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Turn moments into memories with the new Nikon D3500

Johannesburg, South Africa – For those who are new to photography and are seeking to step up their game, Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce the released of the new Nikon D3500, an entry-level Nikon DX-format DSLR camera. “Photography is fast becoming a second nature for many of us as we enjoy taking photos wherever we are, be it in a dinner party or during a holiday. Yet these photos are not just flashes of moments, they also represent memories that we want to preserve in great image quality and splendid clarity, and this is where the Nikon D3500 comes in to support this enthusiasm.” said Grant Norton, CEO of Premium Brand Distributors for Nikon in South Africa. “Easy operability for high quality images, users will find this new DSLR a breeze to use and explore their photography with.” The D3500 has an effective pixel count of 24.2 megapixels and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100–25600.When used with a NIKKOR lens, it makes the capture of a wide variety of scenes simpler and more enjoyable, with the superior image quality and beautiful bokeh characteristics expected of a digital SLR. This DSLR is constructed with the same […]
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Women’s Month Feature: Zuzi Seoka

1. How have your experiences shaped your thinking and your photography? I talk a lot, ask those that know me. I think my mom sometimes wishes that I had a mute button but this has become one of my strengths because I’m able to relate to people easily. If you can’t make your subject feel comfortable with you and in front of your camera, it shows.   2. Where do you see your photography going? Weddings are still my first love but I have been dabbling in other genres as well, in search of my voice as a photographer. I’m enjoying experimenting in studio and collaborating with other photographers. Ultimately, if I can do this until I can no longer lift a camera, then I’ll know I’ve been heading in the right direction.   3. Who has been an inspiration in your life and to your photography? My mom because she is my biggest fan, she did a pretty good job of documenting my younger years and gave me my first camera. Also my circle of photographer friends who make this journey a little easier in an industry that has is yet to fully embrace the presence of the black […]
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How to take Beautiful Candid Photographs

Taking great photographs of family and friends in social situations is one of the real perks of having a camera. The more flattering their images, the more they’ll be happy for you to shoot them, and you’ll be able to capture lots of happy memories. Try our tips for keeping them smiling… Shooting mode To make sure the attention is on your subjects’ faces, shoot portraits in aperture-priority mode . This enables you to select a large aperture such as f/2.8 or f/4 to create a shallow depth of field that will throw a distracting, busy background out of focus. Daylight shooting Generally, daylight gives the best results for portraits. Late afternoon sun has a warm glow, while overcast conditions throw a cool, soft light. Indoors, go for natural light from a window, perhaps with a couple of reflectors to reduce facial shadows (and you don’t need to spend a fortune on reflectors, either – a piece of white or silver card will do the trick). Another useful technique is to use a bit of overexposure to slightly bleach out complexions, especially if they’re none-too-even, for very flattering results. Shooting in artificial light Make sure your white balance setting is on auto or […]
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WOMEN’S MONTH FEATURE: Claire Thomson

1. How have your experiences shaped your thinking and your photography? I had always thought that my lack of attention to finer detail and my fast paced character were things that I had to “work” on yet these are my biggest strengths now because I find I work with clients who prefer a more natural, in the moment approach as well as not feeling uncomfortable while posing for hours on end but rather catching the magic and moving on while having a good laugh on the way. I see now more than ever, the importance of not over creating or manufacturing life and the images we take because there is a magic in just “being” which we fail to notice sometimes. 2. Where do you see your photography going? We are relocating to London in 2019 and I am bursting with excitement at the idea of all the wonderful weddings that I will have the chance to shoot in some of the worlds most beautiful locations.  I am excited for the challenge and so looking forward to some new influences and networks! 3. Who has been an inspiration in your life and to your photography? Being a photographer in Cape Town has been the most life giving and expanding experience because every single […]
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Women’s Month Feature: Dune Kahlau

How have your experiences shaped your thinking and your photography? I have experienced photography as a full-time job as one crazy rollercoaster ride. What an adventure! Photography is an art and a skill, the more you practice to better you get at it. My experience has taught me to not take criticism personally, to have fun and to focus on the storytelling element in my photographs. Where do you see your photography going? Being an adventure seeker, I see my photography taking me all around the world to do beautiful destination weddings. It would be such an honor to do cover shoots for Vogue and Harpers Bazar one day. On my photography bucket list is to do a portrait shoot of Obama, Richard Branson and Meryl Streep. I have so many photography dreams and I’m super excited to see what the future holds. The sky is the limit, right? Who has been an inspiration in your life and to your photography? My mom has definitely been the biggest inspiration in my life and my photography. My mom (Elizabeth Olivier-Kahlau) was also a wedding photographer, she won so many awards, traveled all around the globe for weddings and done all the celebs […]
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NIKON ASSIGNMENT: August 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. The key to capturing black and white imagery is seeing beyond colour, and how different shapes, textures and tones will affect your image. Also known as monochrome photography, black and white images rely on contrast – the differences between the areas of bright and dark in an image. Through the contrast between light and dark, strong and soft textures, sharp and blurred areas, you can bring out the finest details that often go unnoticed. Not all images are suited to black and white. So whether you capture the image in colour and convert it, or adjust your Nikon DSLR Picture Control setting to Monochrome, start experimenting and explore your environment. Tip: Adjust the Picture Control setting to Monochrome and use the Live View mode to get an idea of how lines, texture, shapes and structure impact your shot. The brief Push your creativity Beyond […]
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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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