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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine February 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 68

WIN! GITZO GEAR WORTH OVER £1,000 Turn to page 102 for detailsI know, I know, this month’s head to head between Nikon’s entry-level D3400 and the top-of-the-range D5 (see page 84) isn’t exactly a fair contest, and it’s inevitably a bit tongue in cheek, but there is a serious point to it. The fact is that these days, even Nikon’s entry-level D-SLRs are staggeringly good.Thanks in part to massive improvements in sensor and processing technology over the last decade, the D3400 – which sits at the bottom of Nikon’s current line-up – is arguably a better camera than the pro-spec models that topped the range just 10 years ago, at least in terms of outright image quality. In other words, if you’re lucky enough to own a D3400 or D5500…

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get even more out of n-photo

FacebookJoin 289,000 Nikon nuts who ‘Like’ us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/nphotomagWeekly newsletterNews, techniques and offers emailed to you every Friday. Sign up at www.bit.ly/nphoto_newsTwitterFollow our tweets and keep up to date with all things #Nikon www.twitter.com/nphotomagPhotoClub e-LearningLearn online with our new online video training courses www.digitalcameraworld.comAbout the coverMeet the cover shot photographer on P90Title Swirl TidePhotographer Lorenzo MontezemoloCamera D800Lens 24-70mm f/2.8Exposure 0.4 secs, f/10, ISO50Webwww.elmofoto.comTHE NEW WAY TO SUBSCRIBE PhotoClubSubscribe today and get a Lowepro Traveler bag worth £49, a copy of Outdoor Landscape and Nature Photography worth £9.99, bonus eBooks, video tutorials, Club discounts and more! Turn to p24...…

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This issue’s special contributors...Marcus HawkinsPAGE 14This month, regular N-Photo contributor Marcus explores how to take professional-looking photos using enthusiast-level kit.Michael FreemanPAGE 74In part two of his new series, Michael shares another creative path to help liven up your photos: having something happen.Pete HelmePAGE 48Professional interior and architectural photographer Pete advises our Apprentice on shooting wide-angle interiors.Brian SkerryPAGE 89When you’re shooting for National Geographic, the pressure’s really on to deliver, says underwater ace Brian.Graeme Quarrington-PagePAGE 58Retired motorsport photographer Graeme reveals his top tips for capturing geometric images of Mediterranean architecture.Lorenzo MontezemoloPAGE 90Our cover photographer Lorenzo explains how his fog-shrouded photos of California helped put him on the social media map.The N-Photo team on… LandscapesPaul GroganEditorI couldn’t agree more with Michael Freeman’s advice on page 74 to add some action to landscape…

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Photographers from 38 countries entered close to 18,000 images into this year’s GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Prepare to be impressed by our pick of this year’s winning photos taken on a NikonRunner up, mammalsElephants on Cracked Soil Federico Veronesi, ItalyLed by the matriarch, a herd of elephants crosses a dry Amboseli Lake on a cloudy morning, heading to the marshes to feed on the lush grass. There was an almost mystic silence as these gentle giants passed my vehicle. I pointed my wide-angle lens at the cracked soil of the lake and let the elephants fill the upper portion of the frame.Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/500 sec, f/10, ISO400Winner, Young photogr aphers up to 14 yearsMorning RunCarlos Perez Naval, SpainOn this particular morning in Samburu National…

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get pro-level pictures... ...from your entry-level kit

There are many reasons why professional photographers fork out thousands for high-end D-SLRs like the D5, with benchmark speed, tank-like build and direct, intuitive controls topping the list. But, when it comes to the process of actually taking pictures, a beginner-friendly D-SLR such as the D3400 isn’t far behind. In manual mode, both pro Nikon and budget bodies offer control of the aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Both enable you to tap into Nikon’s range of pro-grade lenses, and both enable you to shoot RAW files to realise the best image quality possible.Entry-level cameras have some distinct advantages over pro models too. They’re much smaller and lighter, which means that you’re more likely to want to carry them around all day. And although a flagship FX camera will feature a…

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get up to speed

For fast, course-based races, pre-focus on the track, then switch the lens to manual focus to lock this distance in (Rodrigo Garrido/Shutterstock)W hen it comes to picture quality, the difference in performance between a beginner D-SLR and a pro-spec model isn’t as cavernous as you might suppose. Even in terms of raw resolution, newcomer-friendly Nikons such as the D3400 and D5600 outstrip the pro-spec D500 and D5. But, of course, there are plenty of reasons why the D5 commands a price tag that’s around 13 times higher than that of the D3400. Chief of these are build quality and performance. High-end Nikons are equipped with bomb-proof bodies, and professional-grade autofocus and drive modes.The D5, for instance, boasts a total of 153 AF points, 99 of which are the more precise…