N-Photo: the Nikon magazine January 2021

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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
this issue’s special contributors…

Dianna Bonner PAGE 6 This issue’s Apprentice serves up a scrumptious selection of images of tasty treats under the expert tutelage of Dianna. Neil Burnell PAGE 28 Fine art photographer Neil pens this issue’s lead feature, explaining how less is more with his minimalist photo techniques. Paul Wilkinson PAGE 40 Learning to see your images as your clients might see them is the equivalent of listening to a demo tape in the car, reckons Paul. Jon Lowenstein PAGE 66 Documentary photographer Jon takes us on a photographic tour of his adopted home city of Chicago and its notorious South Side. Jack Boskett PAGE 74 Join Jack – and a dozen-plus hockey stick-wielding ‘schoolgirls’ – on his fun St Trinian’s-themed shoot around the capital… Matthew Richards PAGE 103 Lab test boffin Matthew looks back over a year of fantastic new kit and presents his pick of the best…

1 min
welcome to issue 119

2020 is a year that most of us will be glad to see the back of. Many staples on the photographer’s calendar just didn’t happen, with sporting events cancelled, live performance put on hold and not an air show in sight – not to mention long stretches when even leaving the house was a no-no. But it’s not been all bad, with some terrific new kit seeing the light of day, highlighted in our annual Gear of the Year awards. If you’ve been mulling over going mirrorless, then we reckon the launch of the Nikon Z 6II might just be the camera to cement your decision, addressing all the criticisms levelled at the original camera. In this issue’s lead feature, fine art photographer Neil Burnell tells how he approaches shooting his sublime…

11 min
a matter of taste

Everything was already set up when Neil arrived at Dianna’s studio, in an annexe at the side of her home. At one side of the studio were three miniature sets on a table, while on the other a further scene rested on an infinity board. “It’s the setup that takes the real time in food photography,” Dianna explained. “Even so, getting four shots we’re happy with in the time we’ve got is still going to be a big ask. We’d better get cracking!” Each set had been created with a different facet of food photography in mind to give Neil a grounding in a variety of lighting techniques. THE PIES HAVE IT First up was a serving platter with half-adozen mince pies sprinkled with icing sugar and festooned with cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices…

1 min
technique assessment

MANUAL MODE Dianna says… Food photography is a slow and deliberate process, and we’ll have plenty of time to review our shots and make adjustments. I use Manual mode with a low ISO and select the aperture for the depth of field I need. Shutter speed is largely irrelevant as we’ll be using a tripod or studio flash. WHITE BALANCE Dianna says… It’s important that all the images have a consistent look and feel so that a series of shots work well together, or sometimes I’ll focus stack images, so I set the white balance manually. I select the Kelvin option and dial in 5000 K, which gives a neutral look with my studio lights. DOF PREVIEW Dianna says… Sometimes you only want a sliver of the food to be in focus, other times you’ll…

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pro portfolio dianna bonner

MERINGUE I shot from above to capture detail in the swirly texture of the meringue, choosing an f/8 aperture for a greater depth of field than I might normally use, as the client wanted top-to-bottom sharpness for their product packaging. It was lit with Bowens studio lights in a softbox, along with reflectors. LEMON CHEESECAKE I included some of the ingredients to add colour and interest to this overhead image, while the stressed pastel wooden board complements the cheesecake. I used a Manfrotto arm and tripod to level the camera and shot directly from above. ORIENTAL TOFU NOODLES Shot for a Vegan restaurant, I used studio flash and reflectors to get a crisp shot of this oriental-inspired dish. Taken at a three-quarters angle from slightly above, I chose patterned crockery, bamboo table mats and chopsticks…

4 min

Foehn GERGO RUGLI Foehn is the name of a dry, warm wind. The wind is the sculptor of the sea and it has an essential role in wave photography. In February, after two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Sydney, Gergo arrived at one of his favourite locations just before sunrise and he saw all the elements align in his favour. Large waves, warm offshore wind and an amazing sunrise made it possible to capture this. Slash CAROLYN CHENG Iceland, often hailed as the land of ice and fire, has 11% of its surface covered by glaciers. From the air, this part of the glacier caught the bright sun, highlighting its ancient pressurized blue ice, fissures and scars. As with all change, we may not perceive the shifts from day-to-day, but we can see the slow march of…