“I am Nikon” Nikon School in Kenya

Over the past few months, Nikon Kenya has been hosting photography classes and photography excursions in Nairobi.

Nikon School Class
Nikon School Class

The aim is for the brand is to reconnect with its customers and more so promote photography skills in the country as well as photographers purchasing equipment locally.

These classes are invite only after you apply through their Nikon School website specifying the brand and type of camera you use and what kind of photography you are interested in.

The maiden class included both Nikon users as well as non-Nikon users and it was held at the KICC rooftop/helipad, however as the demand for these classes increases, so does the priority to give “Nikonites” the first chance.
Classes are divided into three categories:
1. Basic/Beginner class: This targets first time DSLR users who have just transitioned from shooting with their phones or mirror less point and shoot cameras. Let’s say first time DSLR users are the main target for this class and you learn how to handle your equipment, and how to transition from shooting in automatic mode to shooting manual.

Learning how to focus
Learning how to focus

2. Intermediate class: This class is for those photographers who are “in between” as they advance to pro level. Here we got to understand the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and the aperture and how to combine these 3 to get the best pictures.

 

Intermediate class in Session
Intermediate class in Session

3. Advanced level class: as the name states this class is for professional photographers and some of the things taught include lighting and such.

 

Some of the components of the advanced class.
Some of the components of the advanced class.

I have been privileged to attend two of these classes-basic and intermediate and the things I have learnt have made me a better photographer, in my own judgment.

This previous weekend, was the intermediate class, at the Pride Inn, Westlands in Nairobi where as the advanced class was more hands on, hosted outdoors at Karura Forest. Both of these classes came after the basic level class I attended on April 12th where Photographer Maz from Dubai was the instructor. For the intermediate class, the tutor was Kai Takanashi from Japan.

 

Kai Takanashi was the tutor
Kai Takanashi was the tutor

Cool otoko (Japanese for man) he was.
I  must admit, these classes are a good way to interact and network with other photographers and for beginners it is the best thing since sliced bread. We got to share our experiences and challenges, among which stood out was one challenge Cedi mentioned in the previous post, shooting in the streets where city council askaris (officers) always question your motive.

We did a practical on panning, using our hands
We did a practical on panning, using our hands
I think i nailed it, sort of.. ish
I think i nailed it, sort of.. ish

Did you know….

Did you know, the diopter control,(that knob that is next to your viewfinder) is used to correct your view so if you are myopic or wear spectacles for other reasons, Nikon has got you covered, just adjust your knob until you see the numbers on the viewfinder in your eye capability range and you are ready to go. The diopter however does not affect the quality of the picture.

I got to understand my camera beyond what is on the manual.

Why don’t you have a sneak peek into what went down and more so the activities that happened at Karura Forest which is a good venue to practice whether its macro photography, portrait, still life or whatever kind of photography you fancy.

 

I am Nikon| I am learning....
I am Nikon| I am learning….
going down to the caves and waterfall at Karura.
heading down

The upside:

This is a win for Nikon because not many brands have such customer and target audience relation like they have just proven to have..

More Forest
More Forest

The Downside:

You may already understand how camera operates and so the information may not be new. Canon users who are interested miss out on this opportunity.

Still photography
Still photography
A picture from one of the members of the advanced level class...
A picture from one of the members of the advanced level class…

Oh! Before i forget, the lanyards we got had numbers on them and there was a raffle at the end of the session, guess what? No, i did not win, though that would have been exciting, the number chosen got to walk away with a Nikon coolpix camera, how awesome is that?

Ripples at Karura
Ripples at Karura

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5 thoughts on ““I am Nikon” Nikon School in Kenya

  1. hello i am interested in joining your classes and I have a small Nikon coolpix L820 does that eliminate me since I don’t have more advanced camera.
    kindy ur feedback is highly appreciated.

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