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THE NOW COLLECTIVES CONFERENCE 2019 Photographers Connect, Learn, Inspire

THE NOW COLLECTIVES CONFERENCE 2019 Photographers Connect, Learn, Inspire

The Now Collectives conference which took place on the 20th to 22nd of May, 2019, Four Points By Sheraton in the city of Lagos, brought together different photographers from the globe to inspire and learn from one another.

The event had in attendance, local and International renowned speakers gifted in the nitty-gritty of photography such as, Bernard Kalu, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Pratik Naik, Bella Kotak, Yves Scheppers and Two Mann Studio.

The conference kicked off with an opening remark by Tolani Omitokun, the co-founder of TNC, who specially thanked the whole TNC crew for their earnest support in making this years event an admirable reality.

L-R Bella Kotak, Pratik Naik and Yves Scheppers at The Now Collectives conference

Rebecca Nwosu and Idris Dauda, whom are both beauty photographers then spoke on how to document people with scars and tribal marks mostly caused by accidents.

Berard Kalu a street photographer based in Lagos during his presentation took the audience on a session which revealed how he captures awesome images from the streets via a short video. He also educated them on the tips and tricks of street photography.

Speaking after Kalu was Emmanuel Oyeleke, who recently launched his second solo exhibition themed ‘The Huemanist’, in Lagos. He shared the elements of storytelling- mood, idea, emotion, narration, message and composition, teaching from scratch, how to capture a good portrait, in a session he themed “Female Warrior”. He ended his session, by advising the audience to photograph the stories as they happen. “Don’t photograph people, photograph the stories that happen right in front of your camera.”

Pratik Naik covered the different layers of editing images to enhance the work of the photographer. He further acknowledged the event as an in depth didactic experience because there was so much to learn.

Bella Kotak taught on the importance of Passion Projects. She urged the audience to always give attention to every detail while photographing an image. In conclusion, she said “Don’t let what you don’t have stop you from being creative.”

Yves Scheppers a world class sought after conference speaker spoke on The Art of Creative Portraits. He changed the mindsets and ideas of the photographers whilst he shared some tricks on creating amazing images via the 90 degrees.

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The most anticipated session was taken by Two Mann Studio. It was themed “Entering the Whole New Wedding Territory”. Just like the name implies, Two Mann Studio is run by a couple named Lanny and Erika Mann. They narrated their struggle each time they had a wedding to cover and further explained that they simply capture the moment right in front of their camera.

Some of the audience at The Now Collectives Conference

To conclude, Erika took the audience on an emotional journey where she showed images of a little African girl who died and woke up after some hours of intense prayer, wailing and weeping.

The event concluded with an epic after party which had the organisers, speakers and guests in attendance.

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