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FINDING BEAUTY IN THE FOG

Capturing photographs in the fog or mist can leave you with some truly wonderful and atmospheric images. However, you have to expect the unexpected. Without the proper techniques, it’s easy to end up with photos that look flat, washed-out and uninteresting. The first step is understanding how this natural phenomenon occurs, only then can you master it. UNDERSTANDING FOG Fog or mist forms in the evening, and lasts till the morning. This gives you two windows of opportunity; early evening or early morning to capture your images. The next thing to understand is that this phenomenon almost always forms near a body of water. This is due to the water being slightly warmer than the air’s temperature, which leads to the water evaporating and causing fog, or mist. Knowing this bit of information will now help you hunt down the right areas. Photographed with Nikon D810 and AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR at 50mm ISO 100, f/13, 1/8 seconds SCATTERED LIGHT The next step is understanding how to capture it. Fog is often difficult to capture on camera. Subjects are no longer clearly defined, as the fog deprives the camera of clear light, contrast and colour. In essence, fog […]
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Wedding photographers pursue light with the Nikon Z Series

Golden Light – the marriage of Elizabeth and Robin, Spain. Nikon Z 6 + AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G / 1/400 sec | f/1.8 | 85mm | ISO 100 © The Kitcheners Mastering light Light is a photographer’s best friend. But wedding photographers are at the mercy of the location they’re shooting – there is little control or time to carefully compose that ‘perfect photo’. Delivering images of the most important day of a couple’s life come down to knowing how to work with the light available. As any photographer will know, no two weddings are ever the same and each one will pose a fresh set of challenges when it comes to mastering light. This could be capturing newlyweds bathed in Majorca’s legendary, yet fleeting golden hour or turning the dreary skies of the Scottish Lowlands into a dramatic backdrop. Either way, ensuring you have the right equipment to ‘pursue light’ will ensure the resulting images are truly special. A marriage of light and imaging power Nikon’s Z system is built around the world’s widest 55mm lens mount. With just 16mm between the mount and the camera’s full-frame image sensor, more light can reach the sensor, therefore providing more opportunity […]
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A BLUEPRINT TO ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Enter the amazing world of architecture photography. From contemporary cityscapes to historical landmarks, there are a myriad of ways to capture wonderful works of architecture. Look beyond the still nature of buildings and attempt to find the motion and movement in your subject because it’s all about finding the right perspective to make your subject sing. EQUIPPING YOURSELF When it comes to photographing architecture, there are several kinds of lenses you can go for, with each lending itself to a different benefit. Telephoto lenses are often the go-to choice for architecture photographers. They allow you to get amongst a building’s façade and really focus in on intricate details. A wide-angle lens will allow you to capture the bigger picture, granting you more of the building’s structure. Wide-angles are also a great way of giving a building more context with its surrounding elements. A fish-eye lens can be used to convey sheer size, and also adds an extra touch of creativity to your shot. Ultimately, the choice of lens depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Experiment and discover which works best for you. Photographed with Nikon D810 and AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 62mm ISO 400, f/4.8, 1/30 […]
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South African Food Photographer selected as finalist in the 2019 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

We are delighted to share with you that the image below, shot by award-winning Food photographer, Hein van Tonder, was selected as a finalist in the 2019 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year. It was awarded “Highly Commended” in the category “Bringing Home the Harvest” at the awards ceremony held in London on 30 April 2019. It was the only finalist image from a South African photographer. The image was shot at the historic Old Delhi spice market depicts a worker having a nap on bags of pungent chillies. 2019 was the 4th year that Hein’s work has been selected for the finals of the competition and this year saw a further 3 images selected for the shortlist stage of the competition. 2 images shot for Katelyn William’s best-selling book “Chocolate” and an image shot for Caro de Waal’s immersive installation at the 2018 Venice Food Design Week. The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s most important food photography competition and this year’s competition saw more than 9000 entries from 77 countries. The finalist gallery with some incredible work from all over the world can be viewed here: https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/finalists-gallery-2019/ Hein’s portfolio has been updated with his most recent work and can be […]
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PHOTOGRAPHING STORMY WEATHER

Instead of hibernating, get outdoors in stormy weather, as it can whip up some great opportunities – use our tips to maximise your results with the minimum of hassle. Keep it steady Mount your camera on a tripod, firing the shutter via a cable release or the self-timer. The more pixels your camera’s sensor packs, the more likely that tiny movements will be recorded as blur in your shots, and the longer the exposure and the larger you’re intending to display your final image, the more important this is. Long exposures enable you to create dynamic streaks in the sky from scudding clouds, milky surfaces on lakes or the sea instead of choppy waves, and ethereally smooth waterfalls (see Water Effects, below). For a belts-and-braces approach, most tripods have a hook underneath the plate from which you can hang something heavy (like your kitbag), anchoring the set-up even more securely. Protect your kit Pack a lens cloth and use it frequently; a rain cover for your camera and lens is also a wise investment. At a pinch, put your camera in a clear plastic sandwich bag, fastened around the lens with a rubber band. A UV filter will also protect your lens […]
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New Firmware Ver. 2.0 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6

