Abuja – Photography experts on Friday called for professional training of photographers to be at par with global standard and portray a better society.
They made the call at a panel discussion on the current trends of Nigerian Photography in Abuja.
Mr Uche Iruoha, one of the panelist, said photography was beyond the art of handling a camera to snap images.
According to him, photographers require training to produce more realistic pictures.
He added that “photography in contemporary Nigeria lacks professional training, taking a picture of an image needs having a perfect image composition mentality
“We need to move away from the routine taking pictures of images and move forward to finding new ways to articulate imagery. We have a visual world but there is a reality.”
Uche, however, said that the country was recognising the place of photography in the society, adding that it had improved from what it used to be.
He commended the inclusion of Photography as a subject in Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examinations.
He stated that some tertiary institutions in the country were considering starting up independent departments for photography as a course.
He added that “photographers needed to create a sellable image before considering the market to exhibit them.”
Ms Bisi Silva, another panelist , said it was important pictures are taken to portray dignity.
“Showing ourselves and our culture in a more dignifying manner while taking pictures is important.”
She added that the average photographer in the country does the same routine thing with less results.
According to her, trainings and more collaboration with professional photographers will improve the job and add value to it as well. (NAN)