MY 1st TWO AMAZING PICTURES


Have you ever had a feeling of satisfaction deep inside of you that made you burst out the word “Wow” with excitement? Am pretty sure many of us must have had such an experience. Anyway that was exactly how I felt some months back when I took what I considered as my first two amazing pictures. Probably many of you might not rate them the way I do back then, but just like the popular saying goes “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”.

Some months ago, precisely the 12th day of august 2013. My colleagues and I were privileged to have participated in a two weeks training program on photography for beginners that was organized by elophotos studios and academy. It was a training well facilitated by Mr. Samuel Ijiyokunola and assisted by Mr. Afolabi, two outstanding professional photographers in the industry. They both taught in details the technicality of using the DSLR camera as well as the art of composition, I became challenged and charged up to go out there, practice and take amazing pictures.

I began my practice by adjusting the camera settings. Basically, I played around the exposure triangle which has to do with the aperture, shutter speed and ISO (International Organization for Standardization). The aperture is that adjustable circular opening inside the lens that regulates how much light goes through the lens and hits the sensor. The shutter speed has to do with the rate at which the shutter opens and closes in other for light to hit the sensor. The ISO refers to the camera’s sensitivity. A good combination of these parameters will eventually determines ones final exposure.

During the period of my training practice, I shot more using the manual mode because to a large extent it gave me more control over the camera settings. The first amazing shot I took was done indoor without the aid of an external flash. I simply lowered my ISO value to 200 to avoid noise grains, opened up my aperture to F2.8 to allow in more light from my subject into the sensor and finally I adjusted my shutter speed to 1/80th of a second. My focus and white balance mode was programmed on auto. With my knowledge and understanding on the art of composition, I was able to frame my subject well from my viewfinder in such a way that portrays expression and creativity. At the end, I was so pleased with what I viewed on the camera’s LCD screen. With my wide aperture I got a shallower depth of field (DOF) as less of my subject was on focus.

The second shot I also considered amazing was taken outdoor on a sunny day. The whole idea for me was to freeze my subject while in motion. The best way I could achieve this was to shoot using a higher shutter speed. Since I am also interested in capturing much part of the scene, I needed to have more DOF in my frame. DOF is simply the part of a picture or frame that is in focus from the foreground to the background. I simply closed up my aperture to F7.1, adjusted my shutter speed to 1/250th of a second since it was a sunny day and shot with an ISO value of 100. The final exposure came out just as I wanted as I was able to capture my subject while in motion taking a long jump.

At the end of my practice session, I realize that what will eventually stand you out as a professional photographer in the industry might not necessarily be on the technicality of using the DSLR cameras but to a large extent it will be on one’s ability to explore the art of composition to be able to take amazing photographs. As for me, anytime I look through a viewfinder and press the shutter button, it is an opportunity to compose and take great pictures that will create lasting memories.

This is Onodje Oshevwiyore and I am an excited photographer intern.

An Apprentice’s 1st PAID JOB AS A PHOTOGRAPHER


So I received a phone call from a very good friend of my sister some weeks ago. She requested for my photography services for a surprise birthday party for her boss, which was to take place at Sheraton Hotels and Resorts on Sunday for three hours. The date of the event was just five days away. With her request I had to visit her at her office the next day in order to give her the brief and also to agree on terms of payment.

Getting to her office, I was surprised to be left with the Companies Accountant and the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate. Being my first time in such an hot sit of negotiation as a photographer, I made a lot of flaws, that almost resulted into my accepting an offer that might affect my service and product negatively in the near future with the client and the company at large.

Returning to the office, I informed my boss, Seun Akisanmi and my colleagues of my flaws. I remember one of my colleagues asking if I was a learner. Mr Seun gave his advice on what to do, so did Mr Samuel Ijiyokunola. At their words and my personal conviction, I had to call the client to disagree with the initial agreement, thank God it has not been documented.

I had to explain in a very soft and polite manner in order not to get the client discouraged about my services, the reasons I would not be able to deliver such a service they requested for. At the end of the conversation, the client agreed to pay a fee three times higher than the initial agreement. Waoh! You say, it is God’s grace that found me. I had to write the agreement sharply in order for the client to approve, and this she did gladly.

