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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine

N-Photo: the Nikon magazine May 2016

Every month we bring you 132-pages of step-by-step advice on how to get the best results from your Nikon digital SLR. Our camera skills section will show you how to shoot great pictures and how to edit them to make them even better! You'll be inspired by the beautiful images shot by top photographers and fellow readers. And you'll learn the basics through our Nikopedia reference pages – picking up tips from the pros with our exclusive interviews and masterclasses. ****Note: This digital edition is not printable and does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies***

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13 Issues


2 min.
welcome to issue 58

Get even more out of N-Photo Online Catch up with Nikon news, get inspired and learn new skills www.digitalcameraworld.com Facebook Join 285,000 Nikon nuts who ‘Like’ us on Facebook www.facebook.com/nphotomag Twitter Follow our tweets and keep up to date with all things #Nikon www.twitter.com/nphotomag About the cover Title Mesembryanthemum Photographer Jason Parnell-Brookes Camera Nikon D90 Lens Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G (reversed) Exposure 1/200 sec, ISO640 Description I spotted this beauty in the garden on a sunny day. With the lens reversed, I stood in front of the flower to block the direct sun overhead. By shooting centrally I was hoping to display its almost perfect symmetry. FREE EBOOK! THE FLASH FIELD GUIDE Turn to page 28 for details Ask most pros – or most pros who have to turn their hand to a bit of everything in their day-to-to-day work – and they’ll tell you…

2 min.
this issue’s special contributors...

Ryan Engstrom PAGE 11 Ryan’s abstract shot from Utah’s Zion National Park is among the images in this issue’s Lightbox. You’re sure to find some extra inspiration in there! Kevin Cummins PAGE 93 Kevin reveals how his moody, atmospheric shots of a littleknown band – Joy Division – led to a career photographing some of the biggest names in rock. James Paterson PAGE 16 In this issue’s Ultimate Guide to Flash, James shows you how to get the best possible results from your Speedlight so you always have the light you need. Kirsty Mitchell PAGE 94 Kirsty’s project ‘Wonderland’ led to the most successful photo book Kickstarter ever. Discover how grief became art, and led to a new career, in our interview. David Southern PAGE 55 Take a closer look at marvellous minibeasts, as David teaches this issue’s Apprentice how to photograph small creatures…

3 min.

01 Dewy Morning Peter Bijsterveld, Netherlands This picture was taken in a natural park called Veluwe in the middle of the Netherlands. With its small heath-covered hills it’s very different to a typical Dutch landscape. Photographers from all over the country come here to capture wide-angle pictures, but I tried to be different and looked for details in the landscape. The result is this multi-layered image, with something happening in every layer. www.peterbijsterveldphotography.com Nikon D7100, Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, 1/13 sec, f/16, ISO100 02 Gold Morning Martijn van der Nat, Netherlands I was trying to shoot the sunrise when the light of the rising sun reflecting off the church clock grabbed my attention. The mist cleared just long enough for me to take three shots, and then the whole village disappeared again. www.martijnvandernat.nl Nikon D90,…

2 min.
the ultimate guide to flash

One of the biggest steps we can take as photographers is to learn how to use a flash. It can be a difficult skill to master, not least because the burst of light is almost instantaneous and impossible to judge by eye. However, the benefits it delivers are huge. At its most basic, a flash can be a provider of light when there just isn’t enough elsewhere, but it offers so much more. Consider that when we take a shot in ambient light, there’s only ever one ‘correct’ exposure, and limited scope for changing the look of the scene. However, when we start adding in our own light we can create a huge variety of looks. In this feature, we’re not talking about the pop-up flash you may have on your…

4 min.
flashgun fundamentals

Speedlights come in all shapes and sizes, and many have useful features that go well beyond what’s covered here, but if you’re just getting started, there are three settings that matter most: manual mode, TTL metering and flash exposure compensation. You’ll find explanations for each of those settings here, as well as details of a few of the features found on most Speedlights. Manual mode Manual mode is the easiest mode both to use and to understand. You simply dial in the power setting you want. Full power (1/1) will give you the most light, and you can then dial down from there, usually to 1/128 power. On a shoot this means you can either use a light meter, or simply fire off a test shot or two and use a little…

3 min.
flash and exposure

To get the most out of a Speedlight you need to know how it works in combination with your Nikon’s exposure settings. But before tackling this, a basic understanding of how shutter speed, aperture and ISO affect an exposure is vital. So if you’re a beginner, brush up on these fundamentals first. Once you know how these work, you’ll be well on your way. Two in one It can be useful to think of a flash-lit photograph as a combination of two exposures in one, the first being lit by the available light in the scene, the second by light from the flash. So, imagine taking a normal, non-flash shot first, to expose for ambient light in the scene. That’s your first exposure. Then, for the second, imagine that you’re in pitch…