#IfikieWazazi proves double standards in our society

#IfikieWazazi

#IfikieWazazi

A few months after Mike Sonko became the governor of Nairobi. He allowed Kenyans to take pictures in Nairobi without anyone questioning their intentions. This was although followed by different Opinions. Some Kenyans supported the move but others had different feelings.

Those who agreed with the governor based their arguments of promoting and showcasing the city. Which in my opinion I fully support. On the other hand, those who opposed the move based their on Terrorism. Both of this reasons can be debatable but what everyone forgot to talk about was something no one expected to be an issue – especially in Nairobi.

Well I am not here to act all saint but I also believe in fairness when it comes to how our society sees things. A few days ago the hashtag #IfikieWazazi was trending for more than 48 hours. This was after someone started it because of what has been happening during photoshoots in the CBD of Nairobi.

Some photos have been going around of young men and women posing in racy photoshoots and therefore #KOT decided to do what they do best. ROASTIN!! Over 3000 tweets were sent through the hashtag some mocking the occurances while others had no problems with the photoshoots. This is what democracy is all about and I am proud to see that we are growing as a country.

Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion.

Who is really to blame?

As Ben Kitili had put it. Who is to blame for this? The answer for this would be no one but whoever came up with the hashtag. The movement was not started to empower this youthful kenyans but was meant to shame and make anyone with a camera look bad.

Whatever was being done on this photos has nothing to do with the photographers or the children’s parents or the government. People who retweeted and tweeted about this issue acted as if their lives are as white as milk.

The society is changing rapidly and we need to embrace it. Most Kenyans are hypocrites when it comes to the issue of nudity and morals. Kenyans tend to base their ‘righteousness’ on religion just to make their case. But the truth is we are Africans and nudity is embroiled deep down our DNA.

Instead of having double standards about this kids, we should at least try to inform and educate them on the importance of self respect. This young men and women did nothing wrong in their eyes.

Even if you fikisha kwa wazazi that won’t make a difference  The least a parent can do is scolding but it will change nothing. Nudity and sex is everywhere nowadays so once they step out they will still be exposed. Exposed from the internet, friends and even society itself.

I just hope we can do better as a society and become aware of the changing trends. We should at least deal with this ‘problem’ like how we treated My dress my choice situation.

How to use Instagram as Photography Portfolio

It’s weird but true!

Forget the new Instagram flare that the giant social media platform introduced to their stories. The new update allows users to add colorful text into their stories without photos or videos required. Some might say this is huge but to be honest, I really don’t see myself using it.

What I am really interest in Instagram is actually it’s ability to showcase different talents and making it able for creators especially photographers to be able to show the world the work we do. And Instagram is the tool.

As a Photographer I relentlessly have the urge to understand the art of photography and how I can show the world my work without spending so much many on the resources. This is always hard due to the fact that most photographers living in third world countries cannot afford the equipment  and platforms like online platforms like a personal website. That is why it’s important for young photographers to maximus their use of freely available platforms like instagram to publish and promote.

The new change in instagram algorithm has proven that it is definitely going to be the biggest social media platform on the planet above Twitter and Facebook

Here is how you can make good use of Instagram to make your photography venture a success;

Find a niche

For consistency purposes it’s important to publish according to your photography niche. As a Photographer you should have a field of photography that you are interested in and that is what you should definitely post regularly. This will not only give you a specific audience but make you different and that is what you should be. A good example is David Guttenfelder.

Turn your account into business account

This will not only give you the ability to promote your commercial work but also enable you to connect your instagram with your facebook page which makes it easier for you to post simultaneously  on both platforms. This is how to turn your account to business account.

1. Go to your profile and tap .
2. Tap Switch to Business Profile.
3. Tap Switch to Business Profile and select the Facebook Page you’d like to associate with your Business Profile on Instagram with.
Make sure your profile is set to Public. Private accounts can’t switch to Business Accounts.
4. On the Set Up Your Business Profile page, review your business’s contact information, make any changes and tap Done.
With a business account, you’ll get access to new business features and Instagram Insights.

Use relevant Hashtags

This is the most misused part of social media as far as I am concerned. A lot of users tend to overuse the hashtags in order to get a lot of taps and followers. It is good to use hashtags but I also believe it’s best if you stick to relevant hashtags related to your photography niche. There is nothing confusing that seeing a photo of a puppy in the #Foodporn or seeing a plate of fries in a #fitness

What I am trying to say is that we should use hashtags related to the post. This will lead to have real and substantial followers who are interested in what you’re doing.

