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How my love for photography grew – Lili Bo Ming

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Berenice Abbott once said ‘Photography helps people to see’, and so my passion for photography began.
Being groomed by an award winning grandfather, my passion to see life on a scope grew. I wanted more.

Using my grandfather’s old digital camera, I was clueless with different brands and features on cameras, I was just excited to explore this toy that helped me observe and see extraordinary narratives of the things around me! In 2020 I was elated to be one of the few women nominated to join Lamppost Production in their first fellowship for Africa women photographers. Nikon sponsored us with a Z50, which is a ‘must get’ camera for videographers. Holding my compact Z50 for the first time was an unforgettable experience, I cannot unpack the amazing features that contributed to my growth as a photographer and videographer. My favorite feature was the different frame rates, I loved playing with the slow motion for a cinematic effect!

My journey took an unexpected turn when Nikon SA gave us the Nikon D750 with a 24mm-120mm lens. This was a dream come true. I was so geared to wake up and shoot incredible content. Though the pandemic stole our festivity, I did not give it a chance to steal my creativity. The full frame D750 has a bit more weight compared to the Z50 and it has amazing features that I love playing with. The zoom lens are my favorite as it gives me a lot of variety in my shots.

I am looking forward to discovering more features from my Nikon D750 camera and ‘helping more people to see through photography’.

Article & images by Lili Bo Ming

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