My Nikon Life

What is My Nikon Life?

My Nikon Life is an online photography community that caters to all photographers, whether you are a beginner, enthusiast or professional photographer. My Nikon Life is about capturing unique moments via photography.

The My Nikon Life community includes the following:

My Nikon Life

The My Nikon Life website mynikonlife.com.au is the centre of the photography community, including:

  • Assignments – go “on assignment” with My Nikon Life
  • Photo Galleries – view inspirational photo albums from Nikon Ambassadors, professional photographers and most importantly, the My Nikon Life members
  • Gear – Check out the latest information about the Nikon digital SLRs and digital compacts.
  • Video – My Nikon Life will have a lot of awesome video content
  • Articles – Catch up on the latest photography news, features and articles

What is coming soon to My Nikon Life?

There will lots of new features and content coming soon on My Nikon Life including:

  • New and regular Assignments
  • New content – lots of articles, video and photos
  • Learn section – tips, tutorials, video and glossary
  • Ambassador’s section – including Nikon and Guest ambassadors
  • Adding Video to the Gallery section
  • Advanced Gear section – additional media
  • Nikon School – offline photography classes (book online)
  • Product Finder – interactive tool to simplify finding products

And much, much more…

What if I am not a professional photographer?

My Nikon Life is an online photography community that caters to photographers of all levels. My Nikon Life is simply about capturing unique moments via photography.

So whether you love snapping with a digital compact or live for capturing professional quality images with the latest DSLR, My Nikon Life will have something for you.

What are assignments?

Assignments are a way to practice and showcase your photography skills by going “on assignment”. There will be at least one new assignment each month for you to challenge your photography skills.

Assignments are for photographers of all levels that love to capture unique moments. So whether you are a beginner, enthusiast or professional photographer, the My Nikon Life assignments are open to you.

There will also be prize(s) for the members that capture unique moments.

Nikon School

Do I have to have a background in photography?

Our Introduction to Digital SLR course is designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in the fields of photography. Our Intermediate Digital SLR course requires that you have working knowledge of your camera and a basic understanding of exposure. Future courses may require an additional level of skill and will be indicated so in the course description.

Will you be offering different courses in the future?

The Introduction to Digital SLR course and Intermediate Digital SLR course will be ongoing. Nikon School will be releasing further courses in the future for all levels of experience. These courses will encompass various genres of photography.

How can I find out about future courses?

Join My Nikon Life to receive email notification of new courses in our monthly newsletter. Alternatively, keep an eye out for updates on mynikonlife.com.au/school.

How can I enrol for Nikon School?

You can enrol for a Nikon School class at mynikonlife.com.au/school. We allow you to enrol two people at a time. Don’t forget to print out your receipt to bring with you to class.

How many people can I enrol in Nikon School at a time?

We allow you to enrol two people at a time. If you wish to enrol a large number of attendees please email school@mynikonlife.com.au.

How can I find out about future classes?

Course class dates will appear 3 months in advance of the attendance date.

Can I reserve a place in a Nikon School class?

Enrolment for a Nikon School class is by full payment only. Please visit mynikonlife.com.au/school to enrol.

The class I want to enrol in is full, can I be notified of future places?

If the class you wish to enrol in is full, please send a detailed email of your requirements to school@mynikonlife.com.au. We will add your name to our waiting list. In the event of a vacancy we will notify you via email.

Do I need to bring confirmation of my class enrolment with me on the day?

Please print your confirmation email and bring it with you to class. Your confirmation email is like a ticket to show that you have enrolled in the class.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?

Absolutely! All classes have a maximum of 20 students to ensure an informative and interactive class. Students can also ask questions in the special Q&A forum.

What kind of hands-on experience will we get during the class?

Each course will have at least 3 practical exercises that are scheduled throughout the day. Weather permitting some practical exercises may be executed outdoors.

What results should I see after attending Introduction to Digital SLR?

At the end of the day whether you have never used a Digital SLR camera before or have been using one off and on, you will be very comfortable with digital photography. You will not only be able to shoot comfortably by yourself, but also get excellent high quality images from even the most basic of digital cameras.

How many students will be in the class?

The maximum group size is 20 people.

My camera is not a Nikon. Can I still attend a class?

Yes, however please note that the ‘Knowing your Nikon’ segment is based on the Nikon camera system and therefore does not cover the operating systems of other brands. Although our Nikon instructors are Nikon professionals they will endeavour to help you in any way they can on other models. Please bring your instruction manual with you if you camera isn’t a Nikon product.

Do I need to use a Digital SLR camera?

All demonstrations and content are based on Digital SLR. In order to get the most out of this course a Digital SLR camera is required. Please refer to the ‘what to bring’ section on the mynikonlife.com.au/school course details.

Is there going to be a hard sell of Nikon equipment?

