Close-Up Photography with Nikon Owner’s Technical Editor Simon Stafford

The Secrets to Success with:
Close-Up Photography

An Online Webinar
Presented by Simon Stafford

Thursday, 22nd 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 techniques for successful close-up photography, irrespective of your level of photographic knowledge and experience.

He will explain the basic principles of close-up photography within the context of achieving a reproduction ratio up to 1:1 (life-size), provide an in-depth description of the key considerations, including magnification of the subject, working distance of a lens, the effect of diffraction, managing depth-of-field, and choosing and using lenses and lens accessories, together with a discussion as to when, why and how they should be applied.

Simon will describe techniques for achieving critically sharp focus, the benefits of Live View and how best to support your camera/lens combination. He will explain why controlling the appearance of the background is vitally important and offer advice concerning composition. He will also consider other essential aspects, including working with available light, plus the application of both supplementary continuous light sources and flash for lighting indoors and outdoors.

Simon will share his extensive knowledge of the Nikon camera system, together with plenty of general hints and tips accrued during his more than 40 years of photographic experience, to enable you to achieve high-quality, professional-looking close-up photographs consistently.


  • Understanding reproduction ratios and subject magnification
  • Appreciate the influence of working distance and diffraction
  • Choosing and using lenses for close focusing
  • Using lens accessories for close focusing
  • Filters for close-up photography
  • Selecting camera/lens support systems
  • Focusing techniques for close-up photography
  • Understanding and using depth-of-field
  • The importance of backgrounds
  • Working with and controlling available light
  • Using continuous supplementary lighting
  • Nikon flash equipment and its application for close-up photography

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:

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. 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 contact you to acknowledge your booking registration.

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

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 an 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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