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INSECTS IN FOCUS

Insects aren’t for everyone. While some squirm and squeal in their presence, others view them as an object of intense fascination. For photographers, they can prove to be an incredibly rewarding subject matter, however, photographing them unlocks a unique set of challenges. It’s estimated that insects make up over 90% of animal life on earth, so there is no catch-all guide to photographing insects, but we have outlined some general tips that should come in handy. D3300, f/8, 1/400, ISO 100, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G D800, f/8, 1/640, ISO 800, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED CHOOSING A LENS First and foremost, even the biggest insects are small, their features are minuscule and intricate, so detailed images are the only way to do them justice. A suitable macro lens should be the starting point as it allows you to shoot insects that fills the frame nicely with minute details. This will allow you to pick up details that aren’t easily visible to the human’s naked eye. Nikon’s line of Micro-Nikkor lenses ranges from 40 to 200mm in focal length, which will fit different situations. ENSURING STABILITY Tripods are incredibly beneficial for any type of macro photography and insects are […]
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Embrace the darkness with Low key photography

If you are looking to add some drama to that dull old portrait images, then you have come to the right place. Introducing low key portraiture, a way of capturing portraits with a dark and dramatic look and feel. This technique is all about creating a contemplative mood through the clever use of shadows and lighting. If the technique looks familiar, it’s because many mainstream movie posters utilise this technique to add that extra hint of drama. Distance and lighting are the two most important factors when trying to achieve this technique, by carefully adjusting both, you would be able to create this effect easily. D850, f/16, 1/250, ISO 400, AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G LIGHTING In simple terms, low key photography is all about making your background far darker than your subject. The first thing to factor in is your light source. The choice of light source is entirely up to you, as long as there is only one. By no means is this a strict rule, but having one primary source of light allows you to properly control your environment, and gives you the flexibility to focus solely on the direction and strength. When choosing a light source, keep […]
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Creative Photography You Can Do At Home

Self-assignments of everyday subjects to spark your creativity Featuring TOM BOL I spend close to 300 days a year on the road shooting assignments and teaching workshops in some of the most far-flung locations you can imagine. I love to travel, and photographing new cultures and environments gets my creative juices flowing. Sights, smells, colours, and sublime light jumpstarts my passion for image-making. But what ideas and subjects could you photograph at home to improve your photography? © Tom Bol B&W often turns noisy or cluttered scenes into images that become all about light and shadow, and patterns. Sunlight hitting part of the fence makes it more interesting than if the entire fence was in the sun. Always look for the interplay of light and shadow. Staring out the window, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I was staring at a remarkable graphic shadow on our back fence. Right out the window, I look out a hundred times a day. How come I had never noticed this shadow before? I quickly grabbed my Z.6 and headed out the door. But as I was walking across our deck, I noticed my dog’s footprint in the morning frost. Incredible! Ten […]
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Top Tips for Photographing Children

Through the Ages As a rule of thumb, the ages of your subjects are going to dictate what you can draw from them. • Babies and toddlers – for much of the time, you’re battling with the fact that they’ve got no interest in being photographed, and they’re not going to keep still just because you want them to (if at all, unless asleep!). You can help matters along by choosing to photograph them while they’re engrossed in play at a particular spot, which may mean setting up the right toys to capture their attention in the place you want to capture them. • Children aged four to nine or so tend to enjoy mugging for the camera, which can yield great comedy shots but not necessarily those that authentically capture their true natures, so be prepared to spend a bit of time working through their performance art and then, as they get bored and start to become more engrossed in their own imaginary world, you’ve got the chance to take candids capturing the “real” children. • Nine to 12 or 13 covers a period when children are starting to become self-conscious about how they look and how they come […]
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Portrait Photography Basics

Let’s face it – taking great portraits is what your Nikon DSLR is made for. Try these tips for boosting your learning curve and your success rate. Lens and focal length choice The lens you use has a major impact when shooting portraits: too wide and it will distort the face, making features appear bigger (noses in particular), while too long a telephoto will compress your subject’s face, creating an unnatural-looking, “flattened” result. What you’re after is something within the range of 50mm to 200mm. This can mean primes such as the 50mm, 60mm, 85mm, 105mm or 200mm lenses; but it also means you can select from a zoom like the 24-70mm or 24-120mm. With a longer zoom, such as the 70-200mm, try shooting at the longest focal length (here, 200mm), move back to get your subject in focus, then take your shot; this will blur the background beautifully to put more emphasis on your subject. White balance To capture healthy looking skin tones, it’s vital that your DSLR’s white balance (in the shooting menu) is set for the available light. The easiest way to do this is to set auto white balance, where the camera determines the colour temperature […]
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NIKON ASSIGNMENT: MARCH 2020

