N-Photo: the Nikon magazine July 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

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Jordan Banks PAGE 6 Our Apprentice accompanies travel pro Jordan to London to learn to take scenic cityscapes of the nation’s buzzing capital. James Paterson PAGE 28 James encourages you to stop relying on your Nikon’s auto modes and embrace manual to take control of your photography. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 40 Pro portrait photographer Paul asks whether your really need the expense of running your own photo studio when starting out. Tom Mackie PAGE 64 Tom travels to California to witness one of the desert’s sensational superblooms – but discovers he’s not the only one… Joe McNally PAGE 80 Joe shows how the addition of a simple light modifier to your Speedlight can work wonders with your portraiture. Michael Freeman PAGE 94 Michael explains the art of combining collections of subjects that have been shot in a similar style to create a typology. SUBSCRIBE AND GET A FREE…

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welcome to issue 99

Your Nikon is packed to the back buttons with clever tech that makes taking images a doddle: auto exposure gives you perfectly balanced pictures; autofocus ensures pin-sharp shots; your Speedlite calculates precisely the right burst of flash to light your subject; and in-camera processing generates ready-to-print photos, straight out of the camera. But to leave everything to your Nikon is to cede creative control, so we’re encouraging you to embrace manual photography. It’ll not only give you a better understanding of the science behind taking pictures, but you’ll produce artful images that would be otherwise impossible. The cityscapes our Apprentice shot under the watchful eye of pro Jordan Banks are a case in point. By embracing Manual mode and filters, he took amazing creative photographs of the nation’s capital. With summer around the…

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london calling

IN ASSOCIATION CEWE THE APPRENTICE NAME: Steven McGrady CAMERA: Nikon D750 Steven started off with Nikon F3 and F5 film cameras back in the day, but his interest was rekindled with the advent of digital when he bought a D70S. A D300 followed, then a D800, he’s since ‘downgraded’ to a D750, which he finds more portable – and the smaller file sizes more manageable. He works as a tax lawyer in the City of London and has advised on many of the buildings that form capital’s famous skyline, and was keen to include them in his cityscapes. The PRO NAME: Jordan Banks CAMERA: Nikon D850 Jordan’s career as a photographer began around 20 years ago when he took a gap year to go travelling. Armed with his dad’s old Nikon FE and a 50mm lens, he entered the…

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technique assessment

ENGAGE MANUAL MODE Jordan says… Steven had set his camera to Aperture Priority mode, but I suggested that he use Manual instead. That way, exposures will be consistent between shots – important when taking several of the same scene – and the ND filters we’d be using can throw a camera’s metering system. PLAYBACK OPTIONS Jordan says… I’m not a big fan of constantly checking images on the back of the camera – just a quick glance at a test shot to check the exposure is okay. I suggested Steven pare back the info displayed in the Playback options, but keeping Highlights checked – so that overexposed areas flash as a warning. IN-CAMERA BACKUP Jordan says… Steven’s camera has two memory card slots and he had one set record Raw images and the other for…

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pro portfolio jordan banks

FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA I had been at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine since before first light. Shortly after sunrise I spotted this woman in the most stunning attire. She didn’t speak any English but understood me enough and kindly agreed to pose for a few shots. Shot on a Nikon D850 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. LAKE PEHOE This morning at Lake Pehoe in Torres Del Paine National Park, in Chilean Patagonia, quite literally had it all. The scenery here is pretty spectacular on any given day, but add in the stormy clouds and a rainbow and you really get something special. Shot on Nikon D800 with 16-35mm f/4 lens. DELICATE ARCH Utah’s Arches National Park is a busy spot. I was there early winter, but still had to be the last to leave in order to…

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stunning quality to showcase your best night-time shots

There’s no better way to showcase nightscape shots than with a CEWE PHOTOBOOK with photographic paper. Printed on luxurious 300gsm Fujifilm paper, and available in Classic, Gloss or a Matte finishes, photographic paper has a wider colour range compared to traditional digital photo paper, and is also heavier, with a textured feel that oozes quality when held in the hands. The Gloss photographic paper option has a UV coating that adds a real feeling of depth to the image and brings out vibrant colours beautifully, while the Matte finish uses a chemical development process, rather than printing, to produce a crisp high-resolution image with smooth gradients. Whichever you choose, the result is a faithful reproduction of your photographs at a much higher resolution than digital printing can achieve. It is particularly suited…