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What to Have in Your Travel Kitbag

When you’re travelling, weight and bulk are important. Heard of the 80:20 rule, which suggests that 80% of your images will come from around 20% of your kit? Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday kit… Do your research As with any holiday, it pays to do your research. So your kit-list planning should kick off with a good look at your destination’s location, climate and photo opportunities (for example, beaches, underwater scenes, mountains, cityscapes, ancient monuments, culture and people). The main thing to watch out for is “just in case” packing: those two extra lenses, that third ancient camera body, your entire filter kit, that hefty tripod… The more gear you take with you, the more onerous it is to cart about and the harder it is to keep a safe eye on it. One good tip is to get out everything you think you’ll need for your destination, pack it, weigh it (to see how well it fits in with hand-luggage requirements for air travel, for example) and then walk round the house with it to get an idea of how carrying it everywhere will feel. Now put it away for a couple of days and […]
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NIKON ASSIGNMENT: DECEMBER 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. COLOUR We all see in colour, yet we all take it for granted. We are bombarded by colours everyday, and they have a profound effect on us. They influence where we look, how we look, even how we think. The primary way to exploit colour in your pictures is through composition. Assuming that you are not going to carry around a bright red apple to place artfully in your every frame, you have to observe and notice the colours that are there, and then compose your picture in such a way that they are presented effectively. Use contrasting colours. Find a pop of colour. Use colour to create an abstract photo. Use bright colourful backgrounds. The creative opportunities are endless! The brief Submit an image includes an element of colour. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take a photograph incorporating colour. […]
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Win a Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera

COMPETITION: WIN THE FIRST NIKON Z6 MIRRORLESS CAMERA IN SOUTH AFRICA! Nikon invites you to experience the future of imaging at our Nikon Mirrorless Launch, and you could stand a chance to win the first Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera in South Africa. Prize: 1 x Nikon Z6 Mirrorless camera body 1 x NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens 1 x Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter Kit valued at R55 000.00 Competition Period: The competition will commence on Friday, 16 November 2018 and will close on Friday, 23 November 2018 at 12h00 midday (“the competition period”). The winners will be announced on 26 November 2018 on the Nikon South Africa Facebook page. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: 1) RSVP and ATTEND a Nikon Mirrorless Launch session in Gauteng (20 Nov) or Cape Town (22 Nov) (RSVP here for the event) 2) TAKE A VIDEO/PHOTO of your favourite part of the launch event and POST it on Facebook or Instagram and TAG Nikon South Africa and #NikonMirrorlessSA by Friday, 23 November 2018  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 […]
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Win VIP tickets to the Nikon Mirrorless Launch

COMPETITION: WIN A TICKET TO OUR VIP LAUNCH EVENT! Prize: 1 of 20 VIP tickets to the Nikon Mirrorless Launch Gauteng and Cape Town VIP events. Competition Period: The competition will commence on Friday, 16 November 2018 and will close on Monday, 19 November 2018 at 12h00 midday (“the competition period”). The winners will be announced on 19 November 2018 on the Nikon South Africa Facebook page. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: POST a photo of themselves with their Nikon cameras on the Nikon South Africa FAcebook page. TAG Nikon South Africa & #NikonMirrorlessSA. 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 awards. By entering the competition, entrants give Nikon in South Africa the right to use their photo on any of the […]
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How to take stunning Reflection Photographs

Reflections can make for really eye-catching images, and once you start looking, you’ll spot them everywhere – so here’s how to maximise their potential. Water The image that probably comes to mind when you think ‘reflection’ is the classic lake-as-mirror. If you want pin-sharp reflections, you need still conditions, as even a slight breeze will ruffle the water’s surface and distort the reflection. Lakes are often still and windless first thing in the morning, so it might be a good idea to set that alarm clock – and it will also give you the opportunity to catch reflections of the sky’s dawn colours. Late evenings can also be a good time for windless conditions, and have the advantage of the sunset adding drama to a reflected sky. Go slow You can get beautiful effects with a slower shutter speed, which gives the water time to move during the exposure for a more abstract and textured effect. Using a neutral density filter will cut down the amount of light hitting the sensor and allow for longer daylight exposures than would otherwise be possible. With slow shutter speeds you’ll need to shoot tripod-mounted, with a remote release to trip the shutter, otherwise […]
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What is XQD and Why Should I Use it?

