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Sport and Action Photography Tips by ‎Craig Fouché‎ – Part 1

Sports photography refers to the genre of photography that covers all types of sports. We have all at one time or another been captivated by sports images. It may be the Olympics, Tour de France, World Series Cricket, Athletics, Horse Racing, Tennis, Motorsport or Golf. We have all been captured in the moment of human drama. We all like a good action photo and, in particular, if your kids play sports, you want to remember them in their toils. Sport is about capturing action and emotion, whether that be the intense thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. Quality sports shots are somewhat difficult to come by. Most people have limited access to events to photograph them. The further away you are from the event, the harder it becomes to capture the event in a pleasing manner. Sports are an event where crowd control is important, not only for the crowd’s safety, but for the players also. There is nothing more frightening than to be on the side-lines of a football game, focused on a play in the field, when out of the blue a monster rugby player ploughs into your legs or a foul ball comes crashing towards […]
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Action Photography Tips by Anthony Grote

Tip 1: Shooting Action Water Sports Action water sports are my favourite to shoot! The water, and it’s movement and flow, just gives the image an extra dimension which adds that extra bit of interest for the viewer. Being an adventure sports photographer, covering a number of the big sports events around the country, I have been lucky enough develop good relations with some of the top sports personalities. This helps in that you can then organise to shoot at more pleasing times of the day, rather than during the sport events only. Here Chad Ho and I decided to shoot in the sea before he headed off to Rio 2016 – we decided this as the marathon swim event in Rio would take place in the sea so to get some action shots before hand in the same environment would be great. Shooting in water obviously comes with its hazards and extra equipment is required. Capturing the movement in the water needs some practice, getting to know the sport and movement of the athlete also helps in deciding what shot to get and when to pull the trigger. Here I got Chad to swim from my right to left, with […]
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Panning Tips & Tricks

When you first start using the panning technique, you’ll probably run into a few problems: (1) You might only get one or two good shots for every 25 or 30 blurry shots you take. But as you practice, you’ll improve this ratio.  (2) Some subjects are more inclined to panning than others.  A panning shot of someone running won’t work too well because the arms and head bob will create blur.  A bike, a car, or a an object moving smoothly will produce cleaner results. Step 1 – Select a slightly slower shutter speed than you normally would. Start with a 1/30 second shutter speed and then play around with slower ones. Depending upon the light and the speed of your subject you could end up using anything between 1/60 and 1/8 – keep in mind that at the slower end you will most probably end up with camera shake. Step 2 – Position yourself in a place where your view of the subject will not be obstructed. For best results set yourself up so that you’re parallel to the path of your object (this will help with focussing). Step 3 – As the subject approaches track it smoothly with your camera. For extra support of your […]
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Competition: Your image could be featured on the new Nikon D5600 DSLR kitbox!

Have your photography featured on the brand new Nikon D5600 DSLR kitbox! Nikon in South Africa would like to give one talented photographer the opportunity to have his/her creative image featured on the brand new Nikon D5600 DSLR kitbox which will used for all D5600 camera kits sold in South Africa. Prize: The winning image will be featured on the D5600 DSLR kitbox.   Competition Period: The competition will commence on Monday, 19 December 2016 and will close on Friday, 6 January 2017 at 12h00 midday (“the competition period”). The winner will be announced on 9 January 2017 on the Nikon South Africa Instagram page. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: Capture an original and creative image portraying “Connectivity” All images must be shot with a Nikon camera Entries must be submitted via Instagram by uploading the image on your personal profile, tagging @iamnikonsa and using the hashtag #D5600competition. All entrants MUST state which camera model and settings were used to capture the image. 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 […]
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Travel Photography Tips by Craig Fouché

