“Google to Start FREE Photography & Makeup Services”


Now imagine you wake up on #Nigeria‘s #Independence day celebrations to discover that #Google just gave Nigerians a birthday present. Imagine they just announced that they’ll be starting, effective #October1, a #photography & makeup service arm of the multi billion dollar company. To make matters worse, imagine that you – the reader of the supposedly-good news – are either a #photographer or a #makeup artists.

HOW WILL THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AFFECT YOUR #BUSINESS?

My goal wasn’t to intentionally deceive you with a blog title that has the #potentials to render thousands of #photographers and #makeupartists #jobless. My goal is to bring to our conscious awareness the fact that it’s becoming paramount the need for us to reinvent everything we know about photography, makeup & business generally. Most of us never undertook any serious level of business education before starting our businesses and it’s affecting us whether or not we acknowledge it. My campaign is for us to have a serious rethink of how we run our artistic businesses.

I know for sure that many of us will be terribly affected if Google decides to launch such services. Their concept of #FREE will cause many of us to either sell our gadgets to survive, or move into other unconquered Google fields so we could barely survive. Imagine they start by #advertising that #passport pictures is for free. Anyone who goes to Google #Photos can get up to 200 free passport photographs yearly. Anyone who goes to any of their branches can have a free #portrait #session and get all their high resolutions softcopies for free. Anyone who visits their makeup saloons will get their first 10 sessions absolutely FREE. Truth is it won’t be funny at all. Many of us will literally cry, complain and declare that the #Antichrist has come in the form of an unmercifully evil company.

This may seem like an extreme example to give but if we don’t rethink everything we know about how to run a photography/makeup business (or any other business)…….. Everything about #pricing, #marketing,#copyrights, #negotiations, customer service, #EVERYTHING…..the end will definitely be upon us.

I’ve had my own share of challenges this year (& still going through some now) and my rethinking process has been the reason why I’ve not been active on some online social media platforms. My rethinking process has even led me to sell a few things many people consider as assets in order to invest in a BIGGER dream process. Trust me selling off our ********** wasn’t funny at all but I believe without doubt there will be results in a few months…. Many of us (myself inclusive) spend too many unproductive hours daily on #Facebook, #WhatsApp, #Twitter, #Instagram begging for people’s approval and attention when all we need to do is to spend time to invest in something so radically different that will make the likes of Ty Bello, President #Obama, Bayo Omoboriowo, Kelechi Amadi Obi or Santa Claus call us for advice. Some of us need to take 1-4 weeks off to restrategize and rethink our processes before the unthinkable & unbearable comes upon us.

Please note that this message is NOT for everyone. I don’t write it as someone professing to know much. It’s just a challenge to a few people who care to take note to invest radically in new #inspirational ways of doing things.

The #books we’re #READING and the friends we’re KEEPING (or #mentors we’re FOLLOWING) will very well be a BIG determinant in how we’ll be #LIVING in 2 -10 years. A word, like they say, is enough for the wise. What will you do if #Google decides to move into your industry and provide the #products & #services you presently provide? Well if you’re travel consultant or tour guide, you might want to unbiasedly analyze how Google’s new baby, #GoogleTrips, will affect your business. Happy Independence day to everyone.

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For those that couldn’t make this year’s Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference (NiPHEC), all he videos have been uploaded to our YouTube channel for you to download. Even if you attended, you might still want to watch it over again at youtube.com/niphec

COURAGE UNDER FIRE


“Courage under fire”, hmm you might be wondering what a title.

Let me ask you a question please!

Q:  You are a photojournalist covering a riot for a top notch newspaper. Your pictures are to tell the story of what transpired at your location of assignment; suddenly one of your colleagues is attacked. What will you do?

  • Help your colleague
  • Continue capturing images with you camera
  • Take to your heels

What will you do?

Meet Mr. Femi Akintobi, legendary photographer, veteran and award winning Nigerian photographer. He being in the above situation continued shooting, capturing those once in while stages of humans degradation back to his base tendencies. He not only captured the riot scenes, but also images of his colleague who was being handled roughly and injured by the rioters. This act of bravery; for it was bravery indeed, resulted in him being given an award for bravery by the management of the Punch then.

I first met Mr. Akintobi a few months back when I was delegated by my boss to give him a portrait session. It can be defined as that moment when an amateur meets a veteran, better still when “old” meets “new”. This was my first be-prepared-always-elophotos-baptism of fire. But to the glory of God, the result was in flying colors. This week’s “eloPhotos-baptism of fire”, came when I was told that I would be giving him a video interview. In eloPhotos you take the bull by the horn; I was giving a brief tutorial on video recording with a Dslr and I went off. The result was really more than I had imagined.

“A picture they say is worth more than a thousand words”, this is very true. In the course of going through many photographs taken by this veteran photographer, all I needed to do was take a photograph and ask him a simple question, ‘what happened here’ and he would recall decades in a split second and give a vivid detail of what happened. I was amazed when he linked photographs together at the same time telling the story behind each one and in the end giving you the entire story the photographs are telling.

The sad part of the interview was when I got to know that the day he had portrait shoot , while the shoot was going on his beloved wife passed on to glory. A place where we will all one day mark a register and give account of what we did with our time. Come to think of it supposing when we stand before the ALMIGHTY ready to give account of our life, what if our entire life is summed up into photographs and you’re giving the photographs one at a time with a simple question asked “what happened here”. Before the LORD of all the heavens and the earth in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning, my fellow photog’s

Q: what will you do?

 

I am Oluwabusayo Alabi and I am a photographer!

Attached below are pictures of images I shot last week titled Project 40 – lizards.project 40 lizards busayo

YOU’RE AN ANIMAL


It was sometime in 1990. Twas either a Tuesday or a Thursday…can’t remember the specific day. It happened during lunch break in my secondary school. I was in JSS 1.

While growing up in the Akisanmi household, we were mandated to follow ardently the food timetable that had been meticulously crafted out by my mum. Tuesday and Thursdays were the days we had beans for lunch or dinner. On Tuesday & Thursday school days, our lunch packs were packed with beans & plantain (or garri). Unlike the other richer kids in International School (UNILAG), I wasn’t privileged to have been given an exorbitant amount to spend on food during lunch break; sometimes I took lunch packs, other times I was given “enough” money.

On that faithful day, beans was my portion for lunch. After covering the beans in a “planta butter” container for over 4 hours (we usually left the house by 6:30am), I proudly opened the cover to descend on the contents within. Upon opening the white cover, a sour aroma filled the 45-pupil-capacity classroom. My then-bestfriend Dipo frowned and covered his nose at the scent of the aroma.

It was at that moment that my classmate, Lanre, made the statement that will lead to the name I was popularly known by in school.

“I HOPE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO EAT THAT”, he screamed. I assured him that I was going to do justice to the beans regardless of the aromatic stench that filled the atmosphere.
After putting a full spoon of the beans in my mouth, he said something I might never forget: YOU’RE AN ANIMAL. He shouted at the top of his voice to the hearing of everyone in class. A few of his friends started shouting ANIMAL repetitively as if it was rap sentence in MC Hammer’s album. That was how I was eventually tagged “ANIMAL”. I was the guy that eats “expired” beans. For the next 5 years, I would be known more as ANIMAL than Seun Akisanmi.

If you had visited my class during my secondary school days, you might have had a difficult time locating me if you were asking who Seun Akisanmi was. But if you had mentioned that you were looking for ANIMAL, your search would have led you straight to JSS 1 Gold.

It wasn’t until recently when I visited memory lane that I realize how derogatory that nickname was. Because I didn’t have the characteristics of a “G” (the term that was used to describe someone who had money, girls and every thing that would make them invitable to all the parties in town), I would eventually discover that people like me did not deserve to flow with the big boys in school.

I would eventually become a messenger to some of my classmates in an attempt to be considered cool. If Olumide or Damilola needed to buy donuts & AfriCola at the kiosk, I would gladly offer to go because these were to coolest guys in school then. Ofcourse they bought food for me also and I was happy to be called ANIMAL by most of them.

Fast forward to 2014. I’ve backslided 12+ times, managed over 5 companies, been depressed countless times, attempted suicide twice, been to prison once….in short, I’ve been and done many things I’m not necessarily proud of. One thing I’m grateful for however is the fact that I’m still alive. It is memories like the ANIMAL season that makes me determined to make an impact in the lives of people that might have been considered ANIMALS, stupid, incompetent, ugly, idiots, dullards, lousy or mad.

I’ve learnt so much about history to know that most of the people that have made positive impacts in history have been given one or more of the aforementioned nicknames (and in most cases, they were rightly called so). That is why I enjoy teaching the class of 8 & 9 year olds in my church. That is why I encourage many parents that their “troublesome” child is a great person in the making….if only they can see.

Its been an adventurous journey on this planet thus far and I’m wholeheartedly grateful for the many challenges & blessings that have come my way. If you’re one of those that have been given nicknames that isn’t befitting of the person whose image you were created in, know that a great destiny awaits you if you faint not. At the end of the day, you’ll realize that truly ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD.

I’m not perfect. I still have issues (just ask my wife and my first daughter). But I know that if I stay focused on being a blessing to my generation (and generations to come) through my photography, poetry & teaching gifts, people will say my name from the depths of their hearts each time they think of me: OLUWASEUN (Thank God)….
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Plan to take a photography course at eloPhotos Academy. Visit eloPhotos Academy for a detailed list of options of classes to take. It will be the best investment you’ll make in your journey to photography greatness

A MEDICAL DOCTOR’s Photographic Perspective: wHaTeVeRiTtAkEs


My name is Femi Adewuyi. I am both a medical doctor and a professional photographer. I started out as an amateur photographer in 2003 , the year I gained admission into the medical school. I  have since developed my expertise over the years and have a number of accolades on my head.

I have always asked a few questions to my mentors and senior colleagues in this business of photography ” How do I get to sell my pictures at a good price ?” , “How do I ensure that my brand remains in business while competing with colleagues who photograph at prices that are too good to be true?” I got answers to these business questions and many more at the whateverittakes seminar. A summary of the seminar in three words would be  HUMILITY, INTEGRITY and PROFITABILITY

Humility
As a photographer in the service delivery business, my customer’s experience while relating with me goes a  long way in determining if I would be hired.  Client satisfaction is hinged on how good our customer service is not just on technical competence. Satisfied clients will bring more referrals .

Integrity
My character  has a direct influence on my photography business. I learnt to be on time with my appointments and in delivery of clients work . Learning to be accountable for my mistakes was another twist to the lecture. A client can end up being a friend and  champion marketer of my business if I show integrity in my dealings.

Profitability
I learnt basic accounting techniques for tracking my income, expenditure and profit.  I was also shown how to identify my ideal client and  get a formidable marketing strategy to guarantee more sales. Learning to write a business plan and budget was quite new to me.

Other things taught include how to start a website at minimal cost, how to overcome our fears and learn to question stereotypes.

In less than a week, I’m starting to see business in new light. I am relating better with my clients and already working on my online presence.  If I have the chance to go to whateverittakes again, I  won’t go alone. I am taking my photo assistant along.
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My Unforgettable Learning Experience at WHATEVERITTAKES Lagos


The much talked about WHATEVERITTAKES workshop finally held in Lagos after making its debut in Warri. This was to be the workshop that would help photographers stand out in the industry and I must say it delivered.
I was privileged to be a part of it. Four of the twelve participants were ladies much to my excitement. If you missed it and you are wondering if you missed anything, let me break it to you softly; you really missed out big time!  It would have been nice if I could share all I learnt with you but it’s like trying to describe what flying in an airplane feels like to someone who’s never seen the inside of an aircraft.

A lot of the valuable lessons I learnt are the kinds you don’t learn in photography books or even books that teach business skills. The words “Integrity” and “Profitablity” now carry new meanings for me. During the workshop, I had to think of why someone like Aliko Dangote would have banks lined up, trying to loan him money while those same banks might not be too eager to loan other businesses. It has little or nothing to do with the guy’s bank account.

The great thing about a workshop like this is the fact that you not only learn from the facilitator,you learn from colleagues at the workshop as well. It provided good networking opportunity. I was privileged to meet Dr Femi Adewuyi in person. He’s someone who has intrigued me ever since I heard of him; a medical doctor who does photography professionally.

The major questions I was faced with at the end of that day were those that might seem difficult to answer but are at the very core of success in the industry. Questions like: how long do I plan to stay in the industry? What kind of impact do I want to make? What are my plans for the next three years? Am I only in photography because of passion or do I carry a vision that inspires me enough to take action and do WHATEVERITTAKES to stand out and impact my family and the world at large? These are the questions I seek to answer for myself. How about you? What will you do? Will you read this article and move on to the next or will you take time out to answer these questions for yourself too? Remember, the future starts now!

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WHATEVERITTAKES: The elo Experience in WARRI


My trip to warri in Delta state was as eventful as the training I attended. Elophotos had advertised on their website inviting Professional Photographers and hobbyists for a training in the Business aspects of Photography. I must say, this was rather uncanny but caught my curiosity as I had never thought that photography could be studied and modeled as a going business concern. What I mean here is, I was used to seeing people run around with cameras at functions snapping away to earn a keep. A few had a semblance of studio facilities while others worked freelance.

On this fateful day, while browsing away my time on the computer, eloPhotos popped up with this bright perspective of a training program in Warri. Now, Warri is not my usual hangout due-in-part to my inhibitions about militancy and youth restiveness in that beautiful domain. As you are all aware, practically every comedian in Nigeria makes jest and get their material from the nuances of the Warri folks. That, in a nutshell, sums up my early impression of Warri. Going there was another kettle of fish.

