N-Photo: the Nikon magazine December 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…

Darren Harbar PAGE 6 Our Apprentice takes to the skies above the English countryside for a thrilling air-to-air shoot under the wing of aviation pro Darren. Alex Mustard PAGE 28 Join us in the big briny blue as marine photographer Alex shows how to shoot everything from seahorses to sharks. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 40 When you turn pro your focus has to switch from taking shots to please yourself to those you can sell to others, as Paul explains. Tom Mackie PAGE 64 Tom reveals why looking for the picture within a picture can help to elevate your landscape and travel photography. Michele Belloni PAGE 74 Italian photographer Michele documents the artisans striving to keep traditional trades alive in the Amiata region of Tuscany. Tom Mason PAGE 86 Why did Tom want to hang out with a mushroom? Because he was a fun guy, of course! Fun…

1 min
welcome to issue 118

We dive straight into this issue with one of the world’s foremost marine photographers Alex Mustard, who shares the secrets behind his stunning sub-aqua shots, and explains how you can take your first steps into underwater photography. This issue’s Apprentice goes to the other extreme, and takes to the skies above this green and pleasant land to photograph a vintage biplane in an amazing air-to-air shoot. In our Big Test, we put a selection of fast telephoto zooms through their paces, with constant f/2.8 or f/4 apertures beloved of pros. We also look at L brackets, and explain what they are, when you’d use them and compare a selection of models from under £20 to over £150. In the N-Photo interview we speak with Kenyan-born wildlife photographer Gurcharan Roopra, who tells of his…

9 min
air-to-air ace

THE PRO NAME: DARREN HARBAR CAMERA: Nikon D850 Darren is an internationally published aviation photographer who specializes in air-to-air photography and has a passion for vintage aircraft. His experience within the photography industry is broad, having worked as a camera buyer for Dixons Stores Group and a magazine editor. He’s always photographed aviation subjects, but got his first professional break in 2006. Since then, the sky’s literally been the limit and his work has featured regularly in a range of publications. To see more of his work go to www.darrenharbar.co.uk THE APPRENTICE NAME: Wayne Allen CAMERA: Nikon D750 Bedfordshire-based Wayne is an alliance partner manager and self-confessed petrolhead, with a penchant for both wings and two wheels. He caught the 35mm bug in his early 20s and always lusted after Nikon cameras. Eight years ago he began investing…

1 min
technique assessment

SHUTTER PRIORITY Darren says… I use Shutter Priority to have full control over my shutter speed. Aperture doesn’t matter much, because the focal plane is so tight. I usually shoot a propeller plane at 1/60 to 1/80 sec – Wayne started at 1/125 sec to give him room to adjust to the movement and vibrations in the plane. METERING & EXPOSURE Darren says… I tend to use Matrix Metering so I can expose for the whole frame, which helps ensure the clouds don’t get blown out. I use exposure compensation to refine my exposure, which comes in particularly handy when shooting a dark plane like the Pitts or if I encounter a mirror finish. FOCUSING Darren says… I use single-point AF to be able to precisely focus on the cockpit. The subject doesn’t move much,…

1 min
pro kit kenyon gyro

Darren says… There’s a lot of vibration and turbulence in a plane, not to mention airflow when your camera and lens are poking out of the window. I favour using a handheld gyro stabilizer over standard image stabilization. This specialist piece of kit is made in the US by Kenyon and houses two fast spinning gyros that work to resist movement. The gyro attaches to my lens collar and comes with a fairly sizable battery attached too. It’s most definitely a pro-grade item of kit as it costs the best part of £5000. It isn’t essential, but when flight time is limited and you’ve precious few moments to capture that cover-image-worthy shot, it’s an invaluable tool for your arsenal.…

1 min
expert insight wait for the signal

Darren says… Communicating with the subject plane is crucial and is done via hand signals. I ensure they are clear and obvious, and that the pilot is familiar with them before takeoff. Thrusting the index finger up or down tells the pilot to climb or descend respectively; pushing out a flat palm is used to increase the gap between the subject and photo plane; a beckoning motion closes the gap; and swiping the index finger left or right signals for the subject plane to drop back (to the left of the frame) or pull forward (to the right). At any point a closed fist tells the pilot to hold position. I wear white gloves so the pilot can see my hands better.…