Jide Alakija

06 Mar 2008 2,163 views
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I look hopeful or hopeless, you choose.

You know I really haven't much to say today....I really don't! I was hoping that by the end of this week I would have thought of something new but honestly I'm not sure what to say. I feel like I should say something but, Nope nothing. Well....maybe I do have something to say...Please please can someone tell me how to take a portrait, no I don't mean positioning or compositioning but I mean what the heck is this thing called style? How do you develop it? What is my style? I've been asking this question for a few years now and nope I still don't get it and don't think I have one. So please if someone can tell me I would very much like to sit on the front row of their class. Yeah how do you take a portrait? How do you develop your own unique style. I am constantly copying....well I haven't done anything new in any of my photos. I look at everyone elses and yup they all have something to tell. I think I'll just go back to paint and blank canvasses. It was easier painting.

comments (16)

Another great portrait. Love the tone, dof, and the black background.
As to your questions, it's not necessarily a bad thing to not have a style. You can be flexible, ready to adapt (or copy) and try out new ways. For me, the most important thing in a picture is that it looks right, and that's mostly a gut feeling. You can look at photos that are perceived to be great, and from that you can use it as a preference to form your opinions. Afterwards your opinion will shape your style as you look for a certain elements that's "right" to you.
That's just my opinion, definitely keep an open-mind and gather what other people have to say. Good luck.
  • Ann
  • SucĂ© sur Erdre - France
  • 6 Mar 2008, 07:46
Beautiful portrait !!! There are so many details ... We can almost see each year he spent in his life ...
  • Shakara
  • Neptune
  • 6 Mar 2008, 09:11
Keep on searching and the truth shall be revealed !!! Nice shot Jide
Gorgeous portrait. He looks so kind and gentle, and wise. Good b+w conversion here as well.
To me a portrait is about capturing the essence of the person's peronality. How you achieve is rather dependant on using the decisive moment. For me you have certainly gone a long way to achieving this. Don't think of contrived orthodx compostions take dozens of shots of the person and review afterwards. After all a split second can make so much difference. But I'm a real novice at taking candid portraits. richard
I feel that a good potrait is one that brings out the best in the person being taken and you have succeeded in this.
  • dotun
  • Maryland, US
  • 7 Mar 2008, 04:38
Hopeful. Very nice shot.
Nicely done picture in all areas, Jide. That, my friend, is your style.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 7 Mar 2008, 14:23
Dramatic and gritty treatment. Even with the grittiness of this there is a gentleness also about this man.
  • Adaoha
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Mar 2008, 14:26
Actually it tells me something differet to the aformentioned choices. I see content, and a smile that says I'm happy where I am.. whachayu think?
Wonderful portrait - A likey !!
Beautiful portrait shot. Nice one smile
  • Tony
  • 11 Mar 2008, 05:44
I like this portrait. It is somewhat dreamy yet thoughtful. Let me know if you every understand what style means.
  • nig
  • Gym
  • 12 Mar 2008, 08:07
Excellent portrait, nice texture, tones, DOF, this is a good stylesmile But I agree with Kelvin.
  • Iso
  • France (FR)
  • 17 Mar 2008, 08:12
Magnificent portrait and dignity strong presence that can be guessed in her eyes! Beautiful photo and beautiful message!

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