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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine January 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 67

paul.grogan@futurenet.com For your free DxO software turn to page 49 There are a lot of things in this issue that have got me excited: the awe-inspiring images from the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year competition on page 8; turning my kids into Jedi Knights on page 42 (the Force is strong with those ones); the skill required to capture a young Icelandic gull on the wing on page 60; and the inspirational talent of our two featured readers on pages 64 and 66. Oh, and of course the infectious enthusiasm of the irrepressible Joe McNally on page 130. But perhaps the feature that has excited me most, and that I think will be of most benefit to any of us striving to improve our own photography, is the first instalment of Michael…

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this issue’s special contributors...

Chris Rutter PAGE 16 In this month’s main feature, regular N-Photo contributor Chris shares his expert tips for shooting amazing nightscapes. Einar Gudmann PAGE 54 Photographer, author and native Icelander, Einar helps this issue’s Apprentice photograph the wildlife of his home country. Michael Freeman PAGE 78 Michael kicks off his new 13-part series on creative paths, starting with some tricks for developing your eye for composition. Ross Harvey PAGE 93 A graphic designer by trade, Ross reveals how a Christmas present enabled him to change his career – and his life. David Yarrow PAGE 94 The former City trader turned fine-art wildlife photographer explains why he’s so particular about his choice of subject. Joe McNally PAGE 130 Joe enthuses about how Nikon’s radio-controlled TTL Speedlight system makes his photography faster and more fun. The N-Photo team on... The night shift Paul Grogan Editor One of the great things about night photography…

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USA Landscape Photographer of the Year was founded in 2013 by internationallyacclaimed landscape photographer Charlie Waite. This year’s contest comprised five categories and two Special Awards. Here’s our pick of the winning and commended images shot on Nikon overall adult winner Volcanic Autumn Alex Noriega, Washington Mount Rainier dominates the surrounding landscape. I’d been intrigued by the more glaciated side of it for some time, but hadn’t found a composition that put it in context. Eventually I found a spot, high above Upper Tipsoo Lake, where the trees seemed to cradle the mountain, while showcasing the autumn foliage and allowing for atmospherics between the mid-ground and the mountain. Nikon D600, Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR, Shutter speed not known, f/11, ISO100 Winner, Black & White (Youth) Sunset Light Show John Morris, California It was the end of the…

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night & astro photography

Photography may be all about capturing light through your camera lens, but that doesn’t mean you can only take pictures during the day. There’s a whole new world of images to be shot long after the sun has disappeared beneath the horizon and the sky has become dark. Night-time skies reveal some of the most amazing and photogenic subjects you will ever find, such as the stars, the moon, the Milky Way and even galaxies far, far away. It’s always been possible to get shots after dark, but improvements to the quality of images taken at high ISO settings and longer exposures over the last few years mean that capturing the drama and beauty of low light and night-time subjects is now easier than ever. To give night photography a go you’ll…

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night shoot basics

While there are specific skills and gear needed for the different subjects you can shoot at night – as we will explain over the coming pages – many of them rely on the same basic gear, techniques and planning. Here are four things you should consider before you set out on any night photography trip. 1 BE PREPARED FOR THE COLD The temperature at night can drop dramatically, even during the summer months. During a shoot, you’re also likely to find yourself standing in one location for quite some time, so always take along some warm clothes, even if it’s balmy and bright when you set out. Naturally a hat, gloves and an insulated coat are going to be essential, but also make sure that your shoes or boots are warm, waterproof and…

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the magnificent moon

KIT LIST: MOON PHOTOGRAPHY You will need... l Telephoto lens l Sturdy tripod l Remote release Suggested settings l Shutter speed: 1/250 sec l Aperture: f/5.6 l ISO: 800 As the brightest and largest object in the night sky, the moon is a great subject to use as an introduction to astrophotography. It’s so large that you can easily shoot it with a normal telephoto lens, and it is bright enough that you can use a shutter speed fast enough to avoid needing a tracking mount. But even though the moon is relatively easy to shoot, you still need to use the right techniques to get a good shot. Here are our four suggestions… 1 FIND A DATE Start by finding out when and where the moon will be visible in the night sky, and also how much of it will be lit…