N-Photo: the Nikon magazine December 2018

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
welcome to issue 92

We interview Ole J Liodden, famed for his environmental images of polar bears and their changing habitats… Perhaps the greatest advantage of your DSLR over compact or bridge cameras is the ability to change lenses to suit the subject you’re shooting. So this issue we’ll show you how to master your Nikon lenses, explain when you’d use wide-angle, standard or telephoto focal lengths, and demystify all that lens jargon. Talking of lenses, this issue’s Big Test is on ‘standard primes’ – 50mm lenses (on FX cameras, 35mm on DX bodies), so-called because they offer a similar angle of view to your own vision. In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is coming, so we’ve racked our brains to come up with seven pages of desirable camera kit for our gift guide. Our advice…

1 min

Paul Wilkinson PAGE 54 Pro portrait photographer Paul shows our Apprentice how to pose and shoot models on location using only natural light. Tom Smith PAGE 66 Tom shares his images of the frozen beauty of the rugged island of Iceland from a recent trip. We share our thoughts. Michael Freeman PAGE 78 The weird and wonderful can really make an image. Michael shows us how to find interesting subjects in the first place. Joe McNally PAGE 92 Nikon mastermind Joe takes a bite out of some of the best LA-based food trucks and talks us through how he shot them. Ole Jørgen Liodden PAGE 94 Award-winning pro wildlife photographer Ole talks climate change, gentle giants and his freezing photo expeditions. Alice Van Kempen PAGE 104 Alice brings her furry companion along on her urbex sessions to create a unique and fun book worthy of ‘furbex’ adventures.…

1 min
the n-photo team’s favourite lenses

Adam Waring Editor When I first started shooting on film, all I had was a 50mm prime; it’s still a firm favourite and great for forcing you to ‘zoom with your feet’… adam.waring@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Technique Editor The 85mm f/1.8 lens has magical qualities! The long focal length and wide aperture gives creamy bokeh that flatters any portrait subject. jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ben Andrews Lab Manager Lots of glass passes through the lab, but I’m still amazed by the AF-P 18-55mm VR kit lens. It offers so much performance from such a tiny design. ben.andrews@futurenet.com Matthew Richards Technique Writer I started using a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens on a full-frame body a few months ago, and now seldom find myself using anything else. mail@nphotomag.com…

4 min

RUNNER UP - MAMMALS Polar Bear World Ole J Liodden, Norway This photograph of a polar bear on drift ice was shot at a latitude of 82° north. The animal had caught a seal and was just finishing its meal. Using a two-and-a-half metre pole-cam system and a screen, I was able to compose the image I had in mind – a polar bear in its harsh environment of water and ice. Documenting this habitat and pointing out the effects of climate change is important to me as a photographer. Nikon D5, 16-35mm f/4, 1/1250 sec, f/10, ISO800 WINNER - UNDERWATER WORLD Alien Starship Claudio Ceresi, Italy During a night dive at a reef at the Murex dive resort in Manado, Sulawesi, I encountered this bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana). It followed me for quite a while, and…

2 min
master your nikon lenses

One of the greatest advantages of using a DSLR or mirrorless over a compact or bridge camera is the ability to change lenses. Lenses come in all shapes and sizes, from compact ‘nifty fifty’ primes that you can easily slip into a pocket, to gargantuan telephoto zooms that come in their own flight cases and are impractical to shoot with unless mounted on the sturdiest of tripods. There are hundreds of lenses available for your Nikon, both from Nikon themselves and third-party manufacturers such as Sigma, Tamron and Tokina. But what lenses are best suited to what subjects, what is a ‘fast’ lens exactly, and what does all that confusing jargon that manufacturers tack onto the end of lens names actually mean? Over the following dozen pages we’ll explain everything you wanted…

6 min
standard zooms

GREAT FOR… ✓ Everyday shooting✓ Portraits✓ Landscapes✓ Travel Travel light When travelling, you often need to travel light, so in these situations a standard zoom that can do everything reasonably well is ideal for shooting everything from wide landscapes to mid-range character portraits, to flora and fauna. Most standard zooms have a reasonably close focusing distance too, making them ideal for detail shots and food photography – in short, the majority of shooting situations you’ll encounter on your travels! Take a step back Shooting at wide angles exaggerates perspective distortion, so in the case of shooting tall buildings from up close at wide angles, you need to point the camera upwards to get the entire building in the frame. This makes the top of building much smaller than the bottom, and look as if the…