N-Photo: the Nikon magazine September 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…

Kingsley Singleton PAGE 6 Dog whisperer Kingsley finds three Dalmatians plenty, let alone 101, as he helps our Apprentice perfect her pooch portraits. Nigel Forster PAGE 28 Nigel shares his unique approach to landscape photography that will help you come up with your most creative compositions yet. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 40 This issue our portrait pro tackles the thorniest of issues head on: just how much should you charge for your photography services? Tom Mackie PAGE 64 Intrepid travel photographer Tom takes to the skies to capture amazing aerial images of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Joe McNally PAGE 80 Joe shares his enthusiasm for putting the sun behind stuff to create striking silhouettes of not-so-everyday subjects. Michael Freeman PAGE 94 Michael explains how avoiding the obvious and shooting the sides of subjects meant to be out of sight can pay dividends. SUBSCRIBE AND GET A FREE VANGUARD MESSENGER…

1 min
welcome to issue 102

‘Why are you taking this photograph?’ asks Nigel Forster, the pro landscape photographer who penned this issue’s lead feature. By asking yourself this most basic question, you’ll ensure the images you shoot convey the emotions that made you want to press the shutter button in the first place. It’s a fascinating read and guaranteed to help you craft carefully considered compositions every single time. ‘Because I want to share the joy that my dogs give me’ would be the response from our Apprentice. So we enlisted dog photographer Kingsley Singleton to help her take pet portraits to be proud of. In our Big Test, we help you decide which Nikon is right for you, helping you make the choice between crop-sensor and full-frame, DSLR and mirrorless. We also try out six monopods…

9 min
it’s a dog’s life

THE PRO NAME: Kingsley Singleton CAMERA: Nikon D850 Stamford-based Kingsley is no stranger to photojournalism; he rose to the rank of deputy editor and now offers his expertise as a freelance writer. With more control over his time, he started photographing dogs for his local rescue centre and private commissions followed. Kingsley has been a Nikon user ever since he took photography seriously, and currently shoots with a D850 and a D810 in reserve. See his portfolio at kingsleysingleton.zenfolio.com It’s said that you shouldn’t work with children or animals and while this month’s Apprentice shoot was devoid of the former, there was no shortage of the latter. As pro dog photographer Kingsley Singleton arrived at Lynne Watkins’ home, he was nearly bowled over by three Dalmatians: Rosie, Bailey and Pongo. Having fussed over each…

1 min
technique assessment

STATIC PORTRAITS Kingsley says… Lynne’s camera was set to AF-C, so she changed it to AF-S for the portraits, in conjunction with Single Shot mode. We also ensured she was set to single-point AF and moved the AF point to the dog’s eye (closest to the camera) before engaging focus lock by half pressing the shutter button. ACTION SHOTS Kingsley says… We returned to AF-C with the Continuous High release mode for the motion shots, and used Dynamic Area AF modes to increase Lynne’s chances of getting the subject in focus. Half-pressing the shutter button was causing the AF system to hunt. We solved this using back-button focusing. FLASH SETTINGS Kingsley says… Setting the camera up for an outdoor flash portrait meant switching back to AF-S and single-point AF. In Manual mode, Lynne used the…

1 min
expert insight treats & commands

Kingsley says… One of the joys of photographing dogs is that you get to meet a wide variety of personalities and breeds. Each subject is an individual, they could be energetic, obedient or mischievous. My job is to convey that personality through pictures. I talk to my subjects throughout the shoot and issue encouraging commands, should I need them to sit, stay or come forwards. I often ask owners to bring along a few treats. They’re a great way to reward good behaviour and build trust, which is very important if you’re dealing with some of the more nervous subjects.…

1 min
how to: process images

CROPPING Kingsley says… It’s not always possible to compose perfectly when photographing erratic subjects like dogs. Fortunately, big sensors (like the one in Lynne’s D810) allow plenty of scope for cropping. I use the classic presets in Photoshop’s Camera Raw converter, so it’s easier to make prints. CLEANING UP Kingsley says… Whether you’re shooting portraits or action shots, you don’t want to distract the eye from the subject. I’ll have a look around the image and use either the Healing Brush tool or Clone Stamp tool to remove what I don’t want. This could be leaves and branches on the ground or areas of bright sky. SHARPENING Kingsley says… If the focus of an action shot isn’t spot on, sharpening in Photoshop can help. I duplicate my layer (Ctrl+J) and use Filter>Other>High Pass. I then…