New firmware brings further improvements, including the addition of Eye-Detection AF, to the Z series full-frame mirrorless cameras. Johannesburg – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce the release of firmware Ver. 2.0 that will further enhance the performance of its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6. Users will enjoy three main additional support features following the Ver. 2.0 upgrade. They include: Eye-Detection AF with still-image shooting; Extension of the low-light AF detection range; Addition of AE tracking capability to the continuous high-speed (extended) mode. These enhanced shooting functions will further expand the possibilities for visual expression. Primary features of the new firmware 1. Eye-Detection AF with still-image shooting The new firmware offers the Eye-Detection AF function that automatically detects and focuses on human eyes in the auto-area AF (AF-S, AF-C) mode. When the eyes of multiple human subjects are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select the eye upon which the camera should focus. This enables focus on the intended individual even when looking through the Electronic Viewfinder. This function is applicable even when the subject’s face is partially covered by another object, and also in the event when human subjects […]
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FINAL NIKON ASSIGNMENT: MAY 2019

Would you like to have your image displayed in Nikon 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. THEME: YOUR BEST SHOT Do you have a favourite photograph that you consider your best shot? Blow us away with your best shot for our final #MyNikonAssignment. The subject can be anything. *No explicit/racial/inappropriate images. Photos can be in colour or in B&W. The brief Submit an image showcasing YOUR BEST SHOT. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take your best photograph GRAM – Post your image on Instagram TAG – Add the hashtag #MyNikonAssignment and #Mybestshot and tag @IamNikonSA in the Instagram caption FOLLOW – Follow @IamNikonSA on Instagram Your entry must be published on Instagram during the assignment dates (1 – 31 May 2019). The award Seven lucky photographers will get the final opportunity to have their images on display at Nikon House in Centurion in the month following the assignment. Who can participate You must be a South African resident, however, […]
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Macro Photography Tips

There are more than one million known species of insects inhabiting our world, and many of these tiny creatures are right outside your door. Incidentally, an insect is an arthropod. To be classified as an insect, it must have a segmented body, six legs, two antennae, compound eyes, and most likely, wings. Other creatures, like spiders and scorpions are arthropods, but they are not considered insects. Photographing insects and other small creatures can be a lot of fun, and you need venture only as far as your backyard to find a whole new world in close-up or macro photography. A few quick tips on macro photography: The first basic rule of close-up photography is to get close to the subject. Insect photography requires a macro lens that will allow you to focus very close to the subject. A Macro lens, (Nikon calls these lenses Micro-NIKKOR lenses) lets you photograph your subjects at near life size. You’re also going to want to use a tripod to steady the camera, especially when you’re using a telephoto lens or long shutter speed. When shooting with your camera on a tripod, using a cable release to trip the shutter is the ideal shooting method. Some photographers […]
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Tips for Taking Better Photos of Easter Baskets, Bunnies and Egg Hunts

A favourite—and photogenic holiday is Easter, bringing with it colourful Easter eggs to decorate along with exciting egg hunts to participate in and visits with the Easter bunny. It’s easy to make great Easter pictures when you follow a few tips. Take Lots of Candids! Whether you’re photographing your kids decorating Easter eggs, running around the house or yard on the hunt for hidden treasures or chomping on the ear of a chocolate bunny, candid photographs are often the favourite captures you can make. They’re natural, with no posing or fake grins filling the frame. On the Hunt Do you hide Easter eggs around the house or garden or do you take your kids to a local park or community event? No matter which it is, these are all great backdrops for making fun photos as your children romp around, basket in hand. Because your little ones will be in motion much of the time, you’ll want to use a fast shutter speed to capture the action. To do so, you can set the camera on shutter priority which will let you choose the shutter speed and the camera will choose the corresponding f/stop. Pick a shutter speed of at […]
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How to Shoot the Perfect Self Portrait

​Selfies – self-portraits in old money – are more popular than ever. The Oxford English Dictionary added “selfie” back in 2013 because of its popularity in everyday language. Today’s cameras make it easy to take and share selfies, and many photographers and artists are creating entire careers out of self-portrait photography. There are a bunch of ways you can take a selfie with your Nikon camera: 1. The easiest and quickest way to shoot a self portrait is to hold the camera at arm’s length with the lens pointing at you. Depending upon the lens’s focal length (and how long your arms are!), you may or may not end up with a distorted view of yourself (noses in particular can suffer…). 2. Another solution is to point the camera into a mirror to take a photo of yourself. Just keep in mind that any writing on your clothing or the background will come out backwards. If you use this technique, remember to have the camera’s autofocus lock onto the reflection and not the mirror itself, otherwise your selfie will be out of focus. 3. Select Nikon cameras make taking selfies super-easy, particularly those with back screens that flip up or angle so you’re able […]
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