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Introducing new Nikon COOLPIX P1000

Enter a world of close-up perfection with the new Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Experience 3000mm-equivalent super-telephoto shooting with the latest compact digital camera equipped with the highest zoom ratio of 125× JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Super-telephoto shooting sees a new level of clarity and quality with the release of the new COOLPIX P1000 announced by Nikon Middle East FZE today. A compact digital camera that combines superior photographic performance for high-quality, breath-taking images with 125× optical zoom and enhanced operability for the user’s convenience, the new COOLPIX is set to be the new contender in the imaging world of optical zoom. “Placing our optical expertise and technological knowledge in this new COOLPIX camera is to place the impressive power of imaging in the hands of our users. Perfect for super-telephoto photography, be it for birding, wildlife, or celestial bodies, the new P1000 endows our users with streamlined operability and high resolution quality that will undoubtedly impress.” says Grant Norton, Head of Sales and Marketing, Nikon in South Africa. The COOLPIX P1000 is equipped with a 125× optical zoom lens that covers an incredible range of focal length beginning at the wide-angle 24mm1 equivalent and extending to the super-telephoto 3000mm1 equivalent (up to […]
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Benefits of Taking Portraits with a DSLR

There are many benefits to taking portraits with a DSLR (digital SLR camera). A DSLR camera will give you better resolution, sharpness and clarity because it uses a larger sensor to capture the image and more powerful processing power. Using a DSLR also gives you the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Get close to your subject Instead of shooting a picture of a person from head to toe, you can get closer to your subject for a great portrait of just his or her face. You can take great portraits with the lens that came with your camera. You also have the option of choosing from other lenses like macro, fast aperture or zoom lenses that let you specialize the look even further. Fill the frame You can zoom in or physically get closer to your subject so they fill the frame, as opposed to taking a picture of a person where they look small compared to their surroundings and may get lost by the viewer. Also note that when you look through the viewfinder on the camera, what you see is what you will get in the final image. Connect with your subjects Talk with your subjects while taking their […]
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How to take Beautiful Portraits

Composition Check in the LCD screen or against the crop marks in the viewfinder that body parts haven’t been accidentally amputated, or that trees and signs aren’t growing out of heads; you might need to move slightly so you can recompose to prevent this. Turn the camera on its side for full-length shots, and never be afraid to move in close – frame-filling portraits can be very effective. Take care with focus to ensure the eyes are sharp, otherwise the picture won’t work. Lenses A lens with a focal length around 18-135mm is ideal for most portraits. Get too close with a wideangle and you’ll start to distort facial features, making noses and chins appear larger; a medium telephoto lens setting of around 70-135mm creates a more flattering result. For candids of the kids that won’t disturb their fun, try the long end of a telephoto zoom – you can shoot from a safe distance, and the focal length will create shallow depth of field that focuses all attention on your subject, with distracting backgrounds and foreground softened into a pleasing blur. Light Daylight gives the best results for portraits. Late afternoon sunlight has a warm glow, while cloudy, overcast […]
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How to use the Smart Portrait System in your Nikon COOLPIX camera

The Smart Portrait System in your COOLPIX combines a series of automatic functions that make taking perfect portraits as easy as pushing a button. Face-Priority AF Automatically activated when you select Portrait mode, Face-Priority AF detects a person’s face at typical portrait-taking distances, then adjusts autofocus to focus on the face. So, even if the subject then moves, or if you recompose, the point of focus stays on that face. If you have two or three people in the scene, Face-Priority AF will simply focus on the closest subject. Red-eye Fix Automatically checks for redeye in the captured image and corrects it before saving the image to memory, so when you see the saved picture on the screen, it’s already redeye-free. Skin Softening Uses built-in face-detection technology to render smooth facial skin tones, with three different adjustment levels so you can get exactly the flattering results you (and your subjects!) are after. Smile Mode Automatically fires the shutter when the selected subject smiles. Blink Warning Displays a warning message when it detects that the subject blinked as the photo was taken, allowing you to immediately reshoot – which means you don’t miss the chance of a second stab at a great shot […]
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Nikon Assignment: July 2018

Would you like to have your image displayed in Nikon House Centurion? Participate in our monthly Nikon Assignments and you could be one of seven lucky photographers who will get the opportunity to have their image displayed. Each Nikon Assignment will have a unique theme to challenge photographers to get creative and use their photographic skills. More than just photographing a person, portraiture is about capturing an image that conveys honesty and sentiment to create an emotional dialogue with the viewer. It’s an intricate medium: facial expression, aspect, exposure, light and shadow all combine to communicate the essence of the subject in a specific moment. A photographer needs to be in tune with the subject and their surroundings – carefully composing and posing the subject to perfectly capture a magic moment. The brief Submit a single image that best captures the assignment theme of ‘The Perfect Portrait’. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take the perfect portrait GRAM – Post your image on Instagram TAG – Add the hashtag #MyNikonAssignment and tag @IamNikonSA in the Instagram caption FOLLOW – Follow @IamNikonSA on Instagram Only one assignment entry per photographer. Your entry must be published on Instagram during […]
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How to Utilise Negative Space in your photography

