It was an exciting learning experience for amateur and professional photographers as well as filmmakers who attended a two-day seminar organised by Nikon Nigeria.
Tagged the “Nikon Nigeria Photo and Video Summit,” the event which took place at the Welcome Centre and Hotels, Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria, was attended by more than 600 Nigerians who are interested in photography.
Speaking at the event, the Head of Marketing and Brand Communication, Nikon Nigeria, Richard Eko, said the annual seminar was introduced to improve the use of cameras in Nigeria.
He stated, “we are trying to teach the Nigerian users how to use their cameras in a relationship with their environment. Many people have cameras but do not know how to use them or how to make money. The seminar has always been free. We started the seminar in 2015, but came to Nigeria in 2012.”
While chatting with New Telegraph, top Nigerian photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, said an event like the seminar that taught people how to fish, instead of giving fish, was a noble one and should be encouraged.
The Nikon ambassador explained further, “I do believe that the only way you can move forward in a society is for people to learn skills that can make them more valuable.
“I have been doing this for over 30 years. I started as a painter before becoming a photographer. Having built a reputation over the years, people now see me as a pacesetter and master at my craft. My position right now is to teach people things I have learnt so that they don’t make the same mistakes I made.”
According to him, the organisers or speakers can do little once the attendees do not pay attention to things taught at the seminar.
He stated, “you can only deal with what you can control, which is my ability to impact Knowledge. I cannot control how fertile the land I am planting on would be. If they come here and close their ears, it is left to them, bu t if only 10 people listen to the information passed across, we have succeeded.
“We have empowered over 600 young people. While talking, they were quiet. I was looking into the crowd and they seemed to be concentrating. I cannot tell if they were pretending, but if they could absorb some of the things I said, it would help them a great deal.”
Commending the efforts of Nikon, he stressed that they had made it a duty to make good cameras. “I have been their ambassador for years. They make good cameras and I use their tools for my creativity. They have been innovative; they compete well in the global market.”
Also, the Digital and Training Manager of Nikon Middle East, Cesar Parroco, said they were satisfied with the turnout.
He explained that, it is always difficult to coordinate things, but they have a very good team of people. “We are also thinking of doing a corporate social responsibility by giving out tools to some talented Nigerians but we don’t want it to be a show off; we want to create a real impact. For the seminar, you could see that we didn’t show or tell people how good our products are.”
Another facilitator, Brett Florens, did not only share his invaluable insights into the professional sphere but also spoke on the importance of education in the photography industry.
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