Nikon School offers correspondence learning


January 20, 2004

The Nikon Club has announced that enrolments are now open for the second 2004 intake of the Nikon School by Correspondence, commencing in October. Two courses are offered - Photography 1 and Digital 1, each of which a comprehensive overview of basic photographic techniques and camera operation. They succeed the successful Nikon School programs, which have been conducted nationwide by Nikon Club for a number of years.

The study combines monthly lecture notes posted to participants with set assignments that are assessed and then returned by the tutorial team. Enrolment is open to all, regardless of SLR or digital camera equipment or skill level.

Photography 1 covers familiarisation with camera systems from focus and depth of field control, professional techniques for special effects, lighting and composition techniques and presentation of images for maximum impact.

Digital 1 outlines how digital cameras work and takes the student through all steps in the capture, download to computer and then printing of a digital image. The course also looks at scanning as a means to digital output, and provides a comprehensive introduction to imaging editing software and the key tools required to correct, manipulate and enhance images prior to printing. The Nikon School "faculty" is headed by Philip Andrews, who lectures and writes on digital imaging, photography and multimedia. He has authored over 60 articles and seven books worldwide, including The Digital Photography Manual and Adobe Photoshop Elements: A Visual Introduction to Digital Imaging.

Enrolment in the course has many benefits beyond the joy of learning - as the course is recognised by Adobe as an educational institution, students are entitled to purchase Adobe software at Educational Prices. For example, Photoshop CS is available at just AUD$480, a saving of AUD$819 on the RRP of AUD$1299. Other software on offer includes Photoshop Elements at AUD$79 (RRP AUD $159) and the Creative Suite Premium Edition at AUD $620 (RRP AUD $2299)

To further inspire students, there will be specially prepared website links and a booklist which will concentrate on recommended photographers, location ideas and advanced techniques.

Selections of the best work from students will be featured in a special web gallery. This will allow the sharing of ideas, style, techniques and problem-solving, and promote a community "campus" atmosphere among the correspondence students.

Following successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate and the three top students will receive a prize and publication of their photos on the Nikon Club website.

The courses are each on 'early bird' special offer of just AUD$429 to members of both Nikon Club and Australian Geographic until 25th September. After that date, the fee for the courses will be AUD$479 for Nikon Club members and $529 for non-members.

For further information contact Nikon School:

Telephone: (02) 8748 5240


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