Jide Alakija

07 Feb 2009 1,530 views
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Ije, A Portait #2

This particular person has featured on this photo blog before. Whilst the last shot was easy to pull as it was more her personality, this wasn't as easy

I used to study the works of very good portrait photographers in particular, Arnold Newman (who is probably one of my greatest inspirations, for those of you wondering) and wonder how they came up with their ideas and concepts, also the way their portrait did more than just shot character was something that startled me, they had a certain life about them. I suggest you take some time to look at some of his work. It's very interesting.

The other reason that this shot is up is also because of the little confusion I didn't realise I would cause from yesterdays tip. This shop employs the Rule of thirds I discussed briefly.

My Tip: Somtimes it's always a good idea to have an idea of what you are planning to shoot before you do the shoot. Study the light before you start thinking of what type of additional lighting you might need. When I started I didn't use a flash for most of my portraits. I started off using a reflector and natural light. You can see some examples in this post and comments (7)
I like this portrait. Not comparable to those of Newman, as he uses the environment even more. But I really like this, love the control of light and quality post processing.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Feb 2009, 06:21
I like it
The subtle dof does it for me as a bonus ... but in reality it's essential. richard
Sorry.. I meant to say nice portrait Jide; Thanks for the tip on the artist: will check out his work.

  • Roland
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2009, 02:57
Excellent photo. I love the personal images that you post.
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2009, 03:43
Lovely work...Arnold Newman is phenomenal..he is one of my favorites..
  • Mo
  • London
  • 8 Feb 2009, 09:53
Great portrait. What a versatile subject, this is very different from her previous portrait. Thanks for the info on Arnold Newman,his portraits are phenomenal.

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