Common Mistakes Most Photographers In Nigeria Make All The Time

Photography in Nigeria today is a pretty lucrative business venture with a good deal of competition. Over the past years, I have had the opportunity of meeting different photographers from various location across Nigeria. This experience has made me realised that the average Nigerian photographer make tons of mistakes without a single clue on the right step to take.


All Nigerian photographers out there, grab yourself a chilled beer as FotoTech presents to you common mistakes photographers in Nigeria make all the time, which includes:


All my entire life as a photographer, I have never seen one Nigerian photographer shoot raw. Yes, you heard me! Photographers in Nigeria do not shoot raw, which is a very expensive mistake. Photographers in Nigeria always prefer shooting JPEG which is an image format already processed by the camera, in such a way that the camera deems fit. Shooting raw is very advantages as you can tweak the image anyhow you want it without loosing a single detail in post processing softwares like lightroom, photoshop ETC. Whenever you make a mistake when shooting JPEG, it can be hardly undone during post processing. Editing a JPEG image has huge restriction, else you ruin the image with overblown highlights, dark shadows and a host of other problems associated with shooting and editing in JPEG format.



I was reviewing some images taken by a photographer some days back and I discovered most of them were not exposed correctly and out of focus. I asked about the camera mode and he used while taking the photos and he side he shot them all in auto mode. He was not the first because most of the photographers I have met before all shoot with their cameras set to auto mode which is a huge mistakes that greatly limits the skills of a photographer. In auto mode, the camera decides what to do; it chooses aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering mode, focus mode and what to focus on, for you the photographer. This leaves the photographer no room for exploration, plus the camera tends to produce nasty images in auto mode.


Posing and Composition

This particular area has been a major weakness for me and I tend to make mistakes a lot when it comes to posing, framing and composition. As a photographer, you need to show your subjects how to pose except your subject is a super model with loads of experience. I will advice every photographer out there to go and learn how to pose(ladies especially) so you can pose for them to mimic you. Most Nigerian photographers make a lot of mistakes when it comes to framing: no looking space, no head room and worst still, most Nigerian photographers don’t even know a thing about the almighty rule of thirds, which is a good tool for producing aesthetically pleasing shots.

So what do you think guys? Do you have a question, an opinion or a contradiction? Kindly use the comment box below.

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  1. most?
    and where are your stats?
    I know tons of photographers ( I don’t regard the trigger happy, wait and get, #100 per copy guys as photographers) who have never shot on auto before.
    On the Raw vs jpeg issue it really depends on the project, else you’d run out of storage easily.

    Dont be a “rascist”, I do regard them as photographers because they form the bulk of the photography business in Nigeria and you will agree with me on that. I can confidently state that they form about 80% of the market from the ones I have met before and that’s why we are quick to see nasty photos flying around.

    • Sorry, it’s supposed to be the rule of thirds not 180 degree rule. The 180 rule is a Videography thingy that deals with camera placement. I will need a video to explain.

    • It’s a feature on DSLR that let’s you capture unprocessed (raw) images without the camera doing any sort of processing. The image can be further manipulated (white balance, exposure, sharpness etc) later in post without ruining image. Jpeg, unlike raw is already processed and compressed by the camera leaving limited room for further manipulation.

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