XQD is a media card format that was designed to be a successor to the CompactFlash card. XQD has been adopted by Nikon and was first incorporated into the D4 and D4S and subsequently into the D5, D500 and D850 DSLRs and Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The XQD format is designed to take advantage of the speed that these cameras can offer photographers. For instance, the Nikon D4S can shoot at 11 frames per second and can record up to 67 Uncompressed NEF images or over 200 JPEG images in a single continuous burst. Recording to XQD, the D5 can shoot up to 200 shots Lossless 12-bit or JPEG/Fine/Large or 14-bit lossless compressed (When using Lexar Professional 2933x (2.0 card)) JPEG/Fine/Large 1/250 sec or faster. The two main benefits of the XQD format are its blazing fast read/write speeds (current and proposed for the future) and high capacity storage limit. The cards were introduced with a read/write speed of 125 MB/s [N series] and future series cards will be able to go as high as 500 MB/s and beyond. The projected maximum storage capacity of the card format is over 2 TB. For photographers shooting sports, […]
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Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019: Call for Entries

Johannesburg, South Africa – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 will be accepted from 1:00 p.m. today, October 18, 2018 until 1:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019. Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website  www.nikon-photocontest.com/en   Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest that aims to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate, as well as to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Since the first Contest was held in 1969, photographers from countries and regions around the world have participated and shown their support. To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 imaging works, making it a truly international event. In the previous (36th) Contest, a total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted. Neville Brody once again selected as Lead Judge We welcome Art Director Neville Brody as Lead Judge for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019, for a second term following the previous 36th Photo Contest. Brody’s work spans over more than three decades, and ranges from […]
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A quick guide on using Polarising Filters

Would you prefer deep blue skies in your shots or wishy-washy pale ones? If you want deep blue, then that can be achieved by investing in a polarising filter. In fact, this amazingly versatile little accessory will improve your imaging in a whole range of ways. A polarising filter comprises two pieces of glass set in a filter ring that screws onto your lens. The outer piece rotates, and as you look through the viewfinder you’ll see the effect of the rotation. You don’t need to use it at full strength – rotate it around to see which degree of polarisation gives you the best effect. A polariser won’t work with the sun directly behind or in front of you, however, so make sure you position yourself with the sun at your side. Polarisers are most often associated with darkening and adding drama to washed-out skies and clouds, and they will also cut through the hot smoggy hazes you often get in city street shots. Use a polariser to increase colour saturation (vibrancy) in your subjects, such as boosting the greens of plants and tree foliage. They’re especially useful for reducing or removing glare and reflections in water and other […]
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Your Nikon School Guide to Photographing Spring

Spring flowers Whatever your subject choice – buds, flowers, foliage or blossom – a shallow depth of field will isolate it in pin-sharp focus against a blurred background and foreground, to really make it leap out. To get this degree of control over your depth of field, shoot in aperture priority. Micro-NIKKOR lenses are built specifically for close-up work, enabling extremely shallow depth of field at the widest aperture (lowest f-number e.g. f/4) – just millimetres of front-to-back focus – compared to what is achievable on a standard lens. However, there might be occasions where this is simply too restrictive (the merest breath of wind will ruin such a shot, for example), so experiment with smaller apertures such as f/8. On a DX, try the 40mm or 85mm Micro-NIKKORs, while as far as standard lenses go, the 35mm f/1.8 (50mm equivalent on a full-frame camera) is a great all-rounder that is also capable of excellent close-ups at f/1.8 and f/2. With an FX camera such as the D750, the 60mm f/2.8G ED Micro is a great choice, while the 50mm f/1.8 is also a good standard-lens option. Alternatively, use the long end of a medium telephoto lens to compress the background […]
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NIKON ASSIGNMENT: OCTOBER 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. Emotion One thing that makes a great photo is its ability to convey emotion. Capturing a moment of pure emotion is part of the beauty of photography. Some of the most powerful photographs out there are the ones that successfully convey a certain mood or emotion. The brief Submit the one image you feel best captures ’emotion’. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take an emotion-filled 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 Instagram during the assignment dates (1 – 31 October 2018). The award Seven lucky photographers will get the opportunity to have their images on display at Nikon House in Centurion in the month following the assignment. Who can participate […]
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