DES MOINES, Iowa – A local photographer known on social media for sharing his scenes of the city is now sharing what he has learned about photography.
From behind the lens, Mirza Kudic sees the city in a unique light.
"I think it's a beautiful city," Kudic said. "A lot of people don't think of Iowa as having all this. Everyone thinks of corn fields, and so I try to show this side of Iowa through my photography."
Kudic first picked up a camera a couple years ago. His is originally from Bosnia. He came to the United States in 1997 and moved to Des Moines after living in New York and Waterloo.
"I try to learn something new every day," Kudic said.
He learned to perfect his photography by reading articles and watching videos online.
"Both a passion and a hobby," Kudic said. "It's something I really enjoy spending my time with. And, I like sharing my pictures with people.”
He spends about an hour a day taking pictures. He says you can take decent shots with a smartphone if you have a steady hand and good light, but he likes his Nikon and can make a good picture great with a little extra work.
"I just try to recreate that mental image because your camera will never see it," Kudic said. "That's where post-processing comes in, to bring that back out the way you saw it. It's never what you saw with your eyes, even the best camera in the world can't do it."
Kudic loves sharing his knowledge about photography. He recently started up a group to explore the city and take pictures. About 60 people recently met outside the capitol.
"A lot of people came out, they asked questions. They took pictures. They came from all over Iowa. Some people drove two and a half hours to get here and take pictures of Des Moines," said Kudic.
The group goes to different parking garages to take pictures of the skyline. The meet-ups are free and he expects about 100 people for the next one in June.
"It's just nice to meet people, especially who have the same interest, and I'm always happy to teach people to help them learn," Kudic said. "I don't worry about anyone competing with me because everyone is going to take a different picture"
The next meet-up is June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Women of Achievement Bridge downtown.
You can find more information on Kudic's "Welcome to Des Moines" Facebook page.