Steve Simon's Nikon Z6 & Z7 Series One Day Mirrorless Mastery Bootcamp

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  • Dates: Boston May 23, 2019; New York City June 15, 2019; Chicago June 27, 2019; Vancouver Aug 15, 2019: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Genre: Nikon Mastery
  • Group Size: Max 15 participants
  • Skill Levels: All
  • Includes: Steve’s Nikon Z7/Z6 User Settings, Free Instructional materials, pen & notebook

From the Z6/Z7 backside illuminated sensor (increasing its efficiency and low-light capabilities) capturing large files at a speedy frame rate and the game-changing 3.69 million dot electronic viewfinder and in camera image stabilization VR to the 3.2” touch tilt screen that lets you touch the area of the frame you want in focus and shooting at the same time, silently if you wish allows you to capture stealthy images you never thought possible. Let Steve help you tame this beast so you can use this new mirrorless masterpiece to create images you never thought possible.

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Workshop Details

The NikonZ Mount Mirrorless System Cameras: Everything You Need to Know. Transformational Strategies To Simplify Your Process And Let Creativity Soar with Steve Simon.

Nikon Z7, 24-70mm S F4

Shot with Nikon Z7, 24-70mm f4 S 

 “I just spent the last two days with Steve Simon, what a wonderful experience, the best time spent in a workshop ever. Steve is a perfectionist, he cannot hide his journalistic background every single image tells a story. His technique is flawless his teaching patience unparalleled. I am eager to start a new chapter of my photography applying what Steve taught me in the last few days.”    Oscar Piñeyro

Dates Available:

Chicago: Thursday April 10, 2019: Sold Out!

Venue: Helix Camera & Video - 100 N. Walnut Street; Itasca, IL 60143

New York City May 11, 2019: 

Venue: NYC Seminar & Conference Center -  71 West 23rd Street, Suite 515 (northeast corner of 23rd Street & 6th Avenue)

Boston: Thursday May 23, 2019

Venue: Melrose, Massachusetts (Flagship Store) Hunt's Photo and Video, 100 Main Street Melrose, MA 02176-6104 Toll Free Phone: (800) 221-1830 Local Phone: (781)662-8822

Chicago: Thursday June 27, 2019: 

Venue: TBA

Vancouver: Thursday August 15, 2019

Venue: The Loft:  55 East Cordova Street 517, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K3

1-Day Mastery Class at $299.


Workshop Itinerary


The core of the Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless Cameras most important features will be covered.

(All Images ©Steve Simon Shot with Nikon Z7 & Z6 Mirrorless Bodies)

The Nikon Z Mount Mirrorless system is a major introduction for Nikon, it's entree into the full-frame mirrorless market and these cameras did not disappoint. 

The electronic viewfinder for the the Z7 & Z6 is comfortable and easy to get used to coming from the DSLR world, comparable to optical viewfinders. Both cameras are equipped with an approximately 3690k-dot OLED panel giving the electronic viewfinder 100% frame coverage. Menu can be displayed in the electronic viewfinder, letting you quickly adjust a variety of shooting settings, including ISO sensitivity, AF-area mode, and Picture Control, all while keeping your eye to the viewfinder.

The Z6's 273 and Z7's 493 af points will mean incredibly fast AF. My D850 and D5 set the standard and these new cameras promise even better AF performance. And the 90 per cent coverage area is something many expect to make a positive difference in their work. AF area modes will be a bit different from the Nikon DSLR experience so we will be going over how the various systems work in depth. As well as the new possibilities using manual focus with focus peaking and the electronic viewfinder.

As far as megapixels, the Z6 @24 and the Z7 @45 megapixels maintain amazing resolution in a very small footprint. The Z6 will likely have a slight edge for higher ISO work and the Z7 allows you to make large resolute prints or find a five-star image within the frame, crop and enlarge with amazing quality. Frame rates are fast, up to 9fps with the Z7 and 12 fps with the Z6. Fast enough for most action shooters.

Some of the unique to mirrorless options I expect will be very practical, the in camera VR with a 5 stop range of compensation that brings VR to Nikon lenses that don't have it and allow future lenses to be made smaller without a VR mechanism.

The game-changing 3.2” touch tilt screen that lets you touch the area of the frame you want in focus and trigger the shutter at the same moment, silently-- letting you capture stealthy images never before possible.

Steve covers everything from shooting modes to Auto ISO, white balance, metering choices, histograms, exposure compensation, file formats, image review and other shortcuts to customizing your Nikon Z Mount mirrorless cameras to your own unique shooting style.

Shot with Nikon Z7

You will learn Steve’s “Big Six” transformational technical strategies and learn his minimalist philosophy when it comes to Nikon gear. This masterclass is designed to let you take control of your camera and speed up your response time so you don’t miss a moment.

(Photo: Van Tsciclas)

Time permitting, Steve will dive deeper into autofocus and personalizing your Nikon Mirrorless cameras by customizing buttons & dials to program function buttons,  AF-ON (for back button AF) and the sub-selector button. The Z Mirrorless cameras are the most customizable bodies Nikon has ever manufactured. 

We will briefly head out into the field and put some of your new-found techniques into practice. Steve wants to insure you fully understand these concepts and the  positive impact they will have on your shooting process moving forward. You will learn about programming User Settings and set-up the very useful My Menu screen. 

Everyone who attends get’s Steve’s Z7 or Z6 User Settings for Street & Travel (U1) & Fast Action & Sports Photography (U2) and a variety of resources. Bring a flash drive.

From shooting modes to white balance, histograms, file formats, image review and other shortcuts to customizing your Nikon for your own unique shooting style, this workshop is designed to help you take control of your camera and speed up your response time.

You will learn technical strategies for exposure and hear Steve’s minimalist philosophy when it comes to Nikon gear. Simplify is the mantra and with a few tweaks of your Nikon Z mirrorless body your process will be transformed and the camera won’t get in the way of great images. 

When technique fades to the background you can get on with the more important business of exploring the scene, finding just the right angle and following the light for maximum image impact. This class is filled with “Nikon Nuggets” that will change the way you shoot for the better. Master your gear, and your creativity will soar!

Everyone who attends at least one day gets Steve’s User Settings Suggestions for Street & Travel and Fast Action & Sports Photography.

Venues in each city: To Be Determined

What To Bring: Required

  • Nikon Z7 or Z6 Camera Body and at least one lens
  • Two Fully charged camera batteries
  • XQD card
  • A strong desire to learn

What Is Provided:

  • Free Instructional materials, pen & notebook
  • Z7/Z6 Mirrorless Camera User Settings for different shooting scenarios

(Photo: Walt Custer)