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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine March 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 the issue 82

Documentary photojournalist Zed Nelson on shooting everything from war zones to the streets of Hackney See page 94 Most sane people spend the month of February tucked up at home under the duvet – but not us photographers. For the cold, dark depths of winter open up the opportunities for lowlight photography – and this issue our lead feature explores shooting scenarios from dull days, to sunrise and sunset, and long into the night. Meanwhile, our Apprentice heads to the Sussex coast to shoot the shoreline in the magical light of dusk and dawn under the expert instruction of the award-winning Benjamin Graham. And we reveal the results of the first round of our N-Photo Photographer of the Year 2018 contest, on the theme of Winter. Elsewhere, we have projects on everything from…

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Chris Rutter PAGE 18 Your Nikon is capable of stunning shots long after sunset. Chris takes a leap in the dark to show you the best techniques. Sarah Skinner PAGE 93 Sarah on how her photograph of a jackal dodging elephants won her international recognition and enabled her to turn pro… Benjamin Graham PAGE 54 The reigning Landscape Photographer of the Year shows our Apprentice how to shoot seascapes on the Sussex coast. Zed Nelson PAGE 94 Zed has shot famine and death in Somalia and the gun culture of the USA, but still loves to shoot his native streets of Hackney. Michael Freeman PAGE 78 Michael turns to the dark side: shadows, and shows how they make powerful and mysterious subjects for your images. Joe McNally PAGE 130 Joe meets some real life Amazons (fitness athletes) and puts together a flash setup to capture their muddy…

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The nightcap Charl Senekal, South Africa ⋆ For Charl, nothing beats the excitement and anticipation of sitting in wait at a waterhole during the dry season, knowing that anything can appear out of the darkness. The herd of zebra in South Africa’s Zimanga Game Reserve surpassed his wildest wishes, and the still conditions resulted in a near-perfect reflection. Nikon D5, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO5000 Kick back and chill Alan Chung, USA After more than two hours hiking with rangers in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, Alan came across the ‘Hirwa’ family group (meaning ‘the lucky one’). This group of 16 mountain gorillas is led by a single strong silverback. They were feeding on young bamboo shoots and relaxing in a leafy open spot. Lucky for Alan indeed! Nikon D800E, Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5–5.6, 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO800 Pikin and Appolinaire Jo-Anne…

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master the art of   low light photography

While photography is all about the light, this doesn’t mean that you have to wait for bright, sunny days to get out and shoot. Your Nikon is capable of capturing images in almost any lighting conditions, from cloudy overcast days and colourful sunsets, to the ethereal and beautiful world of night photography. Shooting in low light, and especially at night, presents some unique challenges to your camera skills. At night it can be difficult to simply operate your Nikon in the dark, so you need to be completely familiar with the layout of the buttons on your camera and how to access the main features you will need without relying on being able to see the Nikon’s controls. You’ll also need to plan shots according to the weather conditions, the phase of…

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cloudy day techniques

Lens Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 at 22mm Exposure ½ sec, f/22, ISO50 Shoot long exposures On dark, overcast days the low light levels make it easy to achieve slow shutter speeds such as 1/15 sec to ½ sec, so they are perfect for experimenting with long exposures for blurring water or other moving elements. The technique is quite simple. With your Nikon on a tripod, set a low ISO, such as ISO100, and a narrow aperture, such as f/16. It’s a good idea to use a remote release to minimize camera shake, and either mirror lock-up, a self-timer or exposure delay mode, depending on which is available on your Nikon, to reduce any chance of mirror vibration. If you want to use a longer shutter speed to blur clouds or moving subjects, then you’ll…

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shoot at sunset or sunrise

Lens Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 at 28mm Exposure 3 secs, f/22, ISO50 The golden hour The warm, golden light from the sun low in the sky around an hour or so before sunset or after sunrise will help produce great looking shots. This low sun also produces strong side-lighting, which will bring out the shape and form of the subject, again enhancing the impact of shots taken during the golden hour. You can increase the warmth of your golden hour shots by setting the White Balance on your Nikon to Cloudy or even Shade, but you will get more natural looking results by choosing Daylight white balance. The main challenge, when shooting during the golden hour, is to find a location where the sun is in the right position to light up the landscape.…