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Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! Canon announces Live Learning education program
(Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 11:31 EDT)

Canon USA has today announced its Live Learning series of on-site educational programs aimed at photographers using (or considering) its EOS line of digital SLRs.

Canon Live Learning courses will be available in two types - EOS Essentials or EOS Extras. EOS Essentials stops are scheduled in eight states, including California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Washington. One EOS Extras program has currently been announced, taking place in Colorado.

The EOS Essentials courses are being conducted by Canon USA instructors, plus a combination of professional photographers - both locals and members of Canon's famed "Explorers of Light" group. On the first day, these two-day weekend programs will have an approximately six-hour mini conference on four topics and an optional hands-on workshop. Topics for the mini conference will include "Creative Lighting with Speedlites," "HD Video with EOS DSLRs," "Landscape / Nature Photography" and "Maximizing Your EOS," and will be followed by a Q&A session. On the second day, there will then be a choice of two optional workshops with a Canon Explorer of Light photographer, with participation limited to 16 individuals per workshop.

Canon Explorers of Light who will be participating in at least one EOS Essentials date include Bob Davis, Bruce Dorn, Darrell Gulin, Adam Jones, Vincent Laforet, George Lepp and Jennifer Wu. Local pros will include Carol Dragon, Paul Kennedy and Richard Koci Hernandez, while participating Canon instructors will include Brian Matsumoto, Carl Peer and James Rose.

Dates are currently available for the first four EOS Essentials stops, as follows:

  • New York, NY: May 30th - May 31st

  • Chicago, IL: June 13th - June 14th

  • Los Angeles, CA: June 20th - June 21st

  • San Francisco, CA: July 18th - July 19th

The EOS Essentials tour will also take in Atlanta GA, Boston MA, Dallas TX and Seattle WA, with dates yet to be determined for these locations.

Alternatively, the EOS Extras programs are two-day hands-on workshops conducted on-location with a Canon Explorer of Light photographer. Only one date has been announced for the EOS Extras program so far. Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford will conduct this program in Aspen, CO on June 6th and 7th.

To learn more on either the Canon EOS Essentials or EOS Extras programs, including pricing and precise programs / schedules for each location, visit the Canon Live Learning website.

Original Source Press Release:

Canon U.S.A. Launches New Educational Program Offering Workshops And Classes For Current And Prospective EOS Users

Canon Live Learning Inspires Attendees to Develop Their Personal Creative Vision

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 12, 2009 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of Canon Live Learning, a new on-site education program targeted towards photographers who currently use or are interested in Canon’s popular line of EOS photographic products. Canon Live Learning (CLL) will offer high-quality classes and workshops conducted by a number of the industry’s leading professional photographers, Canon’s Explorers of Light. CLL attendees will learn how to get the most out of their gear while also having the opportunity to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products.

“Through the Canon Live Learning program we are hoping to empower and inspire our customers to further enhance their skills and passion for the art of imaging,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon Live Learning adds value to the experience of owning and using Canon photographic products.”

CLL will consist of two distinct educational opportunities: EOS Essentials and EOS Extras. EOS Essentials is a two-day weekend program which will start on Saturday with a mini-conference for participants to learn about a variety of topics, followed by optional hands-on workshops. On Sunday, participants will be organized in smaller groups and take part in workshops conducted by a Canon Explorer of Light professional photographer. The EOS Extras program is a series of exciting, two-day hands-on workshops with a Canon Explorer of Light. Participants will go on location in order to learn about photographic techniques and try Canon’s latest EOS equipment. Potential participants can go online to learn more about each program and register at this Web page:


EOS Essentials
The Canon Live Learning EOS Essentials program is ideal for photographers who are interested in learning how to get the most out of their EOS and other photography equipment. During the first day of the program, four topics will be covered, at approximately 90 minutes per topic. Canon Explorers of Light, local professional photographers and Canon instructors will present each topic through an inspirational blend of on-screen content and live demonstrations. After each presentation, questions and answers will be encouraged to further discussion and elicit new ideas. Topics in 2009 will include: "Creative Lighting with Speedlites," "HD Video with EOS DSLRs," "Landscape/Nature Photography," and "Maximizing Your EOS."

The optional second day of the EOS Essentials program will offer a choice between two different hands-on workshops, each with an attending Explorer of Light photographer and other professional instructors. These workshops will be interactive and limited to 16 participants each. Participants will also be able to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products during these workshops. Workshop topics will vary according to the location, and are posted on the Canon Live Learning Web site.

In 2009, the Canon EOS Essentials program will be held in the following cities:


New York, N.Y. May 30th – May 31st
Chicago, Ill. June 13th – June 14th
Los Angeles, Calif. June 20th – June 21st
San Francisco, Calif. July 18th  – July 19th
Boston, Mass. TBD
Seattle, Wash. TBD
Atlanta, Ga. TBD
Dallas, TX TBD

Confirmed Canon Explorers of Light who are scheduled to deliver at least one program are: Vincent Laforet, Bruce Dorn, Bob Davis, George Lepp, Darrell Gulin, Adam Jones and Jennifer Wu. Various local professional photographers, such as Carol Dragon, Richard Koci Hernandez and Paul Kennedy, are also scheduled to participate. Canon U.S.A. instructors will include Brian Matsumoto, Carl Peer and James Rose.

All EOS Essentials presentations will be shown using Canon REALiS multimedia projectors for superb image quality, and each location will feature an equipment demonstration area where participants will be able to handle and try a wide range of Canon imaging products, including EOS cameras, EF lenses and Canon imagePROGRAF and PIXMA Pro photo printers.

EOS Extras
In addition to the EOS Essentials program, Canon Live Learning is offering EOS Extras where participants will have the opportunity to take part in a weekend of instruction on location at an interesting site with a Canon Explorer of Light. In this program, participants will get even more extensive hands-on experience and come away with an increased knowledge and understanding of their Canon EOS equipment. Participants will have the opportunity to use additional EOS equipment as well. The first EOS Extras weekend program is scheduled for June 6th through June 7th in Aspen, Colorado with Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford. Additional destinations will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Explorers of Light
The Explorers of Light concept came out of Canon USA in the mid 1990's as a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration. Today, the group is comprised of more than 60 of the most influential photographers in the world, each a master of their own creative specialty. The Explorers share their photographic passions and technical expertise with eager audiences of photo professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts in a variety of personal appearances, seminars and gallery showings throughout the United States. Examples of the Explorers' work may be found online at the Explorers of Light Gallery as well as numerous museums, galleries and publications. Explorers of Light use Canon EOS photographic equipment. For more information, please visit the Canon Digital Learning Center:


About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei - - “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” - - Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/RSS .

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