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The New Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED

Portraits in smooth perfection with the new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Fast, prime mid-telephoto lens delivering the large, smooth and beautiful bokeh and edge-to-edge rendering The new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, a fast, mid-telephoto fixed focal length lens which responds to the demands of professional and advanced amateur photographers pursuing their imaging creativity with a variety of photographic scenes, is announced by Nikon in South Africa today. The lens is also the world’s first*1 autofocus lens with a 105mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture, further advancing the boundaries of imaging innovation.  The FX-format compatible AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, which embodies the “three-dimensional high fidelity” design concept, effortlessly crafts impressive portraits and photos of still subjects that beautifully utilize the large and smooth bokeh characteristics. The lens also delivers superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame for landscape shots, be it for day or night scenes, alongside an excellent reproduction of point light sources.  “Creating a significant shallow depth of field with the smoothest of bokeh through a 105mm focal length, is now made possible with the combination of phenomenal optical performance and innovative design. This new lens, the world’s first*1 with a 105mm […]
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Amanda’s story with the D810 and 70-200mm lens

Amanda Marais was Emoya’s official photographer, documenting the arrival of the 33 lions at OR Tambo International Airport and the release at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary. Here is her story and pictures of the incredible events that unfolded on 30 April and 1 May 2016 as the first of the 33 rescue lions was released onto African soil. As the sun began to set and the sky turned different shades of purple and pink, we watched with great excitement as the Boeing carrying our precious cargo of 33 ex-circus lions landed on the tarmac at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Along with the Emoya and ADI team, hordes of journalists, news crews and press from around the world had gathered in anticipation of the arrival of the 33 lions from ADI’ s rescue facility in Peru. The crates were slowly and carefully off-loaded and brought through to the cargo area where the state veterinarian surgeon was waiting. She gave the cats a once-over and, after reams of paperwork was checked, the thumbs-up was finally given. The first lion out was sweet, gentle Joseph. He roared and made the announcement of his arrival loud and clear. The rest of the cats […]
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Cape Town office has a new home

It is with great pleasure that Nikon announce, that on 31 May 2016, we will open the doors to our new Cape Town office space. Our new address in the sought after Boulevard Office Park (full details below), offers better parking facilities and a more secure office environment. Our phone number will stay the same: 087 285 3300. Since opening our Cape Town branch, your loyal support has helped us grow, and we are certain that this new space will allow us to serve you better.  **Please take note that our offices will be closed from 25 – 30 May in order to facilitate the move. If you have any questions about our new location or our services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.   New address as of 31 May 2016 NIKON HOUSE CAPE TOWN Boulevard Office Park (Block C, Ground Floor) Searle Street Woodstock, Cape Town Tel: 087 285 3300 Google map link: https://goo.gl/LcvvPR We look forward to seeing you at our new home soon.
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Tips for shooting venue decor and detail – AndStory

Make sure to book your spot at The National Wedding and Portraiture Workshop on the 28th of May! Here are tips for shooting venue decor and detail from our Joburg hosts, Reinhardt Nel from AndStory. Go to http://nikn.ly/xxxxxx to book    
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The perfect outdoor adventure with Kelvin Trautman

The perfect outdoor adventure means different things to different people. For me, it’s a chance to reconnect. To do this I often look at travelling somewhere near or far with as little as possible. To be self reliant with as little as possible is a quest I’m continually on. I’m a firm believer in less is more and without our daily distractions, you have more time for thinking, writing and reconnecting. This image sums this up perfectly. Here, Sabrina cruises the shallow of a largely unexplored bay on Zakinthos Island, Greece. We were totally self sufficient on this trip, we built our own raft to carry our gear, we got around the island by swimming and we ate the fish we caught. In all of this, I find that the imagery I shoot on these trips feels more authentic and filled with so much more substance. So why not try get away from the hustle and bustle for a while and get back to the basics of capturing and creating the raw beauty we often miss out on.
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Double exposure tips

