Beauty in water photo shoot

Should I mention that I love water? It’s always different, magical and beautiful, especially when there is a beautiful woman lying in it. I was quite curious myself as to how far I can push it in order to create a large variety of looks, from natural to almost surreal, within just a few hours of a single shoot. Thanks to the amazing team, it went pretty far ūüôā

Beauty in water photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup/Hair/Nails: Delia Lupan
Model: Richelle Coomey

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Blocking Pinterest on your web site

If you don’t want to have your work used without permission on Pinterest, you can find out why, here (read the full story): http://greekgeek.hubpages.com/hub/Is-Pinterest-a-Haven-for-Copyright-Violations and here: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/is-pinterest-already-making-money-quietly/, use this meta tag in the header of all your web pages that you want to protect:
<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

(WordPress: go to Appearance->Edit->Header(header.php) and place ¬†<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />¬† in the next line, right after the <head> tag)

P.S.

Of course this is as ridiculous as ‘No free driving’ barrier around your car, nobody is supposed to use your photographs or touch your property without permission on the first place, but at least it will help you in the meantime, until on-line copyright protection evolves.

I can’t wait until the time when each photograph is automatically linked to it’s owner’s web site, protected from editing, and displays embedded copyright holder’s name and contact information upon mouse over, whenever it’s displayed on the Internet.

 

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Newspaper Copyright Infringement

The Daily Telegraph infringes copyright. Read here.

It seems to be a new trend for some editorial publishers to treat photography as a commodity and photographers as nothing but a middle man between the camera and the end user…

I really look forward to seeing our courts evolve on copyright infringement matters making it much faster and easier to protect creator’s works and settle infringement cases. There is a huge room for improvement.

I am also looking froward to seeing US copyright registration office switching to a subscription based service, which would allow registering new unpublished works on a daily basis, without paying extra and just having one reasonable annual subscription fee.

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Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

Autumn nature at Killarney Provincial park, Ontario, Canada. Landscape photography.

Lake George before sunset and at sunrise. Photography © 2011 Alex Maxim

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Killarney Provincial Park autumn scenery lake George 1
Killarney Provincial Park autumn scenery lake George 2
Killarney Provincial Park autumn scenery lake George 3
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Lady Samurai photo shoot

Lady samurai with a katana sword. Modern and vintage looks. Seductive and deadly.

Lady Samurai  photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup: Beatrice Jean
Hair: Dat Salon
Model: Josie Lee

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90s Grunge Fashion Photo Shoot

1990s Рthe beginning of the rejection of fashion. The popularity of grunge and alternative rock music also helped bring the simple, unkempt grunge look mainstream. (wikipedia)

1990s Grunge fashion photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup/Hair: Diana Mejia
Styling: Tasia Cole
Model: Hayley Campbell

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Natural beauty photo shoot

The concept of this shoot was to show natural beauty and sensuality of our model Charmaine without indulging into any heavy makeup or retouching techniques.

Natural beauty photo shoot © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup/Hair: Delia Lupan
Model: Charmaine San Pedro

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You are publishing a book and deciding on a cover photo

You have devoted a part of your life to writing a book and now it is the time to publish it. No matter if you choose to go with an established publisher or decide to self-publish it, you need to decide on the book cover, and that’s not an easy decision to make.

A cover is what your potential first-time readers see first and make up their mind whether they want to go ahead and take a closer look. The decision is made subconsciously and is based on your reader’s taste and past experiences. A good cover can sell your book, while a bad one can greatly limit your readership.

For most people, whether they are your first-time or devoted readers, the image on a book cover will trigger imagination even before they start reading the story, and will affect the way the book is perceived.

A great book can last forever, but you need to give it a proper take off by choosing the best and relevant cover photo that entices a reader and doesn’t have any flaws, whether¬†artistic or technical.

I am not a writer myself, but I am a photographer. And I believe, there is much we have in common.

You can find a selection of my photographs that I put aside as a separate gallery to illustrate sample book and e-book cover photos here. Or you can look through my entire photo archive here.

Have an inspirational year! And make sure your covers are as amazing as your stories!

Truly yours,
Alex Maxim

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Awkward stock photos

Contributors to Awkwardstockphotos keep finding amusing and surprising jewels on stock photo sites. Have a look yourself: http://awkwardstockphotos.com/

It’s not even the photos themselves that are hilarious, it’s the fact that they are marketed through major stock agencies and are supposed to meet needs of commercial and editorial clients.

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First fashion photo shoot with a Hasselblad

After hitting the limits of my faithful Nikon D2Xs, in 2009 I finally decided to switch to medium format. After a bit of testing, the choice became clear. It has to be Hasselblad H3D-II 39.

Here is a photo from my first fashion shoot with the camera. It’s also the first photo shoot with Daisy. We worked together many time after that, and had many amazing and fun shoots. But this one photo will always be one of my most favourite ones. All the elements came out just right. The light, the mood, the model, the settings, the wind, the composition. It has some fashion and fine art elements. I sketched it prior to the shoot, but the result has beaten all my expectations.

Photo © Alex Maxim

Thanks to the camera, the photos didn’t lose any details in shadows or highlights and came out very soft and natural. I had to boost the contrast a bit, to give the photo the mood I wanted it to have.

No noise, amazingly sharp details, skin tones and tonal gradations. I don’t want to go into all the geeky stuff, but I must say that my clients who are going to use this or any other photos, I shoot with H3D, as a spread in a magazine, as a poster, a large fine art print or on a billboard, are not going to see any quality degradation even close-up. These files have enormous potential for editing, cropping and rescaling.

Since getting my Hasselblad, I haven’t shot with anything else, whether it’s a studio or a location shoot, hot or wet weather. I pay a lot of attention to detail and quality, and IMO, there is no other camera that gives better results. I had some photos printed at over 60″ on the longest side and I am more than 100% satisfied with them.

I am sure, photographers who shoot with this camera, retouchers and graphic designers, who worked with its files, know what I mean ūüôā

More stories to come..

Alex

Featured photograph:
Artistic high fashion photo of a woman in black flying outfit 
Fashion photography by Alex Maxim

 

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