New Craftsy Course: Editing Techniques for Night Photography

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My new (and first) Craftsy course just launched today – you can sign up and purchase the course at this link. The course is called Editing Techniques for Night Photography, and you can see a trailer of the course below:

http://www.craftsy.com/video/course?courseId=10620

(sorry the embedding doesn’t work!)

If you use the link above you’ll get $30 off the course, a discount that I’m able to offer my followers. One of the great features of Craftsy.com is the interaction they facilitate between students and instructors — there is an online forum where students can ask questions, post images, and the like. Please let me know if you have any questions about the course or anything else!

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New workshops – Craftsy.com (with giveaway!) and Maine Media

"Nightfall, Baker Island #4", Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Nightfall, Baker Island #4”, Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

One of the many things keeping me busy this spring was working on a new online workshop with Craftsy.com. My class, Editing Techniques for Night Photography, launches on Monday, June 6th. Until Sunday night, you can sign up for the Craftsy newsletter through this link and they will select one person from that group to win the class for free. This should allow you to sign up to win even if you are already on the Craftsy.com email list. I’ll have more on Monday (including links to the class itself) once it is all live.

I have a few remaining 2016 workshops with Maine Media of the non-virtual type as well, including two weeklong courses: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print on August 21st-27th, and The Night Sky at Acadia National Park on September 18th-September 24th. You can see all my upcoming workshops and sign up here on the Maine Media site. The Night Sky workshop is a new one and it will be on location up in Acadia (at Schoodic Point) — it will be amazing for students to have a week to shoot night landscapes at my favorite spot in Maine.

Various & Sundry: Reader Favorites, Earthrise, and more…

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As long-time readers will know, each year I like to make a post of my favorite images of the previous year (coming soon!) as well as a post of the favorite image from my readers. So, if you’d like to share your favorite photograph that you took last year, please send it to me at jim@jimnickelson.com and I’ll include it in the upcoming post. (If you are curious, here is last year’s post highlighting the 2014 favorites).

I’ll be posting a week from today, so please have them to me by midnight on the 17th or so if you’d like to participate. This is always one of my favorite posts of the year as I love seeing the diversity of work out there amongst photographers.

I have a new exhibition that is now up at the Gibbs Library in Washington, ME. You can find out more here, and I’d love for you to check it out if you are in that neck of the woods before the end of the exhibition on March 1st.

I’ve also posted about some of my new 2016 workshops, including my Winter Night Landscape Workshop and myriad printing workshops.

…and last but not least, the photograph leading this post is one that I wish I had been able to take. It was released by NASA last month and is one of my new favorite photographs. Taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it captures Earthrise from orbit about 80 miles above the surface of the moon. Maybe one day I’ll be able to complete my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics moonrise series from the other side…

Maine Portfolio Reviews, upcoming workshops, and a few exhibitions

"Pyrotechnic #47", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #47”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Two Days of Portfolio Reviews

The Maine Photo Project just announced 2 days of portfolio reviews here in Maine. The reviews are free and will be held in two locations – August 1st in Rockport and August 15th in Ogunquit. You can register online and include your preferences on which reviewers you’d like to meet — there are some great ones available, including educators, curators, and gallery owners. So, if you’ve been thinking about showing your work to people, this is an excellent opportunity.

The Maine Photo Project also has two upcoming talks that are open to the public in September and October. You can find out about these talks and all of the events involved in the Project on their events page.

Two Workshops

This has been a big year for workshops for me, and there are still two left with Maine Media Workshops. Next up is my week-long printing workshop starting on August 23rd and following in September is my week-long night photography workshop based in Acadia National Park. I look forward to both, and please contact me if you have any questions about either.

Two Exhibitions

My photograph “Pyrotechnic #47” is included in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Art to Collect NOW: 38th Annual Exhibition and Auction. There will be an opening reception this Wednesday from 5-7 pm and the exhibition extends until the auction on July 26th. Nickelson Edition clients such as Sarah Szwajkos, Ni Rong, Dudley Zopp, Paul Oberst, Marcie Jan Bronstein, Liv Kristin Robinson, and others are also included. You can see the list of artists and included pieces here.

If you are up near Northeast Harbor, my work is included in the summer shows at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry. The next one up has an opening exhibition this Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm.

The Night Sky at Acadia National Park

"Nightsong #15", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Nightsong #15”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The Night Sky at Acadia National Park is the name of an exciting new workshop I’m teaching with Maine Media Workshops. The workshop (September 20th – 26th) will be a destination workshop and will take place in its entirety within Acadia. We will be based out on Schoodic Point in the same facility where I had my 19-day Acadia National Park artist residency last year.

So, a night photography workshop located in one of the most beautiful places in Maine, at the perfect time of year for being out at night, and with some of the darkest skies on the East Coast? This should be a perfect opportunity to shoot the night skies.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and you can find out more and sign up here.

The course description is below:

The night skies of Maine await. Learn techniques and timing to create powerful images at night from one of the darkest locations on the East Coast, Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park (and Schoodic Point, base for this workshop) provides many of the best night photography locations in Maine, providing dramatic mountains, forest, and coastline combined with dark skies.

This course is designed for students interested in exploring the possibilities of photographing the landscape at night as well as the night skies. Night landscape photography provides students with an exciting new perspective on the landscape, allowing students to create photographs that have a mood and look all their own. By expanding their repertoire with night photography, photographers can push their technical and creative limits, and thus learn techniques and skills that can be applied to all of their creative work.

Photographing at night presents many challenges both in technique at the time of shooting, and in unique aspects in processing the images in the digital darkroom and creating fine prints. Students will gain an understanding of how to use the best techniques in the field to maximize the possible quality of the resulting photographs, both technically and compositionally. Students will also learn how to properly process and prepare night photographs, with all their subtleties and characteristics, for display and print.

