Jide Alakija

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I forgot to mention her name. This is Fari. This is the more natural look. I quite enjoyed doing this shoot. As I said I haven't much experience when it comes to shooting people for a commercial capacity (magazine covers etc) but I'm slowly learning. Maybe one day some magazine will give me the opportunity of doing a cover shot for them.

What do you think? Too professional?

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Damn ...... , sorry Jide I don't often have reactions like that but can you send me her phone number ! To professional ? I sorry again my brother but I'd go so far as to say this is the best shot you've posted of a female subject bar none and I did like the lady with the fans. The lighting , the placement of the ahnds, her expression and beauty and the detail of the 5d ... Jide .... perfect !
Wow. Okay o. I will buy a new camera
  • Jamey
  • London
  • 19 Apr 2007, 01:31
Lovely beauty shot.
I like this series, it is a learning ground for me. Ok for this one, I have a couple of things but I will start with some questions, did you achieve the exact effect you were looking for as far as lighting is concerned? Were you going for broad or shot lighting here? If you achieved your goal then fine. How many lights were you using for this one? I am guessing you had a key light and one background light. In any case, the light coming from the left looks a bit harsh on the left side and that light source spilled into the background. there is also a shadow cast on the other side of her face, if this was your intended effect fine but if not a reflector would have helped. Now as for the hands, I don't think it adds anything to this shot, thats just a personal opinion - it seems to be a bit distracting. The model looks well posed and very pretty too.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dotun, I always look forward to your "critque". Especially when you take the time put one together so I really appreciate your comments.

Did I achieve what I wanted. I think I did at the shoot, I took about 30 shots and this one was I think the best one. I did most of the colour work in Photoshop, so it didn't look like this when I started.

Lights? Well I can't remember, looking at her eyes (catch lights) I think I used one hard light and I must have used a reflector on the other side. I did use a background light too. Got that right.

I'm not with you on the hands argument. So that's another subjective point.

She's a good model. Thanks again.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 19 Apr 2007, 03:49
Uuuummm, sorry to be a party pooper but for a magazine cover or shot, this falls way way short of the mark, you have posted better magazine type shots bro i.e http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/72810.htm & http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/66584.htm, these are magazine type shots any day of the week, pure quality, this image however..... nuff said.

Jide Alakija: Well that's one opinion. I personally think this is a good magazine shot, but then there isn't such a things as a good or bad shot, remember magazines do covers in line with their themes and moods. So we both don't have an arguement.wink
I am not a professional, nor I have the expertise to comment on such shots. But IMHO would have been better if there was some more separation between the model and the background (especially near her right shoulder). And again the hands seems to be somebody else's. I mean it doesn't go well with the rest of the image.
I like the lighting and the soft feel of the image.
Keep up the good work and keep getting better. Great shot . . . but yeah the hands.
What a lovely portrait. It's much better than her previous portrait. The lighting, the detail, the softness - they all highlight the model's features quite nicely. I need to get you to do my portrait like this one of these days (when i can afford you ), although Fari's natural beauty probably played a role in the success of this portrait.
I like this portrait. It's not overdone and quite natural, lovely.
like the lighting a lot, gives her skin a golden tone...i dont like the hands much but thats more than made up for by the inherent beauty of fari...
  • Steve
  • Deepest Surrey
  • 19 Apr 2007, 15:48
Jide, your portraits really are fantastic. This could easily be a cover shot (if there was any space for the title!). Lighting and focus are top notch.

Only minor niggles for me are: 1) the bit of hair at the middle/top/back of her head which is a bit lighter, 2) the background by the right side of her neck which is a touch light and 3) the hands which to me do look a little disconnected.

Don't get me wrong though, this is excellent smile
  • Jon
  • UK
  • 19 Apr 2007, 16:19
Love the processing, Jide. A good, high quality shot (as always).
Beautiful girl, and a nice shot too, but you are still having problems with those hands. If in doubt, leave them out! Forgive me for being frank, but you need to develop an eye for this type of detail, then you’re there.

I do like the picture.
  • Ellie
  • 19 Apr 2007, 23:54
I think this is really very good, far better than anything I'm ever likely to be able to do, so it seems a little churlish to say anything slightly negative.

I think her face is wonderful, but there's 'something' about her hands that makes them look as if they belong to somebody else, the tones don't seem to match. I like them there in the picture though.
  • Motun
  • 20 Apr 2007, 00:13
smile thought you already did one?? lol... does she know u just disregarded her magazine as one??? lol... dont let me be a trouble maker... she is preetttyyyyyyy smile
  • Ally
  • 24 Jun 2007, 14:34
This is where you need the Liquify filter - this would never make a magazine cover as it is. Nice shot though!!

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