Step 1 – Shoot your silhouette. Try photographing it against a clear sky or a white studio backdrop. If you are outdoors, use a low camera angle to get a clean white background. Step 2 – Find your background texture. Photograph a colourful or textured background that will work well with the silhouette. Take your time trying to find the perfect combination. Step 3 – Prepare your camera. When you’ve found the texture to place within the silhouetted figure, select your multi-exposure setting and switch your camera to live view. Find and select your silhouette photograph on the memory card. It will be displayed on the LCD screen. Step 4 – Line up the images. When the silhouette displayed on your camera’s LCD screen, aim your lens at the textured subject. The texture you have found will appear within the black silhouette. Adjust the camera angle, zoom, and exposure settings in order to create the textured overlay you are looking for and shoot! Your camera will automatically merge the two.   A few things to remember: Aligning the images is easier when you work in live view mode. Avoid overexposure, which can flare the outline of your sil­houetted subject, and compose […]
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Automotive photography tips by Seagram Pearce

                              PANNING Physics plays a huge role in panning because objects moving directly towards you or away from you will never be sharp. However objects moving at the same distance away from you perpendicularly will have a much higher sharpness rate. It’s very rare to have the entire vehicle sharp because of physics & object travel while the shutter is open. TRACKING You would shoot from the chase vehicle back onto the hero vehicle. Depending on how smooth your road surface is, you should be getting a fair amount of sharp images. Depending on your driving speed, you can increase your shutter speed, because you’re physically travelling faster over greater distance, so the camera interprets this as motion. SHUTTERDRAG The benefit of this is the creative freedom it allows with lighting. Moving lights become light trails and small light sources can be moved to create apparent larger light sources. In this shot I only made use of passing vehicle lights. FREEZE MOTION For this next shot, it was important to make the car look impressive going through the water. Getting an aesthetic pleasing ‘freeze’ is important. A blurred mass of water […]
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P900 Review with Sabi Sabi

Nikon Coolpix P900 review The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a fun and easy to use everyday camera, especially for beginners who want to capture great photographic images. With a wide range of settings, the camera can be used for any type of photography, as It allows for a greater wide angle and extreme zoom. Let’s look at the main features of the camera Zoom The P900 has the largest zoom in its class with an 83x Optical zoom lens (24mm-2000mm equivalent in 35mm format) and a great image stabilization system for zooming. This really allows you to get up close to the object that you are shooting.                                 This tree squirrel image was taken at roughly 30 to 35 meters away. With such a small subject it can be difficult to focus at that distance but all thanks to the extreme zoom and spot metering focus of the P900, it is easy to do! Image quality An impressive 16.1 megapixel sensor ensures not only sharp image quality, but also ensures rich full colours.                     These hippo and oxpecker […]
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Nikon in South Africa is excited to announce a new Nikon School and Nikon Professional Support model.

Pretoria, South Africa 16 February 2016 – Nikon in South Africa is excited to announce a new Nikon School and Nikon Professional Support model. This model will introduce Nikon trainers that have practical knowledge and field experience, to inspire and equip photographers of all levels. Camera training, workshops and excursions will be designed to offer informative, genre specific and practical knowledge to inspire and promote a successful and sustainable photographic industry. “The motivation of this new structure is to engage more fully with our aspiring and professional photographers, and to promote a creative environment for the Nikon photographic community. We believe that once you purchase a Nikon product, you become part of the Nikon family. With the inclusion of trainers who are actively engaged in the photographic industry, we will be able to offer functional skills, the knowledge to master techniques, advance creativity and offer practical knowledge of how to get the most out of your equipment. We are not in the business of just selling products but strive to promote photography,” said Stefan van der Walt, CEO for Nikon in South Africa. Nikon Professional Services in South Africa aims to provide valuable assistance and support to all Nikon professional […]
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Picture Perfect Pets with Emma O’Brien

Don’t you just love it when your pets make those cute faces and wish you could take that perfect shot? Emma O’Brien has given us a few tips so that we can make sure all our pet shots look as good as hers… “When you’re photographing animals, especially dogs, it’s best to get down to the same level as them so they can look directly into the camera, it makes for a more striking portrait.  The best way to get an animal’s attention so that they look at you, is to make high pitched squeaky noises – you can cheat by using an app on your phone for this – it works like a charm! Food is also is a great way to get an animal to look at you (I’ve found it also works for small children too!). I like to have someone to help me when I’m photographing animals because it’s very difficult to position and get them to sit still and take a photo, so always have a helper.”
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