Blaire – beauty fashion portrait 📸
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Location: Scott Maxworthy Photography
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To capture – camera obscura – I think there’s a beauty even in the very basic of things even like this bloke taking ten minutes to photograpgh a wall. #monochromatic #instadaily #bnw_life #picoftheday #photographer #bwstyleoftheday #pictureoftheday #photooftheday #art #tbt #nero #bnw_society #slrcamera #picsart #blackandwhite #bnw_captures #photoaday #bandw #canon #photo #style #capture #instapic #instagood #instalike #photography
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Experimenting with workflow – this should automatically appear on http:// maxyphoto.com.au and the in 5 minutes post automaticalky to Facebook & twitter #feedtest #mp #model #fashion #glamour
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 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.
Jack had been awake for the last 48 hours fighting the fires when the wind suddenly picked up and turned from the north-west. His team raced to re-position between the fire and the homes on the hill.
Jill was in her bedroom getting ready for the local community ball, all she heard was a roar coming over the hill – she raced to the fire bunker.
Photo by Scott Maxworthy maxymedia
An email enquiry through – I was asked to shoot some live band shots in an inner City pub. I mentioned to Anthony – one of the guys in the band, as a part-time muso myself I know how hard it is to get good band shots (as I’m usually playing and also our band photographer) and would be keen to do the job.
A couple of days later the booking was made and gig details provided. The venue was the Sly Fox Hotel in Enmore on Thursday night – the band “King For A Day” would be on from 8:30PM-10:30PM. Actually at first I thought the band was called “Underground Bingo” because a search on the web revealed that as the nights listed entertainment event.
A further search on the Sly Fox says it’s a gay and lesbian bar – OK, this WILL be something different I thought to myself – I had visions of Priscilla Queen of The Desert
Like all new photography challenges I like to research to get some best practice tips.
My most important tip –
Camera Ready – before any gig double check all your equipment – lens and cameras checked and cleaned; cards formatted; all batteries charged. Yes, I was once through a shoot and my spare was completely battery was flat.
Backup – I now take two camera bodies with me for all event shoots – with event gigs (wedding; sports; corporate; band) there’s only one chance to grab the shots and you’re completely stuffed if your camera packs it in mid gig.
A good, easy to access, waist camera bag would be great.
I arrive at the venue at 8PM as the band is setting up and introduce myself. The room reminds me of the good old Aussie pub stages we had in the 80’s and 90’s. I use this time to do some test shots to get an idea of exposure. “Underground Bingo” is the main event – a heavy tattooed, sunnies wearing, terrets afflicted but, often humourous beatboxing bingo caller and a skinny dude in a flash 70’s suit. The bingo prizes are equally different – a couple of nurf guns, a plant terrarium and an original native indian dinner plate.
While bingo is in full swing we grab some late notice cover shots in the poster spattered alley way behind the pub. Time is short and I choose a street light as my key light.
Photo by Scott Maxworthymaxymedia
I nearly always shoot in Manual mode – I spot meter the available light; shoot some tests and constantly check shots during the gig – there’s just too many things that can throw out the camera’s auto functions. Use your viewer and histogram. Remember the “more light to the right” of your histogram contains the most photo data.
Dump the flash and shoot high ISO – it’ll add grain but your flash won’t wash out the stage lights. You can reduce the noise in post production.
Also big apertures – more light but a shallower depth of field. I shot most of the following images at ISO 6400 f/2.8 and 1/90 sec.
Shoot RAW. Warning. I went a bit crazy and shot nearly a thousand images for this gig – that’s a lot of hard disk space. Are the shots just going onto the web or will prints be made?
Lens – I’ve my trusty f/2.8 17-35mm wide (on a full frame) and my f/4.0 24-105mm portrait lens. I’d love a good fast prime lens.
We’re back before the first half of bingo ends “33 – tit’s and arse” says Bingo beat box man. “Bingo!” cries the young hipster and goes straight for the nerf gun prize.
Now time to shoot.
Hi, my name is Scott Maxworthy, thanks for visiting my photography site.
A bit about me
I’m a born and bred Sydney lad originally from “The Shire” and the beaches of Cronulla and now live on the beach at Sans Souci, about 15 mins south of the Sydney Airport and 25 minutes south of the City.
I started taking black and white photos when I was 11 years years old and have rarely been without my camera ever since (over 30 years now).
I shoot a wide range of subjects but love shooting portraits, fashion and glamour – either in a studio, outdoors, or on location.
Regular clients include the St George Illawarra Dragons; local businesses and organisations and hundreds of models and actors.
So if want a photographer who is deeply passionate about your shots then please give me a buzz on 0414 792 072
Cheers and I look forward to seeing you soon.