N-Photo: the Nikon magazine May 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…

Mark O’Leary PAGE 6 Creative portrait photographer Mark teaches our Apprentice to shoot a steampunk-themed shoot in his professional studio. Tony Sellen PAGE 28 Fine art architecture artist Tony pounds the city streets and shares the secrets behind his amazing images of buildings. Jonathan Moya PAGE 66 Astrophotographer Jonathan reaches for the stars to share his stunning shots of the Milky Way and other heavenly bodies. Tom Mason PAGE 80 Wildlife pro Tom introduces his Wild Life column, documenting his exploits capturing shots of all creatures great and small. Tony Wu PAGE 82 Marine photographer Tony tells tales of his adventures in the briny blue, as he settles into the N-Photo interview hotseat. Paul Gains PAGE 90 Paul heads to the pampas of Patagonia on the trail of the elusive puma, and tells how he got on in this issue’s On Assignment.…

1 min
welcome to issue 110

Normally I’d use this introduction to give a snapshot of all the wonderful content we have in store for you, but with the coronavirus pandemic putting Britain – and much of the wider world – into lockdown, that feels rather redundant. At the time of writing, the UK government has barred all but essential travel, but is advising keeping up outdoor exercise while remaining at least two metres away from your fellow human beings. So, where does this leave us photographers? When it comes to the great outdoors, photography is very much a solitary pursuit, but even so, heading out with a tripod over your shoulder isn’t really an option in these troubled times. However, there are plenty of subjects closer to home – and inside it! – to hone your…

12 min
strike a pose

THE APPRENTICE NAME: Nathan Tozer CAMERA: Nikon D800 Engineering consultant Nathan is an accomplished portrait photographer in his own right (@n_tozer_photography). He used to be a member of a local photo studio, but relocating means he only visits occasionally now. Nathan enjoys using portraits to tell stories and is no stranger to fantasy-inspired shoots. He’s hoping to pick up a few tips from our seasoned studio shooting pro and should feel right at home photographing the steampunk scenes that Mark’s prepared. THE PRO NAME: Mark O’Leary CAMERAS: Nikon D3 & Nikon D750 Mark is a plumber by trade, but has been shooting weddings and portraits for the past 35 years. MOL Photography opened for business in 2017, where Mark offers workshops, shoots and the studio for hire. He’s been taking photos since he used birthday money to…

1 min
technique assessment

1 RAW AND JPEG Mark says… I capture everything in both Raw and JPEG, but only work in Raw. However, JPEGs transfer and load quicker, so when I want to show the customer – or model – how the shoot’s going, it’s much more efficient to cycle through the JPEGs on my laptop. 2 BACK-BUTTON FOCUS Mark says… I always use back-button focusing. That means the shutter button can no longer be half-pressed to focus, so you can shoot without the camera hunting. I use the AF-S focus mode, press the AF-ON button to lock focus onto the nearest eye, and then recompose before taking the shot. 3 SETTINGS Mark says… I shoot in Manual mode and stick to ISO100. I try to keep my aperture around f/8 and shoot at 1/160 sec. My lights…

1 min
how to: edit a scary scene

1 FLOOR LAYING Mark says… To extend the background to cover up the wooden studio floor, I copied a section of backdrop and turned it into a Smart Object. With the Pen tool, I selected the area of the image I wanted to keep and turned this into a layer mask. The Smart Object was placed below, while I positioned it with the Transform tools. 2 SPOOKY SMOKE Mark says… The skull-shaped smoke was created using a brush pack, which I downloaded years ago. The brush itself looks like a skull, which you simply stamp onto your picture. I then manipulated the skulls using the Transform tools (mainly the Warp tool), which made it look like they were rising ominously from the chest. 3 BOXED IN Mark says… The wisps of smoke are my own…

1 min
pro portfolio

THE HARLEQUIN I previously photographed Hannorah on a black background and used the same skull brushes from Super Shot #2 to create the smoke effect. The brick background was another photograph; I used Photoshop’s Screen blend mode to place it over the black background. WHILE THEY’RE ASLEEP The mummy was a piece of graffiti that I photographed in Camden Market. I cut it out in Photoshop and manipulated the arm so it looked like it was walking up the stairs. I took the rest of the image at a National Trust building and used Channel Mixer to alter the colours slightly. PIROUETTE I photographed the ballerina in front of a Lastolite Hilite background. However, because she was quite tall, I decided to cut her out and place her on a white background. I then created…