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Here Comes the Sun: Chris McLennan’s Guide to Photography During The “Magic Hour”

    HERE COMES THE SUN Chris McLennan loves shooting in the early morning and late evening. He believes that magical twilights along with sunrise and sunset can add more emotion and drama to his images. “The golden glow and soft warmth gives you the ability to connect with the environment and to share your visions with others,” he enthuses.  A professional travel photographer with 25 years of experience, Chris has worked commercially in over 50 countries and has shot in some of the most exotic and often challenging locations on the planet. The Nikon Ambassador loves coming up with new ideas, and is constantly exploring novel ways of photographing things differently. In addition to photography, he also enjoys documenting his adventures on film which are immensely popular, especially “Car-L Meets The Lions” which has had over 6 million views on YouTube. In this piece, Chris McLennan shares his tips on the five fundamentals of ‘Magic Hour’ photography.   Positioning My positioning for magic hour photography really depends on the subject I am photographing.  I choose my angle to make the best use of the light whilst always keeping in mind the composition of the overall scene.  It also helps […]
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Photojournalism with Joseph Nair

Documenting Life through Photojournalism Starting out as a freelancer for The Straits Times in 2007, photojournalist, Joseph Nair, has captured some of Asia’s most exciting events, from the 2014 Asian games in Incheon, South Korea, to Singapore’s General Elections in 2011. Inspired by his father’s old Nikon SLR, Joseph fell in love with the craft despite a few missteps. “I remember him (my art teacher) dangling my first 20 rolls of film over the dustbin and telling me that was where they belonged,” he recalls. These days, the bulk of his assignments focus on the sporting calendar where he regularly covers everything from golf to swimming and the F1 night race as a stringer for the Associated Press and the Business Times. Shot with the Nikon D4S, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G at ISO 2500, 1/500, f4 © Joseph Nair I enjoy capturing fast movement. Photographing dance is a great way to train reflexes and build anticipation as I try to reinterpret the artist’s work in my frame. In this picture (From left to right) Yarra Ileto, Wang Wei Wei, Sheriden Newman and Jessica Christina dance their work “Noted With Thanks”, at a rehearsal for DiverCity, the opening show of the […]
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Nikon School Workshops – August & September

  AUGUST WORKSHOPS WILDLIFE When it comes to wildlife photography, being well-prepared and getting all the elements right will mean the difference between good and great shots. Join Nikon in South Africa for a wildlife workshop that will cover the following: 1.Camera set up 2.Controlling motion 3.Shooting techniques 4.Optimal equipment 5.Depth of field 6.ISO 7.Lowlight and flash Dates and Times Centurion 12 August 09:00 – 12:00 19 August 18:00 – 21:00 25 August 18:00 – 21:00 Cape Town 12 August 09:00 – 12:00 22 August 09:00 – 12:00 26 August 18:00 – 21:00 Durban 12 August 18:00 – 21:00 Port Elizabeth 20 August 18:00 – 21:00 Bloemfontein 11 August 18:00 – 21:00 KIDS & PETS Photographing kids and pets is a challenging genre of photography but can be one of the most rewarding as it captures our most loved members of the family. Join Nikon in South Africa for an in-depth look at how to get the shot by focusing on: 1.Camera set up 2.Ideal settings 3.Optimal equipment 4.Depth of field 5. Making your subject comfortable 6.Tips & tricks 7.Accessories Dates and Times Centurion 11 August 18:00 – 21:00 21 August 09:00 – 12:00 Cape Town 19 August 09:00 – […]
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Travel photography Tips

                                             
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Brendon Wainright on the New Nikon D7200

We recently gave Cape Town photographer and adventure junkie Brendon Wainright the ‪‎Nikon ‪D7200 to explore with, here are some of his thoughts on the new D7200. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky, with Table Mountain and Lion’s Head being my playground. My main focus in photography is landscape and wildlife. I generally shoot before sunrise or after last light. It was initially my mother with her film and video camera that got me interested in photography. Thankfully, technology has progressed tremendously since then.   I go on many ‘night explorations’, With the Nikon D7200’s extra two steps of low-light performance, I was capable of four times as much light with a native ISO of 25600, this camera operates exceptionally well with high ISO and eliminating noise when light is low or poor. This advantage took away any risk of compromising the quality of my photos. I also found the weather seal to be a very useful feature, as it prevents any dust from entering the camera. My favourite function of the D7200 definitely has to be the built in Wi-Fi. I love sharing my adventures with family, friends and viewers on the fly. There’s no need to wait […]
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I am behind the lens – Heinrich Knoetze on the Nikon D750

As a beginner in the photography industry, having only worked with the Nikon D3200 and D5500 prior to the D750, you can imagine my excitement when I got to review the new D750. Firstly the Nikon D750 is a 24mp Full-frame DSLR. It comes with a CMOS sensor coupled with an AA filter – in Nikon language, this is FX. It features a fast 6.5 fps continuous shutter with a better 51 points AF system. This allows the camera to focus quicker. Also allowing a quicker frame burst to capture fast moving subjects. The vari- angle  3.2 inch LCD (1229k dot) screen is very useful when you have to shoot high or low angles. This was especially useful on my recent trip to the Piketberg region to go shoot the stars as I used a small low tripod. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to instantly share photos online. This feature is a pleasure for me as I am an avid Instagrammer @Instaguyct  and is extremely useful as I can access my images and download them straight to my phone. I can edit and post on my various social media spaces. Also on that note, when you are […]
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Raw Photographic Expo Johannesburg 2015

This year we hosted the first RAW Photographic Expo at Helderfontein Estate, Midrand from 12 – 14 June. The expo focused on the passion for the art of photography in South Africa. The RAW Expo was an opportunity for the South African photographic community to come together to meet, learn, test the latest products on offer purchase by South Africa’s leading photographic brands with amazing product specials. Brands ranged from Nikon, Tamron, Manfrotto, Lowepro, Profoto, Lexar, Western Digital among leading others. The expo was open from 09h00 to 18h00 daily with free entry. 4 hour Masterclasses were hosted by leading South African photographers such as Brett Florens, Christine Meintjes, Johan Pretorius, Craig Kolesky, Seagram Pearce and Stephen Segal. On topics that ranged from photography essentials,  weddings, portraiture and lighting. 1.5 hour interactive Studio Sessions were intimate discussions and demonstrations with Wildlife photographer Shannon Benson, filmmaker Adrian Steirn, beauty and fashion by Neil Kirby and people and pets with Emma O’ Brian and Capturing Action with Ben Bergh. Free seminars were given through out the day on our stage that ranged from Soweto trio, I See A Different you on ‘’The importance of telling a story’’ to new born photography and […]
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