The acceptance of photography as not just a hobby but a profession was a major breakthrough in Africa, especially Nigeria. So many people now consider being a photographer a profession rather than something birth from likeness for taking images. This acceptance, however, created a major problem for many photographers in Nigeria and that problem is getting help in the photography world. Thus, today, we will be discussing how getting help from other photographers is herculean and has been a setback to the development of this very competitive profession.
Many Photographers, in Nigeria, are reluctant to render help to other photographers because they have a perception that by doing so, they are selling out their businesses. This definitely is false because rendering assistance to another photographer that needs help with something does not make you lose your clients, neither does it take away what you know from you. In fact, it has been empirically proven that when you teach others what they do not know, you learn more yourself. This is because helping others creates a sense of responsibility in you and the need to know more as you cannot give what you do not have. So, when someone asks you for help, it is not always because they want to know the tricks to getting the images you produce. Rather, it shows that there is something admirable about your work that triggers a degree of interest.
A perfect example of what we are discussing today was sometimes ago when we got a call from a photographer who wanted to know the best way to get rid of dark spots from a client’s face without making the image looking overly edited. She expressed great disappointment from her intonation because she had called other photographers concerning the same problem and they had all refused to help her. However, she was grateful when we assisted her in solving the problem. A failure to help a photographer in need of help is simply putting the profession in jeopardy because our country went through phases of development before photography was seen as a profession. It simply gives people the mentality that there is no need to contract a job to a professional as a volunteer family member can as well take pictures of them during their events. This directly or indirectly affects what the profession truly stands to represent which is the importance of preserving beautiful memories.
Also, many Photographers stand a chance of losing their respects when they fail to give assistance to their colleagues as a shame on one is a shame on all. Nigerians as known are renown for committing the error of hasty-generalization. A misbehavior by a photographer would only give room for criticism by people in both “experienced” and “inexperienced” category. The “inexperienced” category which constitutes people that do not see the pertinence in hiring a professional and do not appreciate photographers would never give constructive criticisms about photographers or the profession. Hence, what we will have is a mockery of the profession as quacks cling the title “photographer”.
Finally, it is imperative that photographers in Nigeria see themselves as a part of a whole that needs to perform its function to get desired results. Nevertheless, we aren’t saying that a photography company should share all their activities with the general public or other photographers; we are only showing how being helpful to your colleagues doesn’t take anything from you. Also, every photographer should deem it fit to take tutorials on how to improve their skills.