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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine August 2018

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 87

Meet rising star Holly Wren, who’s made a name for herself as one of the UK’s most exciting lifestyle shooters See page 92 You just can’t beat mountains for breathtaking scenery; with imposing peaks, inviting lakes and raging waterfalls, a day in a National Park is a photographer’s dream. With that it mind, I headed to Snowdonia for a yomp in the hills – and scaled Wales’s loftiest peak for good measure. You can read all about my adventurous exploits in this issue’s lead feature. Our Apprentice gets close to nature as well, learning to capture action shots of ospreys as they pilfer fish from a trout farm. In our Big Test, meanwhile, we head to the city to put eight wide prime lenses for street photography through their paces. Elsewhere, lifestyle photographer…

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Chris Gomersall PAGE 52 Professional wildlife photographer Chris shows this month’s Apprentice how to shoot elusive ospreys. Steve Reardon PAGE 64 Steve shares his portfolio of alluring waterfall shots from his cruise around the beautiful southeast of New Zealand. Michael Freeman PAGE 76 Michael explains how to utilize all kinds of triangles in compositions for creative and general framing techniques. Joe McNally PAGE 90 What’s a ballerina doing dancing in the kitchen? As usual, only Joe can explain the method in the madness of his photographs… Holly Wren PAGE 92 Lifestyle portrait photographer star Holly tells us why she changed career and how it’s affected her life for the better. Kyle Oberman PAGE 102 Kyle details his experiences of an expedition in the Anzihe Nature Reserve, home to China’s densest population of pandas.…

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the n-photo team’s mountain shots tips

Adam Waring Editor The weather can change in an instant up in the treacherous hills, so don’t forget to pack the waterproofs for both yourself and your kit. adam.waring@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Technique editor Tripods are great for stabilizing your Nikon in windy conditions. Choose a carbon fibre version to lighten the load as you traverse the mountains! jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ben Andrews Lab Manager Use a soft-transition ND grad to balance a bright sky behind a mountain. Combine it with a polarizing filter if you’re also in a hazy environment. ben.andrews@futurenet.com Rod Lawton Head of Testing Look for a viewpoint far away and use a longer focal length lens. It flattens the perspective and can make mountains look more imposing. rod.lawton@futurenet.com…

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD – YOUNG DCPOTY – 2ND PLACE Gerbera Oliver Lamb Our Expert Review We love the graphic quality of this image. The geometric shapes of nature have been well photographed. It’s an arresting image that uses line, shape and colour to draw the viewer’s eye into the composition. Nikon COOLPIX S7000, 1/125 sec, f/3.4, ISO125 THE GREAT OUTDOORS – YOUNG DCPOTY – COMMENDED Mount Bromo Sunrise Josh Hinds Our Expert Review Stunning! Beautiful clarity, use of colour, and picking the right moment; all key elements to a successful photograph. A lot of the work and careful planning have gone into this shot and as a result it looks phenomenal. Nikon D750, 24-120mm f/4, 1/80 sec, f/6.3, ISO320 WILD WONDERS – YOUNG DCPOTY – 3RD PLACE Lonely Tree under Northern Lights Juha Paavilainen Our Expert Review It’s amazing to see the aurora radiating from…

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outdoor photography   mountain landscapes

NEW NIKON TIPS When it comes to spectacular scenery, you just can’t beat getting up into the mountains. Wherever there are imposing peaks, you’ll find picturesque lakes, rivers and waterfalls too. And the views from the mountaintops are easily as awe-inspiring as the views of them. Yes, a day in the hills is a photographer’s dream. So we set out on a day trip to Snowdonia National Park, in northwest Wales, to cram in a whole day’s landscape photography, shooting from sunrise to sunset in the truly stunning settings surrounding Wales’s tallest peak. The forecast was reasonable, but mountains create their own climate – and rain, wind and clouds can appear from nowhere. Indeed, while we were blessed with patches of sunlight for our Welsh odyssey, it was blowing a hooley, with plentiful…

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sunrise scenes

Look for the light The night before the shoot we stayed in Llanberis, at the foot of Mount Snowdon. It’s home to two large lakes spanning northwest (Llyn Padarn) and southeast (Llyn Peris) from the village, ideally angled for sunset and sunrise photos during spring and summer. We got up before first light to get in position, and were hopeful for a colourful sunrise. We had our Nikon DSLR on a tripod and ready to go, but unfortunately the cloud cover spoiled our party. However, by zooming in with a 24-70mm lens we were still able to capture the first beams of sunlight filtering between the peaks. Panoramic fun Panoramas are great for including everything the eye can see – here we shot across Llynnau Mymbyr lake towards Capel Curig. Set Manual mode so…