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Learn the DSLR Basics

Key camera controls Menus– you’ll find these on the LCD screen. Access your choices using the arrows on the multi-selector button on the back panel, or use the touch screen if your camera has it. Main command dial– top right on the back panel. Mode dial – left on the camera’s top plate.Rotate the mode dial with your thumb and middle finger (some models may require you to press down the little button in the centre with your forefinger) WB(white balance), QUAL(image quality), ISO and info buttons on the back panel or as part of the menu screen, depending on camera model. Your basic settings If you’re just starting with DSLR photography and are feeling slightly overwhelmed by the plethora of menus, dials and buttons, shorten your learning curve and boost your imaging confidence with these quick settings tips. 1. JPEG or NEF (RAW) files A JPEG is processed by your camera, so it’s ready to view as soon as you’ve shot it, and as it’s compatible with most software and devices, it’s highly shareable too. The downside of this format is that you can’t do much with it in post-processing, so what you see is essentially what you get. A NEF (RAW) file […]
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Choosing the right NIKKOR Lens

Chances are, your Nikon DSLR came with a kit lens so you could get cracking straightaway with the types of subjects and situations people generally want to capture – travel, family events, landscape, nature, action… Soon, though, as you discover the possibilities of DSLR photography, you might also discover that there’s one specific type of photography that especially captures your imagination. The clue that you’ll need a new lens to explore it lies in your feet. If you’re constantly walking closer, stepping back, circling around to get a closer or wider view or an angle that eliminates distractions from the frame, then it’s time to think about a lens best suited to what you now want to achieve. But there are rather a lot of NIKKOR lenses to choose from, so if you don’t know your ED from your G, or your FX from your DX, if you can’t decide between prime and zoom, or you’re confused about which is the right lens to invest in for landscapes, portraits, wildlife shots, our comprehensive guide will help you get some focus… DX and FX Let’s start with format – the size of your camera’s image sensor. At 24x16mm, the Nikon DX-format is the smaller […]
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How to take great videos on your DSLR

Want to unleash your inner Spielberg? Here’s how to start shooting D-movies with your Nikon camera… And action! 1. Basic settings Use these basic settings to get you up and running. Set your camera to Program so the exposure will be set automatically, leaving you free to concentrate on being creative. In the shooting menu, go to Movie Settings and choose the quality/frames per second. Most videos are shot at 1920×1080/30p – that’s full HD (high definition), recording 30 frames per second. For a more cinematic or filmic look, go for 24p for 24 frames per second. Remember: the higher the image quality, the larger the file. Switch ISO to Auto to allow your camera to automatically make any necessary ISO changes. Select the Focus Mode. For general video shooting, AF-S will be fine, as long as your subjects aren’t moving – in which case switch to AF-F. The other choice is MF (manual focus), which you could try as you become more experienced. Choose the AF Area Mode. Normal should be fine for most subjects, and there’s also a Wide option. In Face Priority your camera will focus on faces, while Subject Tracking is great for moving subjects. Turn […]
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5 Tips for the Foodie Photographer

1. Lighting is important. Window light is a great light source. It is large and when diffused it can wrap around your subject nicely. When you’ve got harsh light coming through the windows, incorporate shadows into your composition. 2. Composition is everything. Since the food is the star of the image, limit the distractions in the background. Using a fast lens will allow you to use the shallow depth of field to your advantage in throwing the background out of focus. Turn the plate around so you can see which side is best to shoot. 3. Keep it simple. When you’re shooting in a restaurant, be polite to servers and fellow diners. Stick to available light. Bump up the ISO if you have to and shoot at wider apertures. 4. Reshoot! If you don’t like the images once you get back to your computer, but do like the subject matter, odds are the dish will still be on the menu when you return. 5. Experiment. This is easiest when you’re shooting in your own kitchen. Use an eclectic collection of dishes or glasses; experiment with the lighting, or by changing the white balance to alter the mood of the image.
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Improving your Instagram feed

With over 600 million users by the start of 2017, Instagram is one of the world’s most popular social networks, it’s designed specifically for showcasing images – and it’s free. Whether you’re using it as a way of sharing with friends or building up a business, here’s how to start harnessing its incredible power to make a real difference to your photography. Set up your account It’s probably an obvious point, but when you set up your Instagram account, do remember to make it public in the settings to give it the widest possible reach. And make sure you are easily contactable by including links to your photo website and blog (if you have these) in your profile. Email and location can also be useful inclusions. Think about what you want to call it; you might simply want to use your name, or you might want to be a bit more creative to help people remember you and help you build your individual brand. Share from your camera Many Nikon cameras now feature SnapBridge, which uses Bluetooth to keep your camera constantly connected to up to five smart devices, so images and movies are automatically streamed to your phone or […]
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How to use the Nikon SnapBridge app