So, following Seun’s directive after paying the relevant fee, I packed myself and I through the help of Bob Izua motors to the oil city. The program started at 9.15am with the Resource person / host welcoming the participants to the program. A brief of the training outline was made after the relevant opening courtesies of self-introduction.

It was interactive with a view to giving the participants the opportunity to make their contributions and get pertinent questions answered. I must say, it was an eye opener.
The training covered such topics as Marketing, customer relations, Negotiating, sound book keeping and budgeting, using the internet platform to energize your business portfolio and reaching out to the world. It further touched on the subjects of HIP ie; Humility, Integrity and Profitability.

The resource person touched on making projections and setting business goals in the short, medium and long term as these will serve as a pivot and guide to aching great results sustainably.

Participants were admonished to be frugal, professional, and constantly upgrade themselves as the business environment changes with time. Above all else, keeping ones business strategy close to heart was of prime importance.

Finally, we were, encouraged to interface regularly and exchange ideas with a view to moving the industry forward. The training came to a close after a group photograph was taken with Mr. Seun Akisanmi. I got back to Benin City by 7.00pm.

My name is Ema O. Ndon  (www.ndonema.blogspot.com) & I’ve made a commitment to do WHATEVERITTAKES to stand out in the photography industry

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Introduction to PHOTOPRENEUR 101: A Lecture by Dangote’s Photographer


Accounting is a subject I have never really liked, probably
because my dad is an accountant and if I had shown interest in it, it would have led to a lot of father-son debate while growing up (if you know what I mean) or I don’t like the fact that it’s not dynamic. With that in mind, you could actually picture how I felt when Mr Seun
called to tell me that his dad would be coming to take us on ‘being accountable’ this week. As fate would have it, it turned out to be a life changing experience.

Bright and early Monday morning, Mr Akin Akisanmi was in our office 30min before his scheduled appointment. And to find out later that he was coming from Ijebu that morning, and still made it on-time for his engagement was not surprising(talk about like father, like son). So, not to come across selfish, I have decided to share some cogent point of the lecture with you this one time before I begin to charge for it anyway.(Stop rolling your eyes)

KNOW GOD
You are probably wondering what this has got to do with accounting, so before you start to think I am sick in the head, let me set the record straight. No matter what you do, you have to put God first and to put God first, you need to have a relationship with him.

What baffles me about this is that am not sure if most of us actually realize that having a relationship with God is for our own selfish reason. To have a relationship with him means to know God through his words, abide by his principles and be appreciative of whatever God has
done for us. When God is in it, it works better. I think I need to stop here on this point and let your professional Pastors take it from there.

CAREER
Normally before you start talking money and accountability, you obviously should have a career generating the income but I am not sure what abnormally will look like because I have never tried it thou. As a career person, your number one selling point is (& should be) timeliness.

When you give an appointment, get there ON TIME; it saves you the stress of giving excuses and stands you out as a serious business person. Get to work early (I have never heard of someone, punished for being early) and stay much longer if need be.

As an entrepreneur, you need to take proper care of your business. Never allow the output of some people affect your input. An example; say you design a photobook and send it to the lab for printing. Picking up
the print at later date, you discover they had messed it up. Make them pay for the reprint and not you.

Keep your product in the mind of your client by little gesture of kindness; like calling them on their birthdays, wedding anniversaries or even every two weeks. That way they keep remembering “Lagbaja photography are nice people, they actually called me on my birthday”.

KEEP RECORDS
For you to determine that your passion can pay your
bills, you need to keep records. This means separating your business from your person for evaluation sake. At the beginning of a business year, sit-down and write out your spending profile for the whole year. Calculate how many jobs will get you there. Write down the maximum and
minimum value you will charge your clients with respect to the number of jobs. Oh! Not to forget, never go below your minimum price for any job. You know what they say ‘like begets like’.

This is getting boring and my fingers are begging for mercy; those are cues for me to stop writing. However, if you feel you need more, kindly enroll for the master class: WHATEVERITTAKES.

I am Babalola Michael Tayo and I am a photopreneur on the verge of doing WHATEVERITTAKES to stand out. By the way, isn’t the title of this write up a funky one? What do you think?

Doing WHATEVERITTAKES To Standout


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I’ve met a number of photopreneurs in the last few months who are struggling with their business. After having gone bankrupt with the organization of the recently concluded Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference (NiPHEC), you might as well consider my business as topping the list of photographers running business at a loss (in accounting terms). I’ve learnt so much (about business, life, marriage, politics, friendship & family) in the last 365 days than in all my previous years of living.

Photography for me as been a passion beyond what words can express. Ever since I got my first camera in December 1998, a sense of unconscious fulfillment seems to subconsciously overwhelm me whenever I take. pictures. Turning the hobby into a business has brought its challenges. Nevertheless, there is no doubt in my mind that photography is where I belong; Photography & I are here to stay.

At this junction, I challenge many photopreneurs in this industry (including those about to start a career in photography) to stop for a moment and ask yourself if you’re ready to do WHATEVERITTAKES to stand out in this seemingly crowded & congested business. What if you were told that shaving your eyebrow, (something most men reading this have never done in their life), would help take your business to the next level, would you do it? What if you were told that you don’t need an office or a business loan to get out of the financial mess you’ve gotten yourself into, will you believe that? Are you ready to do WHATEVERITTAKES?

Knowing that there’s no immediate plan B for me gives me no choice but to be more determined to make sure the legacy I leave behind, (as a businessman, father, husband, son & friend), can be likened to the impact Steve Jobs had on the technology industry. More importantly, I’m conscious of living a life that will hopefully lead men to the one that has given me a reason to live: Jesus Christ.

If your goal is to run a successful photography business, I invite you to subscribe to this site and watch out for more inspiring notes I’ll be sharing with you. For those that will like to take it a step further, you can register to be a part of the 7-hours workshop I’ll be running in 7 cities (October 23: Warri, October 28: Lagos, October 29: Ibadan, November 2: Lagos, November 5: Ilorin, November 7: Abuja, November 19: Port Harcort & November 12: Kano) in the country beginning October 23, 2013. It’s a one day workshop where I’ll be sharing practical steps you can take (a process of which I’ve gone through & presently going through) to build a world-class business structure. We’ll be discussing the following topics:

*Impact of Social Media Implementation (Facebook, Twitter, etc) on your business
*Financial Accountability and your Business
*Marketing Techniques of a Desperate Businessman
*Customer Service in a Photography Business
*Creating Multiple Streams of income as a Photographer
*& other pressing issues (as time permits)

Workshop fee is N12,500 and you can send a mail to info@elophotos.com for more details. For those that are looking at a more comprehensive training that includes the techicalities of handling a camera, plan to attend the last session of our 10-day course on Photography (November 25 – December 6, 2013) and you can get 30% off the training fees. Send a mail to info@elophotos.com (or add me on bb: 271e3bc8) for more details or visit our ACADEMY page

Get ready to do WHATEVERITTAKES to stand out.

Photography Classes at eloPhotos Academy (May 2013 – December 2013)


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At eloPhotos Academy, our ultimate goal is to raise world-class photographers. We do this through a series of workshops, trainings, and internship programs. You can visit out YOUTUBE CHANNEL to watch videos on a few photography topics. Contact us to learn more about our other trainings. Below is a breakdown of some of the courses (we call them modules) we offer at our academy

Module 1: Introduction to Digital Photography Gain control and confidence in your digital photography – with a strong emphasis on exposure. This course is designed to help you appreciate the different functions, controls and options in the exciting digital dimension. The class will also examine how aperture and ISO settings work together with shutter speeds to create different photographic effects.

Key Features
• Camera Wheels, Deals, and Decisions
• Aperture – Depth of Field & more
• Shutter Speed – Fast or Slow, Which Way to Go?
• White Balance
• ISO Settings
• Focusing – Understanding focus and how it relates to your image
• Flash – How to make the most from your flash, but not letting the flash make a mess of your image.
• To Shop or Not to Shop – a potential shopping list of accessories and other photo gear you may want some day.
• How to take better digital pictures.
• And many more.

Duration: 3 days
Course Fee: N40,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: May 27 – 29, 2013 OR August 26 – 28, 2013 OR November 25 – 27, 2013
Weekend SETS: May 25, June 1 & June 8, 2013 OR October 5, 12 & 19, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 2: Lighting & Composition Whether you want to create compelling head shots, professional group or family portraits, or interesting self-portraits, you can learn how to successfully light and compose your subjects in an indoor, controlled studio environment. In this class we’ll teach you how to make the most of studio lights. Effectively use “Natural” light, Learn how to be sensitive to light, one of the two main ingredients that go into making great photographs. In this class you will find out how to become a “pro” at working with natural light. You will learn to use natural light to take your images to the next level – to having them be seen as fine art. You will explore topics that will immediately transform your work, such as backlighting and window light.

Duration: 1 day
Course Fee: N20,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: May 30, 2013 OR August 29, 2013 OR November 28, 2013
Weekend SETS: June 15, 2013 OR October 26, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 3: Business of Photography In this course, you’ll be deciding whether or not you need a studio. We’ll discuss the importance of documented agreements. Other topics to be discussed include: negotiating for a job, Creating a business structure, pricing your work, customer service, branding your photography and the importance of Packaging.

Duration: 2 days
Course Fee: N40,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: May 31 & June 3, 2013OR August 30 & September 2, 2013 OR November 29 & December 2, 2013
Weekend SETS: June 22 & 29, 2013 OR November 2 & 9, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 4: The Digital Darkroom In this course you’ll learn the components of a photographer’s digital darkroom. You’ll also learn how to edit with Photoshop. Master the nuances of this powerful image-editing software. Do you find reading software manuals frustrating? Are you struggling to overcome the infamous learning curve that comes with Adobe Photoshop? Then join us as we deliver a great introduction to the program, and we always excels at answering your questions and critiquing your photos.

Key Features
• Basic Setup & Workflow
• Rotating and Cropping
• Layers and Levels
• Retouching with Cloning and the Healing Brush
• Curves, Color Balance, and Hue/Saturation
• Resolution, Image Sizing and Sharpening
• Fun, friendly introduction to Photoshop.
• Learn the basic functions, as well as special tips for enhancing and adjusting your images.
• Gain confidence in using Photoshop.
• Learn how to design an album with Photoshop
•Printing technologies, types of photography print papers, deciding to print in a Lab or at home.

Duration: 3 days
Course Fee:
N50,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: June 4 – 6, 2013OR September 3 – 5, 2013 OR December 3 – 5, 2013
Weekend SETS: July 6, 13 & 20, 2013 OR November 16, 23 & 30, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 5: Website & Social Media for Photographers In this course you’ll learn how to design & manage your photography website using WordPress. You’ll also learn the importance of using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) as a necessary branding and marketing tool.

Duration: 1 day
Course Fee:
N20,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: June 7, 2013OR September 6, 2013 OR December 6, 2013
Weekend SETS: July 27, 2013 OR December 7, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

REGISTER FOR ALL 5 MODULES & SAVE N20,000. REGISTRATION CLOSES WHEN A CLASS OF 20 STUDENTS HAS BEEN REACHED.

VENUE:
12b Fagba Crescent, Off Acme Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja

After making payment into our company account, send an email to info@elophotos.com to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it on the first day of class to the venue with two passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit. For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8079243366, 234-7038244433, 234-8101590358 or info@elophotos.com

You can also visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/elophotos for more information

For the Digital Darkroom Module, it is recommended that you bring your laptop for editing your pictures

Refreshment & Course materials will be provided along with a professional digital SLR camera for each participant for practice sessions. Please note that the camera is for practice purposes during the training and would not be taken home by participants

Payment should be made into out Stanbic IBTC account 7200147969 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises) or our GTB account 211744703110 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises)

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TESTIMONIALS
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The basic course in Photography is the best thing that has happened to me this year. When I decided to take the course, I didn’t know what to expect, but now, I must say it has been worth my while. I have learnt so much already I can’t wait to go out there and start making magic through pictures. Big ups to Emmagination, Damilola “DAMELL” Elliot & Shola Animashaun, they really inspired me. Please, keep up the good work.
Desi Okiemute

I have always thought of photography as a form of artistic creative expression. When I first began using a camera nearly 30 years ago, I always wanted to be able to take pictures that showed the beauty and variation that is the life experience all around us at all times. After the uncertain results that came out of my self taught efforts over the years, I finally got the opportunity for proper lessons with the Basic Course in Photography offered at eloPhotos Training Institute. After the first 3 lessons, I had already learnt some critical lessons that will enable me take the kind of pictures I have only previously dreamt of taking.”Painting with light”! That is a definition I have gained from the course.The course is a relaxed, practical and interactive one with several tips from experienced photographers. Very commendable training! Now it is up to me to decide to what level I want to take my photography – competent beautiful pictures as an amateur or as an artistic professional!
Dr. Olayinka Longe

I really enjoyed the business aspect of the training. The lectures on character, integrity, packaging, good customer service and branding were awesome. In a nutshell, it was a wonderful decision I made by attending the training because I absolutely got more than my money’s worth.
Oloyede Afolabi

eloPhotos is the place to be. Within the 8 days of the training, I’ve been able to acquire sound technical and theoretical skills in photography. The training package is so educative such that all the ingredients necessary for growth and development are included. I especially enjoyed the Branding and Marketing aspect of the training. In fact, I have decided to inform all my relatives and friends that they should not bother trying to get me a job in the telecommunications, or banking and oil industry; I’ve finally gotten a JOB.
Olumide Oshikominu

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Titi & Dami’s Wedding


Here’s a new slide show we just did for Titi & Dami’s wedding celebration. You can also view the pictures below. Let us know what you think.


