For his year-long tour throughout the country to teach photography skills in a variety of classroom environments, Dave FitzSimmons uses the NEC NP610 projector to ensure smooth presentations.
- Facility: FitzSimmons Photography
- Location: SIGMA workshops across the U.S.
- Challenge: Teach photography skills in a classroom setting at multiple nationwide locations throughout the year
- Solution: NEC NP610 portable projector
Renowned photographer Dave FitzSimmons travels the country to share his love of photography with beginner to intermediate photographers looking to get the most out of their digital cameras-whether it's a point-and-shoot or SLR model. In January 2010, FitzSimmons scheduled seven workshops for the year and quickly realized his need for a display solution that included a portable, high-output projector for presentations at each workshop.
One of six Sigma Pro Photographers in North America, Dave FitzSimmons founded FitzSimmons Photography 17 years ago, committing to artistic integrity and environmental conservation. Over the past two decades, his work, ranging from landscapes and wildlife to weddings and commercial photography, has reached an estimated two million viewers. FitzSimmons travels across North America presenting programs, seminars and small-group workshops. His published work has appeared in Popular Photography and Shutterbug, calendars with industry leaders BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble, and several upcoming books. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University with a specialty in narrative theory, something that deeply influences his photography and writing endeavors.
With a typical photo workshop that includes up to 20 people, FitzSimmons begins his session in a classroom setting where he teaches photography skills to attendees before they go into the field and shoot on location. He knew that the simplest way of presenting to his attendees would come in the form of a projector to display his photographs and further explain his educating tools.
"The 2010 photo workshop series focuses on nature, so we meet in various spaces near state parks, preserves and other natural areas," said FitzSimmons. "Classrooms range from conference rooms in lodges and resorts to log and stone park shelters, so I needed a projector that could withstand any conditions we might be assigned to at each facility."
With each classroom environment varying widely with windows, skylights and safety lighting, FitzSimmons needed a projector he could depend upon that would make his images appear vibrantly colored and super sharp at every workshop session. Having previously used NEC projectors, always with accurate color reproduction and 100% reliability, he researched what model would best fit the needs of his upcoming workshops. The most essential features for FitzSimmons were brightness, color accuracy, weight and size. The projector needed to be small and light enough for travel, including easily carrying the projector onto an airplane. At the same time, it needed to produce true colors and be bright enough for a variety of projection locations.
"Of course, as a photographer, color accuracy and nuanced reproduction of all tones from black to white are just as important as brightness, but they're not the only plusses," said FitzSimmons. "I have used NEC displays for years and can count on accurate reproductions of both colors and tones, all the way from blacks to whites. While some projectors burn out details in highlight areas, every NEC projector I have used renders subtle details in light to almost-white areas, from footprints in the snow to light-colored patterns on wildlife. The NEC NP610 embodied all of the requirements I had for this specific application."
While NEC's NP Installation Series was created for professional integration, the NP610 is a value-driven model that weighs less than seven pounds and offers 3500-lumen brightness. From the very first workshop in California, FitzSimmons knew the NP610 would work perfectly. At one facility, he projected onto a 20 x 30-foot screen in an auditorium with just as much success as he did in small conference rooms. In another location, the brightness of an overhead skylight was overcome by the 3500-lumen brightness of the NP610. This type of flexibility is what kept the workshops flowing smoothly.
"With the NEC projector, I do not worry about my technology needs during my monthly workshops," said FitzSimmons. "I have never had a compatibility issue with computer hookups. The controls are easy to use, and the NP610 is ready to go in a matter of seconds. It has worked seamlessly throughout the year."
Portability of the NP610 was never an issue, and constant use throughout the session didn't phase this rugged model. Dual computer inputs, including DVI-I, allowed the quick switching between photos and PowerPoint presentations. Every concern that needed to be addressed in January was solved through the use of NEC's NP610.
"I recommend NEC's projectors to many people-from enthusiasts who want to see their prize-winners on the big screen to professional photographers presenting to varied audiences," said FitzSimmons. "I love the NP610. This portable and bright projector will be on the road with us again next year."