Ali Jawad is an 18-year-old aspiring photographer who learned the art of taking photographs by reading and watching YouTube videos. He is an example of how self-teaching and self-discipline can lead you to success. Read his interview here: 

1. Tell us about yourself?
I am an 18-year-old dedicated photographer. I grew up with an urge to discover nature and capture its beauty to let the souls discover the mysteries of nature. I have been watching my hometown with a birdseye view and when my soul wanted more I let the love of traveling take over me. My photography showcases street life because rawness and simplicity inspire me to look more in life.  I am a student of the eleventh grade and my name is now found among the very few youngest photographers of the province. I want to build a career in film making. My hobbies include listening to music and reading inspirational quotes, my favorite one is by Paulo Coelho which says, “Straight roads don’t make skillful drivers.”

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2. Since when are you doing photography?
I started it in my early teens but made my Facebook page Ali Jawad in 2016 where I upload all my work.

3. What inspired you to choose photography as a hobby?
My love for nature and my interest in discovering it was a major inspiration. Moreover, I want to represent my country at the international level.

4. How did you enter into film making?
The human brain is never satisfied with monotony. When I captured shots I wanted to add more life to them and make them look as real as possible. My passion to evolve led me into film making.

5. How did you learn photography and film making?
I am a self-taught filmmaker and took inspiration and learning from YouTube videos.

6. What cameras do you use for taking photos and making films and what software do you use to edit pictures and videos?
I use different cameras. My favorite camera is Sony A7Sii and the software that I use for photo editing are Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Cs6. For video editing, I use Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and Final Cut.

7. What advice will you give to those aspiring to become photographers and filmmakers?
Equipment doesn’t matter. It is a misconception that you cannot produce a good movie or a photograph if you do not have expensive equipment. I started my journey with my cell phone’s simple camera and believe me I have been evolving since then!

8. Your message for the youth of Pakistan?
Believe in yourself with whatever you are planning to start in life. Keep working hard and positively promote Pakistan so that next time someone is reading your interview and getting inspiration with what you do with your passion.

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