Jide Alakija

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Here's one from the Rocker shoot with Sarahlouise. This one has taken me almost a month to process. Why you might ask. Well first of all this was the first shot I've learnt how to use the liqufy tool in photoshop. I also did abit of make up work too. In the end I'm happy with the shot. As usual the lighting was the major part of the shot as with all my portraits of recent. Speaking of which lighting I think is what makes the difference between a good portrait and a bad one. Lots to learn!!!

Tomorrow I have a more action type image take from this shoot. Again this is Claire.

Oh and I need help with the title for this one please.

comments (12)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 23 Apr 2007, 00:14
Don't think you took a bad picture of Claire, loved most of the images you have taken of her, expecially those from this shot.

PP is sublime (did you PP this comes to mind) so or me rocks.

Yep lighting is king for me these days.

Jide Alakija: Thanks dude. This shot had about 15+ adjustment layers. The key to taking a good shot is such that it's very hard to notice what adjustments have been made if any to the shot. I remember this was something Mr Skee drummed into me eons ago. So yes this has been majorly processed but it's not very noticeable.
Jide Alakija: Ta.
It keeps on getting better. Well done
Jide Alakija: I hope you'll be happy with tomorrows shot if not then I guess I would have peaked! Thanks.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 23 Apr 2007, 09:22
A month well spent, Jide. You're getting some very tasty results.

I don't know what it is but I have the feeling you've upped your game recently. New lens? New technique? New inspiration? Don't know, but the results show a new quality in my eyes.
Jide Alakija: Heehee...Again Colin you flatter me. Actually this shot was taken about a year ago so I doubt it's the lens or equipment. One thing I think I've noticed and started to master is my understanding of light and tones. I don't think I've reached where I'd like to be yet but slowly getting there.

My major inspirant at the moment is Michael Grecco. Check him out at www.michaelgrecco.com.
Biker Girl
pp worked wonderfully on this one, flawless...ur mastery over tones gets better and better because the excellent of tones in ur images is getting more consistent...
tough to thinkof a title because there seems to be a lot of stuff going on the pic that doesnt seem to point towards just one theme...clearly she's dressed for a harley but the way she's folded her arms suggests she is introvertial and she is also giving a slightly awkward expression to the lens...
  • chaz
  • nigeria
  • 23 Apr 2007, 15:38
WOW Jide,thi isa lovely image. I like the buttery feel of her face,how did u do it?
I'l be coming for pp classes.
Jide Alakija: Chaz, if you asked me to reproduce this picture again I don't think I'll be able to do it. I can't remember what I did. I'd been working on it for about a month, so you can imagine that I've already forgotten what I did.

I can remember using the liquify tool on the skin alot and applying some make up much the same way I did this shot - http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/55061.htm
  • Ellie
  • 24 Apr 2007, 00:19
I think this has the makings of a magazine cover shot
you are becoming sooo good at this thing!!! scary grin keep it up, this IS definitely magazine cover stuff
  • Gary
  • 24 Apr 2007, 18:12
yummy, yummy, nice job emphasizing the high cheek bones, was part of the liquify magic
Jide Alakija: Yup. Also regenerated part of the skin too.
Great shot...love it!
  • Jon
  • UK
  • 28 Apr 2007, 08:15
Excellent portrait, Jide. Like everything about this one.

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