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Master manual mode! Issue 116 of N-Photo on sale today

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The ‘M’ setting on the mode dial strikes fear into the hearts of many photographers. In an auto age where clever tech can take care of pretty much everything, having to decide such settings for yourself may seem like an unnecessary complication. But we’ll explain how taking complete control of your exposure can take your photos to the next level. 

The verdict is in on the Nikon Z 5, Nikon’s entry-level full-frame mirrorless. But is the cost low enough to tempt you to make the leap to mirror-free photography? We also check out that accompanying Z 24-50mm kit lens – which is big on quality, but not so generous when it comes to zoom range…

Our Apprentice takes to the trails of a Bedfordshire woodland to shoot mountain bikers in action, under the instruction of Geoff Waugh, one of the UK’s leading pro bike sports photographers. 

In our Big Test, we put fast, wide primes to the test, with 20-24mm focal lengths for squeezing that little bit more into your frame. And the winner might not be the lens you'd expect…

We sit down with inspiring youthful travel photographer Dallian Macadam in the N-Photo interview to talk about how he's determined to follow his dreams, despite battling with a life-limiting condition – and how he hopes to inspire others in turn. 

Over in our Skills section, you’ll learn how to create marvellous mono prints, shoot flowers with a superzoom and try your hand at infrared photography with a low-cost filter, as well as Adobe CC and Affinity photo-editing tutorials to make your shots really sing.

And as an added bonus, we're giving away a Teach Yourself Portrait Photography ebook. 

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N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine is a monthly publication that's entirely dedicated to Nikon users. As a 100% independent magazine, you can be assured of unbiased opinion from a trustworthy team of devoted photography experts including editor Adam Waring (opens in new tab) and Technique Editor Mike Harris (opens in new tab)


Aimed at all users, from camera newcomers to working pros, every issue is packed with practical, Nikon-specific advice for taking better photos, in-depth reviews of Nikon-compatible gear, and inspiring projects and exciting video lessons for mastering camera, lens and Photoshop techniques.


Written by Nikon users for Nikon users, N-Photo is your one-stop shop for everything to do with cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, tips, tricks and techniques to get the most out of your photography.