For a whole new world of instant syncing while you shoot and truly simple sharing, keep your Nikon camera connected to up to five smart devices with SnapBridge. SnapBridge gives you constant, automatic contact between your camera and phone or tablet. It also enables you to remotely control key camera functions and it even keeps your camera up-to-date by automatically telling you when firmware updates become available. Snapbridge-compatible cameras • D850 • D500 • D7500 • D5600 • D3400 • COOLPIX W300 • COOLPIX W100 • COOLPIX A300 • COOLPIX A900 • COOLPIX B500 • COOLPIX B700 How to set up SnapBridge Download and install the SnapBridge app on your smart device, then open it and complete these three simple steps: 1. When the SnapBridge start-up screen appears on your camera, press OK (for NFC enabled devices, simply touch the smart device to your camera), and an authorisation code will now appear on the camera and smart device. 2. One your smart device, confirm the code by pressing ‘pair’. 3. On your camera, confirm the code by pressing the ‘OK’ button. And that’s it – your camera and smart device are now connected. Once established, the connection between your Nikon […]
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WIN a FREE EXCLUSIVE action workshop with Craig Kolesky and the new Nikon D850

WIN a FREE EXCLUSIVE action workshop with Craig Kolesky and the new Nikon D850 Spend the afternoon with our international Nikon D850 PRO Photographer to be held at a SECRET LOCATION in Cape Town on 27th September 2017! Follow @IAMNIKONSA and @CraigKolesky on Instagram and tag 3 friends on any of Craig’s posts while on his D850 adventure in Japan to stand a chance to win your seat at this exclusive D850 experience. Get ready for this high impact and fast action workshop with each of the 6 attendees tasked by Craig to complete a photography challenge using the new Nikon D850. This exclusive action workshop will only be open to 6 people, who will be selected by means of a lucky draw of the qualifying entrants. Competition Period: The competition will commence on Saturday, 9 September 2017 and close on Saturday, 16 September 2017 (“the competition period”). The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 on the Nikon South Africa Instagram & Facebook pages. How to Enter: To enter this competition the entrants must: Follow @IAMNIKONSA and @CraigKolesky on Instagram. Tag 3 friends on any of Craig’s posts while on his D850 adventure in Japan using the hashtag #NikonSecretSession. Own any brand DSLR camera and have a minimum of intermediate […]
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Nikon D850 Pro Photographers set to showcase Nikon D850’s unrivalled versatile imaging capabilities

Johannesburg, South Africa – 7 September 2017 – The Nikon D850 Pro Photographers, featuring 32 talented photographers across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa who will front the campaign for Nikon’s latest FX-format DSLR, the D850, has been launched by Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd today. “We are pleased to be partners with these 32 accomplished photographers across the Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa region. Their extensive experience in the industry coupled with the local influence they will each bring to their series of content, will truly showcase the best of the D850 to the wide range of audiences within the photography community,” says Hiroki Yamaoka, General Manager of International Business Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd. The Nikon D850 Pro Photographers will explore the D850’s promise of unrivalled versatility as the new camera touts a combination of high speed and high resolution capabilities and seamless switching between first-class photos and 4K videos. Four experienced photographers from each of the eight local Nikon offices or subsidiaries in the region, namely Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Middle East & Africa, will represent the genres of wedding, nature, commercial and sports photography that the new camera […]
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NASA orders 53 unmodified Nikon D5 cameras

In keeping with the long heritage Nikon has with NASA, we are proud to announce that Nikon continues its contributing course into the discoveries of space exploration and innovation. Johannesburg, South Africa – 25 August 2017 – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for 53 Nikon D5 digital SLR cameras. NASA plans to use the cameras at the astronaut training facilities on Earth, and for recording intra- and extra-vehicular activities at the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has ordered 53 standard Nikon D5 cameras with no special hardware modifications. Just as it was with the D3S DSLR cameras delivered to NASA in 2009, these D5 cameras will be the same models available to consumers, confirming the incredible reliability of Nikon products, as well as their ability to withstand even the harshest of environments. Highlights of Nikon’s history with NASA 1971 The Nikon Photomic FTN* (NASA specifications) and NIKKOR lens were used on Apollo 15. 1980 The “Small Camera”, based on the Nikon F3 film SLR camera and equipped with a motor drive, and the F3 “Big Camera”, which utilized long film, were delivered to NASA. The […]
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New Nikon D850 opens up a world of limitless creative imaging possibilities

The latest FX-format camera by Nikon promises unrivalled versatility by combining high speed and high resolution capabilities in one superior imaging tool that switches seamlessly between first-class photos and 4K videos Johannesburg, South Africa – 24th August 2017 – Professional photographers and serious hobbyists alike will be able to expand their photographic expressions with the latest release of the D850 announced by Nikon in South Africa today. A highly anticipated successor to the widely popular FX-format D810 released in 2014, the latest addition to Nikon’s FX-format DSLR range is engineered with advanced features that deliver versatility and uncompromised performance across stills and video shooting, geared towards the growing segment of hybrid photographers in wedding photography, and also of those in the genres of nature, events, and fashion. “Technology has transformed content creation today – and Nikon’s innovation in evolving our imaging technologies and product range, combined with our heritage of skills and knowledge, has allowed us to offer the photography community more options with stronger performance and superior quality that we are trusted for,” says Grant Norton, Head of Sales and Marketing for Nikon in South Africa. “The D850 offers impressive capabilities with a powerful synthesis of high resolution and […]
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