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Top tips for using Speedlights on location

There are many ways to shoot great portraits with speedlights on location – the following tips may prove useful in providing a shortcut to your learning curve. Shoot in Manual mode which will allow you to easily balance the ambient light of your surroundings with the light from the Speedlights. If your camera is in manual mode, the exposure settings shown on the camera is for controlling the amount of ambient light recorded To achieve high quality images your need to set your ISO to either 100 or 200, and an aperture value which will give you sufficient depth of field to record your subject in sharp focus – F/4 is a good place to start. Set the Auto FP function in your camera (if it has it) which will allow you to sync the flash with shutter speeds up to 1/8000th of a second. By moving your shutter speed (higher or lower) you can control how much ambient light is recorded in your image. You can use the speedlights in either TTL or Manual mode to light your subject, it is best to try and keep the lighting as simple as possible, and for portraits remember that ideally you […]
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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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Nikon Assignment: September 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. Time in Motion Delve into the wonders of long exposure photography and capture time in motion in a single shot. Reducing your camera’s shutter speed can transform simple activities and settings into a fantastic world of pure imagination. Balancing stationary and moving images, as well as light sources, can warp time and create static motion in a still image – from silky smooth water ripples to light trails from cars winding through city streets at night. The brief Submit the one image you feel best captures the theme of ‘Time in Motion’. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take a long exposure photograph 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 […]
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WOMEN’S MONTH FEATURE: SHANNON WILD

1. How have your experiences shaped your thinking and your photography? Every new experience shapes my work and my learning of not only photography and visualising but especially animal behaviour, intuition and interpretation, key elements to being a good wildlife photographer and doing justice to my subjects.   2. Where do you see your photography going? Video.  I’ve already transitioned into filming as a natural progression and it should be no surprise to people with the exponential increase of video content on social media especially.  Camera manufacturers have also acknowledged this transition with the inclusion of increasing quality video functions on DSLRs.   3. Who has been an inspiration in your life and to your photography? There are countless individuals, businesses and creative works that have inspired me over the course of my life and certainly well before I ever picked up a camera.  Those that conduct their lives with integrity and leave a positive legacy really inspire me and what I aspire to.  Those that have doubted me or criticised me have also influenced me to try harder, to keep going and push on.  Turn those negative comments or experiences into positive fuel.   4. What are your key […]
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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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