Jide Alakija

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Oh Happy Day....

You guessed it, I am preparing for the new wedding season this year. This is a shot from last year. Just to point out the fence is there to point out depth. Some of you may not like it, well tough!

My Tip today: This shot wasn't too easy to pull off. It's one thing shooting one person and getting a reaction out of them but shooting a group of ladies is something very challenging. I do not pose my wedding photos even the shots with the couple on their own and the Bridal party. It's just not my style. I prefer something more natural. In this instant I just got them to relax and asked them to interact. Of course I was also party to this interaction.

So yeah if you're like me and you don't have any ideas for creative poses maybe something very natural may just be your style... interact with your sitter(s) and get a reaction of out them.

comments (9)

  • Ada
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2009, 00:44
Great feel in this image...but what strikes me most is the clarity. Almost feels like I am right there...
Did you use flash,because there is a soft glow in this photograph?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ada. Yes I used an off camera flash, camera right.
Great shot.. Commercial like feel. Nice

Jide Alakija: Thanks Ade.
  • boye
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2009, 04:08
very well done. something very natural and warm about the picture and its subjects. already one of my favorites.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Boye!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2009, 04:40
Ada's good. She caught the flash bit.
I like that all of them are ignoring the camera, like you weren't there. I feel like I'm observing them smile
Jide Alakija: That's the idea Kay....thanks.
  • eo
  • Belgium
  • 5 Feb 2009, 16:11
Dude, great pic. warm and vibrant. All the girls are in focus apart from the one of the extreme left. is that becos of the aperture size you used?

Okay my main question for the day. How do you get such natural looking colour?
  • eo
  • Belgium
  • 5 Feb 2009, 16:17
Thanks for the advice. It does, I do have a f2.8 lense and the others are f3.5. Is that good enough or should i be looking at an affordable f1/4 by sigma

Also i know this might be a very basic question, but i also find that at shorter focal lengths i get a fish eye effect and no parallel lines . Any way to counter act this?

Lastly, need to ask about colour.
A)Walked into many stores and haven't yet gotten a color checker card. Is there any alternative (a white piece of paper?)
B) Find that when i process pics on my Mac they look darker on the PC. Does this mean i have to do two sets?
C) When to use black or white instead of colour.
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Feb 2009, 18:54
  • Mo
  • London
  • 5 Feb 2009, 18:55
Beautiful women, beautiful image. I love their joyious facial expressions, especially the bride.
I have a question- How do you decide what aperture to use? All the women are in focus even though they are aligned diagonally and at the same time you have the beautiful blurring of the background.
You have captured the happy atmosphere so well in this one. Absolutely wonderful image - one I am sure they will treasure. (:o)

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