FORMERLY, photographers do confine themselves in their studios, waiting for their customers to patronise them but as the economy bites harder and there are many people in the profession, photographers now attend almost every event, burials, weddings, traditional marriages, house warming, in both urban and local areas, unlimitedly photographing people at will to make ends meet. But most often, people act differently to this kind of venture.
According to a photographer in Onitsha, Anambra State, John Umoh, also known as John Bex, during an interaction with National Light said, ‘many photographers now move out looking for where people are holding one ceremony or the other to Photograph people, produce photos and distribute before the end of the event”.
Explaining further on why some photographers take photos of people unawares, Umoh said, ‘ There are lots of challenges as people are different in characters. I don’t take people’s photographs unawares, before I snap anyone, he or she must give approval. Even at that, people still reject some of their photographs either it doesn’t look nice or they don’t have money”.
On what photographers do with rejected photos, Umoh said “I do use some of them to decorate my studio, even hang them outside to create awareness”.
But people who spoke with National Light on what photographers do with unclaimed pictures, Anthonia from Aguleri and Adauzoh, said, “ If photographers give you a shot, you better collect it from them, if the photo look beautiful and the owner rejects it, photographers use them to build catalogues and sell to fashion designers. Somebody might be residing in Anambra State and find her photographs in Lagos.
Contributing, a female journalist, Oby Udoh said, in my village, I came across an old time photographer who was always having problem with people. The photographer used to snap people sometimes without reaching agreement and would even enlarge some photos, prepare album and brought to the owners to pay him for his services. Some of the affected people would reluctantly accept it to avoid having problem with the photographer while others would blantantly reject such photos, but of late, no trace of that”.
In her explanation, Charity Obi, Umuoji, Anambra State said “ I have come across some photographers who during events would ask you to pose for a photograph. Sometimes, I do oblige, while other times I do refuse to have a shot”.
Stressing further, Obi said such photographers do hurriedly reproduce photos and bring to the event hall and distribute. Sometimes, some of their customers had already left before they brought such photos and they cannot locate their customers contact. Personally if they return with my photos, if they look nice, I do collect and pay, if it doesn’t look nice or I was not aware when I was photographed, I do pay half the cost and receive my photos from them. Personally, I hate allowing people go away with my photos”.
Contributing, a male journalist, Sampson Ndukwe gave thought to the plight of photographers; how they can cope with huge amount involved to rent shops for studios, and now the world had moved to digital photography.
Nduka explained that many people now own android phones that can produce good photos unlike before when technology had not improved. To Nduka, use of phones for photographing is a big challenge to photographers”.
It would be recalled that the first photographic process-heliography was invented around 1824, by Nicephore Niepce, images were obtained with bitumen of Judea, spread on a silver plate after an exposure time of several days.
Later, in 1829, Niepce associated Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre to his research, and in 1832, they put the last touches, using a residue of Lavender oil distillation by means of a second process producing images in a one day exposure time.
Technology continued to improve on photography and got to the stage of an exposure on photographic film to the present digital era, digital photography is a form of photography that uses cameras containing arrays of electronic photo detectors to capture images focused by a lens, and this improved technology had made it easier for people to have shots at will”.