Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 June 2013

Camera Skills Training Course Opens for Somali Photographers in Mogadishu


Camera Skills Training Course Opens for Somali Photographers in Mogadishu


MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Course on Camera Skills training aimed at upgrading the quality of the Somali photographers kicked off at the union conference hall in Mogadishu on Friday 21 June, 2013.


For over 10 photographers, working for the Somali TVs and international media outlets such as Reuters, attended the course, which will continue until August 09, 2013. The participants welcomed the training as necessary to their daily routine work.


The Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, Mohamed Ibrahim said in his opening remarks that, “This course is aimed to empower your knowledge with new technology and camera performance which result good quality of the video footages and still pictures to the Somali newsrooms.” Mr. Ibrahim noted that the goals of this course is to get informed journalists on the concept of the digital world and to fill the gab of the digital era that Somali journalists lag behind.


The Training course, which was launched by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in collaboration with Horn Media

Development (HOMED), was officially opened by Mrs. Jawaahir Ahmed

Elmi, a member of the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Somalia and called the training ‘a significant momentum and timely response.”

And thanked NUSOJ for taking this important role.


“This course is a key to your job and urge you to take advantage of this course.” Mrs. Jawahir Ahmed Elmi, an MP told the participants, “I hope fruitful outcome for your training.”


Director of the Horn Media Development, Abdi Ali Shire, who spoke at the opening reiterated their commitment in providing the knowledge and the expertise to the Somali journalists following NUSOJ request on behalf of the journalists, “Only empowering and enhancing the Somali journalists working as camera crew as the training reflects directly to the your daily routine work.”. Mr. Shire thanked NUSOJ for taking this huge endeavor by responding your basic needs.


The training demonstrates, but not limited to, from handling and care of equipment, Demonstration on obtaining good quality hand-held footage–considering stability, horizon, vertical alignment, smooth movement, Demonstrations of shooting techniques for news features, Shots and framing, composition, rule of thirds, crossing the line and acquiring shot sequence, Training in the advanced functioning of broadcast television lenses, including manual iris adjustment for exposure, manual focusing techniques, white balance, filter, shutters,

and the use of zebra stripes to gain broadcast safe exposed video to

Training on shooting techniques for documentaries including start documentary shooting exercise from research to finished production process


Upon the completion of the course, the journalists will be awarded with certificates of achievements highlighting what they have learned during the course.



National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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