The N-Photo ex­perts say…

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STEADY the CAM­ERA

You def­i­nitely need to use a tri­pod for shots like this. Make sure you get a tri­pod with a good head, as you’ll want to be able to lock your Nikon down nice and tight. If you’ll be walk­ing a lot, you might want to in­vest in a de­cent travel tri­pod, or a light­weight car­bon fi­bre model.

Use a WIDE LENS

To fit ev­ery­thing in the frame, you’ll want to go wide. Wide-an­gle zoom lenses are great for this type of pho­tog­ra­phy, but they are a lit­tle heavy, and they can be ex­pen­sive. Wide-an­gle primes (see page 112) tend to be smaller, lighter and more com­pact.

ADD A FIL­TER

Want to get that su­per­smooth, glassy look in mov­ing wa­ter shots? Use an ND fil­ter to re­duce the amount of light reach­ing the sen­sor, so you can set a much longer ex­po­sure. You can get them in vary­ing strengths, or you can buy a vari­able ND fil­ter to save space and money.

Shoot in BURSTS

Get ar­ti­fi­cial lights to look like stars by us­ing a nar­row aper­ture. Us­ing f/11 or f/16 will force the aper­ture blades closer to­gether to give in­ter­est­ing pat­terns in the lights. The ex­act pat­tern will de­pend on the num­ber and shape of the blade, which is dif­fer­ent in ev­ery lens.

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