Welcoming The New Intern: OLAJIDE Sotunde


It all started when I found myself at the Lagos edition of WHATEVERITTAKES.

When he told us that the workshop would end at around 5pm, I didn’t feel bothered because I thought, ‘what kind of a workshop would start around 9am and end at 5pm?’ I figured it wasn’t “possible” – a word I have, within the very short period I have known this man, come to realise does not exist in reality.

I’m sure by now, anyone reading this would be wondering who I’m talking about. Well, I’ll just in a few seconds introduce you to my new boss. I’m sure some of you have met him, some have read about him or his article and some have had the privilege of working with him directly. He is ‘The Weird’ Seun Akisanmi (‘weird’ as he is fondly described by other members of the house).

The workshop tagged ‘WHATEVERITTAKES’ the Lagos edition, was held at eloPhotos office in Ikeja and that was the first time I met Mr. Seun Akisanmi, a poet, writer as you all know, a photographer which need not be mentioned, a teacher and so on.

Well, don’t think I’m just singing praises of him, you’d do more if you were in my shoes. I never thought I could sit and listen to a talk that’ll last up to 3 hours. It had never happened, (without boredom) and until that day, I never thought it could happen but Mr Seun made it happen. I didn’t realise I had sat for that long, not until the workshop was brought to an end at around 6pm, Whao!!. Only one thing could make that happen though, an interesting talk coupled with contributions from interesting people among the attendees whom I felt very honored to have met. They included the one and only Ronke Alao herself, Dr. Femi Adewuyi, yes, a medical doctor who is also a professional photographer just in case you are wondering.

In attendance were some other members of the house; Damilola, also a female medical student; Emmanuel, Toye, Onos and the rest. These are real photographers with a lot of passion for the business of photography.

At first, I thought, what would make a medical doctor take photography as another profession, or a hobby as the case may be. It didn’t take me much time to figure it out; do what you enjoy doing most and in no time, you’ll find yourself doing it well without any regret or boredom.

Photography could be done for pleasure and/or for business. To me, there is one thing about doing things, and the thing is ‘doing what you like/enjoy doing’, especially when you are going to be getting paid for doing it. That is what photography is to me and so why won’t I give it ‘whatever it takes?’ When the workshop came to an end, I felt like, ‘yes, now I can go and conquer the world of photography.’ That was how much confidence and ideas the opportunity of attending the workshop imparted in me as a person.

With this kind of opportunity at eloPhotos, I thought it would be wise if I enrolled and tap into more of such opportunities, and here I am, one of the newest interns at eloPhotos. As I said earlier, one of our watch words at eloPhotos is ‘nothing is impossible’. There is no limitation in the world of photography, just like art which I love so much, and intend to express through photography. I Love PHOTOGRAPHY, I love ART, I love PHOTOART.

I am Olajide Sotunde

 

Mo Abudu, Jason Njoku, Joke Silva, Folake Folarin-Coker & More to Speak at 2013 Creative Industries Expo


With less than 3 weeks to go to the 3rd edition of the British Council Creative Industries Expo, creative industry stakeholders from Nigeria and the UK are gearing up to converge at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, for one of the most anticipated events of the year. Holding on the 26th & 27th of November 2013, this year’s event will feature a roster of high-level speakers including Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO Ebony Life TV;  Steve Moffitt, CEO, A New Direction, UK; Bunmi Oke, CEO 141 Worldwide & President Advertising Association of Nigeria; Chris Ubosi, CEO Megalectrics;  Nkiru Asika, CEO Enterprise Creative; Folake Folarin-Coker,Creative Director, Tiffany Amber; Jason Njoku, CEO Iroko Partners; Wole Odetayo, CEO Wennovation Hub; Yemisi Ilo, CEO Ileke Media; Joke Silva, award-winning Actress & Co-Founder, Lufodo Academy; Dr Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy UK; Sandra Obiago, Founder CFC & Associate Producer Half of a Yellow Sun.

The Creative Expo will discuss and debate current measures to develop talent, best practices, case studies and different approaches to building professional, technical and business capacity across the diverse creative industries.

The 2013 British Council Creative Expo is produced by Enterprise Creative, and is free to attend, however registration is required both days of the event. Click here to register for Day 1 of the expo, while you can register for Day 2’s proceedings here.

 

An Attempt to Overcome My Shyness


Just so you know, I’ve been seeing a shrink lately in an attempt to help combat my tendency to be shy. Yes I can be very shy. But this is one of the many attempts to overcome that shyness.

I am hereby boldly declaring that as my birthday approaches in less than 60 hours time (on October 31st to be precise), I would not mind any or all of the following gift items:
Techno Phantom A+, Blackberry Q10 (New or London Used), Samsung Galaxy 4 phone, 2012 BMW 540i Active Hybrid, A 3 bedroom Apartment situated in a choice estate in Ikeja (or the financial Equivalent), A core i5 Intel laptop for my wife, canon 70D or Canon 5D Mark III (with or without any lens), forgiveness (FULL or in PART) of any debt I might be owing you (YES, YOU), or any financial contribution you feel led in your generous heart to give towards the celebration of my 35 years on planet earth.

There. I feel a heavy burden of shyness has been lifted of my shoulders already.

Yours BOLDLY,
Oluwaseun Akisanmi

 

The FUN, The WEIRD & The RIDICULOUS


My week officially started on Tuesday. No, I didn’t skip work on Monday but as I stood in line at Silverbird Cinemas for ‘free’ popcorn and drink; the sweet aroma of the corn filtering through my nostrils and enveloping my sinuses, I felt like my week had just started.

