LAGOS – IBADAN Photowalk


So we’re planning the longest photo-walk we’ve ever attempted in Nigeria. Lagos to Ibadan on foot; just 120km. We’re not sure how many days it will take us to get there but interested participants can contact us on 08023008873, 08101590358 or info@elophotos.com to sign up. Some of the requirements for the walk include good (walking) shoes, a camera & a fearless heart. As we set off by August 5 by 6am, we’ll be uploading our pictures online as we walk. Participants limited to 10 people. Follow us on twitter for up-to-the-minute update on the walk. #lagosibadanphotowalk

Let the adventure begin.

Etisalat Photography Competition


For those that have beautiful pictures that are worthy of exhibiting at the forthcoming Lagos Photo Festival, Etisalat has launched a photo competition. The theme of the contest is “The Megacity” and entries close August 31, 2013. Last year’s winner was Olagunju Adeola whose photo entry is featured herein. Olagunju Adeola Etisalat 2012 Photo Contest Winner

Visit the official facebook page for the contest for more information

Meet the new “GAME-CHANGER”: Canon 70D


canon 70dTo be upfront, Canon has not yet paid me for this advert. But for all the photographers out there who strongly await the camera that will transform (for the better) their photography journey, here comes the “game-changer“. Lately, a few of the photographers I know have been clamoring to sell their current equipment to buy the latest cameras that have been coming from the stable of Nikon & Canon. Although its something I don’t support (i.e. selling your cameras to buy new ones), here are the features of the the soon-to-be-released Canon 70D for those dying to get a copy. For those planning on selling their “older” camera bodies, just holla at me at info@elophotos.com and I might be able to help you out (if your price is really great)

 CANON 70D Features (culled from Canon’s Website)

Dual Pixel CMOS AF
The EOS 70D features Canon’s all-new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a revolutionary leap forward in speed and accuracy that unlocks the potential of Live View shooting. This game-changing technology will forever change what is possible with a DSLR camera.

Shoot Video Like a Camcorder
The benefits of the groundbreaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF are clearly evident in video shooting, where bringing scenes and subjects into focus is a critical element of the final composition. On the EOS 70D, Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps ensure focus is achieved naturally and precisely, even when switching between subjects. And, combined with the predictive power of Movie Servo AF, subjects in motion are smoothly and consistently tracked – once the EOS 70D locks focus, it doesn’t let go. Plus, with the shallow depth-of-field afforded by EOS optics, your video gains a cinematic ambience.

Compositional Freedom, Quick and Accurate Live View Focus
For stills, Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes Live View AF precise and faster than ever, freeing the photographer to take advantage of the freedom of angle afforded by the camera’s Vari-angle LCD monitor. Crisp focus can be obtained nearly instantly across a wide shooting area, especially useful for those spontaneous or fleeting shots. And, when composing and shooting in Live View mode, the image, exposure and chosen effects can be previewed before shooting, ensuring better accuracy, increased comfort, and more control from the start.

Compatible with 103 Canon EF Lenses
103 Canon EF lenses are able to fully realize the benefits of Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Compatible lenses greatly expand creative and compositional possibilities so users can enjoy a wide range of endeavors made possible through various lenses whether shooting still images or video.

The Genius of Pixel Based AF
Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a cutting-edge Canon technology, made possible by a sophisticated redesigning of the CMOS sensor. Traditionally, image sensors have one photodiode per pixel, but the CMOS sensor on the EOS 70D has two photodiodes per pixel, enabling each pixel on the sensor to both perform phase-difference detection autofocus and capture light – a first for EOS cameras. With phase-difference detection AF, autofocus is achieved quickly and easily on the camera. This unique AF system enables autofocus on 80% of the image plane, vertically and horizontally, and helps ensure virtually no loss in image quality.

