N-Photo: the Nikon magazine January 2019

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 93

In the days of film photography you had the choice of popping down to the chemist to have your prints developed, or doing it yourself – but this involved converting the under-stairs cupboard into a darkroom; being up to your elbows in chemicals; and only seeing by the glow of a red-hued ‘safe light’. Thankfully, developing your own ‘Raw’ shots in the ‘digital darkroom’ is much easier these days, and we explain the benefits of shooting Raw, instead of having the camera create JPEGs for you… The Nikon Z6 has arrived, and while it lacks the resolution of its Z7 bigger brother, it more than makes up for it in other areas, as we explain in our full test. We’ve tested some top kit over the past year, and in our…

1 min
n photo

Tracey Welch PAGE 54 Get into the pit with pro music photographer Tracey, as she teaches our Apprentice how to rock their next shoot Joe McNally PAGE 90 Joe uses a minimal lighting setup and the power of the Z7 to tame the low-light conditions of late-night New York City Tina Bark PAGE 66 Tina specializes in shooting pairs of people in her portrait portfolio that capture a sense of intimacy and comfort Rob Whitworth PAGE 92 World-renowned hyper-lapse king Rob details his career and how he got into shooting his hugely successful time-lapses Michael Freeman PAGE 78 Be aware! Michael explains how you can open up a new world of opportunities if you’re willing to do a little research… Hunter Barnes PAGE 102 Hunter takes to the streets of Old Vegas, film Nikon in hand, as he shoots the characters and places that personify the strip…

1 min
the n-photo team’s christmas wish list

Adam Waring Editor I don’t want a lot for Christmas, Santa, but I’ll take anything from our Gear of the Year awards. It’s all top-rated Nikon-fit kit to suit every budget… adam.waring@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Technique Editor All I want for Christmas is a Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight, so I can use the Creative Lighting System to take my shots to new heights. jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ben Andrews Lab Manager I’m hoping there’ll be a folding 4K drone on Santa’s sleigh. But I’ll probably have to settle for a folding paper plane and writing ‘DJI’ on its wings. ben.andrews@futurenet.com Matthew Richards Technique Writer I really fancy the mirrorless Nikon Z6 and the new 24-70mm kit lens. I just need to find out if Santa will take some of my old Nikon kit as a trade-in. mail@nphotomag.com…

4 min
light box

OUR SUN – WINNER 2018 Sun King, Little King, and God of War Nicolas Lefaudeux, France To capture this stunning image, the photographer chose the area according to weather forecasts to ensure he would get a clear sky. The image shows the Sun corona in its glory during the August solar eclipse. It is flanked on left hand side by the blue star Regulus–the little King – and by the red planet Mars on the right. The total exposure duration of 100 seconds was recorded in more than 120 images. The setup consists of a fast f/1.4 lens, at full aperture to get as much signal as possible, and a large-buffer camera at base ISO to avoid overexposure. Nikon D810, 105mm f/1.4, multiple exposures of 0.3 sec, 0.6 sec & 1.3 sec, ISO64 PEOPLE AND…

2 min
the road to raw

Raw files are often described as ‘digital negatives’ because they contain all the information captured by the camera before it’s been processed into a JPEG file. Each camera maker uses its own Raw file format, and in Nikon’s case it’s NEF files. It’s like the difference between a film negative and a print you get back from a lab. With Raw, or NEF files, you can access the full range of tones, all the colours and all the digital data captured by your Nikon before it’s been ‘processed’ into a JPEG. JPEGs are fine for quick shareable pictures, and with relatively undemanding scenes they can be adequate. But if you need to work on your photos later, apply special effects or manipulate specific areas, then the cracks can eventually start to…

3 min
1. how raw works

You’re not really asking your camera to do anything different when you shoot Raw because creating Raw data is part of its processing ‘pipeline’ anyway. All you’re doing is asking it to save this Raw data as a file you can process yourself, instead of leaving your Nikon to process the image in-camera. In effect, the camera is a ‘Raw processor’ just like any Raw processing software you might use. The difference is that the camera’s processing options are locked in by the camera settings you choose. Whereas if you save a Raw file you can choose these settings yourself later. This is important, because the processing used to create an in-camera JPEG means discarding a lot of data caught by the camera – and there’s no going back! With a Raw,…