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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine June 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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welcome to issue 59

The new D5 is a game-changer, and here’s why: when Usain Bolt wins the 100m final at this summer’s Olympics (you heard it here first...), it will be able to capture a 21MP image every 8/100th of a second for the entire duration of the race, and it will still have 80 shots left in its buffer capacity for Bolt’s lightning celebrations. Just think about that for a second: think about the hair-splitting detail in every single one of those images, and then times that by 200 – and all that in the time it’s taken to read this sentence. The mind boggles. And what’s more, it will be able to do it in RAW. In the dark. I’ve got no idea how dark it would need to get before the…

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This issue’s special contributors... Ryan Engstrom PAGE 08 California-based photographer Ryan is becoming something of a regular in our Lightbox section, and when you turn to this issue’s edition, you’ll see why. James Paterson PAGE 14 If your portraits aren’t quite there, one of James’s 37 tips, covering everything from lighting and posing to editing, could be just what you need. Jeremy Walker PAGE 52 Nikon Ambassador Jeremy takes this issue’s Apprentice to Cardiff Bay, in Wales, for a masterclass in architectural photography. Jason Hawkes PAGE 91 He’s now a world-renowned aerial photographer, but all it took to catapult him to fame was a single image of London. Jason reveals all… Lloyd Horgan PAGE 92 While Jason specialises in shooting cityscapes from the air, Lloyd prefers to train his lenses on low-flying jets and huge helicopters. Paul Nicholls PAGE 100 A photojournalist needs a nose for a story…

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01 Bixby Bridge Ryan Engstrom, USA This is Bixby bridge in Big Sur, California. This bridge sits along the Pacific Coast highway, and offers some fantastic opportunities for capturing picturesque sunsets. I combined two exposures, one to capture the light trails and a second to keep the clouds static. www.ryanengstromphoto.com Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/20 sec and 3.5 mins, f/16, ISO200 02 Vertigo Dave Wilson, USA This was shot on a Saturday in the mostly deserted business district of Houston. I wanted to capture the sense of scale as I walked between the enormous buildings; a fisheye lens pointed straight up gave me the composition I wanted, and a seven-exposure blend captured the dynamic range of the scene. www.davewilsonphotography.com Nikon D700, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye, 1/10 sec to 1/750 sec, f/8, ISO200 03 The Cleaner Petter…

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37 top tips for portraits

Portraiture offers a real test of a photographer’s technical skill, creativity and charisma that sets it apart from other genres of photography. There’s nothing quite like coming away from a portrait shoot knowing you’ve nailed every aspect of the challenge – the camera settings, the lighting, the composition, and the subject’s character. When everything comes together in one harmonious frame, the results can be spectacular. However, anyone who’s tried their hand at portraiture has also probably experienced the crushing disappointment that comes when grumpy subjects, technical slip-ups or misjudged lighting spoil a shot. Both technically and artistically, there’s always plenty to think about on a portrait shoot. And then there’s the other X factor: the connection between the subject and the photographer. But if you can head into a shoot armed…

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master depth of field

WATCH THE VIDEO The mission ● To explore the effect depth of field has on a portrait Time ● 30 minutes Skill level ● Beginner ● Intermediate ● Advanced Kit needed ● Nikon D-SLR As we all know, aperture affects depth of field: a wide aperture, like f/1.4, will give you a very shallow depth of field, where not much in front of or beyond the focus point is sharp, whereas a narrow aperture like f/16 will give you a much greater depth of field. On any lens you have multiple aperture settings to choose from, and you might find yourself wondering which aperture to use, and which is the best. Put simply, there isn’t one ‘best’ aperture. By following this walkthrough, you’ll soon learn how to decide which aperture you need for any given portrait shoot, and how to set it with…

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keep it in the dark

WATCH THE VIDEO The mission ● To capture a landscape silhouetted against the sky Time ● 30 minutes Skill level ● Beginner ● Intermediate ● Advanced Kit needed ● Nikon D-SLR ● Any lens Plunging a landscape into darkness might not seem like the best idea, as it defeats the point of capturing a view, but if you’ve got colourful or dramatic skies and interesting shapes to work with, silhouettes can be a great option for creating simple, graphic landscapes with bags of impact. Sunset is the perfect time to shoot silhouettes, as this tends to be when skies are at their most colourful, and because you’re shooting a silhouette, you won’t have to worry about balancing the exposure. For this technique to work you need a landscape with graphic subjects, such as trees or buildings, standing proud of the horizon. Because the foreground…