People Embracing Phone Photography In Uganda.

Most of us keep our phones with us almost all the time. They have become an extension of us. Our clocks, our planners, our mirrors, our doctors and the keepers of our most intimate thoughts. Of recent because of our constant dependence on our phones, they have been receiving a lot of negative publicity or is that social media. Anyway, despite the flack, phones have also come with the liberalization of Photography.This, coupled with a million and one editing apps, and the ability to self-publish with the emergence of social media networks and affordable data like Airtel data blast, phone photography is on the rise in this generation. And because of the advancement in the camera technology packed in our phones, pro photographers can no longer look down on people taking pictures with their phones. For many, they have even started to refer to them as their second camera. Phone photography has become an art form of its own.

Recently, we asked different phone photographers to share with us their best shots in a questionnaire thread we did on our Kafunda Kreatives Twitter account, the responses and the pictures were both overwhelming! We have put most of these shots in this article to; showcase these people’s craft, to inspire many other emerging phone photographers, and perhaps learn a few things from each other.

In no particular order we give you;

Angella Atwine a Journalism and Communication Student, phone Photography started for her when she didn’t own a camera then yet she wanted to shoot, she decided to try the phone camera out and it worked. She is a multitasking beast who loves doing so much and like to live.

Angella‘s Submission

“I believe and know phone photography can take you places.”

Amanyire Innocent aka Ninno Jack Jr. a Graphics Designer and Photographer,  Initially he could not afford a DSLR camera, he had to maximize with what he had, the phone. Currently, he is working his way up with a $1000 Nikon Camera.

Ninno Jr.’s Submission

“Learn, learn with whatever resource is available, if you are passionate about photography, your skills will be noticeable on a $100 phone then work your way up to a $6000 camera.”

Eddy Atum Benjamin but more popularly known as Benjaah Edwards, he studied Horticulture at Makerere University but gravitated towards writing and blogging as a passion, but soon, it shocked him by becoming a major source of income. He is also a certified Digital Marketing professional. He works in the digital creative space, as a content creator, PR personnel and so much more. Phone Photography is something he stumbled upon. Of recent, he has become a fitness enthusiast literally, he is officially a fitness addict.

Eddy‘s Submission

“I happen to love photography as a means of telling stories. Sometimes, you are presented with a moment that you wish a professional photographer captures because it may not be repeated. That, and the fact that I like playing with photo-editing apps drove me to phone photography”

Sidney Natuhamya a student at Makerere University. He started loving phone photography after learning how to use a DSLR two years ago. He started doing phone photography because he has not yet acquired his own DSLR camera. However, he got access to cameras when he started working with photographers like Aaron and Isaiah Kajumba, Pacutho Andrew, and they mentored him under the Beohrt’s Beard umbrella, really dope guys. So they taught him how to shoot, edit and exploit my strength, which is basically seeing beauty in the things that look normal to the naked eye. Besides school he does cinematography with Beohrts Beard, that includes documentaries, photo shoots, video shoots and more. We can be found at beohrtsbeard.com  (This AD is on us – we gotcha)

Sidney‘s Submission.

“make due with what you have, you don’t need a dslr, though it is better or a very nice camera to create good art but love what you do and think of the images you take with your phone as a way to express yourself.”

Faith Mulungi a radio host, online producer PowerFm and digital manager, phone photography is a hobby she picked up, and boldly said it is a beautiful journey. She would love to own a DSRL camera with ‘lit’ lenses and grow her craft!

Faith‘s Submission

“The learning never stops but never settle, always try out something new”

Lumaama Godfrey a freelance IT Specialist with a passion for photography. He got into phone photography around 2015, but it’s until 2017 that he started getting serious about it. Phone photography has also simplified backing up and editing of pics. Because there are many photo editing apps now Other than photography, He likes reading, playing rugby and traveling. He has a passion for programming too (Java)

Godfrey‘s submission

“Phone Photography is one way of art that few people have discovered, phones with good cameras can do capture moments the very way cameras do.”

Marega Hannington a Telecommunication Engineer. He has grown up to love photography especially nature so he decided to use what was in his hands, the phone camera. He occasionally plays football especially goalkeeping and any position apart from defence. He is also an upcoming self-made DJ.

Hannington‘s Submission

“composition, the rule of thirds and be a full-time photography student anyday”

Nobert Aleti an architecture student and a visual artist. Phone photography was jumpstarted by Social Media activities but then, he couldn’t own a camera, so he embraced limitation with what he had. He also likes traveling.

Nobert‘s submission

“It’s good to always review your pictures, gives you a new perspective each time.”

Tibaweswa Stuart Mathew he does Documentary and conceptual photography. he got into phone photography when he realized that phones can make amazing silhouettes which he is super obsessed with. Besides other hustles he does filming.

Matthew‘s Submission

“Photography is not having a dslr camera but having a sense of observing things with your eyes to freeze them on camera.”

Mwondha Ashraf Kweyamba a Civil Engineering student at Kyambogo, He was Influenced by his old friend Sidney Natuhamya into phone photography. He does a lot traveling.

