N-Photo: the Nikon magazine February 2019

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

in this issue

1 min
welcome to issue 94

This is the time of year that we welcome new Nikonians to the fold, having unwrapped shiny SLR-shaped packages over the festive season. As such our lead feature goes back to basics, explaining the essentials of exposure, focusing and metering. But even the most seasoned of photographers will pick up a thing or two. We join our Apprentice for a stroll around the Georgian city of Bath with fine art architectural photographer Ben Brain, who explains how to ‘look beyond the postcard view’ and get original shots of places that have been shot millions of times before. With a pair of newfangled mirrorless machines joining the established lineup of full-frame DSLRs, our Big Test helps you discover which is the best full-fat Nikon for your needs. Plus we put Sigma’s updated ‘Bigma’…

1 min

This issue’s special contributors… Ben Brain PAGE 54 Pro photographer Ben shows our Apprentice how to shoot stunning fine art architecture in the picturesque city of Bath. Cristina Venedict PAGE 64 Cristina captures a dreamlike state in her collection of beautiful portraits, shot with unique and interesting lenses. Michael Freeman PAGE 80 There’s more to shooting black and white than meets the eye! Michael delves into the reasons you’d choose to go mono. Joe McNally PAGE 94 Joe makes use of some tasteful but limited lighting and a Nikon Z7, as he shoots a wistful friend and her horse on the prairie. Moose Peterson PAGE 96 Californian wildlife photographer Moose talks about his love of his sunny state, the roots of his name, and much more! David Yarrow PAGE 106 Nikon Europe Ambassador David takes a series of shots of the animals and the people that call Kenya…

6 min

ANIMAL PORTRAITS – WINNER & OVERALL WPOTY 2018 WINNER The Golden Couple Marsel Van Oosten, The Netherlands As the group of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys jumped gracefully from tree to tree, Marsel struggled to keep up, slipping and stumbling over logs. Gradually, he learned to predict their behaviour, and captured this male and female resting on a rock. With the sun filtering through the canopy, they are bathed in a beautifully magical light – their golden hair glowing against the fresh, leafy greens of the forest. Nikon D810, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO1600 11-14 YEARS OLD – HIGHLY COMMENDED Small World Carlos Perez Naval, Spain Growing on the low stone wall of a house, this pyrolusite mineral looked “like oriental drawings on rice paper,” says Carlos. Crouching to capture the scene, he waited half an hour for…

2 min
new year, new skills!

Nikon DSLRs are designed to be beginner-friendly, but there’s still a lot to take in if you haven’t used this kind of camera before. So, taking that into account, over the next ten pages we’re going to walk you through the whole thing, step by step. And even if you already have an expansive knowledge about these cameras, you still might learn some new tips and wrinkles you didn’t know about! For our examples we’re using Nikon’s brand-new D3500, which is designed specifically for DSLR first-timers. However, most of the features and controls found on this camera also apply across the whole of the Nikon DSLR range. We start off with the basics – getting your new Nikon charged up, attaching the strap, setting the time and date, and taking your first…

5 min
the basics

Batteries and charging The battery that comes with your Nikon is not fully charged, so the first thing you should to is plug it in to top it up. Flashing lights on the charger indicate how charged the battery is; rapid flashing means that the power is low, while slower pulses mean it’s fuller; a solid light indicates the battery is fully charged. It’s good practice to recharge your battery after each and every shoot; as it’s a Li-ion device, you can’t damage it by charging a partially charged battery. However, the charge it can hold will diminish after time, so you might want to buy a spare or two. This is useful for long shoots, as there’s nothing worse than running out of juice halfway through a shoot. Set the time and…

6 min
first steps in shooting

Transferring photos Before long you’ll want to transfer pictures from the camera to your computer, and there are a few ways of doing this. Nikon’s more recent cameras come with Wi-Fi connections or Nikon’s own SnapBridge system. Wi-Fi is needed for remote camera control from your smart device and for transferring full-resolution photos, but Bluetooth is good for transferring smaller versions of your photos for sharing there and then on social media platforms. To get photos on to your computer you need to use more traditional connection methods. Most laptops and many desktop machines have built in SD card readers – this is the memory card format used by most Nikon DSLRs these days. You simply take the card out of the camera, insert it in the computer’s card slot and copy your…