Photography is a profession that is birth from passion and creativity. Oftentimes, when you ask a photographer the ultimate question: “why did you become a photographer?” He is most likely to respond with the clause: “I love taking Images”. This is not such a bad thing but the fact is that sometimes having desire to take images is not all that a person needs to survive as a professional in this highly competitive profession. Hence, today, we will be discussing how not knowing the intricacies that this profession entails is a bane of development of photography in Nigeria.
As stated earlier, passion and creativity are key elements in ensuring success in this profession but what one is likely to come across-in Nigeria, is someone that possesses either of these qualities. You mostly see someone with the passion to sustain in this profession or someone that is very creative but lacks the passion. However, when you become more inquisitive by asking what “they” think about the income they get, you realize that most of these people are motivated by the amount they hope to acquire from the profession. Earnings are quite important when it comes to establishing and maintaining a business but when they become the sole aim of owning a business, such businesses are bound to collapse. This explains why we see so many incompetent people dive into the profession and claim the title “photographer”. Lest we never said this before ” I am glad this business has no expenses and I get to pocket all this money, said no “photographer” ever. What this means is that those that think that making money is all that there is in photography are wrong and are likely not to succeed in the profession.
Conversely, a photographer that has a blend of passion and creativity is most definite to succeed because the passion he has is what encourages him to keep striving and working hard till he get that long desired breakthrough. It is the contentment that comes in form of happiness after successfully completing a job and being fully aware that these has helped a family preserve a precious memory. This passion is in fact greater than all the amount he acquires from the profession. Also, to be outstanding in a profession such as photography, a photographer needs to be very creative while doing his job. If everyone is going colored, then decide to go vintage or black-and-white. What this simply suggest is that although people like to follow the crowd because they find that easier to adopt, a twist in direction creates as much attention as general perceptions or ideologies. Succinctly, having different ideas to achieving things makes you unique and distinguishes you from the enormous crowd.
Finally, photographers in Nigeria need to realize that photography is not less of a profession than medicine or law is, it takes lots of hard-work and sacrifice to be a successful photographer. You must be willing to purchase high quality equipments to make your work easier and better. If you can’t afford some of these equipments, make do with what you have and constantly take tutorials on how to improve your skills. It is true that people love to leave their footprints on the sands of time but photographers help capture those footprints.