Ashraf‘s submission

“It is not about how good the phone camera is but about the creativity of the photographer”

Blair Davis Mugume Kwehangana from Kabale and Kanungu, Uganda is a fresh Graduate with a Petroleum and Mineral Geoscience degree. He is Currently based at an Accounting and Taxation firm where he does freelance Geology and Geoscience consultancy. He has a Passion for general photography and he is still a budding photographer, thirsty to learn from any and everyone. He is an addicted reader with undesired phases of rehab. He also loves travel, philanthropy, and a game of pool.

Blair‘s submission

“More less a skill attained than a lesson; It has enabled me to train my photography eye to notice things, perspectives, light tricks that I would otherwise have missed without the practice”

TAKING A PHOTO WORTH 1000 WORDS.

A photo can convey the equivalent of 1000 words, or it can say nothing at all. The difference is entirely how the photo is taken.  Here is how to get the most out of your photography on this trip.

1.The Subject:

What are you taking a picture of? Instead of shooting a “landscape,” think of it as shooting a hut or hill. If shooting “wildlife,” pick a specific plant or animal to highlight. Not just a “crowd,” but make sure someone within that crowd stands out. There should always be one main thing for the viewer to focus on. more “TAKING A PHOTO WORTH 1000 WORDS.”

13 PICTURES THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GO TO BUNYONYI NOW.

Bunyonyi is one of the most picturesque places in this Uganda. Located in the South Western part of the country between Kisoro and Kibale about 458 Kilometers from the capital Kampala, approximately 9 hours of travel time and many Shell convenience stations in between to stretch your legs, shop, re fuel and more importantly on long journeys like this, use a clean loo.

The lake appears of the 5000 note of Uganda. Yes, you can take a moment and check. And when you are done, check out these 13 pictures that will make you want to collect a couple of the five thousands, fill up your tank with some Shell Fuel Save and travel to this paradise.








 










Don’t forget to share your pictures with us via #KoikoiUg, we always look forward to seeing these places through your eyes. And with Airtel #XtraMassape, you don’t have to worry about running out of data. That 100% bonus will have you comfortably sharing everything you see, because there is a lot. This is just the tip of the ‘iceberg’.

5 THINGS I LEARNED SHOOTING KAPCHORWA LANDSCAPES WITH MY PHONE

When I we started out on the #KoikoiUG campaign in 2015, I wasn’t much of a photographer. I am still not one but I have learnt lots in the last 18 months. My first instinct back then was to fake it, till I made it. So, in the spirit of faking it, I borrowed the biggest DSLR camera I could find and wentsnapping away. Really quickly I realised certain things .

1. I didn’t like the DSLR, its bulky and I was more of the slide your gear into your pocket type of guy,

2. DSLR’s are also quite intrusive. And for a culture that is suspicious of being photographed, itpresented many challenges.

3. Phones have come a long way since the first camera phone and pack some pretty decent features for photography and film making.

Number 1 and 2, were instant. The story of realisation number 3 was different.

On our first trip East, I didn’t have access to a DSLR. All I had was a basic Samsung phone, and I had to find a way to make it work. I spent the night awake watching youtube video after youtube video talking about mobile photography and by 6am, I was good to go. I would show the world what mobile photography can do. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

Going back East 18 months later was like a second chance at a first time. The East has spectacular landscapes and I was determined to focus on only that and apply everything I have learnt in the last 18 months. This blog post shares the lessons I learned in my attempt to shoot landscapes in Kapchorwa. But first, what is landscape photography?

Its photography that shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. That’s what Wikipedia says. What in the beginning seemed so obvious opened me up to new possibilities of the metaphorical, symbolic, and fantastical that can all be expressed in a landscape. That being said, here are some tips;

Tip 1: Focus

Because I realized disturbances, features and subjects would make my landscape better, focus was major. Every scene you like has something that attracts you to it, and I decided to trust my eye and make those things my focal points. Deciding where I put my subjects in the picture was decided by 2 things, the rule of thirds and the realization that our education teaches us to read left to right, and thus people read pictures the same way.

Tip 2 Foreground:

A photographer friend on these KoiKoi trips once said, when shooting landscapes, you had to invite your viewer to look into your photograph and keep looking. I quickly realized putting my subjects in the foreground rather that the background created depth in my picture.

Tip 3. Lines:

During my search online a few month ago I have read about leading lines. This could be a path, a road, a river or even a moving subject that draws your viewer into the picture.

Tip 4. The Sky:

When you have nothing in your foreground, and no subject to focus on, putting the land in the lower part of your picture and allowing the sky to dominate creates some pretty interesting scapes. With a little enhancing to make it pop, it can create very serene scenes

Tip 5. Perspective;

Always shoot your landscape straight on. Get it out of the way. And then try the same scene from top looking down, down looking up, the side, whatever vantage point you can find. Each one has its own power, why not explore all of them. You never know what the money shot is.

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So how about you grab your phone and go shoot some Ugandan landscapes. And then load some data, Airtel has some great data plans, and share those with us via Instagram using the #KoikoiUg hashtag.

About the Author

Trained as an architect, David Ogutu sits on that fine edge between madness and genius making him a passionate creative and a consummate scholar of human behaviour. David is a popular radio and TV talk show host and an avid smartphonographer