Getting the Most from Your Nikon Z8 and Z9 Mirrorless Camera

with Lindsay Silverman

June 6 – 17, 2024

Thursdays and Mondays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $495.00

Course Description

Nikon’s full-frame Z8 and Z9 mirrorless digital camera bodies offer best-in-class features, performance, and technology. Nikon’s flagship Z8 / Z9 camera systems are for every type of photographer including landscape, architecture, night sky, fine-art, portrait, sports, wildlife, documentary, and street photography. Frequently updated with significant upgrades to both models, Nikon has delivered new technologies and a host of ways to program and make each camera specific to your needs. Now is the perfect time to take an online workshop designed to give you the skills necessary to take advantage of this extraordinary camera system with the help of Lindsay Silverman, a longtime Nikon team member and photographer who has worked with the Z Series cameras since their introduction and was a consultant during the Z9 launch.

This workshop helps you understand the best ways to use the technology and features found in the Z8 / Z9 to achieve maximum results for your creative image-making. If you own a Nikon Z system camera or recently purchased a Z8 / Z9, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the advantages of using mirrorless technology.

This four-session practical online program takes you deep into the customization and controls of the camera including the ability of the AF system to automatically detect and track a large range of subjects; people, dogs, cats, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trains, and planes—in stills and video. For sports and wildlife photographers, learn how to set up the myriad of buttons, dials, and menu options so that you can maximize your chances for success in the field. Learn how to take control of your cameras in high-stress situations with confidence. Landscape photographers can program relevant settings including shooting in multiple RAW (NEF) file types to maximize image quality, setting Picture Controls, and when and why for Pixel Shift and Focus Shift shooting.  

Lindsay moves you beyond the instruction manual and helps you find the hidden gems that lie within these two models. Topics covered include i-Menu customization, camera My Menu customization, programming buttons, and dials to suit the situation, maximizing the EVF, best AF Area modes to use situationally, best modes for capturing BIF (Birds in Flight), Focus Shift shooting and Pixel Shift shooting. He guides you to setting up Shooting Menu Banks and Custom Settings Banks for fast switching between genres. 

Lindsay discusses all aspects of photography, basic video settings including in-camera Slow Motion video capture, NIKKOR Z lenses and the FTZ mount adapter, control ring features on NIKKOR Z lenses, and in-camera VR image stabilization using NIKKOR Z lenses versus the FTZ mount adapter, to name just a sampling of the subjects covered in this information-packed workshop. He also covers the differences and similarities between the Z9 and the Z8. In addition, Lindsay reviews the recently added settings and technologies from the latest Firmware upgrades.

If you are ready to get the most from your Nikon Z8 / Z9, there can be no doubt that this is the workshop for you!

Additional Information

All are welcome
What You Should Know:

This program is designed and intended for current owners of a Nikon Z8 and/or Z9 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 Thursdays and Mondays starting June 6 and ending June 17 (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.


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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
Lindsay Silverman

Lindsay Silverman was General Manager of Nikon House where he was responsible for managing and training the staff, hosting gallery shows and working collaboratively with various PR and advertising agencies from 1986 – 1993. Nikon House gave Silverman the chance to rub shoulders and learn from some of the most iconic and legendary names in the photo industry; Jay Maisel, Eddie Adams, Bill Eppridge, Galen Rowell, John Shaw, Joe McNally just to name a few. Even today, those encounters continue to inspire and motivate his work.

He has also held the following positions: General Manager of 35mm professional Systems and Accessories, Manager of NIKKOR Lenses and Nikon Speedlights, Senior Technical Manager and as the Sr. Product Manager for DSLR, NIKKOR, Speedlight and Nikon’s Z System mirrorless products. In his capacity as a professional photographer, Lindsay was a contributing editor and photographer for Nikon World magazine for more than sixteen years with his column: Hands On. Lindsay retired from Nikon in February of 2019 after 34 years to further his commitment to promoting photography.

Instagram: @Lindsayspix

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