Pupils sharpen their shutterbug skills

Pupils who took part in the smartphone photography workshop.

School pupils from around Cape Town released their inner shutterbugs when they exhibited their photographs after doing a five-day smartphone photography workshop.

The EduSnap workshop was organised by the Cape Town Museum of Childhood, in Rondebosch, and Orms Cape Town School of Photography.

The Smartphone Photography Exhibition followed the workshop and was held at Orms Cape Town School of Photography on Friday November 25.

EduSnap aims to connect youth from various communities, teach them smartphone photography and create awareness about the environment and sustainability within communities in Cape Town.

Pupils from Blomvlei Primary School; the International School of Hout Bay; and Voortrekker, Heideveld, Zonnebloem Nest, Westerford, Modderdam and Mondale high schools took part in the workshop.

Gracious Mwamba, 16, from Kenilworth, said she learnt how to use different lighting techniques and exposure to get a picture’s message across. The Voortrekker High Grade 10 pupil said she had always wanted to join the media club at her school so when she heard about the workshop, she jumped at the chance to learn more about photography.

Also from Voortrekker High, Catherine Chirwa, 18, said she was amazed at how one could take and transform pictures using a smartphone. She is part of her school’s media club, which takes pictures and videos at school events.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly and really taught us a lot,” she said.

Mervie Mombongo, 16, from Lansdowne, said she had learnt how to convey a story or tone through editing. She would like to become a graphic designer and said the workshop had helped to improve her photography skills, which could help her in her future career.

Gracious Mwamba with her photos.
Catherine Chirwa shows off her photos.
Mervie Mombongo learnt new skills.