Jill Greenberg. Jim Fiscus and Joey L

Wow, that’s cool, move on.  Some images grab attention without you knowing why. 

image courtery BBC AmericaNo matter what we’re looking at unless we’ve a trained eye then we rarely look below the immediate surface.

For example, a young child eating cake just loves the taste.  The chef or foodie also thinks about process, ingredients, inspiration and influence (or maybe not Smile).

With films, most of us are just engaged in the story. not conscious of the behind the scenes development; the idea pitch to the money men; the preproduction; script development; the technical production and so on (except when the experience is bad – like a bad Bali bootleg copy).

We’ve all a trained eye in something – it’s found in our work and passions.

The art collector, the sports car enthusiast, the football talent scout, the X factor judge, the model plane builder, the dancer. 

But I digress, this is a photography blog, so back to this post. 

From Wired this week – the image (courtesy BBC America)

Report: Harry Potter Director Bringing Doctor Who to Big Screen

That shiny, illustrative, grungy type of look you now see from TV to billboards – I like it, I need to try and shoot it, to learn from it.

Further my previous blogs on surrealist photography and finding David Hill I’ve just found the pioneer of the look


Jim Fiscus

And Joey Lawrence


Sid Vasandani writes a very helpful blog on developing this Shiny and the Grunge Look


The studio lighting setup below

As Sid says the style has already been worked to death BUT mastering the process can only add to your skills.

You then have retouching but that’s for another post (or read Sids blog).

I’m off to setup the studio and organise a model.

Happy shooting.

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.



Increasing Sales Through Better Photography

Surfrider Beer Ring

In a blink a photo communicates a message to us and we instantly subconsiously decide whether to either ignore or investigate further?  The photography or headline grabs our attention, the first paragraph tells us what we hope the gain, if we’re interested we’ll click or read more.  If the image connects we’ll read, share, comment or might even buy/ subscribe.

Welcome to first Saturday Shopper Showcase segment of maxysphoto daily blog.  This segment hopes to focus on how photography can help you sell – either you, your products, your idea, your business.  It’s the “commercial photography” side of things looking at examples of great campaigns through to you creating or interpreting a creative brief and online stores we love (or not). 

Any communication is like that – advertising, meeting people, reading an article.  The headline designed to capture your attention, the first paragraph the key WIIFM (What’s In It For Me).  The key here is “relevance” and does it “resonate”?


Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Sydney, Australia
Executive Creative Director: Andy Dilallo
Creative Director: Mark Harricks
Art Director: Brendan Donnelly
Copywriter: Guy Futcher
Retoucher: Cream
Photographer: Adam Taylor

Yosemite and Ansel Adams

The second in maxyphotos Friday Featured Fotographers (Photographers) series where I look people past and present who have helped influence my photographic journey.

I’m at #Mostreet (Montgomery St Cafe at Kogarah) this morning for a social Tweetup (a Twitter driven social gathering) where my video director mate Chris has just got back from a Californian road trip which included Yosetime National Park.

He was in awe of it’s beauty and from a photographers perspective, you can’t mention Yosetime without mentioning legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)

A Google Image Search

Ansel Adams


Adams was the co-developer if the Zone System – a photographic technique for determining optimal film exposure and development. The technique is based on the late 19th century sensitometry studies of Hurter and Driffield. The Zone System provides photographers with a systematic method of precisely defining the relationship between the way they visualize the photographic subject and the final results. Although it originated with black-and-white sheet film, the Zone System is also applicable to roll film, both black-and-white and color, negative and reversal, and to digital photography.

Michael Sutton

Cronulla from Michael Sutton on Vimeo.

Yesterday I had a quick Facebook online chat with photographer Mike Sutton. I first met Michael via the Sutherland Shire Flickr Group a few years ago when I started posting some pics of the Shire. Flickr is a bit like a Facebook for photographers (for those of you interested Flickr is owned by Yahoo). It’s through the thousands of incredible photographers on Flickr that I personally was inspired to get deeper into my photography – ie get beyond point and shoot.

Mick has been at the forefront of iphonegraphy (slideshow below), his 365 days i-phone project inspirational and was recently exhibited at an Apple exhibition.

Anyway, we got to chatting about photography – in particular that sometimes it feels like 90% of the time you’re marketing and only 10% actually taking photos. In many ways that’s life really – a football player spends 80 minutes on the field each week, a TV reporter minutes on screen each night, a business 10% of the time making a product and the rest marketing, administrating, blogging :). I suppose it’s Gladwells 10,000 hours thing again or the old “it takes 10 years to be an overnight success” quote.

Today, so much of marketing is centered around social media and one of the keys is “sharing”. So, with this in mind I’ve just come up with the idea of “Friday Featured Fotographer” – where it’s less about my photography per sec and more about another photographer who has inspired (thanks Michael).

Hmmm, this idea taken even further could lay a content strategy – Monday Model Masterpiece, Tuesday Technical Tips, Wednesday Web ? (and I’m struggling here now) but you get the picture (excuse the pun).

Anyway, hope you enjoy the slide show and see you tomorrow – hey “the Saturday Slide Show!” (sorry).