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Our Nikon ex­pert is here to solve all your cam­era-re­lated prob­lems and help with those im­por­tant buy­ing de­ci­sions

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Rod says… Bruce, there’s an op­tion within the Shoot­ing Menu to re­set the folder num­bers. It’s within the Stor­age Folder op­tion, and al­lows you to re­name the folder. There’s an op­tion be­low that also en­ables you to set the first three char­ac­ters of the file name, called File Nam­ing. By us­ing both of th­ese to­gether you can set your card be­fore ev­ery shoot, al­low­ing for the images to pro­ceed to 999 be­fore the folder is filled. If you’re us­ing mul­ti­ple cards or glanc­ing across a host of files try­ing to se­lect a par­tic­u­lar one, this process can be hugely help­ful.

Rod says… The GP-1A GPS mod­ule is ex­tremely use­ful for record­ing GPS in­for­ma­tion, but there are other op­tions. The Sol­meta Geo­tag­ger Pro 2 (£170/$200) does a very good job of tag­ging your images in a very sim­i­lar man­ner to the GP-1A, and can be used on a wide va­ri­ety of Nikon bod­ies. The other op­tion is to use a smart­phone along­side an app like Mo­tion X, then mark each point with the im­age num­ber us­ing the smart­phone. Both have benefits and, depend­ing on whether or not you al­ready own a smart­phone, you can make your de­ci­sion based on price and/or con­ve­nience.

Rod says… Sean, wildlife photography needs range and speed in or­der to get some im­pres­sive images. Within your bud­get the best op­tion for you might be the Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR (£420/$590). It of­fers an im­pres­sive fo­cal range, Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­nal fo­cus­ing, mak­ing it an op­tion well worth ex­plor­ing. Prime lenses within the range you’d want are far more ex­pen­sive, and there­fore you’d be bet­ter off aim­ing at a zoom op­tion. If you’d like Rod to come to the res­cue re­gard­ing your Nikon-re­lated ques­tion, email it to mail@npho­tomag.com. Please note that we re­serve the right to edit any queries for clar­ity or brevity. You can also write to us at:

N-Photo Mag­a­zine, Quay House, The Am­bury Bath, UK, BA1 1UA

Can you rec­om­mend a wildlife lens for the Nikon D3100 for £450 to £500? Sean Roberts, via email

Is it pos­si­ble to ro­tate a movie shot in por­trait ori­en­ta­tion by a D800e? Eric Hal­crow, via email

Rod says… There are a num­ber of edit­ing pro­grams that can ro­tate a video, such as Adobe Pre­miere and Fi­nal Cut, but the end re­sult will be re­duced in res­o­lu­tion to roughly a quar­ter of the usual 1920x1080 HD for­mat. Be­cause the dis­play for­mat of your tele­vi­sion is land­scape you’ll need to adapt the video you’ve shot into that ar­range­ment. The only other method is to in­tro­duce bars to the left and right of the ex­ist­ing video, re­tain­ing all of the in­for­ma­tion on screen, but once again at a re­duced res­o­lu­tion.

Rod says… As most mod­ern TVs will dis­play 1920x1080 HD res­o­lu­tion, and your video will most likely be recorded in that for­mat, it’s best to use that as the end res­o­lu­tion. You can im­port the images at a higher res­o­lu­tion, then use the Ken Burns ef­fect, which zooms and pans across the still, to em­pha­sise de­tail. A pack­age such as Adobe Pre­miere El­e­ments or Ap­ple iMovie will be ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing a high­qual­ity slideshow with as many ef­fects or ti­tles as you like.

What is the best res­o­lu­tion for a slideshow in­volv­ing pho­tos and videos? Rud Lynge, Lux­em­bourg

Is there a more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to the Nikon GP-1A for a Nikon D700? Peter Bennett, via email

How do I re­set my fold­ers on my Nikon D750? Bruce Tem­ple­ton, via email

rec­om­mend Light­room Would you5 and Adobe Pho­to­shop as a pack­age, or Nikon Cap­ture NX2 and View NX2? Bill Beer, Lowestoft, UK

Rod says… The packages are vastly dif­fer­ent, and if you purely want to edit pho­tos, the com­par­i­son be­tween Light­room and Cap­ture NX2 is more per­ti­nent. Both of­fer RAW pro­cess­ing and cor­rec­tion tools, so are per­fect for most pho­tog­ra­phers. We’re par­tial to both pro­grams in the N-Photo of­fice, but find Light­room more ver­sa­tile and pow­er­ful than NX2.

Look­ing to get the best from your video footage? Fi­nal Cut Pro X is a video edit­ing pro­gram that we’d rec­om­mend for Mac users

Re­set­ting your fold­ers can help you or­gan­ise your images

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 of­fers ex­cel­lent range at an af­ford­able price

To dis­play your pho­tos on TV it’s best to re­duce the res­o­lu­tion of the images

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