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Grace & Obadiah’s Wedding Album


4 years ago today marks the day Grace & Obadiah went to the altar. I received a text message from the bride asking us to upload the album we gave them then so the world will know how beautiful the day was. Happy Wedding Anniversary to one of the most adventurous couples we’ve been privileged to cover: Grace & Obadiah.

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Leke & Seyi’s Wedding in Pictures


Attached herein are the pages of the wedding album of a beautiful couple whose wedding we covered in August. Let us know what you think.

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Photography Courses at eloPhotos Academy


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Module 1: Introduction to Digital Photography Gain control and confidence in your digital photography – with a strong emphasis on exposure. This course is designed to help you appreciate the different functions, controls and options in the exciting digital dimension. The class will also examine how aperture and ISO settings work together with shutter speeds to create different photographic effects.

Key Features
• Camera Wheels, Deals, and Decisions
• Aperture – Depth of Field & more
• Shutter Speed – Fast or Slow, Which Way to Go?
• White Balance
• ISO Settings
• Focusing – Understanding focus and how it relates to your image
• Flash – How to make the most from your flash, but not letting the flash make a mess of your image.
• To Shop or Not to Shop – a potential shopping list of accessories and other photo gear you may want some day.
• How to take better digital pictures.
• And many more.

Duration: 2 days
Course Fee: N40,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: December 3 & 4, 2012 OR January 7 & 8, 2013
Weekend SETS: September 1 & 8, 2012 OR January 12 & 19, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 2: Lighting & Composition Whether you want to create compelling head shots, professional group or family portraits, or interesting self-portraits, you can learn how to successfully light and compose your subjects in an indoor, controlled studio environment. In this class we’ll teach you how to make the most of studio lights. Effectively use “Natural” light, Learn how to be sensitive to light, one of the two main ingredients that go into making great photographs. In this class you will find out how to become a “pro” at working with natural light. You will learn to use natural light to take your images to the next level – to having them be seen as fine art. You will explore topics that will immediately transform your work, such as backlighting and window light.

Duration: 1 day
Course Fee: N20,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: December 5, 2012 OR January 9, 2013
Weekend SETS: September 15, 2012 OR January 26, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 3: Business of Photography In this course, you’ll be deciding whether or not you need a studio. We’ll discuss the importance of documented agreements. Other topics to be discussed include: negotiating for a job, Creating a business structure, pricing your work, customer service, branding your photography and the importance of Packaging.

Duration: 2 days
Course Fee: N40,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: December 6 & 7, 2012 OR January 10 & 11, 2013
Weekend SETS: September 22 & 29, 2012 OR February 2 & 9, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 4: The Digital Darkroom In this course you’ll learn the components of a photographer’s digital darkroom. You’ll also learn how to edit with Photoshop. Master the nuances of this powerful image-editing software. Do you find reading software manuals frustrating? Are you struggling to overcome the infamous learning curve that comes with Adobe Photoshop? Then join us as we deliver a great introduction to the program, and we always excels at answering your questions and critiquing your photos.

Key Features
• Basic Setup & Workflow
• Rotating and Cropping
• Layers and Levels
• Retouching with Cloning and the Healing Brush
• Curves, Color Balance, and Hue/Saturation
• Resolution, Image Sizing and Sharpening
• Fun, friendly introduction to Photoshop.
• Learn the basic functions, as well as special tips for enhancing and adjusting your images.
• Gain confidence in using Photoshop.
• Learn how to design an album with Photoshop
•Printing technologies, types of photography print papers, deciding to print in a Lab or at home.

Duration: 3 days
Course Fee:
N50,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: December 10-12, 2012 OR January 14-16, 2013
Weekend SETS: October 6, 13 & 20, 2012 OR February 16, 23 & March 2, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 5: Website & Social Media for Photographers In this course you’ll learn how to design & manage your photography website using WordPress. You’ll also learn the importance of using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) as a necessary branding and marketing tool.

Duration: 1 day
Course Fee:
N20,000
DATES:
Weekday SETS: December 13, 2012 OR January 17, 2013
Weekend SETS: October 27, 2012 OR March 9, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

REGISTER FOR ALL 5 MODULES & SAVE N20k. REGISTRATION CLOSES WHEN A CLASS OF 20 STUDENTS HAS BEEN REACHED.

VENUE:
12b Fagba Crescent, Off Acme Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja

After making payment into our company account, send an email to info@elophotos.com to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it on the first day of class to the venue with two passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit. For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8079243366, 234-7038244433, 234-8120129149, 234-8101590358 or info@elophotos.com

You can also visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/elophotos for more information

For the Digital Darkroom Module, it is recommended that you bring your laptop for editing your pictures

Refreshment & Course materials will be provided along with a professional digital SLR camera for each participant for practice sessions. Please note that the camera is for practice purposes during the training and would not be taken home by participants

Payment should be made into out Stanbic IBTC account 7200147969 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises) or our GTB account 211744703110 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises)

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TESTIMONIALS

The basic course in Photography is the best thing that has happened to me this year. When I decided to take the course, I didn’t know what to expect, but now, I must say it has been worth my while. I have learnt so much already I can’t wait to go out there and start making magic through pictures. Big ups to Emmagination, Damilola “DAMELL” Elliot & Shola Animashaun, they really inspired me. Please, keep up the good work. Desi Okiemute

I have always thought of photography as a form of artistic creative expression. When I first began using a camera nearly 30 years ago, I always wanted to be able to take pictures that showed the beauty and variation that is the life experience all around us at all times. After the uncertain results that came out of my self taught efforts over the years, I finally got the opportunity for proper lessons with the Basic Course in Photography offered at eloPhotos Academy. After the first 3 lessons, I had already learnt some critical lessons that will enable me take the kind of pictures I have only previously dreamt of taking.”Painting with light”! That is a definition I have gained from the course.The course is a relaxed, practical and interactive one with several tips from experienced photographers. Very commendable training! Now it is up to me to decide to what level I want to take my photography – competent beautiful pictures as an amateur or as an artistic professional! Dr. Olayinka Longe

I really enjoyed the business aspect of the training. The lectures on character, integrity, packaging, good customer service and branding were awesome. In a nutshell, it was a wonderful decision I made by attending the training because I absolutely got more than my money’s worth. Oloyede Afolabi

eloPhotos is the place to be. Within the 8 days of the training, I’ve been able to acquire sound technical and theoretical skills in photography. The training package is so educative such that all the ingredients necessary for growth and development are included. I especially enjoyed the Branding and Marketing aspect of the training. In fact, I have decided to inform all my relatives and friends that they should not bother trying to get me a job in the telecommunications, or banking and oil industry; I’ve finally gotten a JOB. Olumide Oshikominu

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The Wedding Kelechi Amadi-Obi offered to cover for $600


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So while discussing with a photographer colleague the other day, I asked him how much he enjoyed covering Celebrity X’s wedding. He laughed it off and went ahead to give a break down of the deal. Now before you proceed, please note that this is not fiction: it happened to people I (and perhaps U) know very well. We’ll call the photographer C & the celebrity X.

Photographer C first met Celebrity X earlier this year when he came seeking for the services of a professional photographer. C came highly recommended and the meeting was arranged. Upon arriving at the studio of C, X was shocked when he was given a bill of $500 for the session. “But it’s just a few soft copies I need” X exclaimed. “I know this one photographer J that can give me this same session for $80″, he continued. C explained that that was the worth of the value he was bringing to the table and that photographer J was probably also charging what he felt he was worth”.

After much discussion and pleading, photographer C decided to do the session for Celebrity X without charging a dime. Knowing that Celebrity X was very popular, perhaps it will go a long way in establishing a rapour that will bring more business in the future, he thought. The session came, the session went and over 30 soft copies later, Celebrity X was convinced that there are PHOTOGRAPHERS & there are photographers. He loved the pictures. I loved the pictures. The resulting pictures were so beautiful that I even considered going for a training session with Photographer C on how to use “studio” lights.

Fast forward to a few months later, Celebrity X came back for some more. This time he was getting married and required the world class services of photographer C for the wedding day. But first, Celebrity X needed a pre-wedding session so the pictures could be used to “advertise” to the world that “Lagbaja & Tamedo” are getting married.

Once again, Celebrity X was shocked at the bill that was presented him for the pre-wedding session. “Haba, don’t forget that you’re the one covering the main wedding”, he kidded. “Do you want to scare me away now?” After much pleading and nagging, photographer C gave a discount for the session. He figured that since he’ll be covering the wedding, he has little to loose.

Once again, the pictures that ensued proved to Celebrity X that photography was indeed the Divine calling of photographer C. The pictures were (according to the choice of words used by one of my clients) “tastefully finished”.

Alas, the wedding day drew nigh. It was time to finalize the photography details of the main day. Once again, Celebrity X shouted when he got a bill of over $2000. Now at this point, the gentleman in photographer C was already getting angry. “What does this man take me for?” he asked himself. What made matters worse was when Celebrity X blurted out that “even Kelechi Amadi-Obi has offered to collect $800 for covering the wedding”.

The indirect question being posed to my colleague was thus: “Who are you to charge me more than what Kelechi has offered to take?” To say that photographer C was furious will be an understatement of the year. He nicely told Celebrity X to proceed with using the services of Kelechi Amadi-Obi since his (i.e. Photographer C) bill is not favorable.

Now at this point you need to understand that Celebrity X is the type of client that although I would have turned down since the first meeting, many photographers would have considered it a privilege to be his official wedding photographer. He was well known. He’s still very well known.

Although I knew (just like photographer C) that Celebrity X was lying through his teeth, I decided to call and confirm if indeed Kelechi covered the wedding. I called Kelechi Amadi-Obi’s studios 3 days ago (June 25, 2012) and discussed the issue with them. I wanted to confirm if it was indeed true. His project Manager laughed me off and said “that is a BIG LIE”. He told me that the minimum Kelechi takes for a wedding coverage and delivery of soft copies on a cd is $6000. (WoW. When I grow up, I definitely want to be like Kelechi.)

So what lessons are to be learnt here? You be the judge. But whatever it is you’ve learnt from this, please make sure it includes not being ridiculed or tossed to & fro by a potential client that might look or talk like Celebrity X. I eventually met a photographer that saw the wedding pictures of X (let’s no longer call him a Celebrity): the pictures were “nothing to write home about” for a person of his class.

Buttom line is this: know your worth, price accordingly and don’t take sh** from anyone that seeks to ridicule your great work (assuming ofcourse it’s great) by comparing you to another photographer.

By the way, if you were Photographer C, what would you have done in each scenario of meeting X. (This is definitely an interesting simultaneous equation in which it isn’t necessary to Find X).

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Photographers not appreciating Photographers


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I’ve been recently getting an unprecedented amount of reports of how photographers are being “mistreated” by fellow photographers and I felt the need of attempting to address the issue. In most cases, the scenario has been centered around how much a photographer was paid to assist his/her colleague in the coverage of a job. In the last 1 month, I’ve received at least 4-5 complaints from photographers that felt cheated when it came to being compensated for helping out.

I strongly feel that if a photographer calls a fellow competent professional photographer to help cover a wedding or full-day’s engagement, the photographer asking for the favor should be ready to pay a minimum of N20k (or $130) per day for the assistance. This is true especially if the assistant will be using his/her equipment. Considering the fact that the assistant will not be able to use the pictures taken for his/her personal use, it is only fair to compensate in a way that will motivate him/her to be creative. I’ve even had to deal with a photographer that got his equipment damaged while helping another photographer cover an event and no compensation was given.

If you know u can’t afford to pay the photography assistant well, let them know upfront. I feel it’s also not too fair to give a client all the discount in the world and then pass on the discount to what you’ll be paying your assistant. The fact that my client is not paying me for the job shouldn’t mean that I won’t pay my colleague for assisting me. If a photographer is known to behave this way, he or she will soon run out of photographers to call on for assistance because the word will eventually spread.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that we cut our throats in an attempt to settle someone that’s helping us out. My fight is to be sure both parties know the complete details of what they’re getting into before embarking on a job. I’ve had to assist great photographers like Michael Adebiyi, Halima Abubakar & Tunde Ogunjobi (Jobi Photos) with their photography assignments without getting a dime. But that understanding was made clear to both parties before the shoot started.

If you can’t afford to pay a photographer well for assisting you on a job, let them know upfront instead of during or after the job. It will be duely credited into your “Integrity” account. If you’ve contacted a photographer to help you cover a job for which he/she was not well compensated (or not compensated at all), I feel it’s important not to hire the services of such assistants again. Ofcourse there are exceptions under which this will be permissible (e.g. If the photographer being hired does not mind at all or if he/she is still under apprenticeship). Either way, charge your clients well enough to afford the assistant of the creative hands that will be helping out to capture the moments.

It’s not about “liking money too much”: it’s about being adequately appreciated and compensated for one’s creative efforts. If we don’t appreciate ourselves, why should we expect otherwise from our clients. Besides, that’s one of the ways we’ll grow as an industry.

And if you’re a photographer in dire need of my assistance, I’ll gladly help you cover a job for a minimum compensation of 20 Twix chocolate & 20 Snickers (with emphasis on “MINIMUM”).

I sure hope I haven’t stepped on someone’s toes but feel free to let me know if I’m wrong. Or what’s your take on this issue?
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Busayo & Omotayo’s Wedding


Photographs taken by Busuyi, Bright, Favor & Tosin


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Take your photography business to the next level


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Come learn what it takes to move your photography business to the next level.

