Getting the Most from Your Nikon Z5, Z6, and Z7 Series Mirrorless Camera

with Rick Berk

June 14 – 25, 2024

Fridays and Tuesdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $450.00

Course Description

In 2018, Nikon entered the world of mirrorless cameras with the introduction of its full-frame Z6 and Z7 cameras. In the ensuing years, they’ve added the Z5, Z6 II, and Z7 II to their lineup, in addition to a wide variety of Nikkor S-mount lenses made especially for the Z series cameras. 

Led by veteran photographer and tech guru Rick Berk, this online workshop guides you through correctly setting up the menus and understanding the focus and exposure systems of the Nikon Z5, Z6, and Z7 cameras. From autofocus modes to manual focus techniques, you learn how to achieve pinpoint accuracy in every image, ensuring your subjects are always perfectly sharp and well-defined. Additionally, we explore exposure settings and techniques to capture beautifully balanced and dynamically exposed images in any lighting condition.

But that’s just the beginning. In Getting the Most from Your Nikon Z Series Mirrorless Camera, we also delve into the creative tools and customization options that these cameras offer. Discover how to leverage features like picture controls, creative picture styles, and in-camera effects to add your unique artistic flair to your photographs, and explore how features such as time-lapse video, HDR, and focus stacking can expand your creative horizons. Furthermore, you learn how to customize your camera settings to streamline your workflow and adapt to various shooting scenarios seamlessly.

This hands-on workshop covers not only the original Nikon Z5, Z6, and Z7 models but also their updated versions, including the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II, ensuring that you are equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques for optimal performance.

This workshop spans two weeks, so you have time to test out the concepts you learn in class and time to do your homework. Yes, there is homework! But don’t worry, the homework is fun and designed to help fortify everything you learned during the workshop.

By the end of this workshop, you have the confidence and skills to maximize the capabilities of your Nikon Z5, Z6, and Z7 series cameras, producing stunning images that showcase your creativity and vision. Whether you’re photographing landscapes, portraits, or action scenes, you have the tools and understanding to excel in every aspect of photography.

If you are new to mirrorless technology, a lifelong seasoned pro, or someone interested in picking up a camera again after a few years away, Rick welcomes everyone to this workshop.

Additional Information

All are welcome
What You Should Know:

This program is designed and intended for current owners of a Nikon Z5, Z6, and/or Z7 or those interested in learning more about this mirrorless camera system. A working knowledge of basic camera operations is required.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Fridays and Tuesdays starting June 14 and ending June 25 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 14 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Foundation, Technical, The Camera Series
Rick Berk

Rick Berk is a fine-art nature and landscape photographer based on Maine’s midcoast. After beginning college as a graphic design major, he took photography as a requirement and was immediately enamored with the photographic process.

Rick has spent nearly 30 years in photography, beginning as a sports photographer covering professional sports, before transitioning to working as a technical specialist for camera companies. His responsibilities included training photographers, consumers, and photo specialty retail staff on photographic technology and its real-world application. In the past several years Rick has transitioned back to being behind the camera full-time, traveling extensively to produce eye-catching landscapes.


Instagram: @rickberkphoto

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