The simplicity and convenience of wireless technology, built-in
The new EOS 70D incorporates cutting edge wireless technology right into its compact design. The camera’s exposure settings, such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, focus, and shutter can be operated wirelessly using an iOS or Android smartphone* with the free Canon EOS Remote app**. Using a smartphone with the EOS Remote app** installed, you can shoot remotely from a distance, even in Live View mode, for those difficult-to-capture shots; you can also review images on the EOS 70D without having to take it out of the bag, and easily transfer and save images directly from the camera to a smartphone. Full DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatibility means easy sharing between the EOS 70D and other DLNA products, like HDTVs, smartphones and more. Still images can even be transferred between two wireless-enabled Canon cameras over a Local Area Network (LAN). Images and video can be uploaded instantly to CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# for easy sharing on social networking sites, and photos can even be printed on a wireless PictBridge certified printer without the need for a PC. Remarkably, the EOS 70D has all of these wireless features without the need for any additional accessories; they’re built right in!

PORTRAIT RETOUCHING WITH D’MAYO


PORTRAIT RETOUCHING WITH D’MAYOR

PORTRAIT RETOUCHING WITH D’MAYO
Thank you for your interest in this workshop despite the short notice.

In this day and age it doesn’t take a savvy viewer to pick out a poorly retouched portrait. The tiniest details can wow the viewer and enable a portrait to either pop off the screen or exile it to the land of digital ruin.

In this 5 hour workshop you will learn professional retouch techniques ranging reducing and removing blemishes, wrinkles, fixing hair and makeup, enhancing the eyes and other unwanted features using basic Photoshop tools

The aim of the workshop is to show you how to retouching techniques that can be used vastly in any portrait and thereby giving you more confidence with the use of Photoshop

This is basically me giving myself to you and telling you how I retouch my portrait work. The workshop will be fully practical and interactive; it’s more like chilling with me as I share my knowledge on portrait retouching.

I’ve decided to have a weekday class and a weekend class for your convenience, both with the same curriculum.
After the 5 hours you will hopefully be more confident in retouching your portrait works!

Location: 12b Fagba Crescent, Off Acme Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja, lagos.

Date: Batch A (Saturday 27th of July, 2013) OR Batch B (Wednesday 31th of July, 2013)

Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

       Workshop Fee: ₦5000

COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED

ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE FOR EACH BATCH

Curriculum:

  • Portrait retouching checklist
  • Camera RAW
  • Balance tricky exposure by “sandwiching” from a single RAW file
  • Knowing where and how to improve a portrait
  • Basic skin retouch
  • Fixing yellow eyes and teeth
  • Fixing messy hair
  • Layers, Adjustment layers (Curves, Levels, Selective Color,)
  • Proper cloning and healing techniques
  • Using Patch tool, Liquify Filter, Selective saturation
  • Masking for selective improvements to image
  • Non-destructive editing techniques and workflow
  • Improving facial definition with non-destructive dodge-and-burn
  • Background Cleaning and Changing
  • Sharpening
  • Essential keyboard shortcuts

Participants should possess basic Photoshop knowledge and a basic understanding of adjustment layers and layer masks

Booking Terms

  1. Payment for the workshop is due upon booking and is non-refundable in the event of non-attendance for whatever reason.
  1. Your space will not be reserved until payment has been received.
  1. In the event that I have to cancel the workshop due to it being unsubscribed or for any other reason (such as illness, Acts Of God etc.), I will give as much notice as possible and offer an alternative date or issue a refund.

FAQs:

  • What should I bring?
Participants must bring their own charged laptop with any version of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge with the latest Camera Raw Update Installed (CS5 or CS6 are recommend). A 30-day trial for Photoshop CS5 is available from Adobe.  And Also a Mouse or a Wacom Tablet and something to take notes on.
  • I do not have a laptop; can I still take this workshop?

Yes, you can still learn a great deal about the retouching techniques without a laptop.  But make sure to bring a notepad and pen to take notes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION send an email to AYPUMING@YAHOO.COM

Bunmi & Tope’s Wedding Album


Finally out. The pages of the album of our June 15th wedding. Drop your comments and let us know what you think.