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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine

N-Photo: the Nikon magazine

August 2021

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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País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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13 Números

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1 min.
peak design travel tripod

Travel tripods have been steadily evolving over the last few years and the Peak Design Travel Tripod feels very much the next step in the process. It packs down to a particularly slimline form factor yet stretches to a useful maximum operating height, and boasts plenty of innovative extras. The Manfrotto Befree 2N1 is another solid performer and includes a monopod configuration, which is missing in the Peak Design tripod. However, the Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced is a better fit for videography and the only tripod in the group to feature a 3-way head. The Kenro is another attractive proposition, especially if you want a pivoting centre column, but it’s rather larger and more weighty. The Novo also has a relatively large build but both these tripods rule the roost…

1 min.
benro rhino 05c vx20 £199/$215

KEY FEATURES 1. The VX20 ball head has a bubble level and two separate panning mechanisms. 2. The compact folded size is enabled by 5-section legs and a 2-section centre column. 3. One leg is removable, for monopod use when combined with the centre column. One of Benro’s newest tripod designs, the Rhino is available in a range of sizes including the 14C, 24C and 34C, with a folded size of around 49cm, a max operating height of around 170cm and varying load ratings ranging from 16kg to 20kg. The 05C (Series 0 in the USA) is a more compact and travel-friendly affair. It folds down to just 35cm, 3cm longer than the other Benro tripod on test, yet stretches 10cm higher with a maximum operating height of 140cm. The load rating is much…

1 min.
manfrotto befree 3-way live advanced £187/$279

KEY FEATURES 1. The 3-way head is unique here, and has a ‘fluid drag system’ for smooth movement. 2. The longer of the head’s two locking handles hinges downwards for compact stowage. 3. An Easy Link socket is fitted, for attaching accessories like an LED lamp. This recently launched Befree Advanced kit comes with a 3-way head rather than a ball head. As such, it has independent locking handles for both tilt and swivel functions, as well as a locking knob for panning. This would normally mean that extending handles would ruin the slimline form factor needed of a travel tripod but they fold in nice and tight, so you can still swing the legs up to encircle the head for compact stowage. The kit is designed to be useful for photographers and videographers. As…

1 min.
advanced feature: using highlight-weighted metering

Highlight-weighted metering is available on selected DSLRs and Z-series cameras. It is designed to ensure that, when the camera meters a scene, the highlights are properly exposed and not ‘blown out’. It can be used for both static and action shots and subjects lit by shafts of ambient light, spotlights or coloured lighting. To get the best from this metering mode, it’s best to use it with subjects such as performers on stage, a bride under spotlights in a wedding dress or wherever you have uneven lighting and your background is very dark compared to your subject or foreground. As highlight-weighted metering is designed to detect and meter for highlights, you can also use it on moving subjects that may be difficult to target with Spot metering and without constantly adjusting…

2 min.
metering custom settings

There are various settings in your camera relating to metering. Depending on your camera model you might not have all these features and some older cameras might have different features and terminology. Metering and exposure go hand in hand, so it’s important to set up your camera to give maximum control over both. To explore these settings go to the Custom Settings menu and navigate to ‘b Metering/exposure’ B1 EV STEPS FOR EXPOSURE CONTROL This sets the increments used for shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, bracketing and exposure and flash compensation. Your options are for 1/3 Step, which gives you finer control over the exposure, the downside is it can take longer to select the exact settings you require. The other option is 1/2 Step, which is faster to use but gives…

1 min.
social club

1. Fishing boat at sunset JIM BROKE There’s a lot to like about this image, but we’re particularly drawn to the painterly hues of the evening sky and simple composition. 2. Esplanade bridge EDDIE SEE A cool-looking shot below an underpass in Singapore. But you could have told us that this was taken on an alien spacecraft and we might have believed you… 3. Eye of the needle LING SHUFEN This is the eye of an emden goose, photographed at Mill Pond in Banner Elk, North Carolina. We love how the eye draws the viewer into the picture.…