Photography Workshop in Abule-Egba: Doing It Better


Earlier in the month, I was privileged to teach at a photography workshop organized by G-Janth Print Lab situated in Abule-Egba, Lagos. It was particularly interesting to know that a number of the photographers in attendance were  my father’s age-mate. Interesting to know that this many photographers were really hungry to do better in their photography. The workshop was titled “Doing It Better” and we discussed issues ranging from marketing your photography to branding. Attached are some of the pictures taken.
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Shooting With Empty Batteries


The week started with a short prep talk amongst ourselves, we shared experiences of the previous week at Elophotos. I was able to gather that no matter what you do, you always need the help of your colleagues. I realized that no one can achieve anything alone, you will always need the help of someone close by, especially in the same profession. The comments of my colleagues made me realise that from all we’ve been taught, our strength lies in the collective efforts that we establish within ourselves. No wonder, Mr Seun always repeat to us that, “you will always need assistant(s), when you go for any photography shoots.

One other interesting lesson I learnt which I’d never forget is the fact that, in one of the practice days, I picked up one of the cameras from the camera bag with the intention to go out for a practice session. I loaded the camera with the battery and memory card. I also picked an extra battery and memory card in case of any unforeseen circumstances while practicing. Little did I know that I was armored with empty batteries, both the one in the camera and the extra that I had with me. It didn’t take me much time to discover a favorable spot for me to start my practice shoot. After several shoots, my camera indicated empty battery at the LCD screen. I was having a reassuring thought that I still had an extra battery with me. After I had swapped the extra battery, I got another shocking discovery. The extra battery was even completely dead. I went back to the studio utterly dismayed. I should have charged the batteries before the practice session.

“Hey guys, Mr Seun needs your attention in the studio.” That was the voice of Tope, one of our colleagues at eloPhotos. Her call indicated that something was about to happen in the studio. I had come into the Academy the next morning with a lot of assignments on my hand. We had just been taught how to design and integrate pictures into layout to give a pleasing and desirable look to clients. Me and my colleagues marched out of the editing room into the studio where we met Mr Seun working on his Olympus camera. I watched with great admiration as he inserted the telephoto lens into the camera, the precision was accurate. We mounted the camera on the tripod as everyone started to take positions in setting up the studio lights.

We brought out the studio lights and I was particularly intrigued at the way the umbrellas were carefully set up. We all worked on the reflectors and in no time right before our eyes was a stage set for a portrait session. I could feel the expectations in the minds of my colleagues. Will this be our first studio photography shoot? “Where’s the client for the shoot?”, someone voiced out from the group.
“I’m going to take portraits of all of you.” That was the response from Mr Seun.

It was an eventful day for all of us. It was fun, educative and entertaining. I learnt a lot about studio lighting, adjustments and exposure compensation. My first studio experience has just begun, I hope you’d keep following me. I’m Olayiwola Olaide.
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My Half Solved Challenge


Manual mode, program mode, ISO and light is all I think about first when I pick up a camera to take a depth of field image. Over the past few weeks as an intern I have been trying to solve the task of taking either a high or low depth of field image. Some of my other colleagues seem to find this “depth of field” very easy to take using any camera at their disposal but the story is quite different for me like take Mr Olaide for instance. His pictures to me is what I can describe as “wow” most especially if he captures plants.

He is also good at editing pictures and tries out new things that wasn’t taught in class even if he ends up not getting it sometimes and I must say he is one person I admire amongst the new trainees at Elophotos. Kayode is someone within my age bracket who I envy the most, he is very cool and knows what he wants. I often complain about how much I really want to be good at this photography and he often teases me saying that I am too much of a perfectionist and not satisfied with some of the wonderful pictures to him that I have taking. Photoshop is also something I am just figuring out now without opening my note sometimes.

I remember the second class I took on Photoshop with Mr Toye wasn’t easy for me at all. I was frustrated and had to leave the class to visit the toilet twice where I cried my eyes off for reasons I don’t understand myself or if I should guess will say I was the only person in the whole class that didn’t understand what was been taught. I sometime don’t understand why I find it hard to grab all this things easily like every other trainee and it might just be that I am yet to appreciate the little I already know.

So my depth of field challenge had a new turn last week when I ‘think’ I figured it out. I took a lot of pictures but still not satisfied with it because I know I can still get something better. I once remembered complaining about this to Mr. Seun and he said it is something I should be able to get all the time and I feel my reason for still having this challenge is the hope of being one of the best female photographer whose every shot image will be well appreciated.

My name is AJAGBE BASIRAT and I will not rest until I become the best female professional photographer that I can be. Let me know what you think of the pictures I took this week.
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