Nikon India’s Through The Lens Blogger Meet
When I received an invite to attend an event from Nikon India, I thought it would be for a launch event or some initiative from the company. I thought, I need to give it a try when the weather was not favorable to us in Bangalore as we were treated with heavy downpour.
I made it to the event somehow in the rainy evening. I didn’t want to miss it as I love photography too and it was at one of the loveliest ‘Skyye Lounge’ in Bangalore. To be frank, I was not disappointed and got to know some key features which are part of Photography. Let me share them with you.
Nikon is one of the oldest in the field of Optics and also in the field of Photography, are well known for their Cameras, Lenses, new technologies in the field of Photography are known for their courses related to photography for their customers and enthusiasts.
With the changing Trends and needs in the field of Photography, Nikon was always there what users wanted. They bring technology to customers and they also help customers come to speed with Technology. Thus helping each other to increase and improve the field of Photography and Videos.
We had Mr. Raghu Rai, a renowned Indian photographer and Photojournalist at the event and he shared his thoughts on Photography and was a judge for the special Twitter contest where one could share their best photos using the hashtag #ThroughTheLens and win Nikon P330 Camera.
In this event, I got to see some breathtaking photos and got to learn about capturing them too. That was the core agenda of the event. To understand the basics and core of Photography and various key techniques/trends.
Some of them are,
High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR):
HDR image is commonly made by taking three or more photos of the same scene, each with varying exposures. . The resulting images will have different exposures that will correctly expose the various parts of the scene. Software can then combine all these images to bring details to all parts of the scene including the darkest shadows and brightest highlights and everything in between.
• HDR images have higher dynamic range than a normal photograph, giving the photograph a uniform exposure.
• Select Nikon cameras like the (D7100) D600, D800, D4 and (D5100) D5200 have in camera HDR mode. HDR mode is ideal for capturing a scene that has an extremely wide dynamic range, i.e. with widely varying brightness at different parts of the frame, and is suitable for landscapes, interiors and studio work. In this mode camera shoots two frames in a single shutter release: one overexposed, and the other underexposed. The two are then instantly combined to create a single image that encompasses the full dynamic range of the original scene with details in highlights and shadows even in high-contrast conditions.
- This is one of my favorite topics.
Macro photography is photography up-close. It is generally recognized as “macro” when the size of an object in picture, as represented on the image sensor varies from about half life-size, to five times life-size.
• Some of the most popular subjects for macro photography are Insects, flowers water drops and close-up of eyes.
• Nikon offers high quality optics to capture these small subjects and show larger than life perspective of them. L Lenses like 105mm Micro, and 85mm Micro are just few examples of the gear required to capture high quality macro images
The term comes from the Japanese word boke, which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji, the “blur quality”. Bokeh defines the quality of the blurred lights presented in a photo which have aesthetically pleasing background blurs.
• This is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. Low light photography is gaining much popularity in the recent time.
• The power of NIKKOR lenses allows you to get that perfect bokeh to enhance your photography; 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 are few examples of optics used to create pleasing bokehs.
360-degree photography and wide format photography
• Allows capturing a landscape or architecture in a way people view them, creating a wide image covering the entire vastness of the scene.
• With high resolution Nikon cameras like D800/D600/D3200 and D5200 you can create high quality panoramic images.
Time lapse photography
This new feature allows you to take sequential photos captured over a period of hours and compress them into a video of only a few minutes in length – this allows you to see a slowly changing scene at a much faster pace. This can open up a whole new world of photography not possible with images or conventional videos.
• Select Nikon D-SLR cameras feature the built-in Time lapse photography mode and can capture a variety of scenes and subjects at breathtaking pace. Time consuming editing on softwares is solved with in-built Time lapse feature of Nikon D-SLRs.
• Nikon’s time-lapse capability includes a choice of intervals and frame rates to accelerate slow-moving activity into dramatic high-speed sequences. Camera allows time-lapse photography with replay rates from 24 times to 36,000 times faster than natural time. The images captured during time-lapse photography are automatically saved as a movie file within the camera, removing the need for post-production.
Star trail photography
Shooting the night sky has always fascinated photographers. Currently, this is one of the most popular trends in photography around the world and catching up fast in India. This involves exposures in excess of 30 seconds to a couple fo hours, depending on the scene. The long exposures produce captivating images where trails of stars moving around in the night sky can be seen.
All Nikon D-SLRs have the BULB shutter release mode, where the shutter can be kept open for indefinite periods. Remote controls like the MC-DC2 and ML-L3 can be used to operate the camera without causing camera shake. As long exposures tend to produce noise, Nikon D-SLRs are equipped with Long exposure noise reduction feature to reduce noise in such long exposures.
We were also showed how to do in-camera editing, know more about Active D’lighting, video captures etc. We also got to experience the best lenses from Nikon.
All the key tips were shared with the attendees and especially I loved it and would like to experiment a lot once I got to know about it. Some of the pics from the event.
Thus it was one of the wonderful learning experience for me. Hope you liked it.