The trip to the movies was sponsored by eloPhotos as a treat/field trip of some sorts. There’s something about seeing great movies that sharpens one’s artistic mind.

Not too long after arriving at the movies, I saw about five photography colleagues that had come to see the same movie I came to see, Elysium. I thought that was interesting. Perhaps we photographers should speak to the management of Silverbird Cinemas and see if we can strike a deal, where photographers enjoy a movie discount.

While still waiting to get my free snack, I suddenly heard a voice behind me saying, “…you could go in and see the movie for ten minutes, then come back out and the popcorn line wouldn’t be so long anymore”. I didn’t have to turn to recognize the voice; it was my boss. I couldn’t believe Mr Seun was back at the Cinema to see the same movie for the third time! I had left him and the rest of the team at the office since they all had seen the movie. No one knew Mr Seun had plans to ‘sneak’ out of the office to see the movie again.

I finally got my popcorn and fanta then found the cinema room. The movie ran for a little less than two hours and in one word, I would simply describe it as AWESOME. In case you haven’t seen it, I do not want to spoil the fun for you so I won’t give you the gist. GO SEE IT.

Tuesday ended on an interesting note. My alternate cellphone got lost in a bus and I didn’t realize it till I got home. I tried appealing to the good nature of whoever picked it by sending text messages; since he/ she wouldn’t pick my call. It didn’t work.

The next day came along and I lost an earring. Perhaps I am having my things walk away from me, one at a time. The day’s highlight was having Maximus of Phaneross Photography come and speak to eloPhotos interns on the topic, “Improving Your Photography”. It was an insightful 3-hours lecture.

As if the week had not been strange enough for me, Wednesday afternoon had to have it’s own element of weirdness. I boarded a bus headed for Ikorodu from Ojota. Just before we got to Ikorodu, I found that almost everyone in the bus was talking about some guy, a muslim cleric, who died years ago. They said he recently made an ‘appearance’ on the wall of a mosque at Owode area. His image was said to have appeared on a wall. People were reported to have taken pictures of this wonder and were now selling 5 X 7″ photo prints in traffic. Strange story or biggest scam of the year? You decide.

Lagos being the crazy city it is, I never run out of amazing things to see everyday. Things such as a man holding the cab door open for a lady to enter first. This happened on Thursday. I was taken aback, surprised to see this guy who didn’t know me, open the door for me. This may seem ordinary to you but after a week of seeing even pregnant ladies been pushed off by desperate passengers hoping to get in a bus, seeing a gentleman was very refreshing.

Thursday turned out to be a busy day. We had an event-Dieko and Tunbosun’s engagement- to cover. I headed to the groom’s hotel room to take shots of him while my colleague covered the bride. The groom was quite camera-shy but after chatting with him and doing my best to make him relax, he got comfortable with having his pictures taken.

The event was fun to cover and will stand out in my mind as the first event where I was served food. If I had any doubts in my mind about wedding photography been physically challenging, those doubts got cleared on Friday morning. I woke up wondering what hit me. I became very aware of muscles I never knew I had. My leg felt like it had 50 kg weights strapped to it.

On Friday, we had what you could call a strategy meeting. Mr Seun Akisanmi met with the interns and discussed what we learnt at the previous day’s event and what we could do better subsequently; especially on saturday for the church wedding and reception.

On my way home on Friday, I met a former school colleague at Ojota and we got talking. We both graduated from the same faculty. He asked if I worked close by. I was dressed very casually but looked smart. I proudly told him, “I am now a photographer and work at Ikeja”. I think I impressed myself with the confidence with which I said it. It felt good.

It was a week full of fun, weird happenings and ridiculous stuff but I am glad it is over.

My name is Ronke Alao & I am proud to be a female photographer.

 

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

Pictures from DEFY THE DICTATOR Protest in Lagos


A detachment of policemen led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Tunde Sobulo, fired teargas indiscriminately at protesters marching from the state house of assembly towards the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos.
During the march tagged, “Defy The Dictator,” the protesters converged on the house of assembly to demand the immediate withdrawal of soldiers from the streets of Lagos and the reversal of the pump price of petrol to N65.
The protesters then began to march from the assembly complex at Alausa, Ikeja to the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, having obtained a permit from the state government to hold a rally there.
The park was the venue of five days of rallies, where various speakers spoke for five days against the removal of fuel subsidy.
However, they were warned by policemen not to go beyond the house of assembly to the park.
Led by a former Minister of Education, Prof. Ben Nwabueze; human rights lawyers, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite and Mr. Festus Keyamo, they defied the police warning and continued towards the park.
Speaking at the assembly, Braithwaite said the deployment of soldiers in Lagos was totally unwarranted while Nwabueze said it was unfortunate.
They were received by some members of the house, who said the deployment of soldiers was unacceptable.
They ran into a barricade mounted by the police and soldiers at 7Up Bottling Company on the Secretariat Road. The police also mounted a separate barricade on Ikosi Road, across the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as well as the nearby Kudirat Abiola Road.
The situation caused traffic jams in the Alausa and Ojota areas.
To stop the protesters from getting to the park, the policemen fired several canisters of tearsgas, forcing many of the marchers to scamper to safety.
The marchers returned again and sat on the road, refusing to move.
The protesters then turned back towards the Governor’s Office.
ARTICLE by Nigerian Eye
PICTURES: eloPhotos