Less is sometimes definitely more. Creating empty space in a composition can make it far more powerful than cramming it full of detail. Negative space is a vital element in design. With photography, we’re talking about the space around the subject; whether colourful or neutral, graphically bold or understated, it can have texture, dimension, space and graphic strength. With little else shouting for attention in the frame, negative space directs the viewer to the key areas in the image. While “get in close and fill the frame” can work in many situations, negative space can make shots more interesting and compelling. Just move back to leave a little room for your subject to breathe, creating a complementary space. You’ll need to keep a (wide) open mind for your choices of framing, in-camera cropping, vantage points and viewing angles. A lens along the lines of the AF-S DX 55-200mmf /4-5.6 or the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is ideal, as it makes you frame a bit tighter so you naturally have to exclude extraneous detail. As a rule of thumb, you’ll need twice as much negative space as subject area to balance the shot. For the most impactful results, position […]
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The PC lens advantage

If your mantra is “what you see is what you get”, you need to try a PC (Perspective Control) lens. PC lenses, such as the new PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED , are the choice for serious landscape and architectural photographers, due to their unique tilt and shift capability. This helps you control what’s in focus in an image and, when photographing architectural subjects – interiors as well as exteriors – it allows you to keep parallel lines parallel and prevent distortion in a scene. For example, if you were to tilt your camera upwards to get every inch of a tall building in the frame, its soaring lines would appear to be converging towards the apex. This is called keystoning, but a tilt/shift lens prevents it from happening by allowing the camera to remain parallel and perpendicular to the building while the lens shifts up. NIKKOR PC lenses also rotate, so the up and down shift becomes a left and right shift – which is especially handy if you want to capture a panorama. Putting things straight If you’re using a super-wideangle lens like a 14mm and want to photograph something in the foreground, you might have to tilt the lens […]
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Tips for Great Panning Shots

Sometimes, capturing the action by freezing it with a fast shutter speed doesn’t quite cut it – you end up with an image that, although perfectly sharp, doesn’t actually convey any real feeling of movement. To get that, you need to pan instead. Panning involves tracking a moving subject with a slow shutter speed, so you capture it sharply against a blurred background to create a dynamic sense of speed. To get started, select a slow shutter speed – try 1/20sec or 1/30sec as a starting point. If it’s not slow enough, you’ll end up with a static, frozen image, so be prepared to play around. If light conditions warrant a very slow speed, you could risk camera shake – a lens with Vibration Reduction (VR) will enable you to handhold at a slower speed than otherwise possible, and will greatly increase your hit rate. Position yourself parallel to your subject’s line of movement, tuck in your arms and elbows and hold your camera as close to your body as you can to steady it, then pre-focus on the spot where you want to shoot. Lock focus on that area by half-depressing the shutter. With practice, you probably won’t need […]
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Take Winning Shots of Sports

Frozen One of the most effective techniques for photographing any sport is to freeze the action with a high shutter speed. You’ll need around 1/500sec as a minimum; 1/1000sec or above is even better. It can help to have your shutter speed set as high as possible so you can suddenly catch an opportunistic shot without having to worry about changing settings. Switch your autofocus setting to Continuous so it will track the action to keep the photo in focus. You may also want to set the AF points to dynamic autofocus, as this makes it easier to keep the focus on your subject. Alternatively, if your camera has scene modes, select the sports mode and it will automatically use the best settings for optimum results. You may also have to raise your ISO to get the higher shutter speed you want to use. A higher ISO setting is more sensitive to light and allows you to use a faster shutter speed. And make sure you’re using a fast card to enable your camera to record as quickly as possible. Another way of achieving a frozen image is to use flash, whether that’s from your camera’s built-in flash or from […]
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May Day competition

COMPETITION: BE CREATIVE WITH POP ART PHOTOGRAPHY AND YOU COULD WIN A 200-500MM F/5.6E AF-S ED VR LENS! Nikon in South Africa invites you to get creative with Pop Art photography. Prize: A 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S ED VR lens. Competition Period: The competition will commence on Tuesday, 25 April 2018 and will close on Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 12h00 midday (“the competition period”). The winner will be announced on 5 June 2018 on the Nikon South Africa Facebook page and Nikon Instagram page. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: SHARE one of our May Day posts on your account. POST your Pop Art photo with #NikonMayDay & TAG US. FOLLOW us on Instagram @IamNikonSA & like us on Facebook. Terms & Conditions: Entrants must follow ALL the steps mentioned above to qualify for the prize. The prizes and/or any parts thereof, are non-transferrable and cannot be deferred or exchanged for cash or equivalent; The organisers’ decision regarding any matter concerning the competition and/or arising out of these terms and conditions, including the determination of the winner, is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The organizers or their agents will not be held responsible for any disputes arising from the competition or prize […]
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