Make good use of Instagram Stories

Instagram has proven to be a force to recon when it single handedly took snapchats stocks into the gutter once Stories was introduced. Unlike Twitter which is run by politicians and journalist, we do not have to worry about instagram stories.  Try and make videos and photos of your stories as creative as possible.

Also try to be original and post consistently which is a big plus. One of my favourite photographers Peter Mackinnon shared a video on his Youtube channel to explain the importance of being different on instagram and I hope you can learn a few things from it.

 

 

Top 5 Music Videographers in Kenya and how much it will cost you to get them shoot your Music Video in 2018

Videographers and directors are usually the most underrated personnel in any production since they mostly work behind the scenes and barely get any limelight from their work. Director put a lot of work to ensure that the video is well choreographed and has a substance to the theme and the message as per the music. They basically make musicians and artist look good; both on camera and at what they are doing. A song can be trash but music directors have the power to turn the tables around. You want proof? listen to Willy Paul Jigi jigi without the video then you will understand what I mean.

Kenya happens to have pretty good videographers whose work has made most of our  musician to be where they are now. Even though of their talents and prowess in the field of cinematography, this guys always have a huge challenge. The challenge they face is actually the unwillingness of Kenyan musicians to pay the asked price. kenyan musicians tend always demand a great video but are always shy to pay the price to get this services and hence opt to seek cheap ones with underper services and quality and therefore killing their music altogether.

If Kenya music and art wants to reach the global scale then I believe we should be able to pay the price which simply means investing in there art. Let’s borrow a leaf from our neighbours Tanzania. Musicians like Diamond Platnumz and Ali Kiba have managed to be where they are because they have gone the extra mile and made sure that they get the best. Which makes them the best.

So here are some of the Top 5 music video producers in Kenya

CEDO

The former Sauti sol producer is undoubtedly the GOAT when it comes to quality production. Born Cedric Kadenyi, has produced and directed hits like Aminia and Malaika. Cedo has proven to be the among the elites in Kenya and beyond. Aminia and MALAIKA have gathered over  4 million video views on YouTube in 8 months. It is rumoured that you may have part away with about 500k kenya shillings for his services.

Enos Olik

Music Video Producer

It’s without doubt Enos Olik has produced more hit songs single handedly. He has produced and directed the likes of Sauti Sol’s Nishike, Sura Yako, Still the One and Nerea; Jaguar’s Kioo; Octopizzo’s Ivo Ivo; Elani’s Milele, Ali Kiba’s Nagharamia; Vanessa Mdee’s Come Over; P-Unit’s Weka Weka; Eddy Kenzo’s Maria Roza and Nameless’ Letigo.”  We do not have to so much about this prolific di

rector. You need about 250k to get his services though. Good luck!

Young Wallace

Young wallace has directed the likes of;

Barua (Bahati); Tam Tam  Willy Paul and Size 8; Dawa ya Moto (Grandpa Government); Wafula (Alaine and Churchill); Nabeba Mawe (Eric Omondi); Take it Slow (Willy Paul and Sauti Sol); Kingston Girl by Wyre; No More by Wyre; Kamua Leo by Kidis, DNA, Wyre and Ameleena; Story Yangu by Bahati and Dennoh; Sijafika by Willy Paul, Gloria Muliro, Kambua and Size 8.

It will cost you about 200k to shoot a video with Young Wallace.

J Blessings

The owner and founder of Link Video group has over 1000 videos in his pocket. He has won numerous awards including Groove Awards music producer of the year in 2011 making him among the top video producers in Kenya. He has produced and directed:

Prezzo and Cannibal’s My City, My Town; Sage’s So Alive ft. Octopizzo; P-Unit ft Alicious’ Mobimba; Kristoff ft Frasha & Kingkaka’s Dandia; Cindy Sanyu’s Still Standing; Hopekid with Altamin’s Dance Holiday ft. Joyce Omondi.Prezzo and Cannibal’s My City, My Town; Sage’s So Alive ft. Octopizzo; P-Unit ft Alicious’ Mobimba; Kristoff ft Frasha & Kingkaka’s Dandia; Cindy Sanyu’s Still Standing; Hopekid with Altamin’s Dance Holiday ft. Joyce Omondi.

