My First Time Experience with Professional Photography
Ever since I was a kid, I have had a keen interest in photography but as an aspiring filmmaker, I had very little knowledge of the art. However, in the day I spent with the wonderful Arien Van Der Merwe, probably the best photographer in Malawi, my photography eyes have been opened. Exposed to a lot of knowledge and best practice, my life is changed for the better.
Our journey into photography began in Likuni, near the capital city Lilongwe. We spent three days photographing the film crew working in several rural areas that I’ve never been to before.
The film crew rarely agreed on the best time of day to shoot, due to the sunlight, something Arien had taught us to focus on. We also had difficulties in photographing during lunch hour as the sun was overhead.
We produced some great pictures and we learnt a lot. I now see myself having a successful career in photography and film ahead of me. I want to start a small film and advertising company. As a journalism student I have benefited a lot from the trip and it has prepared me for a photojournalism course I’ll be taking next semester.
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