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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine June 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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to issue 85

This issue, landscape and wildlife duo Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg are in the N-Photo interview hot seat See page 92 With ever-increasing megapixel counts, clever advanced focus modes and amazing ISO performance, the latest Nikon DSLRs will give you incredibly detailed shots. But this level of detail isn’t worth anything if you don’t get your shots sharp in the first place. So travel photographer Steve Davey shares his in-the-field tricks and techniques for getting your sharpest ever shots. Using a decent tripod goes a long way to achieving this goal, and so we round up eight good-value tripods, all around the £200/$300 mark, in our Big Test. And if your lens is a real whopper, then we also put gimbal heads through their paces. With the World Cup around the corner, our Apprentice…

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get even more out of n-photo

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Steve Davey PAGE 18 Travel photographer Steve, who has an eye for detail like no other, shares his secrets of getting super-sharp shots. Tom Sandberg PAGE 52 Wise-beyond-his-years sports photographer Tom gets stuck into shooting footie with this month’s Apprentice. Eric Esterle PAGE 62 Freelance photographer and two time award-winning photographer Eric reveals his penchant for puffins. Michael Freeman PAGE 76 Regular contributor and bestselling author Michael explains the importance of juxtaposition in his creative work. Joe McNally PAGE 90 Smoke and mirrors? More like the sun, lights and a few mirrors to get visually interesting shots. It can only be Mr Joe McNally. Orsolya & Erlend Haarberg PAGE 92 The husband-and-wife nature photography team explain their love of the wilderness in the N-Photo interview.…

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the n-photo team’s tips for sharper shots

Adam Waring Editor Can’t get the ISO higher or get that aperture any wider? Underexpose by a stop or two to hike the shutter speed then brighten shots in post. adam.waring@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Technique editor Utilize Vibration Reduction on your lens to steady your shot when shooting handheld. This will get you sharper shots at longer shutter speeds. jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ben Andrews Lab Manager Use a remote shutter release, or your Nikon’s self-timer, to avoid any camera shake when shooting sensitive macro or long-exposure images. ben.andrews@futurenet.com Rod Lawton Head of Testing Tripods can be a bore, but honestly they’re the sure way of getting your shots sharp! And make sure you know exactly where your camera is focusing. rod.lawton@futurenet.com…

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR RUNNER-UP Frenzy Feeding Greg Lecoeur, Scotland Here, we see gannets hunting fish in Scotland. With the recent fall in fish stocks, gannets have to compete for food to ensure their survival. Nikon D7200, 10-17mm, 1/320 sec, f/11, ISO200 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR WINNER Enchanting Moment Tibor Kercz A beautiful kingfisher catching its prey from a small pond. Captured on a rainy, dark midsummer morning, Tibor used four off-camera remote-controlled radio-triggered flashes to freeze this fast moving bird. Both the bird and the raindrop are frozen mid-action, to make it easy to appreciate every minute detail of this picture. Nikon D4, 200-400mm f/4, 1/40 sec, f/9, ISO1000 OVERALL WINNER AND HABITATS & LANDSCAPES CATEGORY WINNER Guide to the Galaxy Ripan Biswas, India A Theobald’s ranid frog photographed in front of the Milky Way, West Bengal, India. Taken during the monsoon season, the skies are…

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how to shoot sharper shots

When you are shooting in the Raw format, you have a wide latitude for correcting your exposures. Even quite significant over-and underexposure can be rectified, and as long as you crop loosely, then you can also always improve your composition in post-production. One thing that you can’t do though – in spite of a number of Photoshop forthcoming feature teaser videos – is successfully deblur an unsharp image. If you don’t get your picture sharp in camera then there is pretty much nothing that you can do, other than just deleting it. The problem is compounded by the increasing resolution of digital cameras, which are better than ever at resolving detail. Which also means that they are merciless at showing up any inconsistencies with quality or technique. When I run workshops, I’m…