Focus Stacking with Nikon Owner’s Technical Editor Simon Stafford

The Secrets to Success with:
Focus Stacking

An Online Webinar
Presented by Simon Stafford

Tuesday, 13th April 2021
7:00 – 9:00 pm BST (GMT +1)

Continuing his highly successful series of photographic seminars and workshops presented in association with Nikon Owner Magazine and Grays of Westminster, Simon has prepared this online webinar to help you master the technique of focus stacking for both small and large scale subjects, irrespective of your level of photographic knowledge and experience.

Simon will provide a comprehensive description of the focus stacking technique. He will explain how to determine when focus stacking is appropriate, discuss the basic principles of focus stacking and explain why avoiding the effect of lens diffraction is important. He will also look at how to determine the optimum camera and lens settings, plus select exposure settings for focus stacking. He will explore how any Nikon DSLR camera can be used for focus stacking and explain how dedicated software can be used with a tethered camera to record a focus stack sequence.

Simon will take an in-depth look at using the Focus Shift Shooting feature available with Nikon cameras, including the D850, D780, Z 6, Z 6II, Z 7 and Z 7II; he will offer advice on its key settings and explain how to apply this feature to best effect in both the studio and the field. He will show, using practical demonstrations, how to combine a sequence of focus stacked exposures into a finished composite image with both Adobe Photoshop and Helicon Focus software and discuss the relative merits of these two options.

Simon will share his extensive knowledge and plenty of general hints and tips accrued during his more than 40 years of photographic experience to enable you to apply the focus stacking technique with confidence to achieve high-quality, professional-looking photographs consistently.


  • Basic principles of focus stacking
  • How to determine when focus stacking is appropriate
  • Understanding the effect of diffraction
  • How to use any Nikon DSLR for focus stacking
  • Using dedicated software for focus stacking with a tethered camera
  • How to use the Focus Shift Shooting feature of Nikon DSLR and Z-Series cameras
  • Focusing techniques for recording the stacking sequence
  • Choosing the optimum camera and lens settings
  • Selecting exposure settings
  • An overview of using Adobe Photoshop and Helicon Focus to create a focus stacked image

You will receive a full set of presentation notes, plus a video recording of the webinar to use for future personal reference; please note that copyright to all this material remains with Simon Stafford.


The cost of this online workshop will be £145 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Digital or Standard Nikon Owner subscriber or £45 if you are a Gold, Platinum or Diamond subscriber.

To register, please email your full name, postcode, Subscription number (if known) as well as your daytime mobile and landline to Katrin Ruckert on behalf of Gillian Greenwood:

Only a very limited number of places are available on this webinar, so please book as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment.

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

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred)..

Speakers or headphones (audio out) to listen to the audio stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone these will be built in).

Even without sharing your video / audio stream you will still be able to type questions using a chat feature.

You will need to download and install an application on your computer or laptop, or app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees well before the event.

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly note that a cancellation policy applies and that unfortunately a refund or a credit towards a future event can only be provided when you give us 7 days’ prior notice of cancelling your place(s).




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