National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), in collaboration with Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) has organized a five-day workshop for film and photography lovers.
The workshop which is aimed at strengthening knowledge and skill levels in the imaging sector as well as creating jobs in the medium to long-term for young creative talents in Ghana, kick-started in 2016.
This year’s workshop was held at the various studios of NAFTI, and it saw participants from various organizations registering for free.
As part of ensuring effective training, participants were divided into various groups, the Basic DSLR, Canon C100 and the Business photography, depending on their knowledge and interest.
According to the head of production at NAFTI, who also doubles up as coordinator for the Canon workshop, Mr. Kwamena Aboagye, the Basic DSLR group was for people with no or less knowledge in film and photography.
He explained the Canon C100 group was for those who already have some background in the field of photography, adding that it is very important for film students to partake in this workshop hence the reason NAFTI level 300 and 400 students were mandated to attend.
Talking about the Film Business group, Mr. Aboagye noted that it will be beneficial to those who are already doing business with cameras, to have new ideas of expanding their businesses and also get introduced to the new Canon C100 which does more than the other cameras.
Each group saw at least twenty participants from NAFTI, GH Media school, Abro Media Institute, Tema Technical school, just to mention a few. Others were from some media houses such as Tv3 Network and other private firms.
Some first time participants mentioned the workshop had not only added on to their knowledge but opened their minds to new things to explore in their line of duty.
Participants engaged in various activities such as group work, discussions, short film production, street photography, branding of business, pitching and sharing business ideas.
As the workshop gets more educative, another group, the Trainer of Trainers, a program designed for film and photography trainers/lecturers to enable them keep abreast with new trends/developments in technology, was also introduced.
Speaking to the coordinator of the workshop, Mr. Kwamena Aboagye, he mentioned, “the ‘Trainer of Trainers’ which started on the Wednesday and ended on Friday, is divided in two parts for three days”. He added that, “the second part will be in April, of which the dates will be communicated soon”.
The workshop saw participants in the Basic DSLR group hit the streets of Osu in Accra for what they term “Street photography” session. The session gave participants the opportunity to take photos of their choice to depict what they have leant from the workshop.
The participants came together on the Friday to talk about what they are taking away from the workshop. While some had still pictures, others had short films of which they all used a Canon camera to achieve.
Those who took photographs explained the rationale behind some pictures they took, encompassing three different compositional techniques taught by their facilitator, Rodney Quarcoo, after which participants were awarded certificates.