I am very pleased to introduce you to Naweed through this interview. He is a Mauritian living in the UK and a passionate hobbyist photographer. On Instagram, he is known as njvisual.
I have been in awe of his moody architecture images… His takes and perspectives on the London architecture is simply stunning !
So who is Naweed ?
I am actually an IT Architect who just happen to have a passion in photography. I moved from Mauritius to London for my tertiary education and decided to stay here allowing me to explore Europe easier.
How did you get interested in photography ?
I’d probably say moving to London from Mauritius. I would often go out to places to take photos and send back to my family. Whenever I posted my photos on Facebook, my friends would always compliment these and were always looking forward for new photos I would post. This is what keeps me going, the feedback and love I get from sharing my work. This eventually leads to you in growing your interest further.
If you could go on assignment anywhere in the world to shoot whatever you wanted; where and what would it be, and why?
I would love to go to Cuba, I just love the architecture, vintage car and the atmosphere. I hope I can get to visit soon. Hong Kong is also high on my list and would just grab the chance whenever it comes.
What is your creative process like?
These days I do most of my editing and processing on Lightroom mobile. I have an iphone plus, this basically gives me enough screen to work with on my commute everyday and can always sync up to the desktop version through my creative cloud account. I often use VSCO app on my phonewhile I am on the go and want to share something quickly through social media. All my images are real, all I do is bring back lost details and whenever I feel like, I do apply moody and cinematographic colours.
Can you share with the audience the gear you use and your process for getting those great Architecture Shots?
I use a Sony A7ii, a Samyang 14mm F 2.8 wide angle lens and occasionally a 50mm F1.8 prime. The Sony full frame with its inbuilt 5 axis image stabilization helps in achieving stable shots at blue hour or for night photography.
For those starting in this genre – . What advice and tips would you have for them ?
For those starting off with architecture, I really recommend a wide angle lens as this helps to fit a number of buildings in one shot, they are great for symmetrical shots or look ups as in some of these photos you see. I love London at night or blue hour, so I prefer to take these shots at those times. I’ll be looking to do more of these often after the summer as I really want a blue feed for this period to cover my upcoming trips.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures ?
I follow a few famous Instagrammers and try to learn how they have achieved their shots by doing more research, YouTube videos or sometimes even asking if that’s easier but not everyone is willing to share. There are obviously a few basic things everyone needs to learn if they are serious about photography. It also helps by knowing the features of your camera and how you can make use Of these. For example, the reflection app in my Sony enables me to take long exposure shot during the day and cut the need for an ND filter.
What is the picture you are most proud of ? why ?
It’s got to be the skyline view from Canary Wharf Pier In London. I never knew this place until I saw it on an Instagram post. I asked the person who posted the snap and he gave view a clue where this was. Once I found it, I could not believe what this place had to offer. I ended shooting right before sunsets until it got dark. See the sample photo of this place.
Where do you find inspiration?
I would say through Instagram, there are so many people with great talents and absolutely awesome work. I also follow Peter McKinnon on YouTube. He is a genius!
Yes totally agree about Peter McKinnon ! I’m a huge fan too and I hope to be able to interview him soon 🙂 In conclusion, what would be your top tips for the aspiring photographers?
Identify what you want to shoot and what interest you more. While you don’t need great gears to take good photos, you do need some good ones to take excellent images like sharp night photos. So if you can invest as early as possible it would be an advantage.
Check out Naweed’s stunning Instagram feed here