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Fashion Photography Tip by Tim Hulme

It might seem obvious, but the key to fashion photography is, well, the fashion.  Too often I see young SA photographers that aspire to be fashion photographers, posting beautiful images of models, with little to no thought as to how the clothing is shown off.  If you want to work on campaigns and big commercial shoots, the key is to make the clothing look amazing.  Surely no one wants to do agency portfolio tests for their entire lives?  In this Rorschach shot of mine, I had an idea of the composite image I wanted to create, but I knew before even considering the post production, I needed to nail a main shot of the model and outfit looking amazing, once I had that I was able to build the rest of the shot around it.  I wanted to make it look like a skull, but as the name suggests, I love that everyone has a different interpretation of it. Never blame your gear, this is shot with a single light in my garage studio.  People often feel a white background is limited, yet pick up a Vogue and I will practically bet my camera that there will be shots in […]
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Street Photography tip by Alexioso

“Johannesburg streets can be menacing, but treat people with respect. You also need to be street smart,and be careful, a brief careless moment can be dangerous. Street photography can also be uncomfortable, you cannot be afraid of confrontation and being rejected. Keep pushing and testing your limits. There is a great quote I like to follow: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasures you seek” – Joseph Campbell. I always ask permission before shooting someone in the city BUT some of the best street photographers say that it’s easier to say sorry than ask for permission, so read the situation. There have been times that I have asked permission and destroyed the moment, but times where asking permission got me an incredible shot. I also find shooting with friends is the best way to shoot the Joburg streets and my favorite time to shoot is between 04h30 am and 06h00 am. The best thing about owning a camera is it forces you outside your house to meet people, gain new experiences and teaches you about yourself.” www.instagram.com/alexioso www.alexioso.com
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iF Design Award 2017 Recognition for the Nikon D5, D500 & KeyMission 360

Nikon cameras are awarded in the product discipline from the reputable international awards for outstanding designs We are pleased to share that the Nikon D5, D500 and KeyMission 360 cameras are proud recipients of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017 for the product discipline. The iF Design Award is a globally prestigious design award sponsored by iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953. This year’s awards consisted of 5,575 entries from 59 countries for several disciplines including product, communication and packaging. Both Nikon D5 and D500 have also been notably recognised by various awards since their respective release. These awards include TIPA Awards 2016 and the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, while the D500 also received the European Prosumer DSLR Camera 2016-2017 award from the EISA Award 2016-2017. About the iF DESIGN AWARD Since over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognised as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concepts. […]
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Nature’s Best Photography Africa Competition

Nikon in South Africa announces that it is the official and exclusive camera partner to Nature’s Best Photography Africa Johannesburg – South Africa, 01 February 2017 – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Natures Best Photography Africa, in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa, to once again offer the African focused photographic competition, bringing special attention to the spectacular diversity of Africa’s flora and fauna. The competition invites photographers from across the globe to submit their images, taken in Africa, for judging by an expert panel of judges. The combined value of the prizes – to some of Africa’s finest wildlife environs – is approximately R1 million, making this one of the most prestigious competitions of its type in the world. The competition consists of 15 categories: African Wildlife Portfolio, African Image of the Year – This is not a category on its own, as the Image of the Year is selected from all the other categories, African Landscapes, Wild Cats of Africa Behavioural, Wild Cats of Africa Portraits, Birds of Africa Behavioural, Birds of Africa Portraits, Mammals of Africa Behavioural, Mammals of Africa Portraits, Reptiles of Africa, Africa at Sea, Africa […]
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Sport and Action Photography Tips by ‎Craig Fouché‎ – Part 2

Create Your Shots Don’t be afraid to break the rules, I have yet to shoot a mountain biker with a 16mm Fisheye lens, you need to be very close to make it a successful shot; it is also very risky! I have however climbed in behind the goalie at an ice-hockey match to shoot him defending a goal with my 16mm Fisheye, and came away without injury to both myself and my gear. I have also shot yachts from a helicopter for a totally different perspective. Create a Sense of Speed Learn to pan effectively. Start from the one end and continue to pan even when the shot has been taken. Depending on ISO and lens length, 1/30 is a good place to experiment with to achieve your desired results. Tell A Story Besides capturing a moment, tell a story about the event or action you capturing. Take your viewer to the place they wish they were there themselves, in the midst of it all! Required Equipment Most sports are shot on 35mm cameras because of their portability. While some photographers have captured great sports moments with other format cameras, I use the 35mm arena which is the most commonly […]
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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 to 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, […]
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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 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 camera […]
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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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