N-Photo: the Nikon magazine November 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…

Ian Aitken PAGE 6 Pro photographer Ian leads a safari shoot in Kenya as he shows our Apprentice how to capture the ‘Big Five’ and much, much more… Tom Mackie PAGE 26 Tom helps identify photo ops in the countryside, mountains, coast, cities and forests as he teaches you to ‘read the scene’. Max L Lieberman PAGE 66 Aviation nut and ex US Air Force officer Max shares his shots of aerobatic display teams from propeller planes to fast jets. Ria Putzker PAGE 68 Austria-based dog-lover Ria reveals the secrets behind her brilliant portraits placing pooches in the wider environment. Roy Mangersnes PAGE 82 Norwegian adventurer and awardwinning wildlife photographer Roy details his exploits photographing animals from the Arctic to Africa. Sue Cunningham PAGE 90 Sue travels to the Amazon to tell the stories of its tribal residents, along with husband and co-author of their book, Patrick.…

1 min
welcome to issue 104

We can all appreciate a good landscape shot when we see one, but actually creating that image in the first place is another matter entirely. Travel and landscape pro – and regular N-Photo columnist – Tom Mackie tells you how to ‘read the scene’, and convert the stunning vista that you see with your eyes into a compelling photograph. This issue’s Apprentice goes on the trip of a lifetime – on an African safari in the shadow of Mount Kenya – where she captures so much more that the Big Five, under the expert tuition of Ian Aitken. Norwegian nature photographer Roy Mangersnes sits in the interview hot seat, and tells of shooting wildlife the world over, from the frozen Svalbard to the steamy jungles of South America. We round up 35mm and…

13 min
out of africa

THE APPRENTICE NAME: Debbie Paddison CAMERA: Nikon D850 Wildlife fanatic Debbie first went on safari back in 2003 for the ‘trip of a lifetime’ to the astounding Serengeti. But on returning she vowed that it wouldn’t to be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Especially fond of big cats, she is a passionate supporter of the Big Cat Sanctuary (BCS) in Kent, UK (https://thebigcatsanctuary.org), and inspired by BCS’s support for Kenyan wildlife conservancy Ol Pejeta, she signed up for Ian’s photography safari, where N-Photo joined her. THE PRO NAME: Ian Aitken CAMERA: Nikon D750 Ian started out as a commercial photographer, shooting big-budget campaigns for clients worldwide. His love of travel saw him shooting for magazines and guidebooks such as Rough Guides, among travel-orientated clients. Born in Tanzania to British parents, Africa – and its wildlife – has always been…

1 min
pro kit blankets

Ol Pejeta is almost 2000m above sea level, so it can get very cold in the mornings before sun up – temperatures also plummet after dusk. While the hooded blankets in the safari jeep help keep you warm, they also serve another important purpose. The open-sided and open-topped vehicles offer little protection from the dusty dirt roads. It’s impractical to put the camera in the bag every time you move, especially if it’s equipped with a long lens, so Ian advised covering them with the blanket when they were on the move.…

1 min
pro kit don’t forget the first aid kit!

Ian says… I carry an extensive first aid kit on safari to keep clients safe and well. As well as bandages and plasters for nicks and cuts, I have treatments for everything from dehydration to diarrhoea. I even carry a set of syringes and clean needles; while the facilities close to Ol Pejeta are pretty good, that’s not always the case, and local medical facilities can be somewhat basic… and I know that these needles are sterile. At the end of the day, you don’t want the treatment to make you even less well!…

1 min
technique assessment

RAW QUALITY Ian says… Debbie had only ever shot JPEG before, but I insisted she switch to Raw, as this gives more leeway in post. It can salvage badly exposed shots, and bring out hidden details. I also suggested she set the Colour Space to Adobe RGB as this holds more data than the default sRGB mode. AUTO ISO Ian says… It’s crucial you set a fast shutter speed to avoid blur, and on these big lenses that means at least 1/600 sec, ideally more, so I suggested Debbie start in Shutter Priority mode. Whichever exposure mode you’re in, set Auto ISO too. This will increase the ISO automatically for a good exposure. FOCUSING Ian says… Set a Dynamic Area Focus mode with 25 AF points, so if an animal strays from a selected AF…