NPhoto 100% NIKON 100% IN­DE­PEN­DENT

NPhoto - - News - Rod Law­ton, Act­ing Edi­tor­ton@fu­

The auto-ex­po­sure sys­tem in my Nikon D-SLR is very clever – some­times too clever! Most of the time I can just choose one of the cam­era’s au­to­matic ex­po­sure modes and fire away, leav­ing the cam­era to work to the shut­ter speed, lens aper­ture or both. But this doesn’t al­ways give me the re­sults you want, so I’m left wrest­ing with me­ter­ing modes, EV

com­pen­sa­tion and the ex­po­sure lock but­ton as I try to sec­ond-guess and then cor­rect what the cam­era is try­ing to do.

So there comes a point (sooner rather than later, with me) where I just say “hang it!” and switch to man­ual mode. Your Nikon’s ex­po­sure set­tings might look com­pli­cated, but the prin­ci­ples are ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple, and you can start to get the ex­po­sures you want rather than hav­ing to rely on the cam­era’s best guess.

And that’s the sub­ject for this month’s main fea­ture: ‘ The Man­ual on Man­ual’. There are lots of times when shoot­ing in man­ual mode is smarter and more re­li­able than auto, and we show you when, why, and what to do about it!

We’ve also got a great in­ter­view with ac­tion and life­style pho­tog­ra­pher Ross Wood­hall, who has some great sto­ries about his life on the ski slopes, and how he got started on his pho­to­graphic ca­reer. If you thought

turn­ing pro took years of plan­ning, train­ing and in­vest­ment, then you need to read this!

Ross’s pro lenses are prob­a­bly too ex­pen­sive for the rest of us, but if you’re in­ter­ested in a more mod­estly-priced tele­photo, see page 90.

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