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A Quick Guide to Flat Lay Photography

A flat lay is simply an image shot directly from above – a bird’s eye view of an array of carefully arranged objects – and it’s never been more popular, particularly in food and fashion photography. Use our tips to ensure top flat-lay shots. Tell a story The best flat lays tell a visual story, so choose a theme, using a couple of ‘star’ items surrounded by a ‘supporting cast’ of additional elements. Go for harmonious, complementary colours, and keep things simple – less is often more. The most popular format for flat lays is square, and within that square you want to be aiming for a clean, easy-to-read composition. Whether you go for a square, portrait or landscape format, use the rule of thirds to guide you – imagine a noughts and crosses grid overlaying the image, and position the most important elements roughly where the gridlines intersect. Create the background Choose your flat-lay’s backdrop with care. Plain white is very popular and often extremely effective, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and textures, such as wood, corkboard, fabric, wallpaper – whatever matches the theme of your flat lay. Get the light right Natural daylight gives […]
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A Guide to Shooting Wirelessly with your D-SLR

There are times when, much as you love your Nikon camera, you don’t want to be anywhere near it… We are, of course, talking about situations where you want to fire the shutter or control your DSLR and even transfer images all from a healthy distance – perhaps when you are photographing wildlife, or if you’re shooting an event where you need multiple cameras firing in tandem. Here are the solutions Nikon has to offer. Via infrared signals with the Nikon ML-3 or ML-L3 remote controls If you’re shooting a subject in direct line of sight, you can use either the ML-L3 or ML-3 remotes (depending on your camera), which use a beam of infrared light to trigger the camera. The range on the ML-L3 is around 5m from remote to camera, while the ML-3’s range is roughly 8m. Via radio signal with the Nikon Wireless Remote Controller Set and WR-1 remote controller The Wireless Remote Controller kit includes the WR-R10 transceiver (controller) which is attached to the DSLR and receives signals from the WR-T10 transmitter. Alternatively, you could use multiple WR-1 remote controllers, which are both transmitter and transceiver in one. Because these systems use radio frequencies instead of […]
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New NIKKOR lenses to capture your world in its entirety

Empowering photographers to capture bold and dramatic visions with extreme clarity through the NEW AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED Johannesburg, South Africa – 31 May 2017 Offering enhanced perspectives to inspire and enable photographers in the pursuit of imaging perfection, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED are the newest additions to the extensive array of NIKKOR lenses. The trio of lenses, announced today by Nikon in South Africa, include a fisheye zoom and two wide-angle lenses. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, made for visual aesthetes on the go, packs superior optical performance into a compact, lightweight body for exquisite wide-angle and close-up shots. Photographers looking for an added creative edge can turn to the AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, a fisheye zoom lens that delivers remarkable interpretations of a scene and offers a distinct perspective to photographers. Rounding off with the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, landscapes and portraits are replicated in their true form, offering an angle of view similar to that of the human eye. “With over 90 types […]
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Made for the great outdoors: COOLPIX W300 is ready for adventures

The new Nikon COOLPIX compact camera goes down to the sea with a waterproof depth of 30m, survives falls of up to 2.4m, weathers the cold temperatures down to -10°C, and manages a dustproof ruggedness to get right into those adrenaline-filled quests. Johannesburg, South Africa – 31 May 2017 The release of the high-performance and tough COOLPIX W300 has been announced by Nikon Middle East FZE. today. Waterproof down to 30m and withstanding shock from falls as high as 2.4m, the new COOLPIX is ready for greater performance in both form and function with the inclusion of 4K UHD movie recording capability. “Fitting right into the traveller’s backpack in a compact and durable form is the new W300 with its extensive range of functions. The camera compatibly gets into action in the terrains of land and water with its waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and cold-resistant properties, and is ready to tough it out to preserve your moments in both quality stills and 4K UHD videos,” said Grant Norton, Head of Sales and Marketing for Nikon in South Africa. COOLPIX W300 Primary Features Trusted companion on land and in water: For those with a recreational diver’s license equivalent to the PADI’s Advanced […]
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3D Photography

In 3D photography, you need two images, one for the left eye and one from the right. There are two common methods when shooting 3D. The first one is to take stereoscopic images taken from two camera viewpoints. Image by Matjaž Tančič The distance between two cameras need to be around 6.4 cm, the average distance between human eyes. Syncing both cameras to shoot and flash at the same time is not easy, testing for triggering options is key. The settings for both cameras have to be the same, so it is best to shoot with manual and have a zoom lens, preferably not too wide or narrow. The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED works well. Small aperture is crucial: F5,6; F8; F11. Depending on how far or close objects are, recalculate and change distances between cameras. If you are shooting something close like a table top, a centimeter between cameras is enough but if you want depth, for example clouds that are far away, you need distance between cameras. Another method, and the most frequently used is the cha-cha method. For people who just want to start, this is the easiest as you only shoot with one camera and […]
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Nikon D500 Wins the Camera GP 2017 Editors Award

