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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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Two of Nikon’s top digital SLR cameras receive recognition from the prestigious international design competition

Johannesburg, South Africa – 09 April 2018 – The latest FX-format Nikon D850 and DX-format D7500 are proud recipients of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018, as announced by Nikon in South Africa today. With more than 6,300 entries from 59 countries submitted for the award, the submissions were judged by a panel of recognised design specialists from around the world based on aspects such as innovation, functionality, and durability. The design competition, with more than 60 years of history, is sponsored by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. Winning products will be showcased at a special exhibition to be held from July 10 to August 5, 2018, at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany. Overview of Nikon D850:  The Nikon D850 is a digital SLR camera that greatly expands the user’s range of expression by delivering high-resolution and high-speed performance, featuring an effective pixel count of 45.7 megapixels and continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps1 with the camera body alone (the rate increases to approximately 9 fps1, 2 when the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack is used). It is capable of recording full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p movies, as well as supporting the creation of 8K time-lapse […]
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Top Tips for Taking Great Wildlife videos

Camera and lens choices Take into consideration the following factors: DX or FX: the full-frame FX format size offers the ability to maximize beautiful shallow depth of field to isolate a subject from its background when using a short telephoto lens, while also enabling epic landscapes with a wideangle zoom such as the 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED. Alternatively, the smaller sized DX sensor boasts a crop advantage, so if your preferred subjects (e.g. birds) are often framed with longer lenses, then using a DX sensor with its 1.5x crop gives you extra reach with no compromise to resolution. Size and handling: a more compact camera body like the new D850 or D7500 will be easier to transport and handle, while the articulated screens on the D5600 and D5500 allow you to capture low-level angles without having to get your eye down to that level. Budget: a higher priced camera generally offers more manual control. More manual control gives you a wider range of ways to capture, but you may not need this, especially if your preference is to shoot in an automated mode.• Resolution: which is better for your workflow? 36MP or 24MP still images? Resolution will be important if you plan on creating […]
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Free Sensor Cleaning

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GETTING INTO THE REVERSE RING MACRO CRAZE

There’s never a right or wrong in photography. It’s more of a perspective and everybody has an opinion. The Reverse Ring Macro is a very old technique, an “oldie” but “goodie”, and I will be sharing my personal experience in this article. I’ve been trying to get this technique to work for the last seven years. While I love macro photography, just magnification alone was not satisfying my creativity. Going back to the books and looking up old techniques helped narrowed down what I needed to get. I was looking for a distinguished blur, or as I call it, “artistic bluriness” for the background. And that’s when I discovered Reverse Ring Macro (RRM). Here comes the trial and error learning process. Insect photographers swear by this technique. I was told that you could get more magnification on the reverse lens than your normal macro, but I wasn’t convinced till I tried it. And it wasn’t easy to master. First of all you needed steady hands, a cooperative subject and loads of patience. Everything is done manually – No autofocus, just you and your understanding of your equipment What I also loved about this technique is the opportunity to try different […]
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