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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine October 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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to issue 77

(Image: Emanuele Biggi)Get even more out of N-PhotoFacebookJoin 289,000 Nikon nuts who ‘Like’ us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/nphotomagWeekly newsletterNews, techniques and offers emailed to you every Friday. Sign up atwww.bit.ly/nphoto_newsTwitterFollow our tweets and keep up to date with all things #Nikonwww.twitter.com/nphotomagDigital Camera WorldCatch up with Nikon news, get inspired and learn new skillswww.digitalcameraworld.comNature lover Emanuele Biggi shares the story behind his stunning shots of creepy-crawliesSee page 96Hello there! I may be a new face, but I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes on N-Photo for the past nine months, and promise to take good care of the magazine we all love.And what an issue to take over as editor! We knew the D850 was coming, but Nikon kept tight-lipped until the very last moment. It’s exceeded all our expectations, from its blistering…

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Frans LantingPAGE 26The world-renowned wildlife photographer explains how he got some of the stunning shots in his latest book Into AfricaMichael PilkingtonPAGE 60Michael takes this issue’s lucky Apprentice for a day beside the seaside and shows him how to capture stunning seascapesMichael FreemanPAGE 80This issue, Michael’s Creative Paths discusses how to concentrate on colour and composition over formJoel MarklundPAGE 95The chief photographer of Bildbyrån, Sweden’s leading sports photo agency, on the shot that originally made his nameEmanuele BiggiPAGE 96Famous throughout Italy, macro photographer and TV presenter Emanuele talks about his travels in the jungle and beyondJoe McNallyPAGE 130In the blazing heat of a desert fashion shoot, Joe demonstrates how to tame the harsh light of the sun for more subtle effects…

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the n-photo team’s d850 hands-on view

Adam WaringEditorWe’ve finally got our mitts on the D850! Seeing a lens’s focus ring twisting as the camera fires a series of shots while focus stacking is just so cool.adam.waring@futurenet.comJason Parnell-BrookesStaff WriterAs soon as I tried the D850 I put my name on the pre-order list. With 9fps, 45.7Mp, and the processor and AF from the D5, who wouldn’t want one?jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.comBen AndrewsLab ManagerThe D850 isn’t just about headline specs; it’s also a pleasure to use, with a responsive touchscreen, 0.75x viewfinder and new AF joystick.ben.andrews@futurenet.comRod LawtonHead of TestingThe D850 leaves no room for sloppy shooting technique, but when you get everything exactly right the resolution is simply stunning.rod.lawton@futurenet.com…

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nikon d850

DSLR • £3500/$3300 (BODY ONLY) • WWW.NIKON.CO.UKSpecificationsSensor 45.7Mp FX-format CMOS (35.9x23.9mm)Crop factor 1xMemory 1x XQD, 1x SD/SDHC/ SDXC (UHS-II)Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverageVideo resolution Full-frame 4K UHD 3840x2160 at 30/25/24pISO range 64-25,600 (expandable to 32-102,400)Autofocus 153-point phasedetection AF, 99 cross-typeMax burst rate 7fps (9fps with grip)Screen 3.2-inch touchscreen, 2359k dotsShutter speeds 1/8000 sec to 30 sec, bulb, timeWeight 915gDimensions 146x124x78.5mmPower supply EN-EL15a Li-ion battery, 1840 shotsFor a long time, professional photographers have faced a hard choice. You can get a camera with great resolution, such as the D810, but no real speed; or you can get a high-speed specialist like the D5, but you then have to compromise on resolution. You could even end up buying one of each.This is why the new Nikon D850 is such a big deal.…

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memory cards

You don’t need any special memory cards to make use of the D850’s amazing resolution, but if you want to exploit its speed as well you may need to upgrade your kit. Achieving the 7/9 frames per second is not the problem – it’s how long you can sustain this speed which is the issue.We couldn’t source Nikon’s recommended 64GB 440MB/s Sony QXD card, so we tried a 299MB/s Sony UHS-II SD card and that started to slow down after 30 Raw shots at 7fps.We also tried a Lexar Professional 440MB/s XQD card and that did make a big difference, but it also highlighted a very important point – the D850’s buffer capacities apply specifically to the in-camera 7fps shooting – in our tests, we did indeed get within a…

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focus shift shooting also known as ‘focus stacking’

1 Close-up photographyFocus stacking is a technique widely used by photographers who need to maximize depth of field in close-up shots such as this one. The problem is that even at minimum aperture, it’s not possible to keep the subject and the background sharp. As this is a limitation of physics and the optics in a typical DSLR, there’s no way of resolving it – even with the D850.2 Focus-shift settingsThe solution, or rather workaround, is to take a series of shots at slightly different focus settings and then blend them later using specialist software. This is normally a tedious manual process prone to error during the shooting phase when it’s easy to lose track or miss a step, but the D850 can do it all automatically – you simply…