The class will combine significant time in the field in the evening and at night with the remaining time being spent either in the digital darkroom or in a workshop setting discussing technique, composition, and reviewing and discussing images.

2015 Workshops

"Winter Maker Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Winter Maker Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m pleased to announce my 2015 workshops, all with Maine Media Workshops just down the road in Rockport, Maine. (Incidentally, there will be one more night photography workshop added in September – stay tuned for details).

Coming up first is The Winter Night Landscape on February 22nd-28th, and then a series of weekend and week-long printing workshops. You can see my night photography workshops summarized here and my printing workshops summarized here.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of my workshops.

Auroras, Night Photography Class, and update

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m still alive! I’m over halfway done with my artist residency at Acadia National Park. I’m not entirely off the grid, but mostly so — my connections up here are tenuous at best, which is not a bad thing.

The photography gods finally agreed to allow me to photograph the aurora borealis (Northern lights) from Acadia last night. It looks like the window to see them has passed (notwithstanding the rain forecast for tonight), but it was really amazing.

I’ve included a few shots here, but it will take me a while to work through all the photographs and determine which are keepers, etc.

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention my upcoming night landscape photography class at Maine Media Workshops on October 12th-18th. I can’t promise auroras, but the night skies should be spectacular nonetheless.

I’ll be back in the saddle at home again on Monday the 22nd. Until then, here are two more photographs from last night…(the last one is a wide angle view)

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

2014 Workshops Now Set

"Pyrotechnic #72", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #72”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

My 2014 workshops are all now set, with a total of seven that I’m teaching through the wonderful Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME.

I have two week-long workshops on night photography — The Winter Night Landscape coming up soon on Feb. 23rd-March 1st, and Night Landscape Photography this fall on October 12th-18th.

I have five printing workshops, too:

– three 2-day Introduction to Digital Printing workshop on March 15th-16th, April 26th-27th, and June 14th-15th

– a 2-day Advanced Digital Printing workshop on April 5th-6th

– a week-long workshop on The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print on September 28th-October 4th

Please feel free to contact me about any of these if you have any questions.

Three New Winter 2014 Printing Weekend Workshops at Maine Media

"Hope Elephants #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.

In addition to the new Winter Night Landscape workshop I’m teaching in late February, I also will be teaching three weekend printing workshops at Maine Media Workshops this winter. I’m teaching a 2-day Introduction to Digital Printing workshop on March 15th-16th and a second time on April 26th-27th. I’m also teaching a 2-day Advanced Digital Printing workshop on April 5th-6th. I’m happy to answer any questions about either of the courses, and if you’d like to sign up, please click the links and go to the Maine Media Workshops site and follow the steps there. You can find all of my upcoming workshops here.

Here is the course description for the Introduction to Digital Printing workshop:

Bring your digital images to print form in this informative 2-day introductory workshop.

Learn techniques essential for generating high quality digital prints by exploring the relationship between image processing software like Adobe Lightroom and your printer. This course covers the basics of digital color and black & white printing, how to process images for print, common problems digital photographers encounter and how to develop a cohesive personal workflow for consistent output. Students generate and print images on a luster papers using Epson or Canon printers. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on exercises.

And here is the course description for the Advanced Digital Printing workshop:

Advance your printmaking in this intensive 2-day workshop.Students who have made the leap into digital printmaking may have learned the basics, but if you are striving to advance yourself, this workshop is for you. Students are exposed to use and evaluate the latest Epson printers, ink, papers, and profiles. An integrated approach to using Adobe products like Photoshop and Lightroom will all be detailed and practiced. This intense 2-day workshop goes deeper into fine-art printmaking and explains the tools needed to understand how it differs from making a basic print. Through direct classroom demonstration, critiques, and lectures, students learn a variety of techniques and tools that will help improve and refine both their digital files and print output. Participants leave with finished prints and the knowledge needed to get the results they are looking for. Also, students leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.

The Winter Night Landscape Workshop

"Cold Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Coming up this winter I’m teaching a new workshop at Rockport’s Maine Media Workshops — The Winter Night Landscape. The workshop extends from February 23rd to March 1st, 2014. I’m very excited about teaching this workshop in one of my favorite times of year here…and the little bit of snow we had this morning (okay, very little bit) has whetted my appetite for winter shooting. Night photography in winter obviously can be cold (at least here in Maine), but it can also be strikingly beautiful and this far north you can get a few hours of shooting in BEFORE dinner.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and please contact MMW if you’d like to sign up. You can see all my upcoming workshops listed here.

Here’s the description from the Maine Media site:

Exposing the night sky during the most beautiful time of year in Maine

This course is designed for students interested in exploring the possibilities of photographing the landscape at night as well as the night skies during the most beautiful time of year here in Maine. Night landscape photography during the winter provides students with an exciting new perspective on the landscape when the skies are most colorful and dramatic, allowing students to create photographs that have a mood and look all their own. By expanding their repertoire with night photography, photographers can push their technical and creative limits, and thus learn techniques and skills that can be applied to all of their creative work.

Photographing at night presents many challenges, both in technique at the time of shooting and in unique aspects in processing the images in the digital darkroom and creating fine prints. Students will gain an understanding of how to use the best techniques in the field to maximize the possible quality of the resulting photographs, both technically and compositionally. Students will also learn how to properly process and prepare night photographs, with all their subtleties and characteristics, for display and print.

The class will combine significant time in the field in the evening and at night with the remaining time being spent either in the digital darkroom or in a workshop setting discussing technique, composition, and reviewing and discussing images.