“I firmly believe the more people that see and read about Africa, the more they will understand the uniqueness and beauty of all 53 countries on the continent.”
So says this week’s Lumia Instagramer, Susan Wong. As someone who’s had the pleasures of visting a handful of those countries, I absolutely agree. Africa is magnificently beautiful continent and as you’ll see from Susan’s instagram feed. Although born in Toronto, Canada, Susan is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her roots are proof that her talent, passion and expertise in connecting people and transcending the barriers of culture is not limited by a postal code. Editor of Capital Lifestyle Magazine, a lifestyle photographer, an award-winning food and destination journalist, former radio presenter and full-time adventurer at Capital Group, Susans uses her Lumia 1020 to engage a global audience. We hooked up with her to find out how her Lumia and Instagram help her in her mission to showcase Africa. Here is what she had to say.
Which Lumia do you have and what do you like most about it?
I have the Lumia 1020 and I love how much control I have with the aperture and shutter. As a photographer, this is the first mobile device where sometimes I actually find myself choosing to shoot with my Lumia 1020 instead of with my DSLRs.
Where do you shoot most of your photos and what sort of photos do you like to take best?
I’m known as a foodie and nomad, so it goes without saying that the majority of my photos revolve around food and travel. From expansive landscapes and colourful skies to molten chocolate lava cake, my Lumia 1020 always frames the moments perfectly.
What are your top tips for taking Instagram photos on your Lumia?
I leave the square framing grid on all the time. It helps me frame and compose the image perfectly for Instagram without having to crop out details afterwards. Also, carrying a small tripod always adds stability to even photos taken in difficult low-lighting.
Which five Lumia instagramers do you recommend everyone to follow?
The image captured the freshness of the dish so well thanks to a shallow depth of field!
I was drawn to the arrangement of the salad and the details from the sesame seeds.
Sometimes I enjoy using Nokia Colour Pop to add interest to an image.
The small sand balls from crabs were captured clearly with the Lumia 1020.
The concrete textures and the arrangement of the coffee cups caught my eye in this composition.
Loved how clear the water came out in this photo!
The sky never gets boring in Africa!
I loved the sun rays and how the image captured the reflection on the water.
An incredible moment when the Kenyan sky was painted with the morning light and colours.
I love the view from my office!
We thinks Susan’s photos do an amazing job of showcasing the beauty of both Kenyan nature and food. If you agree, make sure you follow her on Instagram. You can also read some of her work here, follow her on Twitter or get in touch at her own website. And if you’re a Lumia instagramer, and you’d like to see your work showcased here, you can either follow us on Instagram or share your best pics with #Lumia, or both. In the meantime, let us know which of Susan’s photos most inspired you in the comments below.