Welcome to issue 64
I have a confession to make. On the face of it I am a stalwart advocate of proper cameras. I’ve publicly lampooned those misguided folk who make do with compact cameras or mobile phones for their pictures, and I extol the virtues of SLRs whenever I am given a chance. But, yes, I shamefully admit I regularly take pictures on my iPhone.
It is not because of the image quality – far from it. It is simply because of the ease with which I can then share these pictures with friends, family and readers via Facebook, Twitter or email. With my Nikon D800, I can’t simply press a button to get my shots online. And this is why I think the launch of Nikon’s new D3400 is so amazing. Here is a budget-priced camera with all the advantages of an SLR that can quite simply transfer every image that it shoots to your Apple or Android smartphone using the SnapBridge system first seen on the D500. For me, this is a gamechanger. It allows you to share high-quality photographs, rather than mobile snaps, when you are on holiday, say, or at a party.
Also new this month is our relaunched PhotoClub – which now offers online video training courses in all aspects of photography. Our expert e-learning lessons allow students to master new techniques and skills at home – or on the move via their phone or tablet. You can see more about our new PhotoClub website on page 68.