N-Photo: the Nikon magazine March 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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome to issue 95

When it comes to shooting landscapes, you’ll need a wide-angle lens affixed to the front of your Nikon, right? Well, not necessarily… Landscape pro Chris Rutter shows how you can get stunning shots of the great outdoors with any lens, including telephotos, primes, macro lenses and your standard zoom. Our Apprentice is served up a plethora of pro tips for shooting scrumptious shots of food that really do look good enough to eat! We also have a great selection of projects, and show you how to use the fabulous Aurora HDR software – free this issue! We put Nikon’s entire range of crop-sensor DX DSLRs through their paces, from the beginner (and budget) friendly D3500, to the pro-level D500. We also try out Nikon’s 500mm f/5.6 PF for (surprisingly compact) size and…

1 min

Chris Rutter PAGE 18 Landscape photographer extraordinaire Chris shows how to make the most of all your lenses to shoot landscapes. Rob Power PAGE 64 Rob breaks down his custom drone setup for photographing vintage tractors from way up high in the sky. Michael Freeman PAGE 80 Does a photo have to tell you everything? Michael says no, as he explains why your pictures should be posing questions. Joe McNally PAGE 94 Joe talks about his two new mirrorless companions and takes an intimate set of portraits for a saxophonist. Duncan MacArthur PAGE 96 Award-winning photographer Duncan talks about his stunning landscapes and why he owes his success to a French connection. Rémy and Esmé Lloyd PAGE 106 This brother and sister duo demonstrate that age isn’t everything – it’s all about that passion and drive!…

1 min
the n-photo team’s tips for food photos

Adam Waring Editor Get that straight-out-the-oven look by microwaving cotton wool soaked in water to create wafts of steam. Then put it of behind the food. adam.waring@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Technique editor I love shooting food with window light. The light source of a north-facing window provides soft light that complements the subject. jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ben Andrews Lab Manager Ensure hot food glistens by coating it with WD-40, or make berries look extra luscious with a dab of lipstick. Just don’t eat it afterwards… ben.andrews@futurenet.com Matthew Richards Technique Writer I tend to shoot food in Raw, then mess with white balance and Picture Control settings in post. It’s amazing what you can do with a few clicks. mail@nphotomag.com…

4 min

OVERALL WINNER AND BLACK & WHITE WINNER Contrails at Dawn Paul Colley, Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire Ghostly contrails reveal the flight paths and wingbeats of Daubenton’s bats. An infrared camera, lighting system and high-speed camera trap, that were 14 months in development, overcame the challenge of photographing the high-speed flight of these small mammals in the dark. The in-camera double exposure captured the foreground bat milliseconds before it caught the insect. Nikon D750 modified to infrared, 12-24mm f/4, 4 secs, f/8, ISO400 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR Pheasant Call Andy Harris, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire Wild pheasants treat our land as theirs and are welcomed as part of the landscape of home. This was shot on a spring evening with soft, golden-hour, light and a beautiful male bird calling to the wild. Getting low to the ground and waiting patiently for the…

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lenses for landscapes

Landscape photography is all about the best light, the right weather and stunning subject matter, but even when these all come together, you can still add drama, impact and depth by choosing the right lens for your Nikon. This doesn’t have to mean that you simply grab a wide-angle lens and try to capture as much of the landscape as possible. This may be a great way to capture the wider landscape, but the resulting images can often lack impact, as everything is very small in the frame. To avoid this, you need to think about how to use different lenses to make the most of the stunning scenery that you encounter. So, whether you’re shooting seascapes or mountains, rivers or lowlands, over the following pages you’ll find the inspiration and…

4 min
wide-angle lenses

A wider lens is perfect, especially if you are struggling to capture the expanse of a stunning vista with your standard zoom. But, without adjusting your shooting technique, this wider view can mean that everything looks very small in the frame, and your images lack the impact that you want. The answer to this problem is quite simply composition and viewpoint. These are important when using any lens, but they are critical to getting the best results from wide-angle lenses. A great way to help with this is to think about the three main areas of the frame, the background, middle ground and foreground in three simple steps. First identify the elements in the background that you want to include and choose your focal length so that these fit the frame…