The Definitive Nikon D800 / D800E Masterclass, Saturday, December 1st 2012

Grays of Westminster presents
The Definitive Nikon D800 / D800E Masterclass
A Practical Workshop
by Simon Stafford

Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.


Following his highly successful series of photographic seminars and workshops presented in association with Grays of Westminster, Simon Stafford has developed this practical workshop to help you make the most of the groundbreaking Nikon D800 or D800E camera, irrespective of your level of photographic knowledge and experience, and regardless of which model you use.

The course, which we are repeating due to overwhelming demand, has been prepared to help you make a dramatic improvement to your craft of taking photographs by expanding your understanding of how the D800 / D800E cameras work and by mastering core camera skills through practical application under Simon’s supervision. Simon will discuss the key aspects of the D800 / D800E and share his in-depth knowledge accrued over more than 30 years of photographic experience, so that you can achieve high quality, professional looking photographs consistently (please note attendance of one of Simon’s previous seminars, or workshops is not a requirement of this event).


  • Digital sensor: understand the implications of the 36MP resolution of the D800 / D800E in terms of shooting technique and choice of lenses
  • Image area: choosing different crop modes (FX, DX, 5:4, and 1.2x) and appreciating their pros and cons
  • JPEG versus RAW: what you really need to know about file formats
  • TTL Metering: discover the nuances and idiosyncrasies of Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering III in the D800 / D800E, and learn about using centre-weighted and spot metering
  • Exposure: find out how to achieve accurate exposures, consistently, and uncover how to make the most of the histogram display
  • ISO sensitivity: learn how to control and use it effectively
  • White balance: understand why it is important and how to achieve the best results in different lighting conditions
  • Nikon Picture Controls: appreciate what they do and how to use them
  • Autofocus: understand how the focus modes / focus-area modes differ, and how to configure the AF system for various types of subject
  • Live View: implementation of Live View in the D800 / D800E differs from previous Nikon D-SLR cameras; learn how this useful feature has changed and what is required to make the most of it
  • Specialist features: explore the why, when and how of Exposure bracketing, High-dynamic Range, Active D-Lighting, and more…
  • Menus and controls: learn how to optimize menu settings, use menu banks, and assign camera controls to different buttons


Since this is a practical workshop each delegate should bring a Nikon D800 or D800E together with a lens or lenses to work with during the event.

The session will take place from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. and includes mid-afternoon tea and biscuits.

The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber. To book, please email me only with your full name, Nikon Owner user name/membership number, daytime mobile and landline. There are very limited places available, so please reply as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not currently a subscriber, you are welcome to join whilst booking the workshop to receive the discount on the session.


Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX: the nearest underground station is Warren Street, but please do make sure that it is open – it is occasionally closed on a Saturday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.



About Nikon Owner


Standard Annual Subscription – special price: £59 while booking a place above

  • 1-year Subscription to Nikon Owner + 3-yr warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • Nikon Owner magazine, a superb, glossy full-colour 60-page quarterly magazine that is 100% Nikon. Each issue delivers benchmark technical reviews of the very latest Nikon equipment, thought-provoking interviews and articles with world-class images
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • 10% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Discounts on events and training sessions
  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK
  • All 10 years of back issues of the magazine now available as PDFs!

Gold subscription – special price £349 (normal price £449)

  • 4-year subscription to Nikon Owner
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list)
  • A half-hour tutorial on the phone or face to face, by appointment
  • Special offers to Gold subscribers throughout the period of subscription
  • A signed copy of Heather Angel’s Wild Kew while stocks last or a Simon Stafford Nikon Magic Lantern Guide of your choice.
  • Alternative gift: Grays of Westminster umbrella (in store only)
  • Nikon Owner quarterly magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website which includes forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events’ page and use of a photo gallery
  • Gold subscription card
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on training sessions organised by Grays of Westminster, including Mike Maloney’s Workshops , Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro
  • Training Sessions, Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars and Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses.
  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK

With very best wishes


Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator



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