N-Photo: the Nikon magazine

N-Photo: the Nikon magazine September 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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to issue 63

The fascinating thing about photography is that you never stop learning. Not only is there always a fresh technique for you to try and master, but the fundamental rules seem to change with time too. Up until recently, if you wanted to upgrade your Nikon SLR to something that felt more professional, or that gave you the fastest, high-octane frame rates, the choice has been simple: move up to full frame. A bigger camera sensor has a lot of advantages – but moving up to FX from DX also has drawbacks. You inevitably need to change most of your lenses, and you don’t get as much depth of field to play with. But these rules all changed again with the arrival of the incredible DX-format D500. Now you can get really…

1 min.
n photo

Andy Hooper PAGE 24 Not sure how to capture action with your Nikon? Top sports photographer Andy Hooper gives you the lowdown on lenses, settings and techniques. Philip Smith PAGE 58 This really is the best time of year to take pictures of gardens, so leading garden photographer Philip took our Apprentice to RHS Wisley for a masterclass. Mark Pain PAGE 95 Mark was already a nationally-known sports pro when a split-second moment at the Masters catapulted him to the attention of the world, as he explains. Richard Peters PAGE 96 In our interview, Richard explores how familiar creatures make fantastic subjects – and helped him win several major wildlife photography awards. Jonathan Chritchley PAGE 104 The working life of a fine-art nautical photographer is very different from the norm. We go on assignment on the high seas with top pro Jonathan. Joe McNally PAGE 130 Two…

1 min.
the n-photo team on... action

Chris George Group Editor-in-Chief Nikon’s D500 has a fantastic burst rate, and with that DX crop factor too it’s great for capturing action from a distance. chris.george@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Staff Writer We all get sidetracked by lenses. Don’t forget a monopod – it will take the weight off your neck when shooting sporting events. jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ben Andrews Lab Manager I like a good prime for track-based sports. You know where the competitors will be, so focus there and wait. ben.andrews@futurenet.com Rod Lawton Head of Testing If you’re shooting subjects like birds or planes, which don’t follow set tracks, opt for a zoom. You’ll welcome the extra flexibility. rod.lawton@futurenet.com Our contributors Ben Andrews, ‘Babak’, George Cairns, Andrew Caldwell, John P Carr, Rune Engebø, Michael Freeman, Geoff Harris, Marcus Hawkins, Richard Horak, Philippe Jacquot, Roberto Ojeda, Mat Oldershaw, Jan R Olsen, Matthew Richards, Tommy Richardsen, Ivan Rwatschew, Tom…

13 min.
who really needs a full-frame d-slr?

Nikon’s full-frame D-SLRs cost a lot more than its DX models. For almost the same price as the relatively basic FX-format D750, you can get the high-spec DX-format D500. So how do you choose? We explain the pros and cons of these two models PROS ✓ You get much more camera for your money – the D500’s specs easily outstrip the D750’ ✓ DX lenses are smaller, cheaper and lighter to carry around – and you can use FX lenses on DX Nikons too ✓ The 1.5x ‘crop factor’ makes telephoto lenses effectively 1.5x more powerful CONS × The smaller DX sensor can’t quite match a full-frame FX sensor for all-round image quality × The smaller sensor leads to increased depth of field, which can be useful, but can also make beautiful bokeh harder to achieve × At…

2 min.
list box

Space… the final photographic frontier? These stunning shortlisted images from Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 will have you longing to boldly go and pick up your Nikon to try shooting stars SHORTLISTED Seven Magic Points Rune Engebø The rusty red swirls of the circular, iron sculpture Seven Magic Points in Brattebergan, Norway mirror the rippling aurora above. Nikon D810, 14mm f/2.8, 4 secs, ISO3200 SHOTLISTED Stars and Stripes Brandon Yoshizawa Ancient petroglyphs are lit up by the glittering stars of the night sky in the Eastern Sierras in California, USA. Nikon D750, Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, 25 secs, f/4, ISO3200 SHORTLISTED Celestial Veil Yuyun Wang The natural light of the Milky Way battles with the light pollution over the fishing village, or kelong, in Batu Pahat, Malaysia. In the lower right-hand corner, there is also bioluminescence in the waters at…

20 min.
sharpen up your slr skills

These days, with the advantage of instant review and the brightness histogram, it’s easy to get the exposure of a photo right in-camera. Even if you don’t, choosing to shoot RAW files provides a safety net, giving you scope for fine-tuning the shot’s exposure later. The same can’t be said for the sharpness of a photo. Despite the advances in autofocus, continuous shooting speed and intelligent exposure modes, freezing a moment in time remains a challenge. And trying to make a blurred shot appear sharp using software doesn’t really work. In this feature, we’re going to look at tactics and techniques you can employ to become a sharp shooter. We’re concerned with raw, straight-out-of-the-camera sharpness here – the result of focusing the lens in the right place and getting the exposure time…