Everyone at the office was happy for me, having such an opportunity of a photography job while being an intern. Without stress colleagues were ready to assist me on the job. With much ado, the thought of how the event would be successful engulfed me, to the extent that I could not sleep at nights after a very busy day.

The day of the event soon came. The day was a sunday, I had to be in church and since it was the first sunday of the month, it was a thanksgiving service. I do attend, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, where I have to be in church before 7am for the workers meeting which lasts for 1hour 30minutes every sunday before the sunday school. After which I would have to set up the instruments for the service, apart from being a member of the choir and the organist.

During the service, my eyes was almost fixed on the wall clock just in front of me. Sincerely speaking my spirit was far away, only my body was active. All my thought was at the days event, although the event was scheduled for 4pm, my thought was just on the success of it all. My spirit, sorry my imagination was tested with different scenarios.

At exactly 12:30pm, I left the church almost immediately after the grace has been shared, for the venue of the event. I live at Ikorodu and with the thought of the traffic in mind, I did not want to arrive late; one core value I would never forget from eloPhotos. I eventually arrived at the venue about 2 hours early. Assisting me was Tayo and Ronke.

These two have never been late for any event I have had opportunity to cover with them, so that was not surprising to me that they came early. Mr Seun Akisanmi also came to assist, though he said he only came to have dinner and he appreciated me for arranging such a sumptuous meal for dinner. And together we all teamed up to give our best shots, just as we had been trained to do.

Despite the delay in getting started, due to the celebrants late arrival, the hall which was well arranged and organized for the estimated number of guests was almost filled. Few minutes later, the event started as the celebrant came into the hall looking confused yet surprise at the faces of family and friends he was looking at. He was overwhelmed to the extent that he had to kneel, prostrate and held his head with this surprise look on his face.

During the introduction, we were informed of how the whole surprise package was carried out by some colleagues of the celebrant at his office. How he was invited for a 10minutes talk as a guest minister at a program scheduled to hold at Sheraton and the follow up on the celebrant for a month till the day the celebrant realized that it would be his birthday and that would be a great privilege for him to preach the gospel to someone and probably win a soul for Christ.

At the celebrants response and talk, he pointed out how he was supposed to attend another meeting with his wife who was also a member of the surprise party. That the wife had to persuade him to be at Sheraton first before journeying to the other place. He agreed to show up at Sheraton, not knowing that, it was all a plan to surprise him. He ended with the topic he had planned for the 10minutes talk, which stated that “how many lives do you affect positively, for Christ daily”.

The event rounded up few minutes past 7pm, at least it was not so long a time added. Probably, due to the venue used. At the end of the event, I realized that my burden and worries of the success of the event has been lifted and it was really obvious that Ronke had to comment on our way home, “ you look like someone whose load was taken off him”. Indeed, a load was lifted off me.

This past week, the job was delivered even before the due date of delivery. Despite being given a 3-weeks deadline for delivery, I delivered less than two weeks and this made the client more happy with the service I rendered. I see this as one thing we all should try to do. If the job can be delivered all things being equal, before the due date, there’s a higher probability that client would appreciate the service.

Once again the celebrant was surprised to have the images of his expressions well documented during his ‘surprise’ birthday party. I am grateful to God and everyone He used for the success of my first paid job as a photographer. The journey has just begun. Looking forward to brighter days in the photography industry. Also attached within this article are 2 pictures of a sunset at ikorodu. What do you think?

Composed by one of the Weirdos at eloPhotos,
Awosanmi Emmanuel.

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Another Day in My Life in 2020: Sotunde Olajide


The following happened on another day of my life in 2020; July 17, 2020

Well, I had just returned from a photo exhibition of one of the foremost photographers in the world. It was held in Washington D.C., the capital of U.S.A. Hmn!…. It was indeed an eye opening and thought provoking, I mean enthralling kind of exhibition. It had in its attendance celebrity photographers and artists from all over the world. It was an exhibition that had most of its works on Africa and slavery. I almost shed tears seeing some of those masterpieces. I also had the opportunity of meeting photographer from all around the world including some of ours at home. It was a great experience. The state of the art gallery was something I would remember for a very long time. It beauty was something to behold and it got me asking myself ‘Can we be like this? How long will it take? My conclusion was that giving it ‘whateverittakes’, we would get there some day

