N-Photo: the Nikon magazine Summer 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
this issue’s special contributors…

Natasha J Bella PAGE 6 Model, tutor and photographer Natasha shows our Apprentice how to approach a glamour, fine art nude and boudoir shoot. Tracey Welch PAGE 28 Tracey turns it up to 11 as she reveals everything you need to know to capture the atmosphere of a music festival in your images. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 40 This issue, Paul explains how developing your own individual photographic style can help to give your images the edge. Tom Mackie PAGE 64 Tom travels to the Julian Alps in Slovenia and explains why anticipating the light can achieve the most from a location. Joe McNally PAGE 80 Joe shoots a series of portraits down at the ranch in Nashville, where he battles the Tennessee sun using the power of Speedlites. Michael Freeman PAGE 94 Out of place is not out of mind, says Michael, so keep your eyes open…

1 min
welcome to issue 101

Summer marks the festival season, where quiet countryside fields are transformed into miniature cities for a weekend, and the bucolic peace is shattered as the rock ’n roll is turned up to 11. So this issue we head to the Download festival, where pro music photographer Tracey Welch reveals the key camera settings you’ll need, how to capture the onstage action and moments of festival madness, and what you’ll need to do to get your hands on a coveted press pass. Most of us like to try our hands at all aspects of photography, but one thing that puts many of us well out of our comfort zones is when it comes to directing models, particularly if they’re in their underwear–or not wearing anything at all! Our Apprentice learns to shoot…

12 min
model behaviour

THE PRO NAME: Natasha J Bella CAMERA: Nikon D810 A successful model, Natasha learnt the tricks of the trade of lighting while posing for photographers. Her career as a tutor came about as she found herself passing on suggestions to hobbyist photographers who had booked her. She now offers one-to-one tuition and group workshops in her own purpose-built studio, as well as talking at camera clubs up and down the country. As a photographer herself, she specializes in boudoir, where she makes over nonmodel clients for stunning sexy shots. For more see www.natashajbella.co.uk THE APPRENTICE NAME: Alessandro Mastellone CAMERA: Nikon D750 Alessandro is originally from Sorrento in Italy but is now based in Brighton. He works for a hotel group and semiprofessionally as a photographer, shooting everything from weddings to food for restaurants, but wants to expand his…

1 min
technique assessment

EXPOSURE SETTINGS Natasha says… In Manual mode, I suggest base settings of ISO100 for best quality, 1/125 sec and f/8, which will not only give a good depth of field, but is also where most lenses are at their sharpest. We can then either adjust the power of the lights, or the aperture, to get the exposure we want. WHITE BALANCE Natasha says… Although shooting Raw means we can change white balance later, aim to get the image as perfect as possible in-camera. Alessandro had understandably set Flash white balance, but this gives quite a cold, clinical look. I prefer to set the Direct Sunlight mode, which gives a warmer feel to the shots. SHOOTING & AF MODE Natasha says… Alessandro was using Continuous Low drive mode, but I asked him to change this to…

1 min
how to: process beauty shots

CROP AND STRAIGHTEN Natasha says… Shoot wide, not only so that I have more room to flow from one pose to the next, but so you have more options in choosing the final crop. A symmetrical pose would look ideal centred, whereas something else might need more negative space to one side. SKIN RETOUCHING Natasha says… Blemish removal and skin smoothing is an essential part of processing creative portraits and beauty shots. Frequency Separation is a popular method that creates flawless skin and still maintains a natural texture. I mask the area to apply the skin smoothing, avoiding eyes, lips and eyebrows. VIGNETTES Natasha says… Love or hate them, adding a vignette can help draw the viewer’s eye to the main subject by creating a subtle spotlight effect. I like to use a soft gradient…

1 min
pro portfolio natasha j bella

BELLA This image is a favourite in my portfolio. Using props such as this snood adds to the photo shoots. Stuart shot this image at my workshop and won a trophy for first place in the Portrait Photography competition at Halton Photographic Society. FLY FREE LITTLE BIRD Eileen attended my workshop twice and used this image in a composite, which she does so well using Adobe Photoshop. This image has won Eileen a First Award and Gold Medal in Germany and Singapore. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Taken on a one-to-one tuition session, Peter and I love how the hair cascades to veil one eye. Another favourite, so much so, I chose a mono version of this image for the back cover of my photo book, simply titled Natasha J Bella, available from my website.…