Jide Alakija

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Okay this is the shot I promised you. Something very different from my normal images but still with the Alakija signature I think for those of you who can recognise it (I'm still working it out myself.

Okay I've going to ask some of the Photoshop genii out there, how do yo use the 16 bit mode in photoshop to eliminate banding in an image? If you know please tell me because I haven't got a clue.

Back to the image, this is one of my very few images where I've played around with lighting to achieve this effect. What do you think?

comments (30)

I like this a lot Jide.
Her back may be a bit too shiny, but otherwise flawless (as far as my eyes can see)....
Jide Alakija: I think that's the point Deji, the shine is from the light! Thanks.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 20 Jun 2006, 02:32
Cool shot smile Loving the pose.
Jide Alakija: Thought you'd say more....Thanks anyway. I guess I'm fishing.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Jun 2006, 03:22
Brilliantly composed.
Jide Alakija: Thanks E.
Very nice shot. Did you clone a part of her back or something?
Jide Alakija: No I didn't do any cloning. I hardly do except it's really necessary, I usually just play with the light. This by using a combination of the Hue/sauturation (in monochrome mode) and curves
  • Morenike
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Jun 2006, 08:41
you know, i think the shine on her back actually works in this pic. highlights the kind of glow that you can only get from rich black skin. i really llike this pic and the tones. also think its aptly titled. Nice work.
Jide Alakija: Niki, thanks. Really appreciate your comment.
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Jun 2006, 09:11
Like the shiny nubian queen..
Jide Alakija: Thanks debola.
  • Temi
  • London
  • 20 Jun 2006, 09:12
Hey u.
I really enjoy looking at this image. I think you have shown a new side of you that has captured my interest. The tone used here is just right. I feel that this image has commercial qualities i.e. can very easily be a style used to take someone’s picture; but yet a very artistic flare which is assume to see.
The glow of her skin just shows great use of light, well position and used patiently. I love the growth of your work J.
Composition is simple and very effective. This is a wonderful shot. Well-done!
Jide Alakija: Awww...that's ever so kind of you. Thanks.
  • Antonia
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jun 2006, 09:53
This is a really lovely pic. Its a totally different way from the usual way African Queens are presented. The back is an aspect of a woman's body that a lot people don't focus on - 'cuz its not in your face. But it can be very sexy and its strong as well as it holds the body up and its essential for child bearing as well. So well done to your interpretation. Looking forward to an exhibition of all your work.
Another gorgeous one Jide..Dont know how you do it...More more i tell you...grin
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 20 Jun 2006, 11:41
Fantastic lighting like yesterday and very well toned,
"how do yo use the 16 bit mode in photoshop to eliminate banding in an image?"
I don't understnad 2 words there lol, time for some research later.
  • micki
  • 20 Jun 2006, 12:25
A lovely shot!! Nice work with your lighting, and I do recognize it as one of yours.
Jide Alakija: Finally I'm getting consistent....but how? Please tell me. Thanks Micki!
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2006, 12:38
Another wondefully lit shot. I love the tones and the composition works well here too.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2006, 12:45
I just noticed a darkish splotch across the bottom of the frame, is that the "banding" you were referring to? I wonder what caused it? It's not really obvious, but I did notice it as I scrolled back up the screen.

I don't know much about 16 bit vs 8 bit other than in my version of photoshop many of the tools and some other things just don't work unless you are working in 8 bit mode. That may be an issue with older versions of Photoshop, I just don't know.
Jide Alakija: Yes that's the banding. It's caused but the fact that in 8 bit mode each color channel (RGB) has a spectrum of 256 colours. This is combined to create the images you see when working in Photoshop. This is limiting when you have steep gradients as there aren't enough colours in the spectrum. Now if you work in 16 bit mode you have a lot more in each channel, I can't remember but it's up to 16,000+ colours per channel and the combination is more desireable when working on gradients.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jun 2006, 12:49
great shot from behind.
  • sk
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2006, 12:50
awesome awesome awesome
Hello Jide,
as you know with 8 bits per channel you have 256 discreet levels of brightness. Adjustments which alter the brightness always truncate the new brightness value to the next possible brightness level (integer math). With lots of edits more and more pixels tend to accumulate in certain brightness levels, leaving others empty, which turns smooth transitions into clearly visible bands (it's not very hard to contruct examples of this in PS).
With 16 bit there are much more possible brightness levels, making the truncations negligible.

To benefit from 16 bit you should start with opening the RAWs in 16 bit already. Keep in mind that the image data doesn't reach your screen with 16 bit, IIRC monitor color profiles are applied after the downconversion to 8 bit, which could make the image appear to have banding.

We only edit a minority of our pics in 16 bit, generally those that will have stronger brightness, contrast and color manipulations applied to them.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Seb and I agree with you but I know it's also possible to edit the image after the RAW conversion in 16bit mode or am I wrong?
Like the previous portrait but I think more powerful in this tone.
  • Judy D
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2006, 13:28
I love your work *more* every time I look. There is a mystery to this photo and the lights hit her just right!

What is banding and is it in this photo?
Jide Alakija: If you look at the bottom left you'll notice a horrible gradient, that's the banding I'm talking about.
  • banke
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2006, 14:19
so many different textures of black...nice
  • deedee
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2006, 14:40
i love this....there is so much strength in the simplicity of this shot... it can be narrated in so many ways. this is a classic shot!i love the play of light and the angle it was taken from. keep it up
(wow... i sound like my english teacher in high school.... i cant blieve i said "keep it up"!)
Jide Alakija: LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!! grin
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jun 2006, 14:44
This is so beautifull Jide....
I have a bit of an inappropriate question for you....
I would love to try to paint this image if that is alright with you.
I understand if you say no
this is SO beautiful!!!
Lovely tones, great shot!
  • Mona
  • London
  • 20 Jun 2006, 20:50
Brilliant! Such an expert you are grin

  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jun 2006, 23:45
A decent effort my friend, I think the banding and patchy appearance on the model just take the edge off this, I like the subjects pose and placement in the frame, and it being in my favourite colour B&W!!
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, this is niceee
  • Nkx
  • United States
  • 21 Jun 2006, 23:34
Fantastic shot. So strong, so beautiful.. Great job Jide
  • BeakerSt
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2006, 12:15
That's a heck of a lot of views!

Not so sure about the lighting on this one. I think I'd have preferred to see a little more shape of her back lit. To do that and maintain the same angle on the face she would have needed to turn more to the left and look to the right a little more. Lovely composition and set up of the shot though.
ringtones free
  • Femi S
  • United States
  • 15 Nov 2006, 04:33
I may be talking out my ass here, but the imagery this brings to mind is a black woman who's been bowed by the pressures in her life, but who still retains a measure of tensile strength, visible in the muscles in her shoulders, back and arms. She's under a lot of pressure, but she's strong enough to take on a whole lot more. Utterly beautiful.

You can probably flog hundred of prints of these in the African American market smile(egregious comment, I know!)

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