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Competition: Win a Nikon D750 and experience full frame

To celebrate Nikon’s 100th anniversary, Nikon in South Africa is giving away a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR to one lucky photographer! Prize: The most creative “Happy 100th Anniversary” message will win a Nikon D750 DSLR body.   Competition Period: The competition will commence on Monday, 24 July 2017 and will close on Friday, 4 August 2017 at 12h00 midday (“the competition period”). The winner will be announced on 7 August 2017 on the Nikon South Africa Facebook page. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: LIKE the Nikon South Africa Facebook page Post your creative “Happy 100th Anniversary” message on the Nikon South Africa Facebook page with these hashtags – #Nikon100 #SeeTheLight All entrants MUST also subscribe to the Nikon Newsletter (click here to subscribe). 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 […]
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New AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR: Optical brilliance and telephoto agility

Johannesburg, South Africa – Ready to gratify the telephoto photography experience is the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR announced by Nikon in South Africa on 11 July 2017. An approximately 4.3x telephoto zoom lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths, up to 300mm when used with an FX-format camera, the new lens is also designed with a stepping motor to provide fast, quiet, and smooth autofocus (AF) drive. “We are pleased to introduce the AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR to our users, extending yet another expedient lens to their photography kit as they go out into the wilderness for nature’s beauty, capture action in a fast-paced sport, or simply to roam the lands for a picturesque landscape. Refined NIKKOR technology and optics have also made this lens lightweight and portable, while still being durable in its form,” said Grant Norton, Head of Sales and Marketing, Nikon in South Africa.   From intense sport competitions to outdoor zip lining and even white water rafting, the latest NIKKOR telephoto lens is equipped with a Vibration Reduction (VR) function that provides a level of compensation equivalent to a 4.5-stop1 increase in shutter speed. In addition, the SPORT mode […]
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“FROM GANG TO STAR” EXHIBITION – STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION

Woodstock, Cape Town – 30 June 2017 – Gangstar Enterprises, in partnership with Nikon in South Africa, is proud to be presenting a photo exhibition showcasing the visual stories of men that were once part of the dark world of gangsterism in Cape Town, but now symbolise hope in their communities. The “From Gang to Star” photo exhibition will be featured at The Field Office in Salisbury Street, Woodstock, from 30 June – 30 July 2017, after which the artwork will be featured in various other exhibition spaces across South Africa. The exhibition is an initiative of The Message Trust South Africa, an organisation that works alongside juveniles in prison guiding them through character development, spiritual growth and the training of business skills. As a result, these young people are provided with business and employment opportunities once they are released. The Message is focused on offering a holistic solution which also includes school life skill programmes, mentoring youth in the arts, as well as community outreaches into some of the neediest areas in Cape Town. At the heart of Nikon, Nikon photographic equipment has a 100 year heritage of providing a platform for capturing memories and sharing people’s stories through […]
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5 Steps to taking great Photographs of Cityscapes

When we think of landscape photos, our mind often takes us to images of rolling hills, green fields and tranquil vistas. However, there is great beauty to be found in built-up landscapes too – the key is knowing how to capture these man-made scenes in an interesting way that is pleasing to the eye. Follow these top tips for creating cityscape images with impact…. Take in the view before raising your camera When scouting for a photo opportunity, always look around before looking through the camera, see what you can find and explore the area before you shoot. Sometimes when looking through our viewfinder we miss what is going on around us. Make sure nothing is missed. Play around with colour Cityscapes can have striking variations of colour with glass and metal surfaces reflecting light. Find white balance in your camera’s shooting menu and experiment with different settings. Nikon cameras have in-built settings such as sunlight and shady. Don’t think that you have to use the correct white balance for every situation. Try using the wrong white balance. One example of this is to use incandescent white balance with metal surfaces. This gives the subject a blue colour and can […]
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How to take great images in low light

Photography is all about using light to paint a picture, and low light photography is no exception. In situations where light is limited, it can be a little trickier to capture a high-quality, sharp image – but don’t let this put you off! With the right know-how, you can capture stunning shots in any given low light situation. Try out these tips and get creative with your low light photography: When shooting with slower shutter speeds, make sure you either have a sturdy tripod or are able to rest the camera on a solid surface. Hand shake will become obvious when the shutter is open for longer periods, resulting in a blurry image. To obtain the sharpest possible image when using a tripod, use a remote trigger to release the shutter – and don’t forget to turn off the VR on the lens. Consider using the ‘MUP’ function, or in the latest generation of D-SLRs the ‘Electronic Front Shutter Curtain’ feature on the camera, to minimise any possible movement. This will prevent the vibration that occurs when the mirror moves up and down, which can cause the image to have a slight blur. In order to make interesting abstract images, […]
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Using a tripod

