As part of our mission to tackle local challenges, we realized that there is a need for a new crop of photographers who will tell counter narrative stories about activities and events in our society. While the majority of the photographers we have mostly do weddings and portraits. There are not many photographers in other fields like documentary, landscape, product photography and the likes. So we decided to bring upcoming photographers and enthusiast together for three a days Photocamp that will teach them skills on photography from its most basic forms.
Planning the program was an amazing experience for us as a team, we were thrilled to put together the first of its kind, three days Photocamp in Kano. We reached out to some professional photographers and partners who share our vision for the project. Along the line, Global Shapers Community Kano which is an initiative of World Economic Forum sponsored thirteen (13) upcoming photographers to our Photocamp. We eventually had 28 participants who were very keen and passionate to spend three days with us. So on April 20th, 2018 Photocamp Kano was launched by our Managing Partner Mr Ahmed Idris who is also a documentary photographer.
The first day was basically about learning camera settings and controls, lens and lighting. These featured teachings using natural lighting, flash and nature photography. The second day was more practical as we had a photowalk to some historic places in Kano. The idea was to have fun and interact while learning. We visited Gidan Makama which is a National Museum, and then we stopped at Gidan Dan Hausa, the oldest building in northern Nigeria. We took to the streets and had sessions on street photography before having launch together at a restaurant. We then moved to Kano Dye Pit, a place that has being standing for over 500 years. Our last stop was at Dala Hills (Dutsen Dala) the first settlement in Kano. We ended the day exhausted but very fulfilled.
On the last day, we took participants on how to edit the pictures they took during the second day. We introduced them to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. We also had professional and renowned photographers follow us in the photowalk and also give talks on the business side of photography. We ended the Photocamp in style as each participant was awarded a certificate. Photocamp Kano will go down in the history of Kano as a project that united and gave the photography community in Kano the much needed boosts. We are proud to have put together something that not only provided access to the right knowledge but also motivated people to take positive actions and build careers that will help sustain themselves, their families and the society.
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