First Shot

Posted Sep 13, 2013 by 0 Comments

When I started World Next Door back in early 2009, I had never picked up a digital SLR camera before. I knew photography would be an important aspect of my new job as a storyteller and photojournalist, but had no idea if I’d be any good at it.

Turns out, I wasn’t. At least, not at first. I had a lot to learn before creating decent photos came naturally.

But every now and then, as I was trying to figure out what all the buttons on my Nikon d80 did, I captured a shot that would stick around. Like this one. This photo of a little girl in Huruma Slum, Nairobi, was the first good shot I’d ever taken.

The conditions were perfect. It was a bright day. My subject was in the shade. I got up close, focused, and snapped.

And this, to my extreme delight, was the result!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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