N-Photo: the Nikon magazine September 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…

Andy Small PAGE 6 Photographic artist Andy shows our Apprentice how to take painterly pictures of plants with his custom-made tabletop studio. Tom Mason PAGE 54 Tom explains why he still gets a buzz from his hobby-turned-profession and how he’s kept as busy as a bee through lockdown. Andrea Bruce PAGE 56 Documentary photographer Andrea tells how she stays safe in war zones to bring back her thought-provoking images. Jan Sieminski PAGE 64 Jan reveals how he came back with so much more than he bargained for on a trip to Norway to capture the Northern Lights. Simon Fox PAGE 70 Simon takes dance photography to new heights – as he hikes 1489 feet up a Scottish mountain for his ballerina-themed shoot. Matthew Richards PAGE 88 Want a single lens that can tackle anything? Matt tests superzooms that capture everything from wide scenics to super-tele close-ups. SUBSCRIBE AND…

1 min
welcome to issue 115

Whether your preference is shooting landscapes or city streets, freezing action in its tracks or getting super-close with macro, the secret of a good photograph is being pin-sharp in all the right places, so in this issue’s lead feature we share our top tips to shoot it sharper. Our Apprentice, meanwhile, learns the tricks of the trade for shooting painterly images of pretty plants under the guidance of Royal Horticultural Society photographer Andy Small and his amazing array of homemade props. Want to shoot everything from wide-angle to telephoto without changing lenses? We put a selection of eight superzooms to the test, including the spanking-new Z 24-200mm – Nikon’s first such lens for its Z range. Also exclusively for mirrorless cameras, we see if the Z 20mm f/1.8 S continues to uphold…

12 min
fine-art flowers

THE APPRENTICE NAME: John Fogarty CAMERA: Nikon D750 John, now retired, trained as a lawyer but has spent most of his career running a sporting goods business. His passion for photography began in the days of film, while in his teens, and was rekindled around 12 years ago when he invested in a D60 and joined Welwyn Garden City Photographic Club. He’s since upgraded to a D750 and loves photographing nature up close, having invested in a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens, and was keen to learn how to give his shots an arty edge. THE PRO NAME: Andy Small CAMERA: Nikon D800E Andy was an artist before he became a photographer, and his time spent painting and drawing has had a profound influence on his photography, with his ‘painterly’ style earning him the distinction of being…

1 min
technique assessment

TRIPOD SETTINGS Andy says… When using a tripod, switch off Vibration Reduction to prevent the system compensating for movement that isn’t actually there. Once autofocus is achieved, switch this off to lock it in. Macro lenses can be slow to focus, so use the focus limiter switch to prevent excessive hunting. EXPOSURE DELAY MODE Andy says… When shooting up close, even the teeniest amount of movement will be amplified, so I suggested John set a three-second exposure delay. After pressing the shutter the camera raises the mirror and then waits to allow vibration from this movement to subside before taking the exposure. APERTURE PRIORITY Andy says… When shooting close-ups, depth of field is everything, so I suggested shooting in Aperture Priority mode; shutter speed becomes irrelevant when using a tripod, particularly when shooting indoors with…

1 min
how to: process flower shots

THE RIGHT PROFILE Andy says… The Profiles that appear in Lightroom’s Camera Calibration panel vary depending on the camera. I check what effect the Profiles have on an image – they can have a big effect on colours, especially. In this instance I chose the Camera Standard profile as it emphasized the purple in the top right and looks brighter overall. MAX OUT THE HISTOGRAM Andy says… The shot needed more contrast, so I moved the Blacks slider to the left to deepen darker tones, and Whites to the right to increase lighter tones. I try to ‘stretch’ the histogram as much as I can, using the whole dynamic range. I add further contrast by adjusting the Darks and Lights in the Tone Curve. CROP, CLEAN & SHARPEN Andy says… I felt the crop needed…

1 min
pro portfolio andy small

POPPIES This image was taken early evening. As with most of my shots, I like them to have a painterly quality to them, but I do like to have a focal point in focus. This effect was created by taking two multiple exposures that were combined in camera. ALLIUM Here, there are two exposures combined in camera, one focused on the main flower and one focused on the leaves. In both this and the Poppies image, the widest available aperture f/4.2 was used – otherwise there would be too much in focus. HOGWEED I wasn’t able to look through the viewfinder while taking the three shots for this, so I moved the camera up and down and left and right for each shot. I took enough photos to have lots to work from in post.…