Cape Town office has a new home
It is with great pleasure that Nikon announce, that on 31 May 2016, we will open the doors to our new Cape Town office space. Our new address in the sought after Boulevard Office Park (full details below), offers better parking facilities and a more secure office environment. Our phone number will stay the same: 087 285 3300. Since opening our Cape Town branch, your loyal support has helped us grow, and we are certain that this new space will allow us to serve you better. **Please take note that our offices will be closed from 25 – 30 May in order to facilitate the move. If you have any questions about our new location or our services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. New address as of 31 May 2016 NIKON HOUSE CAPE TOWN Boulevard Office Park (Block C, Ground Floor) Searle Street Woodstock, Cape Town Tel: 087 285 3300 Google map link: https://goo.gl/LcvvPR We look forward to seeing you at our new home soon.
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The perfect outdoor adventure with Kelvin Trautman
The perfect outdoor adventure means different things to different people. For me, it’s a chance to reconnect. To do this I often look at travelling somewhere near or far with as little as possible. To be self reliant with as little as possible is a quest I’m continually on. I’m a firm believer in less is more and without our daily distractions, you have more time for thinking, writing and reconnecting. This image sums this up perfectly. Here, Sabrina cruises the shallow of a largely unexplored bay on Zakinthos Island, Greece. We were totally self sufficient on this trip, we built our own raft to carry our gear, we got around the island by swimming and we ate the fish we caught. In all of this, I find that the imagery I shoot on these trips feels more authentic and filled with so much more substance. So why not try get away from the hustle and bustle for a while and get back to the basics of capturing and creating the raw beauty we often miss out on.
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Double exposure tips
Step 1 – Shoot your silhouette. Try photographing it against a clear sky or a white studio backdrop. If you are outdoors, use a low camera angle to get a clean white background. Step 2 – Find your background texture. Photograph a colourful or textured background that will work well with the silhouette. Take your time trying to find the perfect combination. Step 3 – Prepare your camera. When you’ve found the texture to place within the silhouetted figure, select your multi-exposure setting and switch your camera to live view. Find and select your silhouette photograph on the memory card. It will be displayed on the LCD screen. Step 4 – Line up the images. When the silhouette displayed on your camera’s LCD screen, aim your lens at the textured subject. The texture you have found will appear within the black silhouette. Adjust the camera angle, zoom, and exposure settings in order to create the textured overlay you are looking for and shoot! Your camera will automatically merge the two. A few things to remember: Aligning the images is easier when you work in live view mode. Avoid overexposure, which can flare the outline of your silhouetted subject, and compose […]
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Automotive photography tips by Seagram Pearce
PANNING Physics plays a huge role in panning because objects moving directly towards you or away from you will never be sharp. However objects moving at the same distance away from you perpendicularly will have a much higher sharpness rate. It’s very rare to have the entire vehicle sharp because of physics & object travel while the shutter is open. TRACKING You would shoot from the chase vehicle back onto the hero vehicle. Depending on how smooth your road surface is, you should be getting a fair amount of sharp images. Depending on your driving speed, you can increase your shutter speed, because you’re physically travelling faster over greater distance, so the camera interprets this as motion. SHUTTERDRAG The benefit of this is the creative freedom it allows with lighting. Moving lights become light trails and small light sources can be moved to create apparent larger light sources. In this shot I only made use of passing vehicle lights. FREEZE MOTION For this next shot, it was important to make the car look impressive going through the water. Getting an aesthetic pleasing ‘freeze’ is important. A blurred mass of water […]
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P900 Review with Sabi Sabi
Nikon Coolpix P900 review The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a fun and easy to use everyday camera, especially for beginners who want to capture great photographic images. With a wide range of settings, the camera can be used for any type of photography, as It allows for a greater wide angle and extreme zoom. Let’s look at the main features of the camera Zoom The P900 has the largest zoom in its class with an 83x Optical zoom lens (24mm-2000mm equivalent in 35mm format) and a great image stabilization system for zooming. This really allows you to get up close to the object that you are shooting. This tree squirrel image was taken at roughly 30 to 35 meters away. With such a small subject it can be difficult to focus at that distance but all thanks to the extreme zoom and spot metering focus of the P900, it is easy to do! Image quality An impressive 16.1 megapixel sensor ensures not only sharp image quality, but also ensures rich full colours. These hippo and oxpecker […]
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Nikon in South Africa is excited to announce a new Nikon School and Nikon Professional Support model.
Pretoria, South Africa 16 February 2016 – Nikon in South Africa is excited to announce a new Nikon School and Nikon Professional Support model. This model will introduce Nikon trainers that have practical knowledge and field experience, to inspire and equip photographers of all levels. Camera training, workshops and excursions will be designed to offer informative, genre specific and practical knowledge to inspire and promote a successful and sustainable photographic industry. “The motivation of this new structure is to engage more fully with our aspiring and professional photographers, and to promote a creative environment for the Nikon photographic community. We believe that once you purchase a Nikon product, you become part of the Nikon family. With the inclusion of trainers who are actively engaged in the photographic industry, we will be able to offer functional skills, the knowledge to master techniques, advance creativity and offer practical knowledge of how to get the most out of your equipment. We are not in the business of just selling products but strive to promote photography,” said Stefan van der Walt, CEO for Nikon in South Africa. Nikon Professional Services in South Africa aims to provide valuable assistance and support to all Nikon professional […]
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Picture Perfect Pets with Emma O’Brien
Don’t you just love it when your pets make those cute faces and wish you could take that perfect shot? Emma O’Brien has given us a few tips so that we can make sure all our pet shots look as good as hers… “When you’re photographing animals, especially dogs, it’s best to get down to the same level as them so they can look directly into the camera, it makes for a more striking portrait. The best way to get an animal’s attention so that they look at you, is to make high pitched squeaky noises – you can cheat by using an app on your phone for this – it works like a charm! Food is also is a great way to get an animal to look at you (I’ve found it also works for small children too!). I like to have someone to help me when I’m photographing animals because it’s very difficult to position and get them to sit still and take a photo, so always have a helper.”
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Bryan Peterson – Creatively Correct
If ever there was a workshop on developing your vision with the promise of recording one compelling composition after another… this would be it! Within the first 10 minutes of this workshop, you’ll learn the difference between a correct exposure and a creatively correct exposure; within 30 minutes you’ll have a firm grasp on the relationship between f/stops, shutter speeds and ISO. That’s the magic of Bryan’s unique teaching style, which has helped turn the confusing and intimidating world of exposure into total control for thousands of students. Based in part on Bryan’s bestseller, Understanding Exposure, this workshop will boost your level of expertise. Do you know which ONE aperture to use and when you should use it to get the greatest contrast and sharpness in your exposure? Do you know which two apertures guarantee your background will remain as an out of focus tone? Do you know which ONE aperture when combined with the ‘right’ lens will give you an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity? For shooting landscape and immediate foreground interests, Bryan will demonstrate the use of ‘creatively correct’ aperture with several posing considerations that cover producing the right kind of bokeh, macro shots and […]
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Nature’s Best Photography Africa – ENTRIES OPEN
Calling all wildlife photographers and enthusiasts. The Premier African Annual Nature photographic competition is open! For more information and how to enter, click here:http://www.naturesbestphotographyafrica.com/ Your images can be entered in the specified categories and you may enter as many images as you like in each category. Images must be: – 8-bit jpg files in Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile – sized to 1920 pixels on the longest axis at 72dpi – must not exceed 600Kb in file size. Images must not contain any frames or watermarks.
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