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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine April 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to issue 70

FOR YOUR FREE LANDSCAPE PHOTO GRAPHY BOOK, TURN TO PAGE 15 At first glance, it might not seem like this issue’s main feature (on taking your landscapes to the next level) and this issue’s interview (with battle-hardened photojournalist Ami Vitale) have that much in common. But they are linked by a definite theme: namely, that great photography takes time. When Ami gets to a new location, she doesn’t even take her camera out of her bag for the first day or two; instead, she takes time – that word again – to meet with local leaders, to talk with them and gain their trust. In a similar vein, landscape ace Jeremy Walker discusses taking one of his favourite images in our main feature (see page 24). He went back to the…

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contributors

Kevin Nixon PAGE 52 Music pro Kevin takes this month’s Apprentice into the photo pit at a music festival for a masterclass in gig photography. Michael Freeman PAGE 78 This issue, Michael reveals how to layer the elements in a scene to add interest and intrigue to your images. George Karbus PAGE 93 Adventure and underwater photographer George shares the out-of-this-world photo that led to his big break. Ami Vitale PAGE 94 Photojournalist Ami reveals how to get noticed by National Geographic – and what it’s like to wear a panda suit to work... Margot Raggett PAGE 104 Wildlife photographer Margot takes us on assignment in Africa, to photograph endangered rhinos for a charity book. Joe McNally PAGE 130 Joe shows us why uplighting doesn’t have to be confined to horror films as he lights up a sparkling Las Vegas starlet. The N-Photo team on… Recces Paul Grogan Editor Almost all…

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lightbox

Winner, International Landscape Photograph of the Year Ruacana Falls, Namibia Hougaard Malan, South Africa Nikon D810, 70-200mm f/4, 3 secs, f/8, ISO100 N-Photo says: It’s the dramatic lighting in this image that makes it so striking, and so original. Waterfalls are usually shot in shade, but by shooting into the light, Hougaard has managed to render the drama and power of the falls as something serene and other-worldly. Technically, he’s nailed what must have been a tricky exposure, and the threesecond shutter speed provides just the right amount of blur in the tumbling tendrils of water. TOP 101 Land Marks Peta North Nikon D4s, 200mm f/2, 1/2000 sec, f/11, ISO1000 N-Photo says: Carefully ploughed lines run perfectly vertically in Peta’s graphic aerial shot, crossing over the smaller horizontal ridges to lead your eye around the image.…

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free! michael freeman’s photo school: landscape

To tie in with this issue’s Lightbox gallery, and our brilliant feature on taking your own landscape photos to the next level (see page 16), we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Ilex Press to offer N-Photo readers a free copy of Michael Freeman’s Photo School: Landscape, which picks up where our feature leaves off... As our feature makes clear, successful landscape photography involves being in the right place at the right time, and with the right light and the right kit. In his book, Michael shares his tips for finding the most reliable locations and capturing winning compositions. With this free e-book, you will also learn how to find, and position yourself at, optimal viewpoints for more original and creative shots; and how, by using the sky as your studio,…

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go the extra mile

R ewarding landscape photography isn’t always a case of rocking up with a tripod at a location and waiting for the golden hour. Sometimes you have to work a bit harder. Of course, luck does play its part, whether it’s a finger of light highlighting a hill or a shapely cloud drifting into just the right spot. But although it’s perfectly possible to get lucky, and be in the right place at the right time, the best landscape images are more likely to come from having the nous to put yourself in the right place at the right time to get lucky – as well as learning from the occasional failed attempt at doing so. Landscape photography can be fraught with frustration; after all, you don’t have any control over the…

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choose the right season

Just like comedy and baking a cake, successful landscape photography is all about timing. You’ll have fuller, more interesting waterfall shots after a period of heavy rainfall, for instance, and timing a visit to the coast to coincide with the rise or fall of the tide is a key consideration for seascapes. Choosing the right season to capture a view is obviously crucial; although some places will look good year round, the colours of spring or autumn can add interest to many landscapes. Even coastal photography can benefit from being planned with seasonal details in mind, as Ross Hoddinott’s shot of The Rumps, near Polzeath, in Cornwall, proves. “This is a viewpoint I’ve known about for years and that I’ve photographed before, but I’d always wanted to capture it in just…

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