The Hustler. My brother Brett in the studio to record some vocal tracks we’ve been working on #portrait #music #singer #blackandwhite #sydney #mp

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The Hustler. My brother Brett in the studio to record some vocal tracks we’ve been working on #portrait #music #singer #blackandwhite #sydney #mp

Daughters of the Northern Coast

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The purpose of this post is about exploring how to build an image to tell a story.

We’ve all heard the expression “a picture tells a thousand words” – it’s actually an average 83 (that I read in some research somewhere) but the number doesn’t really matter.  The facts are most of us are primarily visual and some pics communicate more effectively than others, that there are photos that speak millions and others little.

Ideally as a photographer you want to get as much as possible shot in the camera so to cut down post production time but that is not always possible or practical.

Below is a photo composite of three different photos – our model, the landscape and the old car.  On their own each image is OK but not a thousand words worth –  the elements joined to create a story that hopefully resonates with your audience and worth much more.

  • The model shot in a green screen studio in Sydney,
  • The car located on the highway near Sawtell on the North Coast and
  • The background landscape around Boorowa  NSW.

There is a caveat – the time to create a composite image is about ten fold  –

With every piece of communication you need to ask what message do you want to convey?

James Reyne is playing at our local club in a few weeks time -as teenagers during the 80’s we grew up listening, dancing and singing to Aussie Crawl on our surf trips up to the Northern Coast of NSW.  Sons of Beaches and Daughters of the Northern Coast.  Music an inspiration.

Sunset Over a Golden Sea Sunset Over a Golden Sea Photo by Scott Maxworthy maxymedia

We were down at Boorowa in mid south west NSW yesterday to do some filming for Ottoboca (my foodie project) with the Sam’s from Sam’s Paddock Butcher – simply beautiful tasting, high quality, pasture fed Angus beef.

This pic yet another example of the stunning beauty of our country – the late afternoon sun creeping through the clouds and washing the fields, gum trees and an old abandoned building (look closely) in golden light.

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A Day In The Studio

Album Cover – Rachael

This week I had the beautiful Rachael from our band drop into the studio to shoot some test images for her new CD Album cover.  For the final cover I’ll probably add more composite layers to create a more surreal type image but on the other hand sometimes less is more.

With these types of shots you can certainly get more creative and even in these days of downloaded music it’s interesting how often we’ll listen to the music and remember the album cover.

Technical: For nearly all of these shots I just wanted to test a single dominant light source – in this case a beauty dish against a simple gray backdrop.

In post production experimented with different techniques – from aggressive smoothing to maximising clarity to use of fractal sketching.

 

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