Date: wednesday June 13, 2012

Time: 9am – 1pm

Venue: elophotos studios office
12b fagba crescent, off acme rd,
agidingbi, ikeja

Fee: N500

Facilitator: Seun Akisanmi

Send SMS to 08101590358 to confirm attendance. Txt should include names of participants and photography business. Registration closes June 10, 2012
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Nigeria’s Photography Directory


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Attention all Photography-related companies. Calling all photographers, makeup artists, printing labs, videographers, album designers/makers, camera & photography equipment sellers, computer & sellers, photography schools, camera repairers, advertising & modeling agencies and photography bookstores. We’re presently working on the forthcoming release of a bi-monthly photography magazine called PICTURE THIS (http://wp.me/p1meHy-12V) and a segment in the magazine is called “Photography Directory”. In this segment we’ll be listing the contact details of organizations/companies that provide products/services that promote directly or indirectly the photography industry.

Send an email to picturethis@elophotos.com with the subject title NPD listing if you’ll like to include your company details. Listing is free for the maiden edition and costs N6k for subsequent editions. Kindly follow the following format when sending in details as submissions that don’t meet guidelines will be disqualified.

NPD Listing

CATEGORY: makeup artist (or any other category)
COMPANY NAME: moore makeup
ADDRESS: 9c Jide Ayo close Omole Phase 1, Ojodu-Ikeja.
TELEPHONE: 2 phone nos.
Website: 1 website address
e-MAIL: wemimoore@gmail.com
BB pin: 22221111

Pls be sure you have a functional website before submitting. If your business does not have an active website, don’t include the website address in the submission. Kindly forward this info to anyone you know might be interested. For further inquiries: 234-8079243366 or 234-7038244433. Deadline for submission has been moved to July 6, 2012. (Businesses must be based in West-Africa). The Publisher reserves the right to exclude any category submission if it doesn’t meet the required guidelines. If you’ve already submitted and your submission meets the guidelines above, you don’t need to send another email.

Photographically yours,

Seun Akisanmi
CEO elophotos.com
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A Mind-blowing week of learning


PLEASE LET ME TELL THE WORLD NOW. (2ND WEEK OF MAY, 2012)

Tick, tick, and tick like the hand of the clock the days of the week rolled by. Its a week that gave my brain quite some work to do (I mean thinking creatively) and eventually using my time effectively.

At Elophotos world on Wednesday, I met my boss editing and putting finishing touching to a video interview of a classic photographer (Micheal Adebiyi) and I watched him with rapt attention. Not long after, he stood up to attend to other vital issues and I humbly sought his indulgence to explain the job to me so l can go on with it, because honestly I was already feeling restless not doing anything. He gladly consented and put me through in few seconds.

Once he took his leave, I fastened my sit belt and continue where my boss stopped. At first, it took me a while composing the question creatively but overtime I found my footing and off I went. This was something I have never done before, nevertheless I took it as an opportunity to learn it and store the knowledge in my mental hard disk.

Its a new day! A day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it was my words when I open my eyes and behold its Thursday. I quickly did my morning routine and set out for office (Elophotos) the habitation of mind blowing books I really want to digest, and the dwelling of creative pictorial works.

On getting to the street I changed my mind to go on bike which was my first attempt from my door house straight to the office. I determined in my mind not to pay any JJC fare any longer to the bike men or conductor, so I put my negotiating skills which is also one of the skills I learnt at Elophotos to work and guess what, oh it works! I mean I took the bike from oke-ira (Aguda inside) down to fagba crescent at N80 as compare to how I took it before at N100 from Aguda bus stop to First gate.

I walked into the office, got the environ cleaned up and settled down to continue with the book have started reading on understanding exposure. The saying that knowledge is power is so true because as I divulged the book I began to have an in-depth knowledge of how to get a great pictures under different scene (be it snow time, at dusk, at sunrise, at sunset, and so on) with the right exposure.

After so much satisfaction from the book, I switched to editing pictures on my PC, practicing using my magical photoshop. I realized that practice, practice makes perfect. With Photoshop one is prone to forget the use of few tools if one does not constantly put them to use.

At around quarter to four, a brief meeting anchor by Mr. Seun Akisanmi was held with the interns, where the organizational values, the project at hand, pro and cons, the dos and donts were clearly stated. At a point in the course of the meeting I felt bad because I wont be around on Mondays when deliberations about the week will be done. The meeting came to an end at 5.30pm or thereabout and I left the office with this melancholy feeling which persisted till sleep caught my eyes as I laid my head on my pillow pondering at night.

The next morning (Friday), I got to the office earlier than the normal resumption hour as instructed by my boss. I got there as an obedient servant and I was sent immediately to Victoria Island to give one of our prestigious client something which apparently she needed that same morning of her birthday. I bounced on the street anticipating on getting to VI where I will feed my eyes with the goodies that awaits me. (Am not a Lagos Girl, I be Journey Just Come, so dont blame me).

I put a call through to the client so I can get the description of where am going and merely hearing her voice on phone which is so endearing, even increases my anticipation the more. The Holy Spirit made it so easy enough for me to locate the place with little or no stress and here comes my way an epitome of beauty. If I had not seen her picture before now, I would have believed her radiant beauty today was because of the celebration in the air. We exchange pleasantries, deliver the message and of course I didn’t forget to congratulate her and also ask if the cake will get to me. We laughed it off and bade each other bye. Mission accomplished, LOBATAN! Just like Photoshop, there are one or two other ways to get to your destination in Lagos, so was the case as I journey back to the office.

Another encounter I had with another vibrant soul, (Mr Emmanuel Bright) is also something that lingers in my memory throughout the day. A believer, an idealistic and a vision carrier are the three words I will use in describing him. We got talking just for a short minute and he got my horizon widening up for greater works. To a fool it might seem he talks too much but to me, his words were not only meaningful but also inspiring to keep you spell bound up to his final statement. Moreover he talks for a living, so who cares once it reflects on the positive side in his bank account. I like such people, will want to be around them and learn from them especially because the Bible says that in the multitude of counsel, there is safety.

Photographically yours,
Tosin Bakre.
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TOP SECRET: Nigeria’s 1st Photography Magazine Premiers


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Greetings great artistic & creative citizens of the earth. We’re working on a photography Magazine (Picture This) that will be launched in mid-July and I thought it wise to let you in on the secret. A segment of the magazine will be featuring creative and beautiful pictures taken by Nigerian amateurs and professionals. We’ll appreciate if you can kindly forward any “wow” picture that is considered “creative & beautiful” (& you’ll love us to publish) to info@elophotos.com

Please be sure you have the rights to the picture and high resolution pictures should be sent. Kindly also include a brief explanation on how & when the image was gotten. Only pictures that meet our standards will be published in the 5-page segment.

There’s also a segment we call “Photography Directory”. In this segment, vendors in the photography industry have the opportunity of letting the world know how they can be reached. For the 1st edition, you can be listed for free if you can send (to info@elophotos.com) the name of your company, main services rendered, address & phone numbers For example:
Elophotos Studios
Event & Portrait Photographers
12b Fagba Crescent, off acme rd, agidingbi, ikeja
08023008873
http://www.elophotos.com

All correspondence should be sent to info@elophotos.com.

Deadline for submissions for the 1st edition is June 15, 2012.

Much Thanks to the individuals that are already on board for the success of this project: Theophilus Emmanuel, Segun Alawode, Akin Ibitoye, Dipo Odetoyinbo, Lekan Made Fotos, Abiola Oladeinde, Richard Bamidele Eko, Shola Animashaun, Olusegun Ogunyemi, Segun Adebiyi, Kikelomo Koleosho & Kelechi Amadi-Obi.

Contributions and suggestions on how to make this a world-class magazine are welcome.

Attached are sample covers of the 1st 4 editions. Please kindly drop a comment and let us know what you sincerely think and how we can make it better. For advert placement & sponsorship opportunities, kindly contact us on 08101590358 or 08023008873 or send us an email at info@elophotos.com
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The Groom that almost missed his wedding


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The following conversation was between a couple whose wedding we recently covered. The groom came very late to church and the bride was in tears thinking he won’t show up. The conversational exchange was written on a paper that I would eventually find in my care.

Bride: You made me cry in public.
Groom: Why were you crying?
Bride: Uncontrollable emotions. You kept me waiting at the altar, and you also kept the church waiting. It’s a sign. Mschewwww!
Groom: What sign? I couldn’t knot the bow tie, couldn’t get socks too.
Bride: you have come again oh! Bad sign!!! The gist will also go round. Bad sign.
Groom: it’s our wedding day babe and there is no bad sign unless you’re envisaging something, and who cares about what other peeps think.
Groom: You’re slowly ruining my day.
Bride: You want to turn the tables? I forgive you, tell me sorry.
Groom: I have been saying sorry since I came. I won’t come to my own wedding late intentionally.

#LOBATAN

If you were the bride whose groom was running 1 hour late and not picking his calls, what would you do?

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When BAD Customer Service is GOOD


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Twas lunch time at eloPhotos Academy on Saturday April 28, 2012. I asked my colleague to help get lunch at Mr Biggs (Lateef Jakande Rd, Agidingbi) for the students in the class. She returned 30 minutes later with a few packs of lunch one of which was gotten at Chicken Inn.

The pack from Chicken Inn belonged to the youngest student in the class, my almost-four-year-old daughter. I couldn’t join her until about 1 hour after she started eating. She was almost through with the chicken breast when I reached out to grab a portion of the burnt offering. To my surprise, the chicken had a stench smell as if it was 5days old and rotten.

I was angry especially because 80% of the chicken had already by devoured by the youngest student in the class. Is it possible that the “great” Mr Biggs outlet sell rotten chicken to hungry customers. I was bent on bringing this to their attention.

Within 15mins, I was at the Mr Biggs outlet. I went along with a lawyer-photographer friend whose first question to me was whether I wanted to sue them. I replied that I probably don’t have the energy for a suit but I’m sure the issue can be resolved amicably.

I approached the Chicken Inn attendant who had sold the meal and asked to see his supervisor. He asked what the problem was and I did not hesitate to let him know. I was surprised when he put up a defensive demeanor. He insinuated that I was wrongfully accusing them of wrong-doing since he had been selling the same “similar” chicken to customers all day long. I insisted that I needed to see the Supervisor.

Mr Tayo, the Supervisor arrived and I explained the saga once again. He looked at the piece of chicken and reached out for a fork to raise the chicken to his nostrils for some sensory tests. He asked for the receipt and I explained that none was given. The attendant however was able to fish out the receipt from the trash can where he had dropped it and we were able to confirm that we actually bought the meal there.

The Supervisor’s next response would surprise me once again. He said the chicken smelt bad perhaps because of the length of time that had elapse between when it was bought and when we were “returning” the merchandise. I was shocked. I never new fried chicken can get rotten 1 hour after you buy it from a Mr Biggs outlet. A scientific discovery that perhaps explains all the farting that emanated from my being in time past after a meal of fried chicken at Mr Biggs.

I asked him to listen to himself talk. How can fried chicken rot within 1-2 hours. Maybe the chicken had collapse from the side-effects of the removal of oil subsidy and the eatery did not quickly prepare it in due time. Only God knows. He looked at me as if I was bent on defrauding them by lying that they sold me rotten chicken.

He asked me what I wanted and I told him I would appreciate a refund of my money (something I would have been surprised at if they effected) or a replacement of the rotten offering. He stressed that since I was a previous customer of Mr Biggs I should know better that they would not willingly sell me rotten chicken. After staring at the remains of the chicken for about 7 seconds, he ordered that my “rotten” chicken be replaced with a fresh one.

I wasn’t satisfied with the way he handled it because of the way he was defending his staff and his “organization”. I guess according to him, this customer is wrong. I left the eatery with a vow not to buy from that branch again. My only regret was that I did not “smell” the replacement in their presence before leaving.

They looked at me as if I was a “troublemaker” and I left there thinking of how BAD customer service has been the norm in many organizations in Nigeria. Was it a bad thing for me to ask for my money back.

So what GOOD can come out of such an experience, I asked myself? Well, I realized that perhaps I should consider other options for eating. The food wasn’t healthy anyway even if it wasn’t rotten. Maybe I should consider getting a cook. Maybe I should…… The longer I thought, the more I realized there were “good & better” options to eating food that isn’t gotten from this branch of Mr Biggs or any other branch.

If a management of Mr Biggs happens to be reading this, please kindly do something to address this issue. Or at least “attempt” to do something. A suggestion would be to install “smelling” machines (or humans) that would be responsible for the final “smelling” of foods & snacks before they’re handed to customers. Just thinking aloud. At least that will significantly reduce your chances of being sued by a customer in the future.

And if you’re a fan of Mr Biggs (of any branch), it might be wise for you to smell your meal before leaving the eatery. You could be saving a life by so doing.

Fast forward to April 30th. As if the initial customer service experience wasn’t traumatic enough, I would be facing more terrible customer service MOUNTAINS. My Canon Pixma Pro 9000 printer just got faulty and I needed to do a couple of prints for a few clients. So I decided to do the very thing I dread doing with our jobs: visit a print lab.

I asked my colleague (another one this time around so u don’t start thinking that I have colleagues with BAD LUCK) to take a few of the jobs to a print lab (I had previously recommended to others) in Surulere, 5d Imagery. The total bill was supposed to be N4400 but due to the fact that the lady taking the order was engrossed in an “important” discussion, we were charged for an extra print we did not order for. At that junction, it definitely was my colleague’s fault for not checking the bill properly before paying the cashier N7250 that was asked for.

Upon realizing the mistake a few minutes later, my colleague brought it to the attention of the staff who made the mistake. She admitted that it was her mistake but insisted that the extra N2850 can not be refunded. She said that she can only give a credit on the account worth N2850 whenever he comes back to print more pictures. I was surprised. Very surprised. Isn’t that another definition of robbery. Why can’t they refund money that was “mistakenly” billed to a client. This was (and still is) a mystery.

