Jide Alakija

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A Little Demonstration

I was party to an arguement about Photoshop (The Ditigal Darkroom Software used to process Digital photographs). The basis of the arguement was that too much photoshoping was present in my work. Infact it almost seemed as if it was impossible for me to produce a good photograph without doing a lot of Photoshoping to it.

 I do agree that photoshop has created a false impression on most photographs thereby leading to what I term as 'Fake Photography' and also photographs are expected to be touched by photoshop at some point. People want to look extremely flattering or want to see unreal effects in images. If you're not at all a "Photoshopper" then you're not a good photographer.

I do not endorse the last statement however I do agree that photoshop has lead to images being presented in a very different way from previously. I don't think there is such a thing as too much photoshoping. It's almost like saying there is too much "desaturation" i.e. removal of colour in images. I think it's a personal preference. You either like it or you don't.

That being said I do think that too much emphasis and time is spent on learning photoshop to the point that most of the photographers I have encountered today have missed the point of photography altogether. I have seen some images destroyed because of extensive photoshopping.

Looking at my image today, if you didn't know any better you'd argue that I'd touched it with Photoshop. Well that is not the case. It hasn't been touched by photoshop. I will have to add also that most of my work hasn't gone through a lot of photoshopping. It is important that the base image to be photoshopped is of high quality. Then the photoshopping can only but improve on it.

Please don't ruin your images with Photoshop, spend less time on it and more time photographing, you'll produce better images.

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Yep, and tell them to stay away from the darn blur tool (at least until they know how to utilise it) smile Not compulsory to kill images with blur.

Now it totally depends on the genre of photography one goes into, take for instance today, spent 3 - 4hrs retouching one image going into a magazine. Does that mean the image was bad to start with? NO it already was of a high quality but it still had to be retouched. Now there are images that are taken that takes less than 20 secs (not going anywhere near CS3) to edit, and are still good enough for magazine, it totally depends on what, where and how the image is to be utilised. But in todays world where some form of editing is necessary, we just have to make sure we all still remain photographers who take great images and not Retouchers who take crap images and make it great with editing. smile
Jide Alakija: Well said son!
  • dotun
  • United States
  • 13 Jun 2008, 01:35
off course this has been photoshoped or edited, did you crop this or removed noise, if you did then it has been photoshopped? Just kidding smile Love the shot, very good use of available light.
Jide Alakija: Silly man!

(The cropping and noice reduction was done in Capture One, RAW conversion doesn't count)

first and foremost a smashing image this is

this is to all cadres of photographers and photoshoppers:

"if you take beautiful pictures and you don't need to photoshop them, then all is well..

if you take beautiful pictures and you use photoshop to make them even more beautiful, then all is still well...

if you take crappy pictures, but use photshop to make them better, all is still well...

if you take crappy pictures, and you don't know how to photoshop...believe it or not, all is still well if you have an open mind and are willing to learn.

let the critics say all they want...cos they will always have something to say"

Jide Alakija: Are you saying this because you're in the 4th category?
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 13 Jun 2008, 10:22
waouuu, very nice !
Jide Alakija: thanks man!
[email protected] reply to Draw's comment!Good to read all comments to far.
I have CS3,Lightroom,Picasa,Capture One(trial),Digi Photo Pro (software wt 400D),Paintshop, bladibla, and I don't really know much about using them(pity). Picasa & Lightroom does d job 4 now but I hope 2 step up and use CS3 better.

I take beautiful enough smile pictures but sometimes just wish i could do more with them using PS, but it's not d other way round relying solely on PS.
As d subster said i think it depends on genre or purpose behind d shots.
I keep an open mind about PS or not and I'm willing to learn as Draw said.
Photographers that made history years back didn't have auto focus talk less of PS. 4 me, taking good photographs comes first, and PS is a very much welcome value added service you can give yourself and your clients!

Great shot by the way, almost forgot about that!
Jide Alakija: Of course my reply to DrAW's comment was just a dig!

You have all that and you don't even use them? Real PITY.
  • #2000
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Jun 2008, 11:39
Loves it Jay-Day! Loves it a lot! Can hear them singing :o)
Jide Alakija: WOW! You actually took the time to make a comment. I'm so flattered!
wouldn't you just love to place me in the fourth category

i'm saying it because it doesn't matter what category i'm in or anybody's in for that matter

this business is as subjective as it gets
if people like your final result, who's to care how you got it?
Jide Alakija: Dude...take heart, the fact that you do actually take great shots and think you don't means that you're an achiever. I don't a real artist can boast about his or her work, if they do then I think they haven't matured in their field of work. Infact I think I'm going to write about that next.
Photographs come from the heart and the mind and the desire.

I need to take time to read you chatter but na long ting, the image on the other hand is on point.

  • cako
  • Germany
  • 13 Jun 2008, 14:15
Great photo and DOF.

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