The Master Plan


Prior to this week, I learnt that the only way to maximize my time at elophotos is to have a well set up “growth plan” for myself.  We do a lot of things at Elophotos in a week; the work load and activities we involve ourselves in can be too enormous for our minds to focus. Sometimes, these activities are assigned without daily written guide lines to keep us in check and we seem to lose courage and sight of what we have come to do along the way. Though a lot of things we do at elophotos from lectures to shooting to events and to editing are to help us learn and achieve that which we have come to do at elophotos, but I noticed I /we easily lose sight of it when we don’t have a well written plan which includes our daily objectives. Many times, we just try to get ourselves to do a bit of shooting, just to make sure we fix ourselves with something doing, achieve a task for the day and carry out activities without prior planning. We do this a lot of times to make sure we achieve something in a day and maybe also to have something to write in the report at the end of the week and this isn’t good enough for me. No planning, No goals. So I decided to this in a different and a better way this time.
Since it is no more news that every single minute counts for me at elophotos now, I decided to develop a growth plan for myself that will accommodate my activities at elophotos and my daily objectives. The growth plan was designed in a way that even with my classes, running of errands, going to Strait gate (A school we had to do a job for) , attending events, there are some things that are not a thing of choice for me anymore, I must achieve them before the day runs out. A good example is that I must read a book before the day runs out. Even if I have a tough and longest of day, I must read a book (at least a chapter) before going to bed. The daily reading of books falls under my daily objectives category. I started practicing “my daily objective routine” on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, My Objectives were;
-Start Mrs. Amosun’s editing Job
-Take a shot of sun rise
-Read a book
-Take a shoot
-Call TLS (my brother that clocked 40 years of age over the weekend) to negotiate my terms and condition of me coming to take his birthday shoot at Ibadan. I was able to achieve 3 out 5 of the objectives despite the fact that I had a long day. The ones I missed out on where my priorities on my daily routine list on Wednesday coupled with some other things.
One thing I will be adding to my growth plan next week starting from Monday 24th of August 24, 2015 is to set “my weekly goal” and my daily growth plan will be aiming to achieve my weekly goal.
One challenge I still face in photography which still occur at my several shoots over the weekend is making beautiful image at low lighted event. That will be my goal this week.
Weekly Goal: Making beautiful images in a low lighted location and I hope before the end of the week, low lighted event photography struggle will be a thing of the past.
Thanks for taking time to read my report.
Tunde Talabi

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY DRIVE


The horrible noise of the alarm my chinko phone woke me up at exactly 5 AM on Monday morning, as I jumped off my bed to prepare for the new week. In less than 30 minutes I was ready and that means, am headed for eloPhotos Academy where am being groomed into becoming a world class photographer. Walking close to the bustop, I could hear the voices of the different bus conductors screaming at the top of their voices, “iyanoworo oshodi enter with your hundred naira change, I no want shout this early morning ooo”.  In no time, the bus moved and as I would usually do on Mondays, I started building expectations and things I wanted to achieve in the new week, and set up action plans in executing them.
8 AM on Mondays at ELOPHOTOS ACADEMY, is that time where we commune with our creator. When I say our creator you would easily know am talking about God,  yea am actually referring to him as creator because he made us creative and we assemble ourselves to thank and praise him for the gift of live and creativity.
10 AM and it was lecture time. The topic we discusses that day was POINT OF VIEW. There are mainly three types of point of view.
Before I name these three let me define POINT OF VIEW, this refers to the angle of which an image is captured from which comprises,
1. BIRD VIEW
2. EYE VIEW
3. LOW ANGLE SHOT.
The week continued to be a fun filled one learning. The high note of the week for me, started on Thursday when we were on an excursion to the PHOTO GARAGE. It was a beauty to behold at the garage, an average man would say nothing meaningful is being discussed in a garage, I bet you to it not in a PHOTO GARAGE with the conductor UCHE JAMES IROHA conducting the passengers. A lot was discussed at the garage on Thursday; issues of upcoming photographers, sharing from life experiences, introduction of passengers in the garage, refreshments and taking of pictures with the conductor UCHE JAMES IROHA.
In his closing words he said somethings that pricked me in the heart to concentrate and focus with stern attention to the gospel of photography of which am an ambassador. He said, work hard, and you will succeed because this is the hour, projected for darkness to operate, you either choose to make it fast or make it slowly or even die a failure! I became cold on hearing this words, I wondered is he (UCHE JAME IROHA) a prophet? Out of curiosity, I asked what can I do to achieve fast in this dark hour? He replied with three words of inspiration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. MONEY IS A GRADUATION OF SWEAT                                                                                                                                                                                       2. IF YOU GET AN INSPIRATION DO IT IMMEDIATELY                                                                                                                                               3. FAITH DON’T DENY REALITY, WE ONLY PUT OUR FAITH TO REALITY.
He also shared with us 6 steps of creating a photograph.
1.look with your eyes and examine the subject.
2.see what you want to shoot.
3.observe the subject you want to shoot.
4.study the environment.
5.confirm that what you see make sense.
6.SHOOT
IT WAS WONDERFUL BEEN AT THE PHOTO GARAGE; THANKS TO UCHE JAMES IROHA FOR HAVING US AND OUR HIGHLY ESTEEMED DIRECTOR, MR SEUN AKISANMI.

King Lemuel

Sentenced Without Being Arrested


I guess you might be wondering how one can get sentenced without being arrested but then again strange things happen. Few days ago, I was sentenced to 14 days community service and for a law-abiding, never once arrested citizen like me, I was taking aback by the judgment.