No. A range of Nikon products will be on display in the classroom for students to view and for demonstration purposes but there will not be an emphasis on purchasing Nikon products.

What kind of camera and lens will I need to complete the practicals?

You will only require a standard lens for the practical element but feel free to bring whatever you have.

Should I bring a tripod?

We ask that you refrain from bringing your tripod to use due to room-size constraints. Monopods are ok.

What about flash?

Yes. Flash is important for indoor photography. Most DLSR’s come with an inbuilt flash but please bring an off camera flash if your camera does not have this feature.

Will we learn how to use digital imaging software, such as Photoshop, to alter our photos?

No. This course does not cover digital imaging software.

Do I need any computer skills?

No, throughout this course you will not be required to operate a computer.

I am an experienced film photographer, but very new to computers and their terminology. I am concerned that I may not be able to follow a lot of the discussion.

The language used reflects the level of the course. Our instructors will be presenting all terminology in a way that will make perfect sense even for those not technologically savvy, without oversimplifying the lesson. Please note that this course is designed for those that are new to photography and covers the basic photography techniques.

What do I wear?

Casual clothing. It is recommended you wear comfortable clothes, which you can easily move in as you will be undertaking practical exercises, which require you to move around.

How do I get to my class venue?

Please make your own arrangements. As the classes are in central locations there is great public transport available.

Can you recommend or organise accommodation for me?

All classes are held at central locations. If you require accommodation, please make your own arrangements. Nikon are not responsible for student’s accommodation needs.

Do you provide refreshments and lunch?

We do not serve lunch. We will break for lunch where you may leave the premises and go to a nearby establishment or bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be available for morning and afternoon tea. Water will be available all day.

Do you provide free parking?

Classes are held in central locations with ample parking close by and access to a range of public transport options. If you choose to drive to the course please make your own arrangements for parking. Free parking is not available through Nikon School.

What if I want to withdraw my enrolment?

Students wanting to withdraw are required to do so in writing to: school@mynikonlife.com.au. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more Nikon School information.

Can I get a refund if I cancel?

Students are advised to give careful consideration to their course enrolment decision as enrolled students are only eligible for a refund of course fees if Nikon School cancels the course; or if the student advises of their cancellation at least thirty (30) working days prior to the commencement date of the course. An administration fee of $100 will apply to students who cancel their enrolment. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more Nikon School information.

Can I defer my attendance to another time?

Students wanting to defer may do so for a period of two (2) months only. Where a student elects to defer, they are required to do so in writing with an indication of a date of attendance for the course to school@mynikonlife.com.au. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more Nikon School information.

Is there someone I can contact with further questions?

Yes. Please email any further questions you have to school@mynikonlife.com.au. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more Nikon School information.


Who can enter?

The competition is open to any photographer who has submitted a photo for publication in an Australian media outlet in the 12 months from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2012.

What to do before entering?

Before entering, it is suggested that all entrants have their images and descriptions ready to upload at the same time.
These files must comply with the following specifications:

  • RGB (not greyscale) saved as JPEG setting 10 or higher (for near lossless compression)
  • Embed the colour profile
  • Images should not be resized
Note: image upload times may vary depending on your internet speed or the website traffic.

What are the steps to enter via the My Nikon Life website?

1. The first step, we suggest you pull together your entry photos and descriptions etc.
2. Next, Join or Sign in to My Nikon Life, be sure to enter your details correctly as these will be sent directly to Walkley with your entry
3. Select the category you want to enter, from the list below (you will need to repeat the process for each category you wish to enter)
4. Make sure you have the correct category and click the Upload Now button to proceed
5. You must submit an entry statement of up to 400-words for each category. Click Create Album when you are finished
6. Now you can upload your photos and publication details for each image. (you are able to edit or change your entry until you submit your entry to Walkleys or the category closes)
7. Once your entry is complete, click Submit to Walkley button, you cannot change the entry once you press submit. You will then be sent to www.walkleys.com to complete your entry.
8. Once your entry has been validated by the Walkley Foundation, your entry will be available for judging once the competition has closed.

What does it cost to enter?

Before you have hit ‘SUBMIT TO WALKLEYS’ – you can edit and delete your images at any time between now and the entry deadline on 31st August 2012. You can do this by logging in using your My Nikon Life username and password.

After you have hit ‘SUBMIT TO WALKLEYS’ – if you want to make any changes, you will need to delete your entry and re-upload/enter it. You can do this by logging in using your My Nikon Life username and password, viewing your entries and hitting ‘DELETE’ for the entry you would like to change. You will have deleted your entry and can then re-upload/enter the details.

What does it cost to enter?

If you are an Alliance member your entry is free, but non-members will be charged a $260 entry fee. Have your payment details ready or call 1300 65 65 13 to discuss membership options.