Introducing PiNSeries

Hello Photographers in Nigeria!

Are you  working on any photography  series in Nigeria ? We are launching our new initiative #PiNseries (Photographers in Nigeria Series)  an interactive meetup & exhibition aimed at    showcasing the works of amazing photographers across Nigeria.

If you consider your project suitable for this showcase please drop your project link with our Editorial Team

E : editor@photographers.ng

Photo credit : Francis Oghuma/picharazzi
Photo credit : Francis Oghuma/picharazzi
Photo credit : Francis Oghuma/picharazzi

We are open to collaborations and brand partnerships 🙂  #PinSeries

 

Photographer spotlight : Ifunanya Ojiaku of Ipheellusion photography

Welcome to Light by Photographers.NG a multimedia interview series with established and upcoming photographers in Nigeria.Our goal is to get photographers in Nigeria to talk about their arts and share insightful tips with the community & put them in the spotlight. E :editor@photographers.ng

 

Hi Ifunanya!

 

Can you tell us about your background and how you got into photography?

I am Ifunanya Ojiaku . A graduate of History and International studies fromUniversity of Nigeria Nsukka and presently a professional photographer. Asfor how I got into photography,it started with seeing the likes of KelechiAmadi and Ty Bello  on T,V. a lot while I was in universirty .And the passion developed from there which I decided to turn into a vision and run
with it.

You seem to have the ability to make the subject relax especially
kids and reveal a candid side to them through your photography. Do you have any tips to achieve this?

Oh wow, First key / tip to achieving this ,is prayer and I am serious.I
pray every time I have to meet my clients especially the babies,you can
never control their emotions and will never too sure of what mood they are
in for the day so prayer helps . Then secondly lots and lots of love and
patience . Finally If it takes making the silliest of sound and dance to
get them laugh ,I will always be at the fore front doing that.

Why did you venture into Children photography?

I think it started as a give away gift to couple that had their weddings
covered by us. We simply offered to shoot their baby for free when they
give birth as an appreciation for using our service .However it became a
gift that kept giving beacuse had a  full portfolio of children and demand
for maternity and children photography in no time.

Is there something you can’t do without in your shots?

Yes , my 85mm. Its a good portrait lens and a lens duster.

How did you light your pictures?

 

I light my pictures with two good old off the camera speedlites and natural
light.

 What do you currently have in your bag?

Currently I have a 5d Mark II by Canon , 85mm lens, 50mm lens and a 28 mm
lens and two triggers and a duster for my lens

Your view on national & international assignments for our local
photographers?

I feel that we could do more if given the right platform and structure .

What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring
photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

Having known that I already love photography since school days, I did not
bother to look for the regular work after school. I simply stuck to
photography and found a studio where i trained and work for two years after which , I resigned to start Ipheellusion photography.

Your view about the photographic industry in Nigeria?

The photography industry is a potential huge one if and when properly
harnessed. I believe we still need proper structures and systems in place
for  a better operation.

The trends to look out for is the specialization of photography .

Many photographers are beginning to find their callings in different types of
photography instead of the general practice of shooting everything and all
types of photography which we were once used to .

Any tips for amateur & semi professional photographers considering
photography as a career path?

Consistence and persistence. these two will take you further . Then
secondly be very intentional about your clients.Love them and treat them as Kings that they are.

 

Photographer spotlight : AYO of D’mayo photography

Welcome to Light by Photographers.NG a multimedia interview series with established and upcoming photographers in Nigeria.Our goal is to get photographers in Nigeria to talk about their arts and share insightful tips with the community & put them in the spotlight. E :editor@photographers.ng

Hi  Ayo!

  • Can you tell us about your background and how you got into photography?

Ayo: I am the first child in my fami­ly and my only sibling (brother) was born when I was 13 years old. I was raised mainly in Abesan Estate at Ipaja, Lagos and my ex­perience there later made me who I am. I made friends with the rich and poor and it made me see more about life. I’m from an average family and we lived a comfortable life. I attended very good schools like Doregos, Christ The King International School and Babcock University.

