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Love it or loathe it, it’s safe to say that to do HDR prop­erly, you need ded­i­cated HDR soft­ware, so if you’ve only ever tried it in Pho­to­shop (or worse, in cam­era) now’s your chance to give a go. Just go to bit.ly/HDRPro­jects2, down­load the .exe file onto

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Back in the days when film was king, the wis­dom was that – all things be­ing equal – the lens was more im­por­tant than the cam­era. Sure, fast aut­o­fo­cus was im­por­tant, and maybe a su­per-speedy mo­tor­drive for those shoot­ing wildlife or sport, but what made the big­gest dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of your images was the qual­ity of your op­tics, pure and sim­ple.

To­day, of course, the qual­ity of the sen­sor, and how an im­age is pro­cessed in-cam­era, is just as im­por­tant, but with even the most af­ford­able Nikon D-SLRs now boasting sen­sors that of­fer stag­ger­ing im­age qual­ity, the lens you use is ar­guably what mat­ters most – which is where this is­sue’s fea­ture comes in. We wanted to know which five Nikon lenses were con­sid­ered to be ut­terly in­dis­pens­able by some of the best pros in the busi­ness; you can find out what they said, and why, on page 26.

For many pho­tog­ra­phers, of course, there’s as much fun to be had play­ing with images as tak­ing them, which is why we’re also giv­ing away a free copy of HDR Projects 2 be­low – if you’ve never tried your hand at HDR pro­cess­ing, now’s your chance!

All that, plus an in­sider’s guide to sell­ing your images as stock, shoot­ing your very first wed­ding, mak­ing the most of Live View, and much more. En­joy the is­sue, and happy shoot­ing!

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