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The Nikon D70-series Cameras

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: The Nikon D70-series CamerasLearn to master the hugely popular Nikon D70-series cameras: the D70 and D70s. Taught by photographer and Magic Lantern Guide author Simon Stafford, this 4-week class will enable students to derive the utmost from their camera by revealing how to use the various features and functions to best effect. If you want to get a full grip on your camera's controls and menus, plus understand the importance of file formats, color modes, white balance, custom functions, and sensitivity (ISO) settings, and so on, this is the course for you!
Key Features

  1. File Formats, Metering, & Exposure
  2. Custom Settings & Control of Color
  3. Creative Command
  4. Accessories

  • Beginner to Serious Hobbyist.
  •  Discover how to derive the most from your Nikon D70 or D70s SLR camera.
  • Understand the features and functions of your camera to help you use it effectively.
  • Learn about the settings and techniques you can use for creative photography with your D70-series camera.

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Simon  Stafford Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford first became interested in photography while a university student. Completely self-taught, he talked his way into a job as the photographer for the university's weekly newspaper and has been shooting pictures ever since. His photographs have been used widely in newspapers, books, calendars, and magazines, and he has also enjoyed numerous successes in many photographic competitions.

Simon has built up a wealth of experience over the past thirty years in both film and digital photography. Throughout his photographic career he has used the Nikon system extensively, adopting digital photography at an early stage with the release of the Nikon D1 camera during 1999; he has being using digital cameras exclusively since 2004. He completed his first book, The Nikon Compendium, during 2003. With nearly 400 pages and Simon's own extensive photography of Nikon cameras, Nikkor lenses, and Nikon system accessories, it represents a comprehensive history of the Nikon system for the user and collector alike. He has also written over twenty books on the Nikon camera system for the Magic Lantern Guide series, published by Sterling Publishing.

He is involved in a wide variety of photographic projects, which include leading his own photographic workshops and, tutoring workshops for Tatra Photography, contributing illustrated articles to leading U.K. photography magazines, he is also Technical Editor to Nikon Owner magazine.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Simon Stafford 

© Simon Stafford 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: File formats, Metering, & Exposure
Topics include:

  • A discussion on the principal attributes of Raw & JPEG files, and when to use them.
  • Learn how each metering mode (Matrix, centre-weighted, and spot metering) works, and when to apply them to ensure you achieve the best possible exposure.
  • Understand how adjusting the sensitivity (ISO equivalent) setting on your camera influences the metering system, and affects final image quality.
  • Learn how to take control of your camera, and have the confidence to ditch the ‘point and shoot' program modes! Learn how to override automatic exposure control, and appreciate how manual exposure can help you express your creative vision.
  • Understand how to interpret the histogram display.

Assignment: Demonstrate control of exposure by shooting a picture of a subject with very light tones, and another with very dark tones.

Lesson 2: Custom Settings & Control of Color
Topics include:

  • The custom setting menu allows you to configure your camera so it operates just as you want it to. Explore what these settings do and how to use them to best effect.
  • Understanding the concept of colour temperature, how it applies to the white balance control, and its use for technical and creative purposes.
  • An explanation of color mode, and how appropriate selection depends on the intended use of your pictures.

Assignment: Shoot a scene lit by daylight, and another lit by artificial light using automatic white balance, and a pre-set white balance value.

Lesson 3: Creative Command
Topics include:

  • Learn how to select shutter speed and lens aperture values for creative purposes (including a description of the panning technique)
  • A discussion on the effective supports you can use for your camera, including hand holding techniques, tripods, and others.
  • Understand when and how to use auto-focus (AF), including the various AF options, and identify those situations where manual focus may be preferable, or even necessary.

Assignment: Shoot a moving subject and a static subject to show creative use of shutter speed and lens aperture.

Lesson 4: Accessories
Topics include:

  • Lenses: choosing and using different focal lengths (fixed and ‘zoom' types), vibration reduction (VR) lenses, and the advantages of wide aperture lenses.
  • Flash: a discussion on using an external Nikon Speedlight flash, why taking the taking the flash off camera is often a good idea, and how to apply the fill-flash technique.
  • General accessories: batteries, remote release, close-up lens, right-angle viewer, and memory cards

Assignment: Shoot a picture to show either the creative use of a lens, or flash.

© Simon Stafford 

© Simon Stafford 



  • Either a Nikon D70 or D70s digital SLR camera, or a desire to learn about and/or own one.
  • A working knowledge of basic camera controls and some shooting experience.
  • Any image editing software that can open and process image files produced by the D70 or D70s camera.