Would you like to have your image displayed in Nikon 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. THEME: YELLOW For this Nikon Assignment, we invite you to share your best photos showing the yellow colour as the focus colour in the composition. From portraits and studio shots to architecture, objects and animals; be creative and share how you capture the colour yellow. *Photos must be submitted in portrait format. Not landscape. The brief Submit an image showcasing YELLOW. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take a CREATIVE photograph of the colour YELLOW. GRAM – Post your image on Instagram and/or Facebook. TAG – Add the hashtag #MyNikonAssignment and #NikonYellow and tag Nikon SA in the photo caption. FOLLOW – Follow @IamNikonSA on Instagram and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nikonsouthafrica Your entry must be published on Instagram/Facebook during the assignment dates (13 – 31 March 2020). Images posted before or after the assignment dates will not be considered. The award Seven lucky […]
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Western Cape Winelands Photography Experience

Come and learn landscape photography while exploring some of South Africa’s oldest and finest wine farms in the heart of the Breedekloof Wine Valley with Craig Fouché Photography and Nikon SA from 29 Feb – 1 March 2020. During the 2-day workshop, you will not only have the opportunity to photograph landscapes at different times of the day, but also experience the vineyard and all it has to offer. The workshop includes a welcome wine goodie bag from Deetlefs Wine Estate, wine tasting, light lunch on Saturday and a give-away wine pack for the best image taken during the course of the workshop. CLICK HERE to book your ticket Craig Fouché Photography in proud association with Deetlefs Wine Estate and Nikon South Africa, present the Western Cape Winelands Workshop in the Rawsonville surrounds ± 20km outside Worcester. Here you will not only have the opportunity to photograph landscapes but also experience the vineyards. I take you step-by-step from your first shutter click to final image on the wall! The main thrust of the workshop will be landscape photography, where I will also show you my workflow as to how I edit in Photoshop for the web and printing. THE LOCATION […]
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Expand your horizons with the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S

Go even wider with Nikon’s new fast, ultra-wide-angle prime lens that delivers superior resolution with minimal distortion JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce the launch of its new ultra-wide-angle prime lens, the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S for the Nikon Z series. Enjoy dynamic photo and video expressions made possible with the lens that is designed for high optical performance and provides a wider field of view than the human eyes. “Nature lovers, holiday-goers or landscape photography enthusiasts seeking to enjoy dynamic expression will love this NIKKOR Z S-Line lens that provides a wider field of view. Be it photos of grand hills from a distance or the starry sky, users will be delighted with how this ultra-wide-angle 20mm lens with minimal distortion is able to beautifully capture landscapes as well as nightscapes,” said Grant Norton, CEO of Premium Brand Distributors for Nikon in South Africa. Those that are already familiar with the S-Line lenses will be delighted to know that the features of this new lens share the same smooth operability and comfortable usage. The lens is versatile in allowing its users to recreate scenes with high resolution, delightfully beautiful bokeh, and capture […]
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Turn every moment into a masterpiece with the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR

The compact and high-power zoom lens helps you capture images and movies with great optical quality and ultimate versatility JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Today, Nikon in South Africa announced the launch of its NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR, a lightweight and versatile NIKKOR Z lens. Enjoy capturing beautiful moments with the telephoto lens’s extensive coverage of view angle from 24mm to 200mm, allowing for the shooting of a great diversity of scenes that include landscapes, portraits and close ups. It does not matter if you are an enthusiast or professional, let the lens accompany you around the world as you record every memory in high quality, even in low-light conditions. “The NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is a versatile lens for creators on an adventure to see the world, and who wish to only carry one high-power zoom lens that is compact and light. Despite its lightweight size, it doesn’t fail to deliver superior image quality. The lens features ARNEO Coat that allows you to capture stills and videos in clarity, with minimal ghosting and flaring even at the wide-angle of 24mm.” said Grant Norton, CEO of Premium Brand Distributors for Nikon in South Africa. NIKKOR Z 24-200MM F/4-6.3 VR […]
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