her goals during the private workshop were to learn all about her camera while also learning how to do professional food photography in her kitchen.

I was so impressed with her enthusiasm for learning that I couldn’t help to be affected by it. We spent a full day going 100 miles per hour, putting together photos, setting up lights, diffusers, backdrops, food, etc. I kept asking if she wanted to take a break and her answer was “no way, let’s keep learning.” Before we knew it, the day was over and it was time for me to go. By the time I got back to my office, she had already sent emails talking about her passion and asking more questions. It was a wonderful reminder of what its like to pursue a passion.

I can guarantee you that she’ll produce a wonderful book. The photos will be fantastic and the writing will be superb. Her enthusiasm for learning was infectious and it brought a huge smile to my face.

How’s your enthusiasm for learning more about photography? Do you have the passion and commitment it takes to become great?

On the East Coast for Workshops

Posted October 14th, 2009 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink
NY taxi cabs in Times Square.

NY taxi cabs in Times Square.

Washington Monument and USA flags.

Washington Monument and USA flags.

I’m out in the New York and Washington DC areas for the next two weeks running workshops for the Nikonians Academy. We are almost completely sold out in both cities. Classes start tomorrow and I’m stoked!

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