N-Photo: the Nikon magazine March 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

1 min
this issue’s special contributors…

Ines Banks PAGE 6 Ines shows our Apprentice how to shoot fabulous family portraits indoors and out – complete with pets and a teddy bears’ picnic. Nigel Forster PAGE 28 Intrepid outdoor photographer Nigel explains the importance of capturing great light in your landscape photographs. Matteo Trentin PAGE 68 Macro maestro Matteo shares his shots of creepy-crawlies – and the importance of shooting early in the morning, or late in the day. Paul Ray PAGE 70 Nature-lover Paul whips out his trusty 400mm f/2.8 to get up close and personal images of wild bears and soaring eagles. Mark Seymour PAGE 84 Leading wedding photographer Mark explains why he’s moving away from capturing the Big Day in favour of street photography. Christoffer Relander PAGE 92 Christoffer’s assignmentmixes Hong Kong’s rapidly disappearing neon signage with Scandinavia’s snowy landscapes.…

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welcome to issue 108

Photography is all about recording the light that strikes your camera’s sensor, so it makes sense to ensure that the quality of illumination is sublime in the first place. To that end, outdoors photographer Nigel Forster explains how to anticipate great light in this issue’s lead feature, and how you can make the most of it when the conditions aren’t so hot. Our Apprentice learns to make their own light for a family portrait shoot in the studio and outdoors, complete with toddlers and pets. Most likely, you bought your Nikon with a kit lens – we compare these against standard zoom upgrades, and ask whether it’s worth splashing out the extra for your lens you use everyday. We also review the landmark Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, and are astounded by just…

12 min
happy families

THE APPRENTICE NAME: Lyndsey Williamson CAMERA: Nikon D750 Primary school teacher Lyndsey is based in Peterborough. She’s always been interested in photography, but really caught the bug when she received a Nikon D3400 for her birthday a couple of years ago. In 2019 she upgraded to a D750 and spends most of her time photographing landscapes, wildlife and her children. However, she doesn’t regard portraiture as a strength and is hoping Ines can provide her with a little extra technical know-how, and inspiration for some more creative ideas. THE PRO NAME: Ines Banks CAMERA: Nikon D850 Berkshire-based Ines is a fine-art and documentary photographer who specializes in family portraits. She set up a wedding photography business, Source Images, 12 years ago with her husband, and travel photographer, Jordan Banks. Nowadays she operates from her photography studio near…

1 min
technique assessment

FOCUS AND FRAME Ines says… I use Manual mode or Aperture Priority. I set Focus mode to Single-servo AF and AF-Area mode to Single-point. You need to work quickly when photographing children. Locking focus and re-framing is quicker than moving the focus point with the D-pad. BACK-BUTTON FOCUSING Ines says… I was told about backbutton focusing one day and have never looked back; your camera never hunts when you press the shutter button. I prefer to use AF-S, but with backbutton focusing you can just use AF-C, because when you take your thumb off the AF-ON button it locks focus. APERTURE Ines says… You want everybody in focus when working with groups, so aperture is important. I won’t go below f/3.5 (or ideally f/4). For single subjects I might go down to f/2.8 or f/1.4…

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pro portfolio ines banks

A CRISP MORNING IN JANUARY This portrait of Sam was taken on a cold January morning. It was crisp and sunny, and the ground was almost frozen. I had a few dust particles on my 50mm lens, so I shot directly into the sun, which amplified them. Spontaneous images are my favourite, because they’re genuine. OPHELIA (NEWBORN) This is the most posed image out of the three. I used it to test some new props, but an old flower bouquet formed the backdrop. It took ages to put the baby to sleep, and I only managed to take a few frames. The light was from a window; I half drew the curtains to get the dramatic feel. DYLAN, OPHELIA AND BLUEBELLS I do mini shoots during bluebell season. This image is one of my favourites.…

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West Midlands’ Wild Poppies SIMON LEA Part of a portfolio of images, the displays of wild poppies are always abundant in the West Midlands. Simon says he was lucky in that, though the locations of the fields change year-on-year, you can guarantee a poppy field will pop up close by. Moss Force Autumn STUART MCGLENNON On a stormy afternoon in autumn at Newlands Pass, Stuart captured this dramatic landscape of Moss Force waterfalls. He says that this view is the most pleasing viewpoint, but was also one of the most difficult to compose. A Spider’s Path CARLO CINTHI For such a tiny spider in the garden, every raindrop can become a giant obstacle! This mini trooper continued its journey along this blade of grass as Carlo carefully captured this sublime macro shot. Sweat Bee JIM TURNER This bee was standing on…