N-Photo December 2018 Issue 92

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Published 22nd November

Perhaps the greatest advantage of your DSLR over compact or bridge cameras is the ability to change lenses to suit the subject you’re shooting. So this issue we’ll show you how to master your Nikon lenses, explain when you’d use wide-angle, standard or telephoto focal lengths, and demystify all that lens jargon. 

Our Apprentice learns to shoot outdoor natural-light portraits on location under the expert guidance of Paul Wilkinson.

We speak with Norwegian wildlife photographer Ole Jørgen Liodden, famed for his polar bear images and documenting the effects of climate change on their Arctic habitat.

We review the new D3500 – Nikon's latest beginner-level camera, which offers hugely increased battery life over its predecessor while shaving the weight significantly. We reckon it's the best DSLR for newcomers yet – from any camera manufacturer. 

This issue’s Big Test is on ‘standard primes’ – 50mm lenses (on FX cameras, 35mm on DX bodies), so-called because they offer a similar angle of view to your own vision. 

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is coming, so we’ve racked our brains to come up with seven pages of desirable camera kit for our gift guide. Our advice is to leave the mag open on the coffee table, with your most-wanted choices boldly encircled where your loved ones can’t fail to spot it…  

In our Nikon Skills section, we show you how to take mouthwatering photographs of festive food, creatively light-paint atmospheric miniature scenes, digitize your old negatives and slides with a scanner, and shoot the Milky Way in our astrophotography masterclass. 

Over in the digital darkroom, we show you how to process Raw files in Serif Affinity Photo, insert figures into scenes to give landscapes extra impact in Adobe CC, and create punchier prints with sharpening tools in Nikon's free Capture NX-D software.