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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine November 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 78

Rising star of the fashion photography world Dixie Dixon speaks in the N-Photo interview See page 96 It’s that time of year again. The clocks go back, the nights draw in, and the uniformly green trees turn into a glorious technicolour spectacle of golden yellows, fiery reds and russet browns. Yes, autumn is here, and so we share our tips and tricks for capturing this most picturesque of seasons – see page 18. For night-time shoots, we try our hand at everything from light painting with sparklers to capturing nature’s eye-dazzling Northern Lights – the fun starts on page 33. For those occasions when you need to create your own light, this issue’s Big Test puts studio and portable lighting kits through their paces (p114), while our Mini Test of hotshoe-mounted LED…

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N Photo This issue’s special contributors... Lauren Scott PAGE 18 Lauren packs up her Nikon kit and heads out into the beautiful autumn light to show you how to capture stunning seasonal shots Richard Peters PAGE 54 Pro wildlife photographer Richard joins our Apprentice in Slovenia to help him capture brown bears in dramatic light Michael Freeman PAGE 74 This issue, Michael’s Creative Paths discusses how to change your point of view for a better, more original photograph Neal Preston PAGE 95 During a career spanning 50 years, Neal’s rock photography – not least of Led Zeppelin – has become world-renowned Dixie Dixon PAGE 96 Rising star of fashion photography Dixie has already made a name for herself, shooting for an armful of blue chip clients Joe McNally PAGE 130 In the darkness of a fireworks shoot, Joe demonstrates how to prepare yourself for capturing pyrotechnics at their best The…

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light box

OVERALL WINNER Diminutive Dune Benjamin Graham, West Sussex, England A Tuesday evening in early October guaranteed a mostly deserted location and, while heading along the estuary’s edge at twilight, the subtlety of the sand forms caught my eye. As well as its minimal simplicity, I like the indeterminate scale of the image. The double S-curve could be two metres long or 2000... It was actually about 20. I made primary adjustments in Camera Raw and fine adjustments using levels in Photoshop. Nikon D810, 50mm f/1.4, 0.6 sec, f/11, ISO64 CLASSIC VIEW – COMMENDED Cool Light Frank Leavesley, New Forest, Hampshire, England A beautiful frosty February morning in the New Forest National Park near Holmsley. The sky started full of pinks and reds then changed to this lovely cool blue. I feel very lucky to live near such a…

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landscapes in transition

When greens turn to reds, make sure you’re ready to capture the transition Autumn is, perhaps, the most photogenic season of them all, with misty mornings, fiery sunsets and a spread of red and orange foliage. Because sunrise is later and sunset is earlier than in the summer months, shooting during the golden hour is easier, so use this warm light to add tranquillity to autumn scenes. While the changing of the leaves is the defining characteristic of autumn, don’t feel limited to photographing dense rural woodland. Urban parks also have their share of mature trees, and by visiting regularly you’ll be able to document the transition more subtly. The usual rules of landscape photography apply, and it’s generally best to capture sweeping vistas with a wide-angle lens and narrow aperture…

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get reflective

Get double the colour by using lakes or other bodies of water as a mirror to reflect scenery What could be better than featuring one autumn palette in your landscape? Including two, of course! Double the colour by including a reflection. In terms of composition, one approach is to position the horizontal waterline in the centre of the frame, so that the reflection has equal weight with the landscape. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb to a higher vantage point and shoot downwards to include more of the scene. Lakes surrounded by forests are the perfect spot for these shots. The best time to shoot is during the early morning, when the light is golden and wind levels are lower. Any breeze will disrupt the surface and spoil your reflection. STEP-BY-STEP Our top tips…

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seasonal wildlife

Autumn is a busy time for animals, as they prepare for a long and chilly winter ahead All creatures great and small become more bold at this time of year as they take advantage of natural resources and build up stores for the colder months to come. You’ll have noticed the bountiful hedgerow harvest from September onwards – think berries, rose hips, apples, hazelnuts and seeds – and many species take advantage of this feast to build up reserves of fat for migration or for hibernation. Some animals, such as squirrels, are easy to spot out foraging, but you’ll need to learn the habits and preferences of shyer species. You could set up a regular feeding station on your local patch with your target animals’ preferred food source. As an example, badgers…