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