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Ja­son ad­dresses your queries, such as whether VR should be used for mono­pod shooting

Our res­i­dent Nikon ex­pert Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes an­swers your ques­tions and solves your prob­lems. If you’d like Ja­son 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 queries for clar­ity or brevity.

I’ve seen some great mirror-im­age night shots with light­ing re­flected in wa­ter, but I’m strug­gling to repli­cate the ef­fect my­self. Can you help? Kelly Daw­son, via email

Ja­son says... We’ve got lots of use­ful tips on im­prov­ing your night pho­tog­ra­phy in this month’s lead fea­ture. Us­ing the re­flec­tions of light­ing dis­plays and other brightly lit ar­eas can cer­tainly boost the ap­peal of night shots, ef­fec­tively dou­bling the area of in­ter­est and adding colour. It’s prefer­able to hav­ing large, dark ar­eas in a scene with noth­ing go­ing on.

A pond, lake or river are ideal, but you can also get good re­flec­tions from wet roads and pave­ments, glass sur­faces or even a shiny car roof. High ISO set­tings and rea­son­ably quick shutter speeds can freeze mo­tion in the wa­ter and keep re­flec­tions sharper, or if the sur­face is choppy, go for the smooth­ing ef­fect of a long ex­po­sure. Con­cen­trate on the com­po­si­tion, mov­ing your cam­era to make the most of the re­flec­tions, even if it means get­ting down to ground level.

For this shot fea­tur­ing re­flec­tions of low build­ings, the cam­era was placed on the ground at the edge of a pool of wate r, a cou­ple of inches above the sur­face

Tam­ron’s 70-200mm f/2.8 seems ideal for use with a tele­con­verter, but the UK dis­trib­u­tor can’t rec­om­mend a suit­able choice

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