Nikonians Academy Expands World of Digital Image Gathering

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International photo community offers help for photographers shifting to the digital era.

All of the techniques we're showing are applicable to digital workflow and printing regardless of the type of software or printer you are using. The fact that we have HP printers means that we are able to show in real time the results of the changes we make in our software.

Nikonians, the friendly international home for Nikon enthusiasts on the Web, has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard and Datacolor to share digital darkroom techniques with all photographers.

The expert advice gathered from this international community comes in the form of a unique one-day workshop prepared by the Nikonians Academy throughout North America this year. The workshops deliver basic and advanced level training, with students preparing their images and making prints during class while gathering tips from a professional photographer.

Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has arranged to provide the latest inkjet printing technology and monitor calibration tools to share proven methods for developing photo images in the digital darkroom.

"All of the techniques we're showing are applicable to digital workflow and printing regardless of the type of software or printer you are using. The fact that we have HP printers means that we are able to show in real time the results of the changes we make in our software."

Hagen describes the typical pitfalls encountered by photographers trying to produce images from a digital camera as "a mix of many elements that can easily be explained."

The explanation is easy according to Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios.

"It's not the brand of equipment," he says. "It's your ability to control the basic elements. Our workshops concentrate on those basics and the lessons learned are compatible with a broad spectrum of software and hardware. We are fortunate to have HP and Datacolor providing the top of the line products and that serves as a benchmark."

The Nikonians Academy Streamlined Digital Workflow & Inkjet Printing workshop teaches in one day how to use your own computer system to achieve great prints, starting from your RAW files.

The one-day workshops in a small class environment are currently available in Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Portland, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Full Schedule information is available at the Nikonians Academy -

The printers will be HP Photosmart Pro B9180 wide-format inkjets capable of printing 13 x 19" fine art prints on a wide variety of papers at a resolution up to 4800 dpi. Color management tools will be the Datacolor Spyder3 Studio units. These provide the industry's only seven detector color engine and largest light aperture, allowing the workshop to demonstrate LCD, CRT and laptop calibration.

Also available are 4-day Advanced Digital Imaging Workflow workshops, full immersion courses where the Nikonians Academy team will take your workflow and inkjet printing to the highest level. The Nikonians Image Doctors, Jason Odell and Rick Walker, will be joining Mike Hagen for the two events scheduled for April in San Francisco and June in Dallas, with a full digital imaging and printing lab prepared for use by all attendees.

Nikonians, created in 2000 by co-founders Bo Stahlbrandt and J. Ramón Palacios, provides a center for reducing the learning curve and providing a sharing social environment for aspiring photographers. It has grown to an international family composed of Nikon photographers from all walks of life, with ages spanning from teens to seniors and experience levels from beginners to celebrated professionals. Nikonians has matured to over 70 forums in multiple languages, along with podcasts, newsletters and an ezine to now serve its 100,000 plus members.

About Nikonians--- is a not for profit user-driven organization from nearly 150 countries, mostly known through their popular community website

The Nikonians mission is to provide a friendly, creative, and inspiring environment for ambitious photographers of all skill levels and to help them learn and grow. Nikonians is a registered trademark of Nikon, Nikonos and Nikkor are registered trademarks of Nikon Corporation. The Nikonians domains are not associated with Nikon Corporation nor with any of its subsidiaries or affiliates in any way.

About the Nikonians Academy---
Powered by Nikonians, the Worldwide Home for Nikon Photographers, the Nikonians Academy is a training institution aimed at teaching all topics related to modern photography. Workshops are led by highly experienced instructors teaching the most advanced topics in an easy to understand format. The workshops include courses on digital imaging, camera operation, travel photography, photo safaris, digital workflow, digital image processing/enhancement and other photographic topics. Web site:

About HP---
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2006, HP revenue totaled $87.9 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at

The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 photo printer was been named best A3 photo printer in Europe by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) in 2006.

The jury for the TIPA Awards -- known as the Oscars of the photographic industry -- praised the HP Photosmart Pro B9180's ground-breaking fade resistance, vivid inks and precise colour accuracy.

About Datacolor---
Datacolor is a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology. The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers, have been choosing Datacolor's innovative technology and solutions to consistently achieve the right color for 37 years. A Swiss held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, service and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities. Industries served include apparel and textile, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography, home theater and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit


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