N-Photo: the Nikon magazine January 2020

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

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this issue’s special contributors…

Jack Boskett PAGE 6 Steam railway enthusiast and photographer Jack shows our Apprentice how a personal touch can bring a steam shoot to life. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 26 Our regular ‘Go Pro’ columnist (page 38) Paul also pens this issue’s lead feature on how to take perfect portraits. John Hughes PAGE 64 Reader John shares a selection of the beautifully lit still life product images that he shot in his purpose-built mini-studio. Nathan Tozer PAGE 66 Nathan combines costumes, makeup and clever lighting effects to create intriguing portraits that tell a story. Jeff Mitchell PAGE 80 The man behind the photographs of presidents and protestors that grace the front pages speaks in the N-Photo interview. Magdalena Sztechman PAGE 88 Magdelena tells how she shot a Christmas-themed charity calendar of children with Down’s Syndrome – in the summer heat……

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welcome to issue 106

The reason that many of us got into photography in the first place was to take pictures of our nearest and dearest, but there’s a world of difference between a quick candidly taken snap and a well-considered portrait. But that’s not to say you need a whole host of expensive gear, as portrait pro Paul Wilkinson demonstrates, starting with simple window light and moving on to more complex setups in this issue’s lead feature. Portraits are also an element in our steam railways Apprentice feature – adding people in period dress can add an air of authenticity that can transport the viewer into the golden age of steam. In our Gear section, we test the long-awaited DX-sensor Z 50. Could this keenly priced mirrorless machine persuade the masses to make the move…

12 min
a golden age

THE PRO NAME: Jack Boskett CAMERAS: Nikon D5 and Nikon D850 Tewkesbury-based Jack has had a camera in his hand since he was five years old, and he has the photo to prove it! The self-taught pro has photographed weddings, events, prime ministers and even royalty, but railway photography is his niche, and he regularly lends his commercial services to Virgin Trains and GWR. When he’s not using shooting with his vast collection of Nikon DSLRs, he’s sharing his photography and anecdotes in schools, clubs and theatres across the country. www.jackboskett.co.uk THE APPRENTICE NAME: David Glass CAMERA: Nikon D800 David is a retired accountant from Bradford. He began taking photographs at school with his father’s camera, but developed a serious interest in photography via a friend who owned a camera shop. He inherited his interest in railways…

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technique assessment

THE LIGHTEST TOUCH Jack says… I only shoot in Manual mode, which allows me to expose each image accurately in-camera. It also reduces the amount of editing needed. I always say I can edit an image in 10 seconds using Camera Raw. I don’t do much, as I want my images to look as natural as possible. MOVING MOMENTS Jack says… I’m often dealing with moving subjects, so I have to be ready to take a shot at a moment’s notice. Continuous-servo AF (AF-C) gives me the freedom to retain focus on moving subjects. It’s particularly useful when shooting fast bursts and panning (as per Super Shot 1). FIRE A BURST Jack says… I believe in one good shot – that’s why getting as much right in-camera is so important to me. However, when subjects…

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how to: edit in 10 seconds

CAMERA RAW Jack says… The first step is to get as much right as possible in-camera. I’d rather frame my image carefully than have to clone bits out, and this allows me to do almost everything in Adobe Camera Raw. Get your framing and exposure as perfect as possible first. UPS AND DOWNS Jack says… Your hard work in-camera means you hopefully won’t have to touch the exposure slider. The next step is to decrease the Highlights and raise the Shadows. I’ll then add a healthy dose of Contrast, especially if the image I’m working on is black and white. FINISHING TOUCHES Jack says… You can add a little punch to the contrast by adding a sliver of Clarity and occasionally I’ll alter the Dehaze slider, which is helpful when editing images that are shrouded…

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pro portfolio jack boskett

ST TRINIAN’S I organized a recreation of The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery at Gotherington, Gloucestershire. I got friends together to dress as the schoolgirls from the 1966 film. I found the uniforms and badges online, while some hockey sticks and tennis rackets came from a local flea market. THE QUEEN I’ve worked with members of the royal family for a few years now. Working with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as the sole photographer has to be one of my proudest moments. I was fortunate to be able to photograph her on the day she became the longest reigning monarch in 2015. STEAM IN THE VALLEY On a cold crisp morning in the Forest of Dean, a pannier tank barks up the valley near Norchard at 7am. I only had a 10-minute…