Can I take this class even if I don't own a Nikon D70-series SLR camera?
Yes, although the course lessons and the assignments are geared toward assisting current owners, anyone with an interest in either camera model is welcome to sign up.  

Does it matter which model I own, D70 or D70s?
No, the course is designed to cover both models. And in those areas where there are differences, these will be highlighted to draw a distinction.  

Do I need any particular software program to take this course?
No, the course will concentrate on the camera, its features, functions and controls, together with accessories such as lenses, and flash units. You are free to use whatever image-editing software you are familiar with to prepare pictures prior to posting them for critique.  

I already own a Nikon D70-series camera and I am getting good results. Why should I take this course?
If you are 100-percent satisfied with the camera and the images you are producing, you may not need to take this course. However, if you wish to become more proficient in using your D70, have specific questions about its features and functions, or are experiencing problems with some aspects of its operation, this course can help.  

The D70/D70s is a mid-range camera packed full of features. I do not want to be overwhelmed, so what skill level is required?
All that is required is a basic working knowledge of camera controls and some shooting experience. If you do encounter a problem, you will have ample opportunity to discuss it with the instructor.  

© Simon Stafford 

© Simon Stafford 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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Robert T. Harper
member since: 6/10/2010
Thanks for your immediate response. Thanks for taking the time to provide detailed instructions on cleaning. I really appreciate your help. I also want to thank you again for a wonderful course. It has been a pleasure learning from you and the class is fortunate to have someone with your talent working with us. Your instructional tone and guidance are those of an experienced teacher and most appreciated. You have made the experience both educational and fun. I also appreciate the time you have taken to respond to my additional questions throughout the class. Thanks again.

- 7/7/2010 9:37:59 AM

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Robert T. Harper
member since: 6/10/2010
This is the first online photography course I have taken and I give it high ratings. First, it was a technical class designed to teach the fundamentals of the Nikon D70. The materials were excellent and by the end of the class I felt that I had been exposed to a large number of the features of the camera.

My strongest endorsement goes to the instructor, Simon Stafford. His critiques of assignments were very helpful and encouraging. I liked the fact that his critiques also offered very specific suggestions for improving the work. He clearly took the time to provide the students with meaningful input. Simon was also available to answer questions which went beyond the assigned photographs and his responses were both timely and informative.

I recommend this class for anyone wishing to gain a fundamental understanding of both the D70 and digital photography.

- 7/4/2010 12:35:59 PM

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Marie L. Candy
member since: 7/21/2008
Well Simon, what can I say! THANKYOU!! It has been a treat being able to ask you so many questions and to practice your info and suggestions! Photography has definitely become a love since I look at light and the world around me in terms of photographic opportunity now!! Who knew this could be so addictive!? Your easy to understand lessons and answers and your willingness to give such detailed responses to simple questions has made the science of photography so much less daunting! :) Thankyou so much!

- 10/1/2009 9:47:01 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Vineet Singla
Vineet Singla
member since: 6/8/2009
This was an excellent course. What I loved about this class was that not only did it teach me how to use my camera, it also taught the fundamentals of digital SLR photography - (not point and shoot). The instructor provided great feedback on assignments & also tips on other aspects of the picture taking.

I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to make up their mind. You will not regret taking this class!!

- 7/27/2009 11:31:43 PM

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Kathy Weiss
member since: 9/18/2008
this was an excellent course -- this was the first on line course that I've taken & found it to very instructive -- excellent instructor who gave great feedback on assignments & answered all questions quickly & professionally

I highly recommend this course

- 11/1/2008 3:48:59 PM

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More Delighted Customers:

"This was my first online photography course. I could not have had a better experience. I would always look forward to Simon's assignments and learn a tremendous amount. Great critiques. Looking forward to the next course." -Ruben Gonzalez 

"I also really enjoyed the class and felt like I grasped a lot of the concepts. Simon - you are a great teacher! Your experience is one thing, but the way you are able to phrase your explananations is the key. Everything was so clear and easy to understand. Thanks!" - Elizabeth A. Cuzzacrea 

"Simon, I REALLY enjoyed this class. It was sooo informative, and the assignments really forced me out of my Automatic "comfort zone." Your responses to the questions and critiques were very helpful. I wish I could have signed on for this class when I puchased my D70 two years ago. The price of the course was WELL worth it! I'll be telling every Nikon SLR owner that I know about this class!" -Susan T. Havran 

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