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Canon Launches Learning Programs

Lake Success, N.Y. —Canon USA launched Tuesday the Canon Live Learning (CLL), an onsite education program targeting photographers who currently use or are interested in Canon EOS photographic products.

CLL will offer high-quality classes and workshops conducted by prominent professional photographers, who have been dubbed Canon’s Explorers of Light.

The CLL program was designed to help students “get the most out of their gear while also having the opportunity to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products,” the company said.

“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, Canon consumer imaging group senior VP/general manager. “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 that 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 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.

The CLL EOS Essentials program is designed to help photographers get the most out of their EOS 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 in onscreen 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 EOS product line during workshops.

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

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 USA instructors will include Brian Matsumoto, Carl Peer and James Rose.

In addition to the EOS Essentials program, CLL 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 more extensive hands-on experience and come away with an increased knowledge and understanding of their Canon EOS equipment, the company said.

Participants will have the opportunity to use additional EOS equipment as well. The first EOS Extras weekend program is scheduled for June 6-7 in Aspen, Colo., with Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford. Additional destinations will be announced in the coming weeks.