It was 9pm when my colleague got back to the office and narrated the whole ordeal to me. Maybe I should attend “anger management” classes because as you would have guessed by now, my anger was aroused once again. I called the MD of 5D and explained to him what happened and he apologized and emphasized that my money was not lost and would be refunded. This post would probably have been totally unnecessary if the staff of 3 ladies had the same heart the MD depicted on the phone.

May 1st was quick to arrive. I asked my colleague to go back to the Surulere office and get back my hard-earned money. I wonder why he even came back to the office without seizing one of their equipment in the first place. I guess some people are more gentlemanly than others. May God help me.

I was surprised when he called me at their office to tell me that they were refusing to give him the refund. Even other photographers present were angry at him for making “much ado about nothing”. Maybe their uncle is Lamido Sanusi and they get their money easy but not so with me.

I asked to speak with the person that was “refusing” to refund. A lady by the name Nkechi came on the line. I asked her why she was putting us through all this trouble just because of a financial mistake that was theirs. She said that it is against their policy to issue a refund. I was shocked: AGAINST YOUR POLICY EVEN IF THE MISTAKE WAS YOURS? I told her that I had spoken to their MD and that she should call her Boss and confirm. She said her MD’s line wasn’t going through and that she’ll have to wait for him to call before she issues the refund.

I asked her why she can’t pay with her personal money and collect the refund from the Boss later and she said that she can’t do that because “THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION”. And she was right: a TITANIC Organization that was bound to sink to the buttom of the ocean if care is not taken.

It was at that time that I vowed to her never ever to print again at 5D Imagery. Her response: “Oga, why now?” I told her that supposing I were to show up at their office and seize one of their apple computers, would she then issue a refund? I hung up.

I was surprised, I was frustrated. Why do organizations even have staff like these. Perhaps its a family business and they couldn’t be fired for such irresponsibility. 10 minutes later I got a call from my colleague that the refund had been miraculously issued.

Now the reason why I’m writing all these is most importantly because of the statement issued by the ladies when the refund was made. They told my colleague “YOU & YOUR BOSS ARE TROUBLEMAKERS”. If standing on my right is being misconstrued as “troublemaking”, then crown me King of all troublemakers. If I were the MD, I probably would not hesitate to fire the staff that messes with my clients. But then again, who am I.

What was more sad was the fact that this same erroneous mistake had happened to some of the photographers at the lab in times past and a refund was not made. One even said (upon seeing that a refund was issued us) that he will also be calling the MD whenever he had issues with the staff upon which one of the ladies replied that “You’ll just be wasting your time”.

So what GOOD came out of such BAD customer service experience, you ask? Well, I decided to keep to my promise of not printing with them again. I sent a broadcast to the 100+ photographers on my BlackBerry asking:

Can anyone recommend a print lab in Lagos State where I can print 10 by 20 and 12 by 36 prints. Any lab apart from 5d Imagery. Thanks

I was happy to discover that there were enough print labs that I could try out and hopefully not have the same experience. I’m now confused as to whether to choose Fotospeed (in Ikoyi), Skysnap (in Opebi), Swift (in Toyin street), Picture Works (in Yaba), Memoriez (in Surulere) or Dudu Prints (in Ilupeju). Now, please don’t take this as any form of endorsement on my part for any of the aforementioned Labs. The point is that now I have the option of choosing where to spend my money for printing services. Heck, I might even discover that I can get better image quality and customer service from any other company apart from …..

And even if all the print Labs in Nigeria have it as a nature to talk to customers any how, then perhaps its time for me or anyone else reading this to open up a world-class printing lab and let us know that world-class customer service is possible in an environment like ours.

P.S. If you’re one of the 500+ photographers reading this and you happen to know any other printing lab in Lagos (that has not been mentioned above) and has great customer service while simultaneously churning out great prints, PLEASE don’t hesitate to drop your comment and provide their details.

Even if you still think I’m a “troublemaker”, kindly drop a comment to advice me on what I should have done to “better” handle the customer service scenarios in both instances. As you do so, may your business not sink like Titanic.

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Photography Bootcamp for Kids (Ages 6-19)


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In this course, your children will learn how to:

* develop technical proficiency with a compact camera
* create impact with photography
* compose pictures
* develop a photography “style”
* effectively tell a story with photography
* effectively photograph people
* know the right equipment to use for any situation
* edit images using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (FOR AGES 11-19)
* correct tone & color using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (FOR AGES 11-19)

DATES
Set 1
July 23 – August 3, 2012 (10 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 10 students in a class
Course fee: N60,000
Registration closes July 16, 2012 or when class limit of 10 students has been reached

Set 2
August 13 – August 24, 2012 (10 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 10 students in a class
Course fee: N60,000
Registration closes August 6, 2012 or when class limit of 10 students has been reached

VENUE
eloPhotos Nigeria Ltd
12b fagba Crescent,
off Acme Road,
Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Send an email to info@elophotos.com to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it (or fax) on the first day of class to the venue with 1 passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit.
You can also visit our website at http://www.elophotos.com for more information
Refreshments & Course materials will be be served. However children will be required to bring their digital cameras for the course. Contact us for details on the type of cameras to get.

Payment should be made into our Stanbic IBTC account 7200147969 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises) or our Guaranty Trust Bank account 211744703110 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises)

For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8101590358, 234-8120129149, 234-8191474348, 234-8023008873 or info@elophotos.com

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AN EXPERIENCE WORTH REMEMBERING: eloPhotos Academy


Its quite amazing how dreams come true so soon.
Exactly six months ago, I had prayed and panted (just like the deer pants for water) to be under the tutelage of a personality I met and highly respect. Since my encounter with the CEO of eloPhotos Studio (Mr Seun Akisanmi) at the D-SAP photography training last year, I had dreamt of having an advance training under him so has to equip myself with more knowledge in the field of photography and most importantly to learn the right attitude and dispositions to clients and the photography business which an average Nigerian Photographers tend to neglect or lack.

The long awaited training kicked off on Monday, 19TH March, 2012 at eloPhotos office situated in Ikeja. With so much anticipation and determination against all odds, I left the city of Abeokuta and crossed the border of Ogun State to Lagos State to participate in the training. Before now, I knew I wasn’t going to be the only trainee so I was not disappointed when I got there and met other trainees from different parts of the country well sitted at the reception (which was well decorated with frames of creative pictures and a bookshelf stacked neatly with books on photography business and I was like WAOH! This is a serious venture.)

The first day was more of an introductory and interactive class where we got to meet ourselves, share basic life information and ultimately share our passion for photography. Our instructor was not left out as he did the bulk of the talking sharing his different experiences from how he decided to follow his passion (Photography), the need to read books to getting the right mentor for one’s area of specialization in photography. He also stressed the importance of having the right business mindset in photography. Interestingly, every of his words were an eye opener in one way or the other and my passion grew the more for this high calling.

The days following were devoted basically for learning and handling the camera, our “weapon of warfare”. The technicality of the camera was taught & justice was done with regard to different shooting modes, types of lenses, light meter, exposure value compensation, Depth of field, white balance, business photography and so on.

I realized right there that photography and taking pictures was beyond pressing the shutter button. It entails a wide range of things from the technicality of it to creativity, composition, being friendly, honest, & humble with clients. At this junction I began to have a clearer understanding of how the few pictures delivered by some photographers are not WAOH enough while some on the other end are great. It all boils down to having the right composition for your subject and knowing the right settings for different exposures.

It seems the week tends to end faster when you have creative stuffs like this going on for you or maybe its my notion but honestly, friday arrived faster than the speed of light. Another week of training surfaced and was devoted to the DIGITAL DARKROOM. I especially loved the MAGIC that Photoshop was capable of creating. Kudos to the inventor of this software. I mean, I love Photoshop! But like my instructor said “try as much as possible to get the best picture from camera because you will save some time in Photoshop”. I totally agree with that because a bad picture from the camera cannot deliver the best not even after serious editing with the magical Photoshop.

At this point, I cannot but draw attention to the rapid developmental changes occurring in the digital photography industry. There’s still so much to be done in the industry and I sincerely want to be among those that will keep the flag flying. One of the most crucial things I learnt at eloPhotos Academy is the importance of giving your picture a voice of its own.

As we approached the end of the training, it dawned on me how much I was going to miss my colleague photographers who just like myself had sacrificed a lot to attend this training. We were about to go back to our various destinations transformed to becoming greater photographers who will impact the world photographically. I am definitely convinced we will meet at the top where the Kings dine and wine.

In conclusion, I will like to extend my sincere gratitude to the able organizers of this training especially to the CEO of Elophotos Studio for allowing himself to be used by God to pioneer one of the best Photography training Institute in Nigeria, giving room for a person like me to have an in-depth knowledge in the field. My heartfelt gratitude also goes to his beautiful wife and his supermodel daughter Anu , who voluntarily posed for my practice sessions. Much thanks also goes out to other in-house photographers (Afolabi Oloyede & Adetunji Oremosu) who did so well in putting us through whenever we were “stranded” with the camera settings. Love you all and God bless you.

Photographically yours,

Oluwatosin
Set 10 eloPhotos Academy
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My experience at eloPhotos: Adetunji Oremosu


A couple of years ago, probably in my most assuming and uninformed manner, I did not expect taking on the standards of running photography business to be any more challenging or thoroughly tasking than anything I had already tried my hands on. I mean, I had already experienced running an online magazine where we paid for the services of a few photographers. I had even accompanied some of them on field jobs and was even present at photo shoots. Photography? it was all fun and just a breeze-through, I thought.

More than one thing was skewed about this thinking as I was soon to find out. Although I was paying photographers to do what they knew how to do best, I never really gave much thought to what it entailed. At that time, there was little to nothing to guide me into the that intangible yet indispensable entrepreneurial thinking that seemed to reverberate through all the interactions I had with photographers like it was some unmapped code in their DNA.

Fast forward to today. It was no less than 4 months ago my enlightenment journey was about to commence and in no better place than eloPhotos. I had walked in sure-footedly that day in November. So confident that after the two weeks in Daystar Skill Acquisition Programme that I participated in a month before, I had what it took to have it made as a photographer. What I discovered has made me more than a little wiser! In summary I found the following truths:

1. An entrepreneur can never do away with the priceless leverage that mentorship from those who have gone ahead provides. By the day mentorship was never in short supply neither was the opportunity to put into immediate practice what needed to be actualised for it to have its maximum impact. We were not just ‘hearers’ but ‘doers’ of the insightful instruction we had benefited from. By so doing we had accelerated learning that, though it was not exclusive of mistakes, (and mistakes are part of learning) but they certainly were not doomed to be the kind of mistakes that wise counsel from those who had threaded the path before us can seriously help to avoid.

2. There were the reminders that apart from your technical skill (and mind you a lot of that is required at the next level of photography), your stamina and physical ability is not left out either. As ‘gladiators’ in the photographic arena, even if you had the know-how, you still needed to know how to be up and doing if you were going to get great work done and achieve great results. It did not let up as the standards of client satisfaction and the accompanying demands for levels of service grew. You did what had to be done and like I once said, we don’t give up, we go on!

3. Equipment handling? Oh piece of cake right? Wrong! If you had the privilege of being in the midst of this calibre of photographic equipment, you had to take time to know the rules of their care, appropriate usage and storage. Clearly I learnt how lenses and lights are more than just that; the are like your eyes and how well you treasure your eyes is how well you treasure the equipment. So neither they nor their environment could afford to be dirty! Nor could areas for handling workflows from all aspects to the ‘digital darkroom’. What about client-accessed areas? You probably guessed! So well it’s cut and dry that maintenance culture and cleanliness standards will improve (and they did) even if you have managed the British Monarchy’s royal cars in your previous life.

4. You are your own best marketer. The point is your persona is very much part of your unique selling point. If you didn’t know, the emphasis on adequate personal “best” dressing and the occasional use of stylized costumes on some outings would convince you. At least on one occasion the costume did make the job easy for an introvert like myself to introduce concepts in conversation with persons I would otherwise have not had the temerity to approach.

Then of course, there was and still is the impact of engaging the cyberspace and as a lot of blogging skills and social media marketing is required, we found ourselves inundated with trainings and opportunities for training in both! Did I mention that my erstwhile magazine publishing days was in cyberspace? Well I rapidly discovered how little I knew including how foolish I had been to be conned by a web designer who did little above what I now learnt by myself in the process of marketing my photography.

Ah, on a lighter yet important note, I learnt one more thing about brand consistency – from ensuring to always type eloPhotos with a small case “e” and a capital case ‘P’

5. I did not know how making youtube videos could literally be an asset to your photography or any business and not only did I get involved in making them more professionally, I learnt from Google (yes – youtube came to Nigeria and courtesy of eloPhotos, I was at the launch-out event) the ways and tips to ensuring that they get seen, engaged with and possibly yield the kind of results (leads) my business needs.

6. Outings, outings, outings – what is a photography training (or trainee) without the outings to go get some good practice on? Ok so I have quite a number under my belt (courtesy of my stay at eloPhotos) like wedding photography, event photography (like When I shot Wizkid and Banky W), sports photography, even children photography, naming ceremony, and environmental portraiture and fashion/model shoots. The list is endless.

7. If you thought you had printing locked down, you really need to see it done to know what it takes. And so I am already hoping one day to still undergo even more training still. But the foundation was made solid at eloPhotos. Everything made sense and all came together to form this crystal thought, ‘what you think you see is what you think you edit, but may not be what you see in print’. And so I have learnt to be even more discriminatory when using a print lab. I also ensure that I use monitors with best color renditions for my editing & not to let inexperienced hands even at (reputedly) great print labs handle my print jobs anyhow.

