Dave Hill and Josh Rossi

I’ve been on a bit of surrealist thread the last week or so but it began when reading Susan Sontag’s On Photography  which opened me up to the photographic illusion.

Combine Photo Elements to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial

Last week I then came across a Photoshop tutorial on creating a surreal photo manipulation.

One things leads to another – I’m suddenly on a “Retouching” forum

I’m then introduced to a couple of photographers –  

Josh Rossi and the extremely talented Dave Hill.

Dave Hill’s stuff is fantastic – I’m simply blown away  


Dave Hill – http://www.davehillphoto.com





Behind The Scenes 

From Dave

All 11 images of the Adventure Series are deconstructed.
I had to flatten a lot of the layers, but at least you can get an idea of what goes into each image.



The Journey Continues

Woohooo – it’s the first weekend I’ve had off in weeks, I’m sitting at my computer looking at all the stuff I should be doing – this blog entry is one of them.  I start typing …..

Letter to self….

Ok, slack ass – the intention of this blog section was to chronicle your photography development so that 

  1. You can look back and see how your creative “journey” towards a professional creative photographer is progressing  
  2. Share with your readers the “experience” (geez your writing sounds like the scripts out of X Factor and every other reality TV show) and
  3. in the digital marketing world, Google loves new content, new content impacts your SEO, SEO impacts visitors, visitors impacts shares; equals word of mouth, equals more customers, equals more gigs and more time taking photos ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyway, the reason (there’s always a reason) is that other stuff takes priority.  You test ideas, if they don’t work you try something else, plus jobs and other demands take your time.  It’s always about priorities! 
So, the last month has been mainly focused on my other corporate gig doing digital media strategy and looking at interactive transmedia (cross platform) storytelling and social video stuff  – in a nutshell it’s about business strategy and how to use social media to engage with your customers.  You see social media by itself is boring, it’s the stories people share that’s interesting.  
The really interesting challenge with photography is how to try and tell a story with just a picture.
So, with all that said.  Here’s a quick snap shot over the last month.

My first professional event photography gig

The end of August I picked up a gig to shoot the opening of Thomas Electronics new factory at Regents Park.  The biggest challenge of the day was the whole company, 100 people, group shot inside the warehouse (it was raining outside) and making sure I had enough light; depth of field; colour balance (metal halide floodlights) and then, in post production having to edit out the backdrop.  
Tips for next time – hire bigger more powerful flash units; shoot plain back ground; more time and shots.  You really want to shoot F10/ F11; min 1/60th to avoid any movement; not much more than 400 ISO to reduce noise.    
The event gig help lay a better understanding for looking at wedding photography (the second biggest expenditure most people make in their lifetime).  A battery pack was bought for my Speedlight 580EXII.
When thinking about event photography – a second camera really a must – 1. for safety and 2. changing lens.
Thomas Electronics New Factory Opening
Other shoots included
Viddy – experimenting with new iphone video platform Viddy

Twisted Betties Promotional Models Garage Shoot

Garage WorksPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia
another Naked Buddha fashion shoot
Spring @ The Naked BuddhaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia
Spring @ The Naked BuddhaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia
Spring @ The Naked BuddhaPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia
Some Maxy Band shots with Bruno
BluesmanPhoto by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia
plus a new Grove Avacado Oil brand ambassador shoot (shots coming soon).
In the next few weeks we’re heading up to Bali for a little bit of R&R (and more photography).
Until next time – happy shooting.