How I discovered my passion for photography

in OCDlast month

I'm oludiran Oluwamokanmiyo John, a 20year old mobile photographer. I reside in Ibadan Nigeria and my mobile photography journey has been an exciting one which I'll never forget.

It all began when I got my first Smartphone, a Tecno Pouvoir 2(Tecno is not very popular globally but it's well-known here in Nigeria). I got the phone as a gift from my parents for my wonderful performance in my final high school exams. Prior to getting the phone I did my research properly on which smartphone to get after high school because it's quite a norm for parents to buy phones for their kids during that period. Making a choice was quite easy for me, owing to the fact that I'm a tech enthusiast.

As at the time of getting the phone, I was more of a gamming user than a camera person.

A few months after the excitement of getting my first Smartphone, one of my classmates got his too. One day, I was checking WhatsApp statuses and I saw a photo this my classmate posted. The photo had excellent dynamic range, clarity and background blur. What caught my attention was the background blur. I was amazed that a smartphone could do such. I asked him how he did it and simply told me "portrait mode". I did my little research about portrait mode and I found it very interesting. All of a sudden, the quest to get portrait mode on my phone was a top priority for me although my phone didn't have the hardware for it. Luckily for me, I stumbled on an apk called GCam. It could supposedly do portrait mode without any extra hardware. I tried it out on my phone and it worked. I was so happy to the extent that I started taking photos of random objects using portrait mode but I wasn't so happy with the colours of the images.

One day, I was just going about my habit of watching tech YouTube videos and in one of those videos, a YouTuber, Eric Okafor tested out a smartphone and the camera performance was sub-par. He edited the photo and it looked awesome. He mentioned that he used an app called "snapseed" for the editing. Without wasting time I quickly downloaded snapseed and used it to edit a couple of photos. I was impressed by the results.

This was how I found a new hobby called mobile photography.


Ever since then, I've been taking stunning photos on my smartphone up until late 2019 when I decided to dedicate my Instagram page, to Photography. Ever since then, I've been receiving a lot of comments and messages of how lovely my photos are. I upgraded my phone twice after my first Smartphone. Firstly it was a Samsung Galaxy A10s (a gift from Samsung Nigeria) and now I'm using a Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S.

I could remember one night when I took Street photos on my redmi, I tagged Xiaomi Nigeria and they slid into my DM, told me how beautiful the photos were and even followed me.


So far, it's been an awesome experience. I do wish to upgrade to a flagship smartphone or even a DSLR camera. Thanks to a friend of mine RealRufans for introducing this platform to me and giving me hope of achieving my dreams.


I hope to see you in subsequent posts🤗


Welcome johnmokan!
Ecency is fastest website, mobile and desktop application that improves your experience on Hive.

Use Ecency daily to boost your growth on platform!

Support Ecency
Vote for new Proposal
Delegate HP and earn more

Hello @johnmokan! This is @indayclara from @ocd (Original Content Decentralized) team. We saw that you already posted your first blog here in Hive! Congratulations and welcome to Hive!

Can you share to us how you discovered Hive or who introduced you here?

We have amazing Communities to explore or you can check out the Communities Incubation Program.If you are looking for tips and information as a Hive newbie, click here.

Also, letting you know since content on the Hive platform is monetized, using other people’s ideas or images could be considered as an offense and which is also viewed in a serious light on the blockchain. Here is a useful collection of resources about how plagiarism and abuse is viewed and handled on Hive.

If you have questions, you can hop into Discord server and we'll gladly answer your questions.

Congratulations @johnmokan! You have completed the following achievement on the Hive blockchain and have been rewarded with new badge(s):

You received more than 200 upvotes.
Your next target is to reach 300 upvotes.

You can view your badges on your board and compare yourself to others in the Ranking
If you no longer want to receive notifications, reply to this comment with the word STOP

Check out the last post from @hivebuzz:

Hive Power Up Month - Feedback from May - Day 15
Support the HiveBuzz project. Vote for our proposal!

wow! What cool photos! 📸😍
You photograph very well.
I would like to have such photos.
Very original, unusually creative) 💖