Timeliness, they say, is the soul of business. Recently I have been showing up late for work due to some seriously unserious reasons (I think that sounds confusing, but don’t be. Stay with me, I am taking you somewhere).

For the past 5 months I have been working at eloPhotos, waking up by 5 am each morning. I know that’s no news but when you consider that I am not a morning person and I don’t get out of bed normally before 8 am, trust me, 5 am is a miracle. Moving on. Once I am awake, the usual morning ritual begins (like having your bath and all, which by the way takes time…. Can’t one go on for 5 days without bathing? Just saying tho) before setting out by 6 am.

Despite the seemingly normal Lagos traffic, I always get to work before our official resumption time of 8 am. On an average, we close by 5 pm but I don’t get home most times until 9 pm or 10 pm and sometimes even later. Now you begin to wonder what I am doing on the road for 5 hours, or is it that I trek home. To tell the truth and nothing but the truth, I don’t walk; it’s traffic. I think it will be a bit bearable if it had just been the traffic but there is the big issue of Agege and rickety buses. I don’t know if it was intentional but almost all the buses plying that Agege route are old and scruffy. To add insult to injury, you can’t sit in a right posture in these buses, you always have to bend somehow and with all these you still get stuck in traffic. Combining all this and coupled with the fact that I don’t get weekends off (at home) and I still have to work has resulted in fatigue for me. Consequently I wake up late and show up for work late too.

Offence number ONE: Every week, it’s mandatory for us to submit a weekly report in form of an article on or before 8am on Monday morning and I have been defaulting on that by submitting late. I don’t do this on purpose but sometimes I just don’t know what to write or have any time to do it. To Mr Seun, all of the above are just unacceptable excuses and writing about it now seems same to me. So, guys if you catch me around your neighborhood in an orange jumpsuit cleaning gutters, don’t think I have abandoned my passion for a career with LAWMA; I am just serving out my well deserved punishment! Feel free to say Hi and don’t be a stranger.

I am Babalola Michael Tayo (the weirdo that shot Aliko Dangote’s Daughter) and I am a repentant photographer.

P.S: if your dream is to attend eloPhotos Academy, be prepared to do #whateverittakes to stand out!!

 

How BEANS Can Make or Mar Your Photography Career


I almost couldn’t believe it was already Thursday. I mean, what happened earlier in the week? it’s not like I was in a coma or anything, the week just flew by very fast. I do remember now.

My boss (SEUN AKISANMI, for those who don’t know by now) had hinted at the fact that I was forgetting important details easily, so was he. In fact, he had ordered a Memory Book, (no kidding, he really ordered a book that teaches how to improve one’s memory). The book had not been delivered yet so I did the next best thing; I went on a BEANS diet.

How would eating beans everyday improve my memory? I had no clue, but somewhere in my pretty little brain, I believed it would. ‘More protein, less starch’ kind of thing so the beans marathon started on Monday. I had beans for breakfast three days in a row. I also had half a portion of beans for dinner on two of those days.

The beans I had for breakfast was not any kind of beans. It is the type called Ewa Agoyin. For people who never eat outside or grew up in a palace, Ewa Agoyin means nothing but for those of us who grew up in a place like Agege, Lagos, you know exactly what I am talking about.

I had a few friends while growing up who I have lost contact with but Ewa Agoyin is one childhood friend that I still get together with. Whenever we hang out, it is as though time never passed. So, you can imagine why this beans diet wasn’t a huge challenge for me.

Whether my memory diet worked or not is debatable. I believe it did to an extent but I had to put a stop to it on Thursday. I was tired of what this childhood friend was doing to my marriage. It was making me speak to my husband in a language I normally don’t speak. By “speak”, I don’t mean talking with my mouth (let him that readeth understand). For the reader who is still having trouble understanding, the beans diet was making me make noises through the posterior of my anatomy.

As I thought about what beans had done to me that week, I was glad my embarrassing moments were in the privacy of my home and in the presence of my husband. What if those moments happened while I was out on a job?

Imagine you are shooting a portrait session of a couple in a quiet location. You already have them in your award-winning pose and you know the angle from which you would be taking the shot. It would require you getting in the squatting position. Your clients are all smiles, they have their pose right and everything is playing out just the way you envisioned. You get in the squat position and just a fraction of a second before you press the shutter, you let out a batch of violent-sounding fart. One so loud it drowns whatever noise your shutter might have made.

It’s almost painful to imagine for me. I think that would be a perfect moment either for the ground to open up and swallow me or for the trumpet to sound and rapture takes place.

Perhaps you think my feelings are exaggerated. Only a man would feel it wasn’t such a big deal. I remember once having a teacher that habitually farted in class and would simply say,”Ha, I ate a lot of beans”, as if that was supposed to make it all better for his students.

Passing gas loudly in front of clients would be devastating for a female photographer, I think. No matter what my male colleagues say, I believe a man would experience some degree of embarrassment too; except the clients in question are childhood friends of yours and you all played the game, “loudest fart”, as kids.

What’s the whole point of me writing an elaborate post on how farting can erode your ego as a photographer? Well, you know it’s the little things we never think (or talk) about that affect our business and reputation as photographers. Clients won’t remember your brand of lens and could care less if you used a full-frame camera or not. What they would probably not forget is how loud your fart was. So before you go on a beans diet, think about how it might affect your client relations and your photography career as a whole.

Ronke Alao
Writer |Photographer|Poet