I heard about NIPHEC for the very first time last year. I can’t remember clearly how now.They had just concluded NIPHEC 2013 and were doing some sort of awareness and whatnot. That was also the period my interest in photography was gaining grounds. Coincidence? I think not. Immediately I made mental plans to attend NIPHEC 2014 but my school had other plans.
My exam timetable was released just about the same time NIPHEC released their’s.The clash was inevitable. I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to make it so I looked forward to NIPHEC 2015 after all, LagosPhotoFest is coming up in September, I didn’t particularly have much to lose. The coordinators probably had me in mind when they introduced the first edition of their Pre-Conference Seminar. I immediately made plans to attend hammering at anyone who cared to listen that I wasn’t gonna be avaliable that day. It was all shades of awesome. I learnt a bit and met new people. Yes y’all I’m meeting people.
Fast-forward to a few weeks later, the main event started this past Monday. My plans were so messed up, I couldn’t even attend the opening ceremony but fortunately for me, there were Nikon classes which was spanned for 3 days and so I registered and picked the most convenient, the public holiday. I attended with an open mind with so much expectations but some forces beyond me tried and prevailed. Yes, that’s the only explanation.
I forgot my SD card at home. Gosh! How could I? How was I gonna write this post without pictures? I almost turned back home. I took a couple though but were stuck on the internal memory. It took me a while before I could figure how to transfer them to the SD card. Meanwhile, I had to look out for social media managers so that I could appear in a few to compensate. So far, I only found this.
At the end of the day, information overload was an understatement. The facilitators didn’t even want to end their classes. I guess they enjoyed the response.Oh and btw, Nikon has fully won me over. The D5300 has my heart and my mum’s so fascinated that she can’t stop talking about it. TCrown later invited us for the closing ceremony on Saturday. I made immediate plans to attend. Thankfully I didn’t have any paper to write. I was gonna attend fully armed to make up for the pictures I couldn’t take on Thursday.
The closing ceremony was tagged ”The Outshooters”. It was a photo contest where two pairs of photographers were given subjects to take photos of from any angle and select their best to compete. The guys had a gorgeous bike while the ladies had two absolutely adorable puppies as subjects. There were given 20minutes each and after a period of about 80minutes, two winners emerged from both teams via popular votes.
In all, it was great really. For that period of about 3 hours, every single person in that hall shared one passion, photography. We learnt, laughed, threw jabs, bonded ,photo bombed others and pretended we were the paparazzi.(Technically, we are). I felt the invisible bond that binded less than a hundred of us and it felt amazing even though I barely knew anyone there.Hopefully, by next year, I would have made a few friends.
Alright people this is my little coverage of NIPHEC 2014. By His, it’ll be bigger and better next year.