N-Photo: the Nikon magazine April 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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in this issue

1 min
welcome to issue 96

In the interview hot seat this month, globetrotting wildlife pro Tom Mason talks jaguars, bears and penguins… See page 94 Photography is all about capturing light, but what do you do when there isn’t enough of it – or it’s not falling in the right place? Make your own, of course! So this issue we present our guide to flash – from using the pop-up unit atop many Nikons, to using dedicated Speedlights, multi-flash setups and advanced tricks. By the time this issue hits the shelves the Six Nations will almost be at its climax – and with 2019 being a Rugby World Cup year, our Apprentice learns to shoot a top Premiership clash. Memory cards come with a bewildering array of specs and price tags, so we cut through the jargon to…

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James Paterson PAGE 46 Regular contributor James crafts vibrant photographs of paint dancing around on some rather loud speakers. Turn it up! Joe McNally PAGE 92 Fly sky high with Joe this month as he takes to the clouds to photograph a helicopter in flight! A dangerous affair, for sure. Tom Sandberg PAGE 54 This action sports pro tutors our budding Apprentice on how to go about shooting the fast-paced action of a rugby match. Tom Mason PAGE 94 Youthful wildlife professional Tom talks about his love for camera traps and why he’ll never part with his 300mm f/2.8… Michael Freeman PAGE 80 Michael gets extra arty this month, as he details what the Mondrian effect is and how it can improve your photography. Roie Galitz PAGE 104 Nikon Israel embassador Roie treks through bear territory to document these powerful and imposing giants. The N-Photo team’s tips for…

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HIGHLY COMMENDED Three Kings Wim Van Den Heever, South Africa * Wim came across these king penguins on a beach in the Falkland Islands just as the sun was rising. They were caught up in a fascinating mating behaviour – the two males were constantly moving around the female using their flippers to fend the other off. Nikon D810, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO50 Resting Mountain Gorilla David Lloyd This baby gorilla clung to its mother whilst keeping a curious eye on David. He had been trekking in South Bwindi, Uganda, when he came across the whole family. Attentively following them, they then stopped in a small clearing to relax and groom each other. Nikon D500, 300mm f/4, 1/350 sec, f/9.5, ISO5600. Shy Pedro Carrillo, Spain The mesmerizing pattern of a beaded sand anemone beautifully frames a juvenile clarkii clownfish in Lembeh…

2 min
be a flash grandmaster!

Photography is all about capturing light and shadow. Essentially, we have a box with a hole in it to let the light in. The light is focused by placing shaped glass over the hole, and inside the box is a light-sensitive medium, traditionally in the form of film, but these days an electronic sensor. Most of us, when we first get our camera, learn about its controls and grasp the fundamentals of exposure – determined by the size of the hole and how long it is open for. But getting any kind of exposure means that there needs to be enough ambient light in the first place. So if light levels are low – such as at night – there may simply not be enough to record an image. Similarly, if…

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on-camera flash

Almost every Nikon DSLR has a built-in pop-up flash, and for many of us it’s our first foray into flash photography. It’s the most convenient way of providing extra light to our scene. To start with we should think of flash in two distinct modes: manual and automatic (known as ‘TTL’). Manual flash mode requires the photographer to determine the flash power output. These power levels are measured in fractions, so full power is 1/1, which is then halved to ½ power, ¼ power and so on – usually down to 1/128. The downside is that you have to adjust the power yourself, and without prior calculation, it’ll take a few test shots before finding the correct flash power. But it provides consistent power once set, unlike TTL mode. Standing for ‘through-the-lens’,…

3 min
off-camera flash

After upgrading to an external Speedlight, the next step is to take this device off-camera; with it stuck on your hotshoe you can only ‘bounce’ the light, rather than reposition it. So at the end of the day, you’re going to get very similar results every time. Taking the flash off camera makes it far more versatile, as you can position it exactly where you want to for creative effect. You’ll need some method to fire your flash remotely, though, and this is usually done with wireless triggers. These come in three main types: optical, infrared and radio triggers. Optical triggers use the flash light itself, and so the in-built pop-up flash can be used to fire additional off-camera flashes. But infrared and radio triggers require a transmitter and a receiver. The…