Back by Demand – Simon Stafford’s Nikon D800 / D800E Masterclass: Sunday, 21st April


Grays of Westminster presents
Simon Stafford’s Nikon D800 / D800E Masterclass
A Practical Workshop
2:00 p.m. Sunday, 21st April 2013
Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 6DX

Following his highly successful series of photographic seminars and workshops presented in association with Grays of Westminster, Simon developed this entirely new 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 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 course.

The seminar will take place from 2.00 pm until 5.30 pm. The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber, and includes afternoon tea. To book, please email your full name, postal address and postcode, as well as your daytime mobile and landline to Gillian Greenwood:

If you are also a Nikon Owner subscriber, add your user name/subscription number to the email. There are limited places available, so do book as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not currently a Nikon Owner subscriber, would you be kind enough to make a note of this in your email – in order to receive the discount, you will be able to join or re-join Nikon Owner when we call you to formalise the booking.

Please note that it is essential that you reply by email rather than by telephone.

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 Sunday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.

About Nikon Owner


Standard Annual Subscription – normal price: £69; special price: £59 while registering for this course

  • 1-year Subscription to Nikon Owner + 3-year 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. All back issues are now available on line as PDFs.
  • 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

Gold subscription: – special price £290 when booking this course

  • 3-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.
  • Nikon Owner quarterly magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to the subscribers-only website which includes a forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events page and use of a photo gallery
  • 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

Cancellation policy:

Please note that once you have booked a place on any workshop or seminar, a full refund can only be provided when you give us 7 days prior notice of cancelling your place.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Easter!

With very best wishes,
Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator

Grays of Westminster
40 Churton Street,
Tel: +44 (0)20 7828 4925
Fax: +44 (0)20 7976 5783

Open Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We are closed on Public and Bank Holidays.



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