Nikon School

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nikon School?

Very simply explained - Nikon is a camera brand, and Nikon School is a photography school!

We build the passion for good photos in everyone we get to meet, no matter of your age, skill level or even category of camera you own. With the understanding of a few basic concepts, anyone can capture the beauty in precious moments and everyday life, and at Nikon School, we'd be glad to help you capture such moments better.

Hang on, doesn't Nikon just sell cameras?
Not quite. While we may make the best cameras, they are still just tools until their owners use them effectively and this is where Nikon School comes in. Nikon School courses teach you how to get the best out of your camera and equipment, and equip you with the skills for great photography.
What kinds of courses are available?

Nikon School offers a wide range of courses aimed at photographers at all skill levels, in addition to covering a wide range of lifestyle experiences from astrophotography to time-lapse photography as - as well as topics that are always popular, such as city scenes!!

If you want to learn the individual skills and concepts of photography instead, our popular DSLR Essential Skills series is the best way to do so. We also provide training to help users of Nikon DSLRs, Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras get familiar with their controls. No matter what you like to shoot, our goal is to minimize the effort, time and cost that is often involved in becoming a good photographer, to help you become familiar and comfortable with your camera and know how to use it in a wide variety of situations!

Is there a course for complete beginners like me? Where do I begin, and how much time and money do I have to put in?

First, ensure that you know what your new Nikon DSLR, Nikon 1 or COOLPIX camera is about, by attending our Product Introductory Training. It is a 2.5-hours course, conducted in Cantonese, and some of them are free if you bought your camera from an Authorised Dealer.

With that done, the options are then endless. You can choose a course which covers a topic you'd love to capture, such as night scenes, wedding photography or nature. If you prefer to learn more of photography, we have the DSLR Essential Skills course which will teach you all you need to know, in 2 short lessons, at a very affordable cost! You can also hang out with us while learning practical skills with our outdoor courses.

Who are your instructors?
Nikon School believes that our teachers must have the necessary qualifications and experience, and that is why we engage only professional photographers to teach our paid courses. Despite their qualifications, they are chosen for their friendly and serious approach to learning, and they have the unselfish passion to educate others.
Isn't there a free training for new camera buyers? What cameras are eligible?

You are eligible for a free product training if you have purchased a COOLPIX, Nikon 1 or a DSLR from the D3x00 and D5x00 series.
(Series means any number for x.)

However, please also note the following conditions:
You must have a Hong Kong Local Warranty Card and receipt proof that the camera was bought from an authorized dealer in Hong Kong
The camera must be less than 12 months old from the date of the training session that you intend to register for

What must I bring for the free training?
You will need:
  • Your camera, lens (if applicable), and fully-charged battery
  • Confirmation email issued by Nikon School
  • And, of course, yourself
  • That's all!
Can I bring my partner/family/friends?
While Nikon School is aimed at all ages, we have limited the number of seats in each class so we can provide a fun and engaging learning experience for everyone. This also gives attendees sufficient opportunities to ask questions and talk with others. If you are bringing your partner, family or friend, please register separately for him or her.
How do I make payment for my course fees?
We only accept online payment by PPS, VISA and MasterCard.
What must I bring for paid courses?
For all paid courses, please remember to bring:
  • Proof of Registration and Payment letter (Sent to you via email, following confirmation of payment)
  • A fully-charged camera, necessary lenses, any other equipment asked for in the course description
  • Any other required documents such as IC, passports, driving licenses and so on
  • Now you're all set for an exciting day out!
Will the photography course be cancelled in the event of bad weather?

Bad weather arrangements are as follows. No further notice will be issued to registrants if the classes are cancelled due to bad weather. For classes already started: When Tropical Storm Warning Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted - All classes will be suspended immediately.
When Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted - All classes, except those held outdoors, will continue.

2 hours before the classes If the Tropical Storm Warning Signal No. 8 or above, or the Black Rainstorm Warning is in force - All classes will be suspended.
When Tropical Storm Warning Signal No. 8 or above / Black Rainstorm Warning is Lowered - All classes will proceed as scheduled.

Bad Weather Arrangement Should the weather be unstable on the day of the course, Nikon School course should be have special arrangement according to the environment and weather of the day of the course. If the course is cancelled due to unstable weather, Nikon School will notify the participants accordingly for the make-up course arrangements. Any student who cannot attend the make-up course is considered as waiving his own attendance.

I am not able to attend a paid course because I am sick, or I have a sudden work appointment, or my pet ate my homework. Will there be refunds, or can I attend the next session instead?

Please understand that when you pay for a paid course, the fee is used to guarantee payment to the instructor upfront. This is only fair to our instructors, who sacrifice their professional time to do this for Nikon School. Doing this also helps us to keep our fees to the bare minimum.

This is why Nikon School cannot issue refunds for paid courses for any reason.

However, we may be able to slot you into the next upcoming intake of the course, only if the instructor is OK with it. We may need you to show proof of your absence from the course. The instructor's decision on this matter is final.