Camera GP (Grand Prix) 2017 Editors Award selects the Nikon DX-format flagship camera as the panel’s preferred DSLR for its outstanding form and function Johannesburg, South Africa – 19 May 2017 – The Nikon D500 has recently picked up its third award from the imaging community and industry with the Camera GP (Grand Prix) 2017 Editors Award, as announced by Nikon in South Africa today. The Camera GP is an award that focuses primarily on cameras and lenses. It is sponsored by the Camera Journal Press Club (C.J.P.C. / Japan), which was established in September 1963 and is made up of representatives from 10 print and online camera and photography magazines (as of April 2017). The winners of the Editors Award, of which the D500 is this year’s recipient, are selected from all cameras and imaging devices released between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, with the exception of those selected as Camera and Lens of the Year, for its popularity, the buzz it has created, and the innovation it shows, with judging by C.J.P.C. members. Summary on the selection of Nikon D500 for Camera GP2017 Editors Award The D500 is the long-awaited new high-end model in Nikon’s line […]
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Nikon & Adobe

Applications that support Adobe Camera Raw include Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, After Effects, and Bridge. Here is a list of Nikon cameras supported by camera raw: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html#Nikon Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and the Camera Raw plug-in include numerous lens profiles, which you can use to correct common lens aberrations such as barrel and pincushion geometric distortion. Here are the list of Nikon supported Lenses: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/supported-lenses.html#Nikon Why doesn’t my version of Photoshop or Lightroom support my camera? https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/why-is-my-camera-not-supported.html Introduction to DNG Converter: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/adobe-dng-converter.html Adobe and Nikon: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/nikonraw.html   Julieanne Kost’s Lightroom Presets: http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/page/1?s=lightroom+presets Julieanne Kost’s Website: http://www.jkost.com/
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COMPETITION: Win a copy of Nikon Ambassador, Brett Florens’ brand new book!

Win a copy of Nikon Ambassador, Brett Florens’ brand new book – “Destination Dubai” How to Photograph a Wedding from Start to Finish! All you have to do is book for a Nikon School workshop or excursion coming up in May or June and post your best wedding or portrait photograph taken with your Nikon camera on Instagram, tag @iamnikonsa and #WinWithNikonSA. Get your friends to vote for your image because we will be selecting a winner with the most votes, as well as an Editor’s choice winner. What are you waiting for? Get snapping with your Nikon camera! Competition Period: The competition will commence on Monday, 15 May 2017 and will close on Friday, 26 May 2017 at 12h00 midday (“the competition period”). The winner will be announced on 31 May 2017 on the Nikon South Africa Instagram page. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: Book for a Nikon School workshop or excursion coming up in May/June 2017 – book online at www.nikonschool.co.za Capture an original and creative wedding or portrait photograph with your Nikon camera. VERY IMPORTANT: All images must be shot with a Nikon camera. Entries must be submitted via Instagram by uploading the image on your personal […]
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100 Images to honor SA Firefighters with Justin Sullivan

Justin Sullivan has been exploring photography in the greater Cape Town region for the past 2 years, broadening his expertise in Documentary Photography – specialising in Cape Wild Fires, using his Nikon D750 and Nikkor 24-70mm lens. His documentary work from numerous Wild Fires around Cape Town has been highly recognised both locally and internationally, with various publications for print and online media. What Justin put his Nikon gear through as he documented these wildfires is testimony to the incredible craftsmanship and technological expertise synonymous with the Nikon brand. Here is his story… Of the more than 40 wildfires in the 2016/2017 season, I spent at least 5 of those shooting through the night on the mountain with crews of +16 hour shifts each time. I was water bombed at least 8 times as helicopters dropped water on fire lines in which my equipment got wet. Amazingly after a few minutes in the sun, the equipment was dry and running perfectly. My camera and lens were exposed to extreme heat, dust and flying embers on multiple occasions and I never had any faults with the motors, buttons or performance. I only ever carried 2 Nikon batteries with me, which allowed me to shoot […]
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Picture Controls Step-by-Step

The Nikon Picture Control system features a variety of Picture Control options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait*, Landscape* and Flat*. Using them allows you to adjust for a variety of parameters. Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait and Landscape allow for adjustments to clarity, sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue (coloration). Monochrome allows for adjustments to sharpening, contrast, brightness, filter effects and toning. (* Available for specific Nikon DSLRs.) Picture Controls are found in the Shooting Menu. Set Picture Control lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid or Monochrome. Manage Picture Control is used for managing custom Picture Control settings.   Many photographers think of Picture Controls as the way to personalize their digital images like they did in the film days by using different film emulsions when they were looking for a specific look that one film offered over another. Picture Controls can be found in many Nikon digital cameras, including DSLRs and COOLPIX point and shoot models. Under the Shooting menu, highlight Select Picture Control to change the Picture Control. To create custom Picture Control settings, or to install optional Picture Controls, highlight Manage Picture Control. Standard Suitable for portraits, snapshots, landscapes and just about any other type of photograph, the […]
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