N-Photo: the Nikon magazine August 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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in this issue

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this issue’s special contributors…

Tom Mackie PAGE 6 Landscape photographer Tom sets the alarm for an ungodly hour to shoot windmills and waterways in the Norfolk Broads. Ashraful Arefin PAGE 26 Learn to photograph marvellous miniatures as Ashraful explains how to create still life stories with moving narratives. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 38 Portrait pro Paul explains why you should step out of your comfort zone and try new things to keep your photography fresh. Simon Sweetman PAGE 58 Simon raids the toy box to create characterful scenes by combining action figures, close-up lenses and clever lighting. Adrian Davies PAGE 74 Natural history photographer Adrian shares the secrets of his camera trickery for viewing the secret world of flora and fauna. Matthew Richards PAGE 88 Overjoyed at being allowed out into the big wide world once again, Matthew tests zooms and primes ideal for landscapes.…

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welcome to issue 113

You don’t have to travel far to shoot creative scenes, and this issue Ashraful Arefin tells us how he combines everyday items with Photoshop magic to produce his charming still-life setups at home. While the pace of easing lockdown restrictions isn’t the same the world over (or even within the UK), in England, at least, small groups are finally allowed to meet, so we’ve been able to resume our Apprentice features with landscape pro Tom Mackie showing one socially distanced reader how to shoot sunrise and sunset scenes in the waterways of Norfolk. Also glad to be able to get out of the house, Matthew Richards reveals his pick of landscapes lenses, with a selection of primes and zooms for both FX and DX Nikons going head to head in our Big…

13 min
broads appeal

THE PRO NAME: Tom Mackie CAMERA: Nikon D850 NAME: Tom Mackie CAMERA: Nikon D850 THE APPRENTICE NAME: Tom Barrett CAMERA: Nikon D810 Tom has been working as a graphic designer for the Broads Authority (the organization that oversees the Broads National Park that spans Norfolk and Suffolk) for the past 10 years, and his love of photography was rekindled when he took on the Authority’s photo library – consisting mainly of old slides. Having owned film cameras in the past he’s since invested in a Nikon D810, but wanted help with composition to create digital images worthy of adding to the library’s stock. Tom Barrett met professional landscape and travel photographer Tom Mackie near the village of Thurne, Norfolk, at the appointed time of 3:30… In the morning. “Landscape photography is all about being at your location before…

1 min
technique assessment

1 SHOOT AT f/8! Tom M says… Tom was using Manual exposure mode, but for landscape photography shutter speeds are incidental as you’re using a tripod, so I prefer Aperture Priority mode. It gives you one less thing to worry about. My go-to aperture is f/8, as this gives the optimum sharpness on most lenses. 2 CHECK THE HISTOGRAM Tom M says… After each and every shot I encouraged Tom to check the histogram on the back of the camera display to ensure we weren’t blowing the highlights in the clouds or on the horizon. It’s very quick to then dial in a little exposure compensation to bring the exposure back within the limits. 3 AUTO/MANUAL FOCUS Tom M says… Tom was focusing manually, but my eyes aren’t that good! I first of all use…

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pro portfolio tom mackie

CALIFORNIA, USA Last year, southern California experienced one of the best superblooms of wildflowers in years. It was so incredible that it caused traffic jams on a nearby motorway, bringing in crowds of people to see the flowers. I found this quiet location by hiking in further past the crowds. ALGARVE, PORTUGAL During a workshop in the Algarve, I was showing the group how to create different effects using various shutter speeds. I was pleasantly surprised with this 3D effect the wet sand created, making it seem like the waves were hovering over the beach. RIISITUNTURI, FINLAND I waited all week for the skies to clear to photograph these snow-encrusted pines in the right light at Riisitunturi National Park. Hiking in before dawn and out after sunset, I spent all day engrossed in capturing the…

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Sustenance NADIA DE LANGE There’s more life in the desert than most realize. In the Namib, this is thanks to the miracle of fog – the clouds that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean bring with them moisture that sustain the fauna and flora living in this beautiful, harsh landscape. Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 Exposure: 1/200 sec, f/9, ISO125 Jump of the Wildebeest NICOLE CAMBRE Annual migration of the wildebeest at Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. This wildebeest did not wait for its turn and impatiently jumped on top of the others. Camera: Nikon D4 Lens: 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 Exposure: 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO500 The Storyteller DONELL GUMIRAN The Kara people, who speak an Omotic language, are a relatively small group of approximately 1000 people that occupy the left bank of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia, which is the largest Ethiopian river outside the…