My wife and I are thinking about attending the D300S workshop in Atlanta Dec. 10. She is worried that she may be too much of a novice to attend. She has had her D300S for only a couple of months. Could anyone comment on whether she should attend this workshop. Thanks
I attended the D300 Nikonians workshop a couple of years ago presented by Mike Hagen. I took the intro and advanced courses and I'm confident that with a couple of months experience under her belt your wife will not feel overwhelmed by the intro course. I highly recommend Mike and the workshop and have heard nothing but good things about the other US instructors.
I am considering the workshop for information mainly relating to the autofocus system. I've been shooting with the D300 for a couple of years and have a pretty good understanding but need some fine tuning. Is the intro course going to get into the fine details of the autofocus system, particuarly as it relates to sports shots at night, or should I consider waiting until I have an opportunity for the advanced workshop?
Its been a couple of years and I don't recall whether the auto focus system was gone into in depth in the intro course. I suspect it would be more likely to be in the advanced course. I do recall that I had been using my D300 for a little less than a year at the time I took both workshops and had a general feeling in both the intro and advanced courses that I wasn't hearing much that was new to me. There were a couple of things from each day that I thought made it worthwhile but as I said most of it was "been there done that". You might want to email Mike directly - I've found him to be very responsive.
I have taken several Nikonian workshops. They have great handouts, the instructors are very knowledgeable and most helpful. I went to class prepared with a few questions I was hoping to get help with. Everything was answered, I learned from the other students questions as well. In fact, I still use my handouts and notes as reference materials. It is a great investment.