N-Photo January 2019 Issue 93

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Published 20th December 

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 full-frame mirrorless 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. Plus we have one up for grabs in our N-Photo Photographer of the Year competition. 

We’ve tested some top kit over the past year, and in our Gear of the Year awards we give our pick of the must-buy kit for all budgets – it's great inspiration for last-minute Christmas ideas!

We speak with hyper-lapse film-maker Rob Whitworth on how his viral video ended with shooting sequences seen by millions, on programmes such as Blue Planet II and the BBC's World Cup 2018 opening sequence… 

Our Apprentice enters the photography pit at a Johnny Marr concert and learns how to shoot a live music gig, under the challenging conditions of stage lighting.

In our Nikon Skills section, we show you how to project shadows onto subjects with a 'gobo', create beautiful bokeh-filled foregrounds with fairy lights, take amazing glow-in-the-dark portraits with neon paint and UV lights, and shoot action-sports with the help of Olympic fencing athletes and Nikon School.
Over in the digital darkroom, we show you how to enhance landscapes using Serif Affinity Photo's clever live filters feature, swap colours easily in Adobe Photoshop CC's LAB Color mode, and correct distortion with Nikon's free Capture NX-D software.