As a photographer i am always on the lookout for inspiration and work that resonates with me. I have been following a company called Pxel Photography for a while now and i was really impressed by their work. I didnt know who was behind the brand so i kept digging. Then one day a friend of mine based in Australia added me to a photography whatsapp group where Zim photogrpahers (primarily) share their work and also share tips. Lo and behold as we were giving our introductions, there she was, the lady behind Pxel. Had the opportunity to meet her in person at a friends wedding and really loved the energy and passion she exuded. I have also been looking for female photographers to feature and i was happy that she obliged. So enjoy!

 

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

2013 – My passion for business and love for people.

 

Q2. What kind of gear do you use?

  • Camera body – Nikon D610
  • Lens – 50mm f1.8
  • Tripod – nil
  • Filters – nil
  • Flash – SB910
  • Camera bag – Lowepro Satchel
  • Mention others, if any.

 

Q3. Which is your favorite lens? Why? 

50mm 1.8 – it’s sharp. I’m a detail/portrait person. In the last 5 weeks I’ve been impressed by the 35mm f1.4. The 70-200mm f2.8 has also done wonders, although I have seen I tend to prefer the canon 70-200mm over the Nikon one I’m definitely prime girl.

 

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

The gear mentioned above, food and good company.

 

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

Studio Lights- I could have gotten a way better brand, brand new and way cheaper, also because then I didn’t have the capacity to make them as useful as they should be.

Q6. In the field, what are your settings?

  • Aperture –1.8
  • Shutter Speed –min 160
  • ISO – varies between 100-640
  • White Balance –slightly warm, depends on lighting, varies
  • Focus – Auto
  • Image Format – RAW

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

Adobe Lightroom

  • Transfer files
  • Backup files
  • Import to Lightroom
  • Delete unnecessary files from lightroom and drive
  • Start editing
  • Export
  • Double check images and delete unnecessary images
  • Delivery

 

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

I think Portrait, I get to interact with the client one on one and I love to bring out detail and portraits/up-close/headshot images give me the best satisfaction

 

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

Subscribing to Photography feeds and pages of local and international creatives. When I started I used to watch a lot of tutorials. I have stopped that in the last 2 years and it’s a terrible habit, I have seen how this has affected my understanding and growth. Video tutorials remain my greatest source of growth and inspiration. I also tend to try out new things that just come my mind during shoots. If it works out, great, if not then I have learnt something or I now know where to adjust.

 

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

At the moment I don’t have any favourite. I have few acceptable ones lol which are acceptable because it’s a good blend of composition, emotion and detail

Q11. Whose work has influenced you most?

  • Joshua Dwain [US]
  • Estilo [SA]
  • Jide Odukoya [NIGERIA]
  • Costa Juta [Zim]

 

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

Answer Here:  Graduated from Uni, BSC Major Computer Science and Physics, took a gap year to do mission work and the sorts and travelling , after that decided I really liked photography and have always been passionate about business and so it was the only thing where these two worlds met. I remember telling myself I’m bad at multi tasking so if this is going to work I need to drop everything LOL. Told myself I have 5 years, if it doesn’t work then I’ll drop it. So from the get go have been full time.

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

I’m motivated by one thing, to search and  pour out my true self and gift that I feel God has given me, and use it to inspire people, to put a smile on their faces, to show them they are beautiful inside and out, to help them count their blessings and give them something to remember the good times, the achievements and the gift of family, friends and life and moments so often neglected.

 

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

Aim for mastery and do whatever it takes to get there.

 

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

Don’t be quick to go full time. Leverage as much as you can with another/other sources of income. Good gear helps you grow better, and that needs money. Have a good and strong client base and knowledge of photography before jumping all in, you will save yourself a lot of trouble. Zeal without knowledge is dangerous. Separate your personal finances from business finances and keep your financial records up to date and accurate.

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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