My grandfather was then the President of the Association of Photographer’s Lagos Chapter before his death in 1996. So my dad had a photo colour printing lab after his death. And the manager of the lab usually bought me small film cameras like Kodak and Agfa, which I used it to document my trips and events I attended; Then I’d give the film to my dad’s photo color lab manager to help me print it.

It all came to my conscious­ness when I bought my Nokia N8 phone in 2010 and I start­ed creating images with it and posting to my Flickr stream (Flickr is a photo site owned by Yahoo). My western followers saw it and loved the way I composed my shots and encouraged me. Also my friend, Bayo Lawson also called Blawz encouraged me. Blawz as at that time just started his journey into photog­raphy. He is a wedding photographer and Videographer now. I kept on posting photographs with my Nokia phone and somehow Nokia noticed my work because I always tagged it with #NokiaN8 on twitter and Facebook.

One day, they did a blog post on one of my portraits with the phone. Nokia N8 as a device broke my boundaries in mobile photography and it raised the bar. At the end of the day, it isn’t just the camera but the person behind the lens that matters more. From then on I got my DSLR and the rest is history!

  • Who are some of you favorite photographers past or present?

Ayo: Past: Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Obi Somto, Platon, Jeremy Cowart | Present : Joey Lawrence, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Hurley

  • How did you light the picture?

Ayo: I most times use one or two lights. The key light I use are mostly from a Octabox or a parabolic Umbrella and the Fill light is a softbox.

  • You seem to have the ability to make the subject relax and reveal a candid side to them through your photography. Do you have any tips to achieve this?

Ayo: Know the subject, interact with them. Never forget to make them laugh also!!!

  • Your view about the photographic industry in Nigeria? Trends to watch out for?

Ayo: The industry is expanding rapidly especially the wedding and events genre which is the most sought after genre by Nigerians. New barriers are been broken. Personally, I’m watching out for a regulation in our industry

  • Is there something you can’t do without in your shots?

Ayo: Fill Light

  • What was your first camera?

Ayo: Nikon D5100

  • Your view on national & international assignments for our local Photographers?

Ayo: Well I’d say just about 10% of the photographers in Nigerian can take up commercial assignments and deliver the same quality with those on the international scene.

  • What is the state of our photographic industry in Nigeria?

Ayo: Well the industry is growing rapidly, you know it is a time you say “What a Time To Be Alive” Also generally Photography and Photographers are been respected and this has really added value!

  • What do you currently have in your bag?

Ayo: Nikon D5100 and a Nikkor 50mm

  • We noticed you built a camera strap for photographers and also make backgrounds for photographers? What inspired that and how is the demand for your products like?

Ayo: There was a need for the straps and backdrops and I wanted to fill that void. Also the economic situation was also a trigger for it. Many photographers couldn’t afford the imported variants and so I decided to produce them locally at a cheaper price. They have both been well received!

  • Any tips for amateur & semi professional photographers considering photography as a career path?

Ayo: Well if they want to make it a career they should learn and study the business of photography first of all!

Thank you Ayo! 

 

 

Introducing LIGHT by Photographers.NG

introducing LIGHT by Photographers.NG; a multimedia interview series with established and upcoming photographers in Nigeria. Our goal is to interview photographers in Nigeria and get them to talk about their art and share insightful tips with one another .

 

Kindly drop us an email@ editor@photographers.ng if you want to be showcased.

 

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Nigeria photography classifieds

Hi amazing Nigerian photographers 🙂

We launched a classified ad  (Facebook page) today on  https://www.facebook.com/groups/NigeriaPhotographyclassifieds/ our objective is to give a platform where you can  pass information on photography equipment to others, allowing the discovery of these equipment  to be easier, faster and most especially safer to buy from the internet. Please recommend by sharing & telling a friend about us. This is your Number one team! Let’s do this.

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Introducing Photographers in Nigeria

Photographers.com.ng is an interface between photographers and clients. It is a platform that helps you discover  and book amazing photographers  easier and faster. Based in Lagos, Nigeria; our goal is to make the process of searching & booking of photographers simpler, giving you variety of options and allowing you to view the portfolios of professional photographers.

We are currently located on www.photographers.com.ng .

 

We are interested in working closely with top/creative photographers from different parts of Nigeria interested in shooting professionally & businesses,organizations interested in improving their storytelling & marketing messages .

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