8. The commandments of Client Satisfaction are all summed up thus: “the client is the one who pays the money”. And doing everything to satisfy, delight and retain a client (who in turn will be my best marketer) has become my ultimate goal. Working on that part of me is still in progress because anything I do should be of the highest possible quality. I wont stop at satisfaction, my goal is to delight & retain the client even if it means taking certifiable courses on Interpersonal Interaction Psychology. Buttom line is I don’t mind becoming like my boss at eloPhotos who seems a master of this science (or art)

So in nutshell, I can’t finish telling you all I have been able to do in just four months at eloPhotos, but if you meet me outside on the streets please stop me and ask me for more!

Adetunji Oremosu
http://freshmusemedia.wordpress.com
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Basic Course in Photography (June 2012 – December 2012)


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At eloPhotos Academy, our ultimate goal is to raise world-class photographers. We do this through a series of workshops, trainings, and internship programs. You can visit out youtube channel (www.youtube.com/elophotos) to watch videos on a few photography topics. Contact us to learn more about our other trainings.
In this course, you’ll learn how to:
* develop technical proficiency with your camera
* create impact with your photography
* compose pictures
* develop your style
* effectively tell a story with photography
* be a master of “light”
* effectively photograph people
* know the right equipment to use for any situation
* make a good income in photography
* edit images using Adobe Photoshop CS5
* correct tone & color using Adobe Photoshop CS5
* produce outstanding printed images
* effectively market and brand yourself as a photographer
Set 8
January 23 – February 1, 2012 (8 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes January 16, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached
Set 9
January 21 – March 3, 2012 (7 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes January 16, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached
Set 10
March 19 – March 28, 2012 (8 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes March 1, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 11
March 24 – May 5, 2012 (7 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes March 12, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 12
June 4 – June 13, 2012 (8 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes May 21, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 13
June 2 – July 14, 2012 (7 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes May 18, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 14
September 3 – September 12, 2012 (9 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes August 24, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 15
September 1 – October 13, 2012 (9 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes Aug 17, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 16
December 3 – December 12, 2012 (9 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes November 23, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Send an email to info@elophotos.com to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it on the first day of class to the venue with two passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit. For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8101590358, 234-8023008873, 234-8120129149, 234-8191474348 or info@elophotos.com

You can also visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/elophotos for more information

For the course, it is recommended that you bring your laptop for editing your pictures

Refreshment & Course materials will be provided along with a professional digital SLR camera for each participant for practice sessions. Please note that the camera is for practice purposes during the training and would not be taken home by participants

Payment should be made into out Stanbic IBTC account 7200147969 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises) or our GTB account 211744703110 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises)

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TESTIMONIALS

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The basic course in Photography is the best thing that has happened to me this year. When I decided to take the course, I didn’t know what to expect, but now, I must say it has been worth my while. I have learnt so much already I can’t wait to go out there and start making magic through pictures. Big ups to Emmagination, Damilola “DAMELL” Elliot & Shola Animashaun, they really inspired me. Please, keep up the good work.

Desi Okiemute

I have always thought of photography as a form of artistic creative expression. When I first began using a camera nearly 30 years ago, I always wanted to be able to take pictures that showed the beauty and variation that is the life experience all around us at all times. After the uncertain results that came out of my self taught efforts over the years, I finally got the opportunity for proper lessons with the Basic Course in Photography offered at eloPhotos Training Institute. After the first 3 lessons, I had already learnt some critical lessons that will enable me take the kind of pictures I have only previously dreamt of taking.”Painting with light”! That is a definition I have gained from the course.The course is a relaxed, practical and interactive one with several tips from experienced photographers. Very commendable training! Now it is up to me to decide to what level I want to take my photography – competent beautiful pictures as an amateur or as an artistic professional!

Dr. Olayinka Longe

I really enjoyed the business aspect of the training. The lectures on character, integrity, packaging, good customer service and branding were awesome. In a nutshell, it was a wonderful decision I made by attending the training because I absolutely got more than my money’s worth.

Oloyede Afolabi

eloPhotos is the place to be. Within the 8 days of the training, I’ve been able to acquire sound technical and theoretical skills in photography. The training package is so educative such that all the ingredients necessary for growth and development are included. I especially enjoyed the Branding and Marketing aspect of the training. In fact, I have decided to inform all my relatives and friends that they should not bother trying to get me a job in the telecommunications, or banking and oil industry; I’ve finally gotten a JOB.

Olumide Oshikominu

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…raising world-class photographers

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Take your photography business to the next level


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Come learn what it takes to run a successful photography business.

Date: wednesday April 4, 2012

Time: 8am – 12pm

Venue: elophotos studios office
12b fagba crescent, off acme rd,
agidingbi, ikeja

Fee: N500

Facilitator: Seun Akisanmi

Send an SMS to 08101590358 to confirm attendance. Registration closes April 2, 2012

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The day Wiz Kid made me cry


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It happened on March 10, 2012. The job that inspired “A good reason to give an 80% discount” was finally happening. It was a family fun fair gathering of parents, teachers & students. At about 12:55pm, the MC (who coincidentally happens to be the president of the Parents Teachers’ Organization) shouted with extreme excitement on the microphone: “Boys & Girls, please welcome a Nigerian celebrity & superstar……WIZ KID”. Suddenly the students started screaming (in excitement) while heading with haste towards the main entrance of the school.

As if each student was bent on being the first to touch Wiz Kid (sometimes, I’m not sure if its spelt WizKid, Wiz Kid, Whiz Kid or Whizkid) you should have seen the desperation in their eyes. What surprised me more was the fact that the parents were even more excited than their children. With the students in the lead, the parents were not too far behind. They were running, screaming, shouting, & laughing SIMULTANEOUSLY. You would have thought Michael Jackson was the celebrity they were about to welcome.

It was at that very moment that my eyes began to leak water. No, my tear glands were not malfunctioning; I was just overwhelmed and SAD. As I watched the crowd hurry to the school entrance, the tears wouldn’t stop flowing. Watching the sea of heads, I was reminded of the inevitable day that my name will be mentioned in a roll call in heaven either by an archAngel or our Lord Jesus. The question that rushed through my big head was this: Will the host of heaven, along with Jesus, celebrate & welcome me with so much excitement and pride? Will Jesus announce to the hearing of all present that “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED“…. The tears kept rolling because I wasn’t sure of the answer to the question.

My eyes almost met with one of our photographers but I quickly ducked my head. I couldn’t afford to be “seen” crying. Throughout the 20-minute stay of the earthly celebrity (12 minutes of which was used to mime 3 of his songs from his album), the question kept ringing in my head. Regardless of whether or not he collected any compensation for the 12-minute performance, I pondered whether I would be compensated with so much heavenly value for my 33+ years on earth. It got me thinking and I started crying.

God, help me. God of heavens, PLEASE HELP ME.
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The reason I CHARGED my wife


So it happened that my wife was invited for a breakfast interview by some producers at Kingdom Africa. They interview successful entrepreneurs that are role-models in the society. She’s the chief creative artist (CCA) at http://www.elomakeup.com. They asked her to bring a few pictures of faces she has “made up”. This is where I came into the picture.

She asked me to help her burn some of the pictures (attached herein with this writeup) on a cd so she could submit it. I gave her a bill of 62 cents (N100) and she blurted out “How dare you charge your wife”. I explained to her that the cd I was using for her needed to be accounted for on my income statement and that being my “wife” was not an excuse not to pay for a product. Besides, businesses prosper when friends & family pay for the services rendered to them. She was surprised but not shocked. She later asked me to make another copy because she made a mistake in one of the pictures and I told her that her total “charge” was now $1. She smiled.

For me business is business. I didn’t even charge her for the service rendered: the act of burning the pictures. I only charged for the cd. Come to think of it, I need to charge her for this advertisement of her works because you’re likely to hire her for your makeup needs after viewing the following pictures and visiting her website at eloMakeup.com

So can you please be the judge of this matter: was I wrong to have charged my wife $1?
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WE WANT DIRT CHEAP PICTURES!!!


So I found myself at a high profile school a few days back and discovered that there are still many interesting personalities I am yet to meet on this planet. I would eventually meet one of them that faithful morning. She would turn out to be one of the members of the organizing committee of the fun fair we were commissioned to cover.

The concluding arrangement we had with the president of the committee was to come prepared to take and print pictures of the students & parents at the venue. I insisted that it would only pay us if we charge $6.25 (about N1k) per picture. The assumption was that if at least 200 of the school’s 900 students showed up and had their pictures printed, we would break even. Besides, it was an opportunity to exhibit our products & services to this class of clientele.

While setting up our stand, I was approached by this woman who wanted to clarify how much we will be charging for each 5″ by 7″ picture. I was of the opinion that I had finalized that before coming to the school at all. Apparently she wasn’t aware of the arrangement I had made with the committee’s president. I explained to her what we planned on charging and she asked me to justify why I planned on charging such an “outrageous” amount. She mentioned the fact that she was expecting that we’ll charge $1.25 per picture so that we would “make a lot of money” in the volume of prints that ensued. I explained that there’s a value we bring to the table and $1.25 wasn’t what I agreed upon as a condition for coming on board.

She replied with a question & a tone I would never forget: “WHAT VALUE?” I paused for lack of words. She was apparently expecting me to answer her question. As if I didn’t hear it the first time, she repeated the question: “WHAT VALUE?” Another 2 seconds of silence ensued from my end. How do you answer such a question posed to you by a parent who spends over $20,000 a year to send her 3 year old child to such a school. I thought she of all people would understand what “value” meant. “We don’t want value today, we want dirt cheap pictures,” she concluded.

I was shocked. I explained to her nicely that $6.25 was what we were going to charge and it would be ok by us if just a few parents appreciated the “value”. She would later leave my presence to argue and finalize with the president of the committee. I would later find out that $1.50 was what their official school photographer charges them for a 5″ by 7″ picture. I explained to them (nicely) that I wasn’t their official school photographer and that our pictures were worth more than the other photographer’s. Shouldn’t I of all people know what my “goods” are worth.

Fast forward to 6 hours later. I would be chatting with the same woman that didn’t want our “value”. Only this time, she would be paying us $12.50 to print two 5″ by 7″ pictures of herself and her son. Bottom line: it pays to not just know what you’re worth. STAND FIRM to affirm the value you believe your pictures are worth. You never can tell, the CRITIC that is presently “accusing” you might be the same CLIENT that will write you a cheque for your services.

Question of the day: WHAT VALUE DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE?
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Dear fan, pls forgive us for watermarking our pictures in a distracting way


Dear fan,

Thanks for writing us to let us know how our watermark is distracting you from appreciating the beauty of our pictures. You also noted that our logo was too big and adds to the confusion. For this grave offense, I’m writing to express our sincere apologies while simultaneously attempting to give some explanations as to why that is so.

Please rest assured that it is not our fault that we watermark our pictures in such a way. In the beginning, it was not so. In times past we posted our pictures on facebook without any form of watermark or logo because we were so excited about the beauty that we thought existed in the pictures; so excited that we couldn’t wait to let the world know.

Our excitement was eventually dampened when we discovered that newspaper, magazine & media companies (e.g. This Day newspaper, Vanguard newspaper & Wedding Shakara magazine) hired scouts who scavenged social media sites (like facebook) in search of the same beautiful pictures that entertained you. Our initial goal was not just to entertain you; we wanted fans like you to see that we were capable of creating beautiful pictures like the ones we uploaded so that you will in turn hire us and thereby ultimately make a positive impact in our bank accounts.

It was to our disappointment however when we realized that these pictures were being used in ways that negatively impacted our financial balance sheet. I felt cheated. We felt cheated. After discovering what these media giants, sorry, media cowards….after discovering what these media cowards had done (I.e. using our hard-earned pictures without our permission or any compensation), we weighed our options: to sue or not to sue, that was the question.

Although many of my compatriots were in support of us suing the companies, we decided that we didn’t have the emotional stamina to withstand such suits. The second best option we were left with was to watermark our pictures in such a way that will make it a little difficult for these organizations to use while simultaneously expressing the beauty in the pictures to fans like you. Apparently, we seemed to have succeeded in the former intent while failing wholefully in the latter. We beg for your much-needed forgiveness.

As a way of showing how remorseful we are, our management & board have unanimously agreed that we reduce the size of our logo & watermark by 2% so as to make the pictures more fun to view. Please bear with us as this is a temporary solution to a national crisis.

On behalf of the team at eloPhotos, I apologize again for any inconveniences this might have caused your eyes and hope that you’ll still consider hiring us when you’re in need of world-class photography services.

Eternally photographically yours,

Seun Akisanmi,
MD, CEO, Chairman, Chief Photographer & Watermarker,
eloPhotos
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Everyone I shot was a celebrity


Every one I shot was a celebrity!! I do not have a gun and I certainly cannot fire one. But the camera is my weapon and when it shoots, I still remain an innocent citizen. Yeah I know, those catchy blog headliners. That said though, I am merely reminiscing about my experience during the AISL (American International School Lagos) PTO- organised fun-day on the 10th of March 2012.

I guess I did not think too much about the event before it happened. I was there as an assistant to elophotos studios to cover the event photographically. However after the experience, I got color blocked! Maybe it’s the fact that the event was so colorful and the fact that it was a school! All I had been accustomed to from having attended a mission school growing up were different shades of “gray”.

