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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine May 2017

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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welcome to issue 71

I recently had the pleasure of watching our long-standing columnist and all-round photography legend Joe McNally speak at The Photography Show. I say speak, but it was more of a performance – a masterclass not just in photography, but in having the audience eating out the palm of one’s hand. His trick? Well, it helps that he’s just about the nicest guy in the business, and his genuine humility and self-deprecating sense of humour don’t hurt, but what really stood out was the simplicity of his approach. Photography is all too easy to overcomplicate, but Joe – with the help of a model and an assistant plucked from the audience – took a point ’n’ shoot snap and turned it into a polished, beautifully lit portrait in a dozen very simple…

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This issue’s special contributors... Fiona Frances PAGE 52 Newborn photographer Fiona proves that she wasn’t born yesterday, showing our Apprentice how to shoot babies. Chris Smith PAGE 94 The veteran photographer on his iconic images of sporting moments that made the front – and back – pages. Michael Freeman PAGE 78 Photography guru Michael reveals how a little patience and perseverance can pay dividends for getting the shot. Carmen Norman PAGE 104 Carmen us tells how she hiked up a hill to shoot torchlit processions for fundraising projects in the Lake District. John Minihan PAGE 93 The newspaper photographer explains how a sequence of images of an Irish funeral helped launch his career. Joe McNally PAGE 130 This issue, Joe extols the virtues of the digital sensor inside your Nikon, and how it can see things that the naked eye can’t. The N-Photo team on… Staying sharp Paul Grogan Editor What looks…

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light box

The best Nikon images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition HIGHLY COMMENDED – WILDLIFE IN GARDEN Surprise Vyacheslav Mishchenko, Ukraine I knew of an overgrown pond in a leafy forest that would be an ideal breeding location for tree frogs. I visited many times in spring until I captured the perfect shot. This involved waiting in silence whilst listening for the sound of their mating calls. Nikon D7000, 105mm f/2.8, 1/1250 sec, f/3, ISO500 HIGHLY COMMENDED – PORTFOLIO The Colours of Autumn Paul Mitchell, Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England Burnham Beeches, a National Nature Reserve and Special Area of Conservation in Buckinghamshire, is a diverse, ancient habitat with heathland and marshland as well as deciduous forest. I love visiting throughout the seasons, but autumn is by far my favourite season. Nikon D7100, 70-200mm f/4, 0.3 sec, f/10,…

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20 ways to get sharper shots this spring

Do you look at your shots and wish they were sharper? You might think you need a new Nikon, but the quality of your images isn’t just down to the resolution of your camera’s sensor or even the quality of the lens. In fact, the higher the resolution, the more obvious any blur or softness can be. So, before you start thinking about upgrading your kit, take a look at our top 20 tips for sharper results. From eliminating camera shake to mastering focusing and using the right settings, this essential advice will help you get the most from your existing gear. It will also mean you’ll get the best results if you do decide to upgrade your kit later.…

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beat the shakes

1 TAKE CARE WITH YOUR TRIPOD Using a tripod is the perfect solution for getting pin-sharp results when using long shutter speeds, but not all tripods are created equal. You can’t expect a cheaper, lightweight model to offer the same stability as a heavy-duty alternative. But there are some basic techniques that you can use to get the sharpest results possible, whatever type of tripod you have. The first thing is to use the thickest leg sections first to achieve the height that you want, and also to avoid raising the centre column, if possible. Many tripods also have a hook on the bottom of the centre column, which you can add a weight to (such as your camera bag) to help stabilize the tripod. Once you’ve got the tripod set up…

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master focusing

6 MASTER PANNING Images of moving subjects look more dynamic if the background is blurred and the subject is sharp. You need to use a shutter speed slow enough to give you some blur, and follow the subject so that it stays in the same position in the viewfinder to keep it sharp. This technique takes practice, and requires experimentation with shutter speeds. Suggested shutter speeds for panning Fast-moving cars or motorbikes.................. 1/125 sec Bikes close to the camera.............................. 1/60 sec Bikes or running.............................................. 1/30 sec Fast-flying birds.......................................... 1/125 sec Slower animals............................................ 1/30 sec 7 CHOOSE THE RIGHT AF POINT If you want to focus on an off-centre subject that isn’t moving around in the frame too much, you might want to manually select the autofocus point that’s closest to the edge you want to focus on. To do…