Photographers at recreational venues in some parts of Lagos on Wednesday lamented low patronage and said fun-seekers preferred the use of their personal mobile phones.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews, the photographers said fun-seekers now preferred to use their smartphones for easy upload to their social media accounts.
Mr Olanrewaju Hassan, who was at the National Theatre, Iganmu, said most of the fun-seekers were seen taking pictures with their smartphones instead of approaching professional photographers.
“Fun-seekers don’t approach us anymore, they just use their phones and sometimes ask us to take the pictures using their smartphones.
“I always try to tell them the differences in quality but they will say there is no time for processing a picture when their followers are waiting,” he said.
Mr Olayemi Adeoti, who is also at the National Theatre, said fun-seekers patronised them usually to keep the pictures for the records.
“Some of those that need the pictures for record purposes now come out with their digital cameras which are really affecting our patronage,” he said.
Mr George Ajetumobi at Leisure Mall, Surulere, said a professional photographer would need a very good camera to convince fun-seekers into taking pictures.
“Even with a good camera used by a professional photographer, fun-seekers will still prefer to use their smartphones and only patronise us for studio shots, maybe their birthdays or pre-wedding shots.
“I think it is the urgency that makes them look down on us, not necessarily the camera. The urgency to immediately put their pictures on social media,” he said.(NAN)