Anyway, it was quite an opportunity to see again the true meaning of a rhyme I learned in those mission schools:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red or Yellow, black and white;
They are precious in his sight;
Jesus Loves the little children of the world

LIke you might have seen from an earlier piece I wrote from covering a 10th birthday party, I don’t get too excited about covering child events, but this was different. Many nationals from all the continents were here represented, in this school. And one thing is common to all of them, everybody loves fun! I saw that beyond all the different prejudices we are brought up with; we all are really the same underneath and once again I appreciated what it meant to be truly free.

The children were the celebrities, who sang, mimed and danced and played their hearts out! Oh yeah there were side attractions like Banky W and Wizkid who performed a DJ mix of his most popular tunes getting massive air play on radio and all that. But it was the kids I loved most. Their smiles and laughter were just too precious. The laughter, the fun, the hearty shrieks of children ecstatic from jumping over every thing and anything, the slides, the games, the trampolin, the video, the mountain “challenge” simulator, the red carpet, the stretch limousine and so much more; it was fun all the way.

I think the greatest kudos however is to the parents. The fact that they took time out to have fun with their kids this way is just priceless. *Sigh* you made me wish I was a kid again!! Or maybe I should start planning to have my kids. Either way, the celebrity kids were fun to shoot and I would gladly do it again anyday.

Adetunji Oremosu
www.freshmusemedia.wordpress.com
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The day I shot Wiz kid


Anxiety, anticipation, excitement are words I can use to describe how and what I felt when I was told that we had an event to cover. I had an idea because of the article I read about “reasons to give an 80% discount”. As much as I was given an impression that its on a probability basis, something deep within gave me the confidence that it would be my first field experience.

I arrived the office as early as 7am and I saw preparedness, organization, articulation and for me that was enough to motivate and inspire me for the day and it meant “ready for business so give it your best”. I was given a uniform which every photographer would wear and it was unique and was definitely going to draw attention to us: “we are not crazy, we are just different.” We had ID’s too so as to be admitted into the venue.
I had confidence in me but trust me, there was nervousness lingering. I asked God for wisdom and direction on this journey I was about to embark on.

We arrived the venue at about 9am and immediately,my teacher Mr Seun Akisanmi went in and put things in place for us to be admitted in with all the equipment we brought to make us deliver. We set up and brought out all the cameras we would use. We were 6 photographers and I think by default we all went around to study the environment so as to be strategic with producing the perfect pictures for the end result: a 50-page album.

I picked up the Olympus e330 wit 50-200mm lens. Although it was heavy, I knew it would help describe the event in photos even to a lay man as long as I was behind it 🙂 . I started testing it & was trying hard to get used to the camera (that is the advantage of going to the venue early enough, a point Mr Seun will always buttressed on). It took me about 30mins to get a grip of the equipment. At some point I even had to ask Mr Seun why I couldn’t focus and he told me that the fault was peculiar to the lens and I needed to take precaution by turning the camera on and off anytime I noticed it. Asking questions is important; it saved me a lot of stress of trying hard to figure out what I did not know. At this point when I was sure I got a grip of my camera, I couldn’t wait for the event to get started..

I loved the way the school was built. I loved the environment & couldn’t help but take some pictures of how the names of the teachers were designed and placed in front of their classes, how they used art to pass certain information to the students. Its the type of school every enlightened parent would want to send their kids to (even though I ain’t sure of what the fees are).

The event started and so did myself and my camera. I covered the stage performances by students along with the students having fun on the playground. There was a lot to eat and a lot of games to play as long as you purchased tickets worth the amount. (I would have loved to be a part of that but I was there to cover it).

I was impressed and could only imagine what the organizing committee went through putting all that together. With my imagination, I just wanted to be able to be a part of the team that will describe in pictures all that happened on this day.

Then the arrival of Wiz kid! I wondered why the love for this guy is so alarming. The kids left the premises (along with most of the parents) to welcome Wiz kid at the main entrance. I just stood upstairs with my camera waiting for him to come in. I really wish I was there to welcome him too but my team mates were there and I believed they won’t miss out anything.

Thank God for the lens I was using, I could capture every moment from where I was standing at the 3rd floor. At some point, I had to come down to the 2nd floor in order to get better close-up pictures. While he performed the kids were all over him, dancing and singing along to the songs he sang (even the parents had fun and danced along).

I was amazed at the way the white kids sang along perfectly (you can’t seize to wonder how often they listened to Wizkid’s album). It was beautiful and the more I took pictures, the more I was overwhelmed with excitement. Soon enough the performance ended and he had to leave but we did get a lot of pictures of him (along Banky W who kept giving him eye contacts to either follow him or do one thing or the other).

When Wizkid left it seemed that was all on the agenda they waited for because all the excitement seemed to end. But thank God for the field where the kids could not help but explore and express themselves with different games.

I must say that I was hungry and hoped that I would get a bit of all that was available to eat but because I was there to cover the event, I just had to ignore that and focus on my job. At intervals I met with my colleagues and we encouraged each other to just keep on keeping on (we were tired and just couldn’t admit it because we had to “cover” the event till the end. Despite the odds, I must say it was a great experience for me and I look forward to doing another pretty soon.

Thank God for the training, my passion, imagination and of course the Olympus e330 with 50-200mm lens which helped me capture most part of the funfair/Carnival.

Halima Abubakar
L’enigma

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30 Great Lessons from ANUOLUWAPO: Lesson 2


Lesson 2:………………..ok I must admit that I’m a little blank here as to what this lesson ought to be. Here’s where you help out a brother in need: suggest a title. All I know was she was making some beautiful music that will make any father (earthly or heavenly) smile. Enjoy


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Similarities between Myself & AISL students


American International School Lagos had their annual fun fair this last saturday March 10, 2012. I was there to take pictures as a backup photographer with Elophotos, my elder in the industry. Before now I used to think I was 60per cent pako & 40 percent but-tush. Well I was in for a surprise when I found out I had similarities with kids I considered 100 per cent but-tush. (•͡.̮ •͡ )

Wizkid! Wizkid!! Wizkid!!! Those were shouts from the kids the moment it was announced that the celebrity artiste of the day had arrived. Well I didnt shout like they did; its just that I couldn’t request for an autograph & no pictures for me with the stars (Banky W & Wizkid) as it was my duty to take pictures of the day’s event. 😦

“Sing pakurumo! Sing pakurumo!! They shouted at Wizkid, imagine my surprise to think that children of this calibre could even pronounce d word “pakurumo” not to talk of the fuji dance steps they added to spice up the moment. Well I sang along too but not without my camera, I just couldnt dance like they did. Who says “pakurumo ko joo dada” is razz?? Winks

Running around without shoes: A little while after the fun day took off, there were kids running around barefooted (not just Nigerians, even including “white” kids). Really!!! That was the expression on my face I would never have thought such kids would run around without shoes. Well I did pull-off my jelly sandals as I also got tired of wearing them at a point. Nobody looked at me as if it was weird because if American International School Students could do it, then I could. 🙂

Posing for pictures in the Limo: As part of the fun fair a parent loaned the school a Hummer Limousine for the day. Jeeeeeez!!! Everyone including parents wanted to catch a glimpse. They all took turns posing & taking pictures in the Limo. Well just like Wizkid sang “Dont Dull” guess what I didn’t, I took pictures posing in the Limousine. If they could do it, who says I cant. Abegi snap my picture joor. 🙂

Enough said. I had fun knowing that I had so many things in common with a class of people I though I wasn’t in their class.

Abiola Oladeinde
Lgld Belle Photographie

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LESSONS I LEARNT FROM 2 “RICH” PARENTS


It was a great experience for me on the 10th of March 2012 @ American Int’l school. I was meant to assist a friend to cover a wedding but I turned it down to grab the other opportunity. The first reason being the fact that children photography is my specialty and passion. Secondly, it is a privelege for me to be part of elophotos crew that will cover the event.

What a memorable event! Maybe because I wasn’t privileged to attend such a school in my younger days.

I learnt two lesson from two differnt parents at the event.
The first encounter was at the playing ground section of the fun fair. It was an Indian girl who was climbing the “mountain”. I heard her sreaming “daddy! daddy! I can’t make it further again”. She was looking down at her dad and I could see fear all over her face. The lesson of this story is the response of her father gave. He said, “no matter the difficulty you encounter when climbing a mountain, keep looking up….To make it to the top, you need to keep on looking up not down”.
The word sank into my heart and gave me an insight to ponder on. In the conclusion of the story, the little girl didn’t get to the peak of the mountain but she still made double advancement compared to where she wanted to stop earlier.

The second lesson happened at the exhibition stand where my boss (Mr Seun Akisanmi) was printing pictures for the parents of the children. A woman came there to print some pictures for her child that were snapped in the ‘Hummer stretch limousine’. While waiting for the pictures to come out, her daughter walked up to her and was pointing at something else she wanted mummy to buy for her. The mum understood her her body language and she frowned at her saying “you don’t buy things because you have money but you buy things only when you need them”.

The event is over but the two advice these parents gave their daughters still keep ringing in my heart. My conclusion was that if I wanted to sustain the riches that are about to manifest in my life, I must have the mentality of the “rich”. Selah

By Afolabi Oloyede,
4labi4tos.wordpress.com
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30 Great Lessons from ANUOLUWAPO: Lesson 1


We begin this series by showcasing wonderful and life-teaching moments in the life of the superstar supermodel Anuoluwapo. Here we watch her as she teaches us the practical lesson we ought to learn from Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going

Or better yet, let’s call it “Project OCCUPY CHOCOLATE”. Enjoy


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40 pictures for the price of 10: Another photographer’s dilemma


So it happened again. Another scenario where a photographer excitedly forgot to have a written agreement. Each time I hear stories like these, I get increasingly angry at the way photographers engage in unprofessional conducts. In most cases, the client is not to be blamed: put the blame on the photographer that has not earned the title “professional”.

It all started with this particular client that wanted a photoshoot for her upcoming book. The photographer billed her $125 (N20k) for the session and agreed that 10 high resolution pictures of her choice will be edited and given on a dvd. The session lasted for about 4 hours after which the photographer gave the client 150 low resolution files on a dvd for her to choose 10 from. Apparently, the client was over-satisfied with the quality of the pictures that came out of the session: so satisfied that she decided to choose 40 pictures. She then called the photographer that her husband wants 40 pictures edited instead of the “verbally” agreed upon 10 pictures. The photographer explained that it will cost extra. The client laughed it off and insinuated that the photographer did not just take pictures for a living but apparently had added comedy as a multiple stream of income.

When the photographer told me this a few hours ago (& I hope both parties are reading this), I wasn’t upset with the client: I was upset with the photographer that did not put into writing an agreement that would have considered common scenarios like these. We seem to be quick at collecting “deposits” from clients but we forget that there ought to be a written agreement before any money changes hands.

Always put it in writing. Write down everything and anything that could prevent both parties from having unnecessary arguments. Even if it’s your uncle or sister that hired you, at least do yourself a favor by writing down the expectations of both parties and send a copy to the client’s (your uncle or sister ie) email for confirmation. If you don’t know what to put in an agreement, google “Legal forms & agreements for photographers” and you can start from there. Better yet, check out a copy of our sample agreement for wedding clients.

Stop blaming the client for “cheating” you or being unreasonable and start being more professional. Either that or some of us might as well start implementing plan B: an 8am – 5pm salary job in any organization that can offer to give us our daily bread .

It’s your call
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How to save 25% off your printing cost


So if you’re a photographer based in Lagos & you print your pictures at 5D Imagery, this is for you. Two days ago, my colleague printed a few 5 by 7 pictures at their ikeja branch for N40 each. Upon arriving at their surulere branch yesterday he discovered that it costs just N30 to print the same pictures. Why the difference in price for the same product? Apparently, there aren’t enough customers patronizing their Surulere branch so they decided to “charge” a lesser fee for printing pictures in order to attract more customers.

Whether or not this is a logical or strategically wise decision, I don’t know. All I know is that if I were printing all my pictures at their Ikeja branch prior to now, I would quickly switch to go to their Surulere branch just so I could save 25% or more on my printing costs. I’m guessing other print sizes will be cheaper too. I just hope the quality of customer service wouldn’t be “cheaper.” Either way, hurry now before they end the promotion as a result of a “leak” in information.

Reporting live from agidingbi, ikeja, this is your faithful photo journalist.
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My Mother Clocks 15


Yes, she really did. My mother was born on february 29, 1952. So technically, she has only witnessed her birthday 15 times. Kindly pause for a moment and give her a “hip hip hip hurray” 15 times. I’m serious.

She’s a jewel. She has made so many investments in my life that I don’t think I’ll be where I am today if not for her. Should we mention the multitude of times she has taken me to different pastors for prayer & deliverance in my younger & troublesome years? Or should we mention how she successfully convinced my dad to send abroad for my university education? Or should we mention how she visited me in the USA during the christmas of 1998 and bought me my best christmas gift till date: a samsung film camera.

She’s been a blessing. And I use this medium to celebrate her at 15. Thanks for investing the film camera. The photography industry will forever be grateful to you.
Attached are a few of the pictures I took at the celebration. Try not to smile too much at my early days: I’m still innocent & cute 🙂


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What’s the family price?


So I got a call from one of my dad’s friends. She was calling to make inquiries on how much we would charge her for covering her sister’s forthcoming wedding. I explained to her that our packages start from $2000 and was surprised when she shouted back at me the amount I mentioned. That’s when she asked me “what’s the family price?” I explained to her that I don’t give discounts and she was really surprised for the second time.

For me this was business and one way or the other we all belong to a family. Whether it’s the family of God, church family, family of your enemies or one’s household family, the fact that I’m associated with you one way or the other should not automatically translate into charging less than our standard package. To me business was business.

The fact that you know the CEO of Coca-cola, MTN, Guinness, or Exxon-Mobil does not mean you would pay lesser for their services than what every other person was paying. If that was the norm, then having family as one’s clients would not make one’s business profitable.

