One-Tank Trip for April 18/20
(c) By Jim Fox
School is in for those with some extra time on their hands and are eager to improve their day-trip and vacation photos.
Nikon is offering free online photography classes for this month for what would normally cost up to $150 in total with more than seven hours of instruction time.
|A picturesque spot is Peggy’s Cove, N.S. with lobster traps and colourful houses on the rocky shore. (Jim Fox)|
“Nikon wants to help you make the most of this uncertain time – that’s why we’re providing all of our online courses free,” the company said about its school initiative.
Its mission is to “empower creators” in these “uncertain times and we can do that by helping them stay inspired, engaged and growing,” it added.
From now through April 30, Nikon is offering the streaming of its classes led by professional photographers.
- Starting with Exploring Dynamic Landscape Photography, instructor Taylor Glenn shows how to make a picture, not just take one.
|A fiddler on Canada Day at the iconic lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, N.S. (Jim Fox)|
He gives tips and techniques for crafting a beautiful landscape photograph that will “transform your photography, no matter what type or brand of camera.”
- Discovering Macro Photography features Joey Terrill on “the techniques and secrets for making amazing photos of objects large and small.”
You can learn the different way of seeing and of engaging your mind that you’ll use to create beautiful macro photos, he said.
- Photographing Children and Pets is great for Facebook fans to “learn the secrets to taking portraits that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey shows how to get genuine expressions from children and pets and how to create poses that look and feel natural, softly blurring the backgrounds, setting the camera and learning about lenses.
|An up-close photo of a Golden Birdwing butterfly at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. (Barbara Fox)|
- Other topics are Beyond the Fundamentals of Photography; the Art of Making Music Videos;
Environmental Portraiture; Hands-on with the SB-5000 Speedlight; Getting Started with Your Nikon DSLR; Creator’s Mindset; and Creating Video Content with Z 50.
Nikon, through its website, also offers live streaming events and the “Best of Nikon Live” to watch, learn and be inspired.
“Nikon Live brings you all the excitement, education and inspiration of live photography and videography presentations from some of the world’s greatest photographers,” it says.
It allows viewers to tune in and watch hours of presentations by professional photographers and Nikon Ambassadors.
These are from the Nikon Live archive, with each compilation covering a different theme.
For more information: nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online
Media companies are coming up with virtual experiences to distract from today’s headlines.
With the cancellation of the Spring Cottage Life shows in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton, Blue Ant Media offers a cable channel alternative.
|Blue Ant Media offers a TV alternative to the cancelled Spring Cottage Life shows.|
On now are free previews for Cottage Life TV, Makeful, BBC Earth, Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada and more, said Jakki Roussel, senior publicist with Blue Ant Media.
“These inspiring, gripping and feel-good TV shows entertain and distract you from the news,” she added.
The shows include natural wonders, animal behaviour, do-it-yourself home decor themes, ghost stories and more.
Jim Fox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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