Diddy Nadhiri

It will be wrong if I don’t blow my own trumpet so I am going to do it. I have always worked and learnt all the required skills for me to be able to Direct and produce a music video for young and upcoming musicians who can not afford to pay the top producers in the region. That is why I come in and work. Contact me so we can discuss the prospects of making and directing your video.

 

What the new YouTube terms mean for YouTubers in Africa

It's the hardest to be a YouTuber from an african state

You are on Your Own.

2017 was a pretty bad year for most YouTube creators due to the ADPOCALYPSE as it is referred by most Youtubers like Pewdiepie and the rest. Well, this was part of the challenges that came as a consequences that followed after  YouTube came up with strict measures to punish anyone who goes against their terms. I thought that we have learnt and maybe 2018 was going to be better and more successful in terms of YouTube revenue BUT Oh boy!!

Just 3 days into 2018 came one of the biggest YouTube scandal after  the most subscribed person in the history of YouTube said the N word during his gaming live stream. This time around was Logan Paul. He was in the frying pan this time round for recording a suicide victim in Japan. This caused an uproar all over the place which led to Logan Paul being removed from  YouTube’s ‘special ad program’ which only a few channels have the opportunity.

But if you think about it, then you will realise that such measures do not really have a major impact to this gigantic channels like PewdiePie and Logan who enjoy more than 80 million subscribers combined and over 4 million views each per day. Even if YouTube strikes them out of the ad program this does not really affect this guys. It’s like pinchin an elephant. The creators who really get affected are the ones with less than 5000 subscribers, when YouTube decides to punish the whole community equally, YouTube does not know that the smaller channels suffer the most.

After Logan Paul did what he did, YouTube has come up with a ruling that  states any channel with less that 1000 subscribers will not have ads running on their channels. That is most of African channels by the way,unless it’s a musician or a Major media house.

Most channels in Africa do  achieve more than 10000 subscribers which means that no ads to all this young and upcoming creators. The creators who suffer due to the mistakes made by big shots in the YouTube world. This means that for an african child whose dream is to be a YoUtuber has to wait forever to achieve 4000 watch hours.

YouTube claims to do this in order to protect the legitimate channels which really have content that is up to standards, which I can totally agree and support but YouTube should also look into ways that can promote fairness when protecting it’s creators and not seem like favoring a few who are already established.

Africa has the fastest growing viewership after China which means it’s time for YouTube to start looking into the matter and protect creators from Africa.

If you are a Photographer in Kenya you are in DANGER. This is not a DRILL

He poses as as an employee of a fake EU NGO or a camera buyer. Police are looking for him.

Cameras Theft!!

As a photographer we are seamlessly seeking for gigs and opportunities in every corner  just to make it possible to get our daily livelihood. We tend to pick up any call that comes our way hoping it to be better than the last ; The one where we worked over 8 hours only not to be paid for our services. Been there,done that!

We also tend to work really hard not only to feed our empty stomachs in this third world economy,but because we love the art of photography. Even in the midst of all the challenges , we tend to have one thing that has always been our bloodline in the photography business. I mean, if you don’t have a camera then you are not a photographer,right? Well, the same can be said about owning a camera. You can own a camera but that doesn’t make you a photographer.

It doesn’t matter if you own a camera for professional services or even for personal use. we all want safety. Safety for our equipment and our health.

Well, there seems to be a new challenge to achieve all this my friend. A couple of weeks ago, over 3 photographers have been robbed their equipment by a notorious group pretending to seek services from photographers. Esther Wanjiru was the latest victim to this gang who pretend to work for an EU organisation. He has managed to do all this through his sleek moves masquerading as a client seeking to hire photography equipments but later he and his partner in crime flashe a gun on your face and  get away with all your hard earned equipment. The matter has been reported to the police and they are looking for the gang. Let’s just hope the police don’t let us down.

This was confirmed even by Boniface Mwangi through his twitter:

Tools which are part of your life. The ones you’ve worked hard and acquired.

I ask my fellow Photographers to watch out for this and be careful and vigilant whenever something like this ever happens to one of us. We should be careful whenever dealing with people we  don’t know well and even bring a friend if possible when meeting someone you really don’t know. This way we can save our livelihoods and keep on doing what we love and that is photography.