I arrived in Nigeria the next morning at about 5 in the morning. The journey all the way from the United States of America was very smooth and so comfortable, at least up to the point when the plane touched ground at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, and so I thought, I wouldn’t want anything less since it was just some hours to my yet another ‘big one.’ I called my wife immediately we landed and told her to come pick me up in a comfortable car, at least one that would give me the kind of experience I had been having all the way from the States. ‘I don’t want to be so exhausted or late since its going to be yet another ‘big one’ that was said in my mind. When she arrived in our double exhaust, 24 horse power 2020 Jaguar C-Z20 at around 6am, I thought ‘yeah!!’ This is more like it’, so I hopped in and took the wheel, I loved to drive ‘my toy’ as I loved to call the car, by myself whenever I’m in it. I drove as fast as I could so that I could arrived at the venue on time.

I arrived at the venue at about 9:30 am, in the company of my wife, and the kids both of whom we had picked from my brother’s place at Lekki on our way. They had gone there to spend holiday. My brother and his wife, Lucy, loved the kids so much they insisted they come to spend some days with them before Xmas. Uncle AY (Ayo), as my kids call their eldest child wouldn’t want anything less. They would all join us later at the exhibition. Lucy also fixed us some breakfast quickly since I had just arrived from a long journey and might not really have the time to eat during the exhibition

It was my second exhibition on Photography and Art. Mr. Seun Akisanmi was one of the important dignitaries that had honored my invitation to be at the exhibition. I felt so glad that he could make it. He approached me on seeing me, embraced me and Mummy Shope. He then carried Shope, our little girl. Shope starred at his face as if there was something written all over it, touched his nose, eyes and all, maybe to inspect their safety or something, then smiled. That’s what she does whenever she’s carried by people she doesn’t see often. Mr Seun then congratulated me and we talked for some minutes.

I later moved in to the exhibition hall. It was beautifully decorated with my works hanging everywhere and I felt so happy at seeing the large turn out of people from all works of life, whom have come from everywhere all over the country and outside, to attend my exhibition. ‘Babe’, I called my wife whom was right there beside me, she moved right in front of me before I could say another word, looked into my eyes and said ‘I’m proud of you’ then she embraced me. It felt like my head had suddenly increased in size. I held her tight and said ‘thank you babe’, but we were soon interrupted, ‘daddy’ called out Tomiwa, my boy, as he tapped me somewhere on my leg. He pointed to one of the pictures hanging on the wall and said ‘I like that one’ it was a BW (black and white) picture of his mum when she was carrying his pregnancy. I had taken the picture when she was carrying him in her tommy just for the fun of it and it turned out to be my favorite picture at the time and I didn’t hesitate to exhibit it also.

At about 5pm, most of my works have been sold. I took pictures with as many people as I could, including family members, admirers, visitors and so on. I didn’t leave the venue until all the gusts have left.

Haven been satisfied with the whole event and the accomplishment, We left the venue, of cause, feeling so tremendously happy, I asked my wife where she would want us to chill out with the kids before we finally head back home. Of cause, I’ve missed my babe and the kids. The kids heard our conversation from the back seat and Tommy (Tomiwa), in a playful manner, ‘Lolly’s’, and Shope, ‘yeaaaaaaah!’. Lolly’s was one of the best places you could hang out with your family around the city, and it was a perfect choice for the moment, especially since I was seriously dying of having us sit somewhere, eat, drink and laugh together, so we headed for Lolly’s. It was fun there. The kids loved it and we all had a great time.

I just couldn’t stop starring at Feyi, my lovely wife and she would always smile whenever our eyes met. ‘Is there anything I could do without her?’ I asked in my mind, or may be I thought I did in my mind, but nope, I actually said it, but again, she looked at me and smiled. At that time we were almost home and the kids had slept off. She kissed me lightly. I was driving and so it was so brief. It reminded me of our first date. We got home at about 11pm. It was on the 23rd of December, holiday season, and so there was much time for everybody to rest the following day.

We laid the kids gently on their bed and we headed to our own room. We’ve all had enough food and drink for the day and so there was no reason to visit the kitchen. Its been a great day I said to my wife, she looked at me, nodded, then her hand moved around in search for the bed switch, then, the lights went out.

Sotunde Olajide