As I explained further to her, she was shocked that I would talk to her that way. I wasn’t rude and she knew it: I was just being real with her. As she laughed on the phone she shouted “Mr Seun Akisanmi, is that what it has come to?”. I told her that giving discounts will not benefit me as I do not want to be 70 yrs old before I make enough money to buy a house. I’m not greedy but just think that it wouldn’t be a bad idea if I buy my dream house this year. I’m fed up with being a tenant: its high time I own my house.

I told her that its not good for my business if I give her a discount for the wedding day and someone else calls me later to book us at our “standard rates” for that same day. It won’t be good for my business, family or no family. I told her that it isn’t a bad idea if I’m giving my dad a monthly allowance of $6000 considering all he has done for me & it is with the money I make that would enable me to do that. She laughed.

I asked how much her budget was so I could recommend another photographer I can vouch for. She said she had no budget. I hate when potential clients tell me they have no budget. Usually it implies that they don’t value photography enough to “plan” for it. She concluded that she’ll call me back in 24 hrs. Its 24 hrs after the 24 hrs and I still haven’t gotten the call.

In my experience, the concept of “family price” is one that isn’t too good for business in the long run. How do you eventually convince them that there’s no discount when they come again and again.

Although it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to offer “family price”, its something that tends to backfire more times than you would expect.

Its your call

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A Photographer’s Computer


So I just got a Hp laptop for our office. We needed a fast processing system that could help with the video editing we’ve been doing. Up until now, we’ve been using a colleague’s system whose specifications could handle hd video editing. It was also a coincidence that the topic we discussed yesterday with the present weekend set of BCP (Basic Course in Photography) was the Digital Darkroom, with emphasis on the ideal minimum components of a photographer’s computer. So I decided it will be nice to share with anyone considering getting a system for their photography business.

The following are the 3 major specifications to look out for when purchasing a computer system:
1) Processor Speed. Its ideal to get at least a Pentium 4 processor. Nowadays, we have faster processors like Dual Core, i3, i5 & i7 with i7 being the most expensive and fastest processor I’m aware of. The faster your processor, the more likely you’ll be saving some time while in your “Digital Darkroom”. The processor on the system I got is i5. Good enough for me

2) RAM. Also referred to as temporary memory, it is usually measured in GB. Ideally, you should aim to get a system with a minimum of 2GB memory. The more the pictures you want to be editing in Photoshop, the larger your RAM ought to be especially if you dont want to be waiting a few seconds before your system responds to an action. The memory on our new system is 6GB. I was aiming for 8GB but I can live with 6GB for now.

3) Hard disk space. Although its very possible to work entirely with an external harddisk, an internal hard disk with a minimum of 100GB is ok to start with. The more space you have for storing your data on the system the better for you, as long as you remember to BACKUP YOUR DATA. The hard disk space on the new system is 750GB.

So that’s just my opinion of 3 of the important specifications to lookout for in a system. It also helps to make sure you’re getting a new system (especially when it comes to laptops because they’re more delicate and fragile than desktops) so as to take advantage of the warranty options. Hp has been known to deal with systems under warranty to the customer’s satisfaction. That’s one other reason I eventually settled for them for our second laptop in 5 years.

One other reason I settled for a laptop instead of a desktop was because of the option to get extra laptop batteries that could give me up to 6 hours of work without external power. With that, I have a quieter option to fueling and using my generator. Just search on amazon.com for a 9cell or 12cell battery for your laptop brand/model.

It’s your call. Choose wisely

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FINALLY, Photography training for Dsap Set 7 comes to an end


So for the past 9 weekdays, we’ve been busy training a class of 67 students that decided they wanted to be professional photographers. Together with Mr Leke Adenuga (QF), we were able to teach what we felt would be enough for a good foundation in photography business.

Daystar Christian Centre started this project in 2010 in an attempt to reduce unemployment in the society by teaching people “how to fish” instead of giving them “fish.” For Mr Leke & I, this was an opportunity to impart on the next generation of photographers in Nigeria. I can only hope & pray the students would make good use of the opportunity they were blessed with. Time will tell.

Attached are a few of the pictures taken we were in class. I’ll really appreciate it if you just acknowledge how handsome I look in the pictures 🙂

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Photographer of the week: Dipo Odetoyinbo


Transcript of the interview session with renowned Photographer, Dipo Odetoyinbo (Black Child Photography)

When did you KNOW you wanted to become a Photographer?
My journey into photography has been a love affair. I have always been artistically inclined. I’ve been into fashion, I’ve done a bit of drama and I sang for a long time. It was when I went to serve in Kano state, on the way from the orientation camp to the village where we were posted, there was this beautiful scenery. The journey lasted about an hour and was over in the blink of the eye. It was the beauty of the scenery that struck me and I felt I had to capture that beauty. I guess that was where that ‘knowing’ first started because I knew I wanted to share this beauty with the whole world.

Tell us more about your career in photography and the challenges you experienced.
I studied Microbiology in the University of Ibadan, but from my second year I knew it wasn’t it for me. I needed to do more with what came to me naturally. I needed to do a little more self discovery. I had good grades and all that, but I knew art is where I am really very good at. That very point, I decided to make it a career. I started out as a hobbyist taking pictures of landscape and nature and a few portraits. I started posting my pictures and it seemed people liked it and wanted more. A lot of people asked me to come and take their picture and I said no, no.
I was so strong and I had to do something about it because even as an amateur a lot of people felt I could take it professionally. I decided I could, but I didn’t know what the business side of it will take. Although I had been into business before I knew running a business wasn’t simple. I knew I could do whatever it takes and that I could imagine myself still doing this at age seventy.

The challenges I had are the same that faces most of us artists. The case of doing something you love so passionately, but when it comes to the end of the month it’s not like someone is going to pay you. The real challenges were the business side: how do I create this beautiful work of art and get someone to pay me for it? I also came to the point where I knew I had to do something that was relevant to as many people as possible. Art is a medium of self-expression but I found after a bit of research that I had to be more relevant.

Who were your mentors when you were starting out?
It’s funny people can inspire you but you haven’t met them personally. I have largely been self taught. But I read the works of so many great people for inspiration. I read a lot of Bryan Peterson’s books and Scott Kelby. I knew more of what was going on the international scene for a year of so. But since I was to be based here in Nigeria, I needed to know what people around here were doing. I met Mr Leke Adenuga of QF and he showed me quite a bit of how to go about the business side of it. Also through HO9 I met Kelechi Amadi-Obi, I met Barret Akpokabayen, and a few others & they have been very instrumental in helping me out.

Getting into wedding photography, I remember meeting Mr Seun Akisanmi who really showed me the ropes of the business side (before that I had made many blunders!) and it was like a corrective measure. I also had a few assists from Michael Adebiyi, who went with me to some weddings and would help cover some and he was really instrumental.

Which Photographer on earth do you admire the most?
Strictly speaking Work and personality wise, one of the people I admire most is Kelechi Amadi-Obi. Just looking at his works alone has been so inspirational. It’s because of the aesthetics and the fine-art. Meeting him one-on-one has also inspired me and because he makes me feel like I can do it too.

Tell us your worst photography experience so far?
I think I have had so many experiences that have made me re-consider this business. I remember a few years back I was called for a series of jobs by the same client, a party, portrait session, two events and so on. After we spoke he deposited some money into my account, promising that he will pay the balance later. So I focussed on delivery and I did all that I could, including getting a make-up artist for all the coverage. So when I delivered everything and it was time to get my balance, he started dragging.

The mistake I made was that I did not sign a contract with him and delivering all without collecting much. I had invested my own money for a lot of the work and it [must have] seemed like I had a lot of money and I had made my profit and that was why I still had so much balance to collect.
That has been the nastiest experience so far and till date I have not collected that money.

What is that one WOW “client” experience that you wish could be repeated with all your clients?
I won’t site one client in particular. I have several clients who have become big-time marketers for me. That just really excites me; when you work for somebody and they go out of their way to ensure that every one they know hires you, if they can afford it.

How far are you willing to go with this “Photography”?
Like I said , it was a love affair for me initially, and I didn’t stumble into photography just like that, but I made up my mind that whatever it takes I am going to make it work. I believe it’s finding out your own niche and doing what makes you stand out and not doing what everybody else does. So many people are coming into the industry, (that’s good because it gives it a prestigious look) but having so many more graduates who are leaving their degree and coming into the business, shows that it is such a fantastic industry and it requires differentiation and stating in your area of strength for it stand out.

Why should a client hire you amidst the sea of photographers in Nigeria?
For me I like to ask a lot of questions and find out a lot about the client to be able to fashion out what works for them to bring out the best. A lot of people want to look exactly the way some of my works appear and I have to explain to them why I took the pictures they’re looking at in a certain way. I think my attention to detail stands me out. For my pre-wedding shoots, I usually want to go all out.

Are you affordable?
I think I am quite affordable. That is relative, because I have a lot of very good work out there that I am sure of. So I have created different packages for weddings. On the average it starts at $900 (N150k) and goes up depending on the options that go into the package based on what the client needs. It all depends on what the client needs although we have a whole gamut of packages that cover what clients usually expect.

What is your advice for newbies coming into the industry?
I would say spend time learning and training. It’s not every one that holds a camera that is a photographer. Learn how to take pictures, learn the art and very importantly learn the business side of it. The business aspect of it is very important to whatever it is you are doing.

Assume you wake up on Feb 20, 2020 what will your dream day look like?
I have always loved travelling. I guess it would be the day I get a call from South Africa to come do a shoot there. I said South Africa because a lot of photographers are trained there and peoole still come from all over the world to get their training there. By then , I would [want to] have an outfit that has really grown and I would have a lot of people under the same umbrella and I would have branched out into a few other fields I won’t mention now. Photography is the good foundation for the other things that come with it.

Any plans for a training platform for apprentists?
I keep getting phonecalls from people saying they want to come learn photography, but I have learnt that talk is cheap! Then I remember approaching one of my mentors once for that kind of request and I had to do a re-think when I realised I wouldn’t have the kind of time it was going to require. I had to look for another way around it. So as much as I love to create a platform for others, not everyone fits in and even though you have just a few rules, they take it for granted. I love to share knowledge so I have an internship program right now but that can’t accommodate many people, but as time goes on I intend to take on more people.
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A Photo Session with the Twins at 2


So my nephews (or is it nieces) were 2 about 2 weeks ago and being the official family photographer I was compelled to give them a 2nd photo session (the 1st being their 1yr old birthday) that lasted for 2hours. It was a tumultuous session that made me realize the importance of being a patient person. Amidst cries & laughter we attempted to get a few nice pictures depicted below.

At the end of the session, I had more respect for the wonderful parents depicted in therein. Although I know they’re not identical twins I still find it difficult to differentiate Fadeke from Folake. Maybe 2yrs of living in the same house with them will solve that challenge. Either way, it was fun doing the shoot & I can’t wait for the twins to be 3.

Pictures taken with Olympus E3, 12-60mm lens, Bowens 500 gemini light kit, a few chivita fruit juice & an abundance of patience & love.

Looking at the pictures, don’t you just feel like having twins? 🙂 it is well

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Minutes of “Take your photography business to the next level”


Feb 16, 2012
8am

Professional Photographers were admonished:

 To Be firm in their dealings with clients

 To try not to engage in agreements unless 80% of the fees have been deposited

 To Be professional in their dealings with wedding clients and should strive not only to collect 100% of their fees upfront but to also deliver on the jobs on or before the date promised.

 To clarify all terms and conditions in discussion with the client, and where feasible; preferably face-to-face and not only through phone calls

 To make clear (especially on their invoices) details of discounts being given their client

Mr Seun further emphasized other issues including procrastination and the ethics of borrowing equipment from colleagues. He stressed that getting jobs whose net value are able to purchase a camera should rather be the goal of the photographer. This is where he also made distinctions on when and where some jobs should be turned down and that photographers must have standard packages with a pricing structure that is clear and unambiguous.

A website presence and its value was further elaborated upon and every photographer advised to maintain one where clients can view their portfolio, read terms and conditions, their different packages available and associated charges as well as discount options.

The issue of copyright laws was discussed to the effect that with the use of clients pictures for marketing purposes in formats such as online; documented detailing of agreements must be involved so that neither party can jeopardize the others’ interest either in the present or in the future. In regard to copyright infringements by the public, he put it that watermarking a photographers publicly viewable digital images and not emailing a previous clients pictures to potential new clients to view are best practices to be considered.

Attendees of the workshop also related their recent experiences with clients for the benefit of group discussions.

Shola Animashaun noted that twitter is a micro-blogging site that allows you show your expression. Twitter has 300 million users with over 100,000 new users joining everyday.

8 WAYS YOU CAN GROW FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER.
– Tweet regularly: tweet photography knowledge, quotes. Re-twit regularly suggestion to any contribution can determine some people to follow you on twitter. It is cool to start and contribute to conversation.

– Credit everything
– Engage with the big boys
-Watch your timing and consistency
-Use strategic Key words
-Practice reposting tweets
-Build relationship with potential and existing clients
-Discuss photography issues, follow fellow photographers i.e Zack Arias
Chase Jarvis
Joe Mcnally
Scott kelby
Scott bourne
Stobist
Thomas Hawk
Jeremy Cowart
Jasmine Star
Micheal Zelbel

Mr Seun took over after Mr Shola ended his session. He stressed the importance of being people of integrity at all times. One of attendees stressed the importance of being careful when partnering with other photographers. Mr Seun added that agreements should be made (sometimes in writing) even when partnering ith photographers you have never worked with before. for daily photography-related tips and articles, visit http://www.elophotos.com