As cliche as it might sound, dynamite comes in small packages. I had the pleasure of meeting Tadiwa at my friends daughters birthday party. He was the hired photographer. And being a photographer myself, we got to talking and saw we had similar passions. You might be wondering why i am saying dynamite comes in small packages, well , Tadiwa has a condition of dwafism but that does not stop him from persuing his passion of photography through his company Siyano Photography. If anything i think it gives him the drive that he has. I felt he deserved a feature in this magazine. Hope you get to learn what makes this guy tick. Enjoy!


Q1.When did you get into photography and what inspired you to take it up?

A:I got into photography in 2013, I had always had a passion for photography so when I got a camera, I took the risk and here I am.. 2 years later…

Q2. What kind of gear do you use?

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  • Lens –
  • Tripod –
  • Filters –
  • Flash –
  • Camera bag –
  • Mention others, if any.

A:I use most of what is there, since I am still new, I haven’t quite beefed up my gear, but I use a Nikon D3200 with a 35mm, 18-55mm and 55-200mm

. Which is your favorite lens? Why?

A: Right now I love my 35mm, it is super sharp and allows me to achieve the results that I want followed by the 55-200mm.


Q4. When you go in one of your travels, what will you take with you? Why?

A: My camera, I call her onai… and yeah she is a she…lol.. I love preserving the memories of wherever I go..


Q5. Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?

A: No, I am glad I have every gadget I have, it helps me improve my skill..

. In the field, what are your settings?

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  • Shutter Speed –
  • ISO –
  • White Balance –
  • Focus – Manual/Auto
  • Image Format – RAW/JPEG


A: It changes really, depending with what I am shooting, what time, weather patterns etc.. you cant really say you have a set fixture of setting except maybe for the image format, I shoot RAW…         

Q7. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.

A: I use ADOBE LIGHTROOM.. well, my workflow starts with me loading my music playlist, I work much faster when there is music or if someone is entertaining me…


Q8. How would you define your style of photography  or rather what’s your favourite type of photography and why?

A: umm, that’s a difficult one… I love low angles, I like storytelling, something that makes people engage and not only just stare at my work but get to ask what I was thinking when I took a shot.. I love nature photography as well… most of the images that I love have come from nature shots I have shot…


Q9. How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

A: I play with other photographers, I watch tutorials online but most times I experiment with my friends at home…


Q10. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

A: umm, that’s a difficult one, but if I am to pick I would say the droplet series I once did for an exhibition.. GWANZA Month of Photography… I loved it because then I knew I was creative and it helped shape my work as a photographer..


Q11. Whose work has influenced you most?

A: Easy one, lol… Henry Hakulandaba, Steve Chikosi, Eugene Nyathi, Alana Meyer, Musa Bwanali these are the photographers I really admire.


Q11.What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

A: Well I am supposed to be working in a hotel or any related institution, but the thought of working in an office was unbearable so I took up photography full time..


Q12.What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?


A: The joy that my work brings to my clients, those around me and the fact that I am able to tell stories and share them with everyone…


Q13. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

A: Manual Focus…. lol…


Q14. What advice would you give enthusiasts who would want to take up this profession full time?

A: Be patient, it takes a lot of work to get to the top and once you get there, don’t relax, keep improving your skill.. It’s an amazing industry and you just have to have the passion and the drive for it then you will home and dry…

About the author

Winston Chaniwa

Winston Chaniwa

Winston is an aspiring photographer who currently does his photography through the brand Afri Photos. He has been doing photography for the past two years and has a passion for all forms of photography. He is the founder of Shutter Magazine and also currently runs a web design consultancy called Blaze Interactive which has been operating for the past 8 years.

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