Tripods were absolutely essential in the early days of photography, when exposures were made on glass plates with sensitivity as low as just ISO 1-3. These days, with many Nikon cameras able to capture a black cat in a coal cellar hand-held, thanks to the incredible leaps ISO capability has made, you might be thinking, do I really need a tripod? But the answer is still ‘yes’ for many types of images and situations – find out why in our comprehensive guide… So why use a tripod? Tripods come in handy for many different reasons – read on to find out when you might need one…. Sharper images The more pixels your camera’s sensor packs, the more likely it is that tiny movements will be recorded as blur in your shots, so with a high-megapixel DSLR such as the D810, it’s definitely worth using it tripod-mounted at anything under 1/125sec. Even at fast shutter speeds, blur is less likely with the camera rock-steady on a tripod (always using a cable release to fire the shutter) – and the larger you’re intending to display your image, the more important this becomes. Spot-on composition Using a tripod slows you down a bit, […]
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7 Tips for Architecture Images with Impact

1) Don’t worry about having to spend a fortune on gear You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with what you’ve already got, although you will need a wideangle lens to fill the frame. A telephoto lens is great for concentrating on details like ornate carvings, clocks, plaques, signage and repeating patterns of roof tiles or windows. 2) Use the camera tripod-mounted This gives you a bit of breathing space to concentrate on composition, and allows for shake-free longer exposures – although for interiors, you might need a monopod, as tripods are often banned inside buildings. Otherwise, dial up the ISO so you can use a faster shutter speed, and shoot hand-held. 3) Planning is key Check out images of your chosen buildings online to look for good angles and the way the light falls at different times of the day. A quick recce before you set up can reveal the best vantage points, and it’s a lot quicker and easier to walk around with the camera handheld, rather than when it’s tripod-mounted. 4) Converging verticals Where walls that should look parallel instead appear to be sloping inwards towards their apex – can be a problem. You can minimise […]
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How to do light painting photography

Light painting is a fun photography technique that can put a unique spin on your images. It is the art of using handheld light sources to draw or selectively illuminate parts of a scene while the shutter of your camera is left opened. This technique dates back to 1889 when Étienne-Jules Marey and Georges Demeny attached incandescent bulbs to the joints of an assistant to trace human motion and created the first known light painting photograph, “Pathological Walk from in Front”. MASTER THE BASICS If you are new to photography, experimenting with light painting can be a great way to learn how to shoot in manual mode. By shooting in a dark environment during a long exposure, the light trails or streaks of the light source will be captured in your image. Light painting requires a slow shutter speed, such as one second or more. A variety of light sources can also be used, from simple flashlights to glow sticks, candles, and even fireworks. TAKE PRECAUTIONS When dealing with flammable equipment, please ensure that you stay clear of anything that can easily catch fire. Wear protective clothing, cover your hair, and keep your camera gear away from the flames. Always […]
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A Quick guide to using the Fn (function) button

Customise your shooting experience at the touch of a button with the Fn (function) button.You can set up your Nikon DSLR so your favourite setting is selectable simply by pressing the Fn button – usually located on the front of the DSLR. Depending on your camera model, you may have the option to set up other customisable buttons for even more versatility. Assigning the Fn function This is a very straightforward procedure: 1. Go into the Custom Setting Menu. 2. Select Controls and Assign Fn Button. 3. Select Press to bring up a menu of the different roles and functions that can be assigned to the Fn button. 4. Choose your setting and press OK. 5. That function will be now be implemented whenever you press the Fn button – and, of course, you can update your choice at any time. There are many different options you can assign to the Fn button, including: AE/AF lock – locks focus and exposure Flash off – prevents the flash from firing Viewfinder Grid Display – turns the framing grid on and off Viewfinder Virtual Horizon – displays a virtual horizon to help ensure your camera is level Playback – useful for situations […]
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A Quick Guide to Flat Lay Photography

A flat lay is simply an image shot directly from above – a bird’s eye view of an array of carefully arranged objects – and it’s never been more popular, particularly in food and fashion photography. Use our tips to ensure top flat-lay shots. Tell a story The best flat lays tell a visual story, so choose a theme, using a couple of ‘star’ items surrounded by a ‘supporting cast’ of additional elements. Go for harmonious, complementary colours, and keep things simple – less is often more. The most popular format for flat lays is square, and within that square you want to be aiming for a clean, easy-to-read composition. Whether you go for a square, portrait or landscape format, use the rule of thirds to guide you – imagine a noughts and crosses grid overlaying the image, and position the most important elements roughly where the gridlines intersect. Create the background Choose your flat-lay’s backdrop with care. Plain white is very popular and often extremely effective, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and textures, such as wood, corkboard, fabric, wallpaper – whatever matches the theme of your flat lay. Get the light right Natural daylight gives […]
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