Photographers, Phone developers everywhere, listen

When you are taking pictures, think of diversity. When you design camera phones, think of diversity.

When you spot a black or brown child in a group of students (or anywhere), bring that child forward to the light. Otherwise, that child would blend into the dark background. Never to be seen. It's as good as if they were never in the picture. This could be painful to both the victim and their parent.

When you spot a black or brown child in a group, increase the lighting in the room, if it won't cast excessive light on the other lighter-skinned kids in the group. If it would, find a way to go around it. You are the professional, you've got this.

If you are taking a portrait of a dark-skinned individual, they need a lot of light. Like, a lot. It will make your photos look better and more professional. Professionalism includes being diversity conscious.

Why should you take my picture as an African and use the same lighting that you will use for a Caucasian or Asian? You have to balance it, professionally.

All the above goes to phone developers. 

This is a selfie generation. For me, a criterion for a good phone is that it has a diversity-conscious camera which can give me my exact shade without me having to face the sun for illumination. I don't like taking pictures and go ..."nop nop, my skin glows more than this!"

Jumi Eniola


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