Travel photography is a subcategory of photography involving the documentation of an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history. The Photographic Society of America defines a travel photo as an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations. This genre of photography entails shooting a wide variety of subjects under varied available conditions, e.g. low light photography indoors, available ambient light photography for exteriors of buildings and monuments, shooting on the streets where sometimes conditions may be hostile, capturing moments which rarely recur, capturing the magic of light while shooting landscapes, etc. It is not a “happy-snappy” holiday genre, the idea behind travel photography, is to attract the masses to view the destination you are at. Some guidelines for good travel photography are: Get up Early The best light to capture most kinds of subjects is in the golden hour – one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset (depends off course on where you are on the globe). So, get up early to get those amazing photo opportunities, while all the other tourists are still asleep, or stay up […]
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Nikon Christmas Specials 2016

Don’t miss the Nikon in South Africa Christmas Specials! Available ONLY from 13 – 18 December 2016 Christmas is coming early this year… Nikon in South Africa is celebrating the festive season with these great specials on selected Nikon products.
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Service Centre hours during the month of December 2016

In celebration of this year’s festive season, the Service Centre will be closed on the following days: 16, 17, 24, 26, 27 and 31 December 2016: Closed 2 January 2017: Closed 23 December 2016: Closing at 12h00 30 December 2016: Closing at 12h00 Kindly collect your equipment during business hours: 08h00 to 17h00, Mondays to Fridays; alternatively we can arrange collection / delivery on your behalf through our courier. Should you wish to receive your equipment via courier, take note that courier costs will be for your account. PLEASE NOTE: During this festive season there will only be a select number of people available in each department so please make use of the contacts below should you require assistance over this period Contact number: 087 285 3300 Gauteng Lourens Erasmus Email : lourens@nikon.co.za Cape Town Luyanda Hawker Email : luyanda@nikon.co.za Service Support – Cape Town Chandré Engelbrecht Email : chandre@premiumgroup.co.za
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Nikon Black Friday Specials 2016

Don’t miss the Nikon in South Africa Black Friday Sale – TODAY ONLY! This year we are hosting a national sales campaign with Nikon dealers to give all our Nikon fans in South Africa the opportunity to get their hands on some awesome deals!
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Seamless Communication: The D5600 ignites creativity and sharing

Nikon’s newest DX-format DSLR transforms social story-telling via automatic smart device connectivity Johannesburg – South Africa, 10 November 2016 – The new Nikon D5600, designed for photography hobbyists and content creators to explore different creative and artistic expressions, is announced by Nikon South Africa today. With convenient connectivity features, the latest entry-level DX-format DSLR from Nikon is also designed for easy sharing and social story-telling. “Instinctively, we enjoy sharing how we see the world in our creative means and experiences. The Nikon D5600 embodies this sentiment and gratification with its new SnapBridge function, expanded ISO sensitivity, and in-camera time-lapse movie function, all fitted into a compact and lightweight DSLR body with a vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor. Fitting right into a backpack, this new Nikon DSLR lives in the moment as you do, to capture the candid expressions or stunning horizons from your travels, gatherings and events, in stunning images to reminisce, share, and impress,” said Grant Norton, Head of Sales and Marketing for Nikon in South Africa. The D5600 is equipped with a range of features that encourages users to capture and communicate their memories and favourite moments. Featuring a vari-angle LCD monitor that flips out and rotates, greater […]
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Capture The Moon Competition

If you step outside on November 14, you will see the moon is looking bigger and brighter than usual. This supermoon will be the biggest so far since 1948. We won’t see another supermoon again until 2034, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to capture this rare astronomical occurrence with your Nikon camera. To celebrate this event, Nikon in South Africa will be hosting a “Capture The Moon” competition! We will be giving away a Nikon gift hamper to the value of R2,500! How to enter Capture the moon with your Nikon camera Due to the difficult weather we will accept photos from any night between 13th – 18th November 2016. Send your image in JPG format, no larger than 3mb, to capturethemoon@nikon.co.za Include your full name and contact details State which Nikon camera and settings were used to capture the image. Only one entry per person will be accepted This Competition will run from 14 November 2016 to 18 November 2016 at 12:00 midday. Entries received after the closing date and time will not be considered. Terms & Conditions The winner will be announced on the Nikon South Africa social media pages on Monday, 21 November 2016. The judges’ decision is final and […]
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