184 pages of nikon advice & inspiration Issue 83 • April 2018 www.digitalcameraworld.com
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Joe Strummer is just a bloke; Bob Marley is just a bloke. It wasn’t until years later they became sort of demi-gods Adrian Boot, rock ’n roll photographer p92
Take it outside
Outdoor Photographer of the Year’s best images p8
The shot that made Ami Vitale famous p90
Scrumptious food photos! Pro tips for cooking up shots that are good enough to eat
Inch-high club Capture surreal scenes with miniatures p62
Make a leak
Retro effects with Photoshop filters p44
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Welcome to issue 83
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What’s the first thing you do when you unbox your shiny new Nikon – read the manual, or head straight out to get shooting? While that thick book that comes with every camera is packed with important operating info, most of us are guilty of giving it little more than a cursory glance. So this issue’s lead feature is packed with 101 must-read tips to get the best out of your Nikon. It’s much more digestible than ploughing through that manual! Also this issue, our Apprentice learns to cook up tasty shots of home-baked goodies that are sure to whet your appetite, we show you how to shoot environmental portraits of people in the workplace, and we speak with legendary punk rock and reggae snapper Adrian Boot. Plus we check out telephoto zooms that won’t break the bank, rate six variable ND filters, and get our hands on Tamron’s latest 100-400mm super-tele.
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Cover feature Lightbox
The very best Nikon images from the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition, now in its seventh year
101 tips and tricks
No matter what model of Nikon you have, from the D3400 to the mighty D850, we’ll show you how to use it better
16-year-old Benji Millar joins pro Donna Crous for a day’s masterclass in creative food photography
Mike Shields creates whimsical miniature scenes using model figures, and reveals his techniques here
Unleash the power of your Nikon
Make the most of your camera with these 101 top tips for maximizing performance and saving time
Cover feature Inch-high portraits
A 13-year-old bitten by the photography bug shares his great tip for a cheap dual-lens macro setup
76 Creative paths
Enter your best shots in our monthly themed N-Photo Photographer of the Year contest for the chance to win a Nikon D850!
My big break
Photojournalist Ami Vitale’s shot that demonstrated the absurdity of war and which brought her to a wider audience
Cover feature Interview
Adrian Boot has been shooting live music acts for more than 45 years. He talks to us about his incredibly varied career
84 Ask Jason
102 On assignment
86 Head to head
130 The final word
Is there a decent non-subscription alternative to Adobe CC, and what’s the best way to scan 35mm negatives?
Use Picture Controls to quickly improve colour and contrast in Nikon’s Capture NX-D software
The best Nikon images from the Outdoor POTY competition
Reader Paul Greenhalgh shows that you don’t necessarily have to use full-frame camera bodies for astrophotography
Michael Freeman explains his idea of the Creative Triangle: balancing subject, image treatment and graphical elements
Two standard prime lenses battle it out: the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A and the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
On a 10-day research trip to the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Paul Gallagher experienced an amazing winter
Joe McNally explains just how much work goes into capturing a single perfect action shot
C o n t en t s
34 Increase tonal range
Use Nikon’s built-in HDR mode to capture more detail
From Blondie to The Clash, music photographer Adrian Boot has shot them all
106 New gear 108 Mini test
Tempting new tech for your Nikon to make your wallet groan
Six variable ND filters put to the test: what are the compromises you should look out for?
36Long-exposure buildings 40 Capture sharp wildlife shots
How to smoothly track motion with a gimbal tripod head
Tamron’s 100-400mm promises big performance with a small weight. Does it deliver?
Use an ND filter for dramatic architectural images
Cover feature Big test
Tele-zooms need no longer cost a fortune. We try out eight models and reveal the best deals
Alter colour in Lightroom
Walk through the new and improved Color panel
Create retro light leaks
Style digital shots into analogue masterpieces
124 Buyer’s guide
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46 Environmental portraits 82 Improve colour & contrast Work the surroundings for a character-filled photo
How Capture NX-D’s Picture Controls can make your shots zing
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Cooking up, styling and taking scrumptious shots of food is certainly lots of fun, but the best bit of all is eating it afterwards. Yum!
Soft window light cast over the food invites us to go for a bite. But if you find shadows are a bit dark, bounce some light back in with a white reflector.
Food photography is all about the details: spotless presentation and a carefully dressed setting are vital, so tell any circling flies to buzz off!
I’ve just bought a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for my D7200. Closeup at full aperture, it’s perfect for picking out crisp details against soft backgrounds.
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Yea r he of t her rap t og P ho oor ut d mO fro ima ge s tN iko n be s T he At the Water’s Edge Category Winner
Thórsmörk (the valley of Thor)
Witold Ziomek / Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Witold Ziomek, Poland
After a morning full of drama, during which we almost ‘drowned’ our car in a river – and then pulled out a young Frenchman who had – we reached Thórsmörk, in the south of Iceland. We walked up to a viewpoint where we could see… exactly nothing, due to the fog. We waited, and eventually the fog started to lift, but I still needed to wait a lot longer for a car to appear in the perfect position to add a sense of scale to the mountain landscape. Nikon D610, 24-105mm f/4, 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO180
Andy Holliman / Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Josiah Launstein / Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Mark Bridgwater / Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Spirit of Travel Category Winner
Young OPOTY Category Winner
Live the Adventure finalist
Andy Holliman, United Kingdom
Josiah Launstein, Canada
Mark Bridgwater, New Zealand
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep
Temple Basin, Arthur’s Pass
Kangerlussuaq airport is the largest airport in Greenland and the main arrival point for international travellers. Almost everything is in Air Greenland’s bright red colours. The simple colour palette of this scene appealed to me, including the signposts directing the planes to their various destinations.
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are extra-special because they are an endangered species. Just as the light was fading, I spotted this ram on a high ridge. I didn’t have time to get my camera on my tripod, so I leaned my camera against a solid support as I framed up my shot.
There are times when the clouds break in the perfect spot and the sun shines exactly where you are standing. This was one of those moments for Charlie Lyons and myself. While most were oblivious to the perfection we found on our mid-week excursion, we both had the time of our lives.
Nikon D700, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, 1/320 sec, f/11, ISO200
Nikon D7100, 200-500mm f/5.6, 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO500
Nikon D4S, 70-200mm f/2.8, 1/2000 sec, f/11, ISO800
Under Exposed finalist
Battle of the tompots
Henley Spiers / Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Henley Spiers, United Kingdom
The British summer is mating season for tompot blennies and competition is fierce. I went diving in search of tompots and was delighted to encounter one with the ornate blue facial markings designed to attract a partner. To my surprise and wonder, he was soon joined by another male blenny and they stopped tussling just long enough for me to capture this image. Nikon D7200, 60mm f/2.8, 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO320
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