Photographers in Kenya cry the most.

This is a really an issue that most leaders do not want to talk about maybe due to the fact that it doesn’t affect them. That is where they get it wrong.

Nai ni ya who?

You are probably a photographer either abroad or just locally based and you want to know about Kenya laws on photography on the streets of Nairobi. Well, I am not sure what you really want to hear but all I know is that I have both good and bad news for you ‘Ma frend‘ I am going to start with the good news maybe to ease you up abit.

By now you have probably seen this tweet from Nairobi Governor; Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi

So let me give you a little back story on the tweet, this was a reply to one of the many Nairobians whom have either been directly or indirectly affected by the harassment coming from the ‘Government’ on the streets. The Governor replied saying that Larry Asego’s wish of freely taking photos of Nairobi has been granted.

This got different opinions from different people on Twitter:

If you cringed while reading HON KIBUCHI MWAI tweet don’t worry we are together on this one. It’s people like Mwai who only care about themselves and not about the livelihood and careers of other people. He was probably tweeting from his fully furnished office or pale archives but I am not here to talk about him.

Mike Sonko the Governor

So the good news is that the Governor said he is going to protect photographers. That’s it??!! Yes, that was my reaction too.

Let’s look at the bad side of the story now. As much as the message was shared on a verified twitter handle of the Governor, that does not mean anything when it comes to legal matters as Christopher said:


I fully support Christopher’s sentiments on this because trust me I have seen a couple of people still being harassed by the police or people masquerading as the police. This is a really an issue that most leaders do not want to talk about maybe due to the fact that it doesn’t affect them. That is where they get it wrong.

Photography and terrorism

Andy to those who think that Photography leads or promotes terror should focus. (Pun intended) There are so many photos of Nairobi or any other city in that case that are being published both in Kenya and abroad; even in Mogadishu News papers. If photos are the problem then we could all be dead by now.

I just hope the government of Kenya looks into this issue and urgently protect both professional and amature photographers. They are our only hope. Photography has nothing to do with terror and we should be allowed to freely document our country without any harassments. This are our jobs and livelihood. We don’t want to brag about promoting tourism yet. That’s a story for another day.

Please leave us alone!

 

Why you should ALWAYS clean your DSLR sensor.

Clean lense means clean job.

We all know how expensive our equipment cost,right? well, at least for me. Most people tend to forget about how important this cameras and lenses cost or rather will cost if they happen to either mistreat them or just deteriorate from poor maintenance that can always be avoided through regular cleaning all together.

I am pretty good at keeping my equipment clean…. Peter Mckinnon

Being a photographer in a 3rd world country

As an African Photographer it is very religious to make sure that I clean my camera equipment due to the climate of the sub-saharan climate which is windy and dusty. My Camera and most importantly my Nikon lense happen to be very dusty most of the  time due to these harsh climates and that’s why I recommend it’s very important for every photographer to rethink about cleaning their lenses regularly.



I don’t have a very expensive lenses; don’t get me wrong! It’s just that my camera happens to be my source of livelihood and to be honest I can’t afford to lose it especially from having dusty lenses which is something that will take about five minutes of my life. I can’t lose my livelihood from  that? I am not that person!

To help myself understand more about this major problem that most of us photographers tend to ignore, I decided to go online and find out what most ‘BIG’ photographers think of this topic and to  my luck I came across one Canadian Youtuber who from that point happened to be my favorite photographers and Youtuber. On one of his videos, he clearly explained why it’s important to clean your DSLR lenses and I couldn’t agree more. Peter Mckinnon explained that he has had always not thought that his cameras could be any ‘FILTHIER’ than what he considered to be slight dust from his daily shooting in Canada but that all changed when he visited Kenya.

Peter Mckinnon

In Kenya, Peter Mckinnon noticed that his equipment were more  dusty than what he has always known. Welcome to Africa Pete! He said that his equipment was filled with dust and that’s when Peter appreciated MAX whose camera had  been ‘Filthy’ from his long stays in Kenya. Peter had to learn the hard way. Who said ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Africa?



This didn’t Make Pete stop cleaning his lenses though. It’s also very important for all other Photographers; big or small to it important to take care of our lenses and equipment because this is our ‘guns’ and we should always shoot to protect our careers.

You can watch the video below that Peter Mckinnon shared 🙂