Nikon provides kids with free photography classes

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Kenyan children have a chance to learn photography free of charge thanks to the Nikon School of Kenya. The monthly training sessions aim to give those interested in photography an introductory course on how to use their cameras.

“As long as you have a Nikon DSLR camera, you are eligible for the classes. We teach you how to use your camera from basic functions to specialized classes,” said Darshni who is the coordinator of the classes.

Started an year ago, the classes aim to use your camera in its most basic form therefore  great learning ground for beginners. The classes however do not only cater to photographers who are just starting out but also experienced ones.
“Every six weeks we have specialized classes whereby we teach different types of photography such as   outdoor, wildlife, nature photography among others,” said Darshni. “Tomorrow, Saturday December 5 for instance we have one on portraiture in the afternoon at Karura Forest,” she added.

Despite the classes being free, to be eligible one must own a Nikon DSLR camera.
“We are not discriminating against other camera brands it is just that since we are teaching using a Nikon it will be easier to learn if you have the same brand especially for the beginners,” said Darshni.

The free training sessions are open to children but Nikon would still like to offer classes more specific to the young ones.
“Next year we hope to start these classes at schools and we already have two institutions that have signed up,” said Darshni.

Nikon is also willing to offer child-centres photography classes if one is able to gather a group of at least six children. According to Darshni, if the group is larger to number at around 20 children, then the classes may even be offered at their TRM premises.

This weekend Nikon School is holding three classes at Pride Inn in Westlands. On Saturday in the morning from 9am to 12noon, the training will focus on basic functions. In the afternoon, it will be on portraiture and will take place in Karura Forest from 2.30pm to 6pm. The portraiture session will also take place on Sunday morning from 9am to 12noon.

For more information call Darshni on 0787 788 766.

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