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Cheers and jeers and even more credibility lost for the Maxim Hot 100

So once again, the men’s magazine Maxim has released it’s special Hot 100 issue. And once again, it’s got some good, some bad and some rather unbelievable.

As a photographer in Pittsburgh, my native city, I often work with models and entertainers from around the region and enjoy the opportunity to see what the major national and international magazines choose to convey as the concept of beauty. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don’t. With that in mind, here’s my personal assessment of this year’s collection of what Maxim considers some of the most beautiful women on Earth.

hot 100

Cheers to the magazine for the inclusion of:

#96 Kellie Pickler

#95 Zoe Deschanel

#88 Elisabeth Harnois

#73 Katherine McPhee

#72 Jessica Chastain

#64 Candice Swanepoel

#60 Stana Katic

#56 Emmy Rossum

#45 Naya Rivera

#44 Sarah Highland

#40 Julianne Hough

#39 Lea Michele

#37 Amanda Seyfried

#29 Ronda Rousey

#21 Emma Stone

Jeers to the magazine for the inclusion of:

#83 Kat Dennings

#69 Manti Te’o’s Fake Girlfriend

#49 Sofia Vergara

And about 10-15 women I’ve never heard of.

Snubs and others who could have been included:

Carrie Underwood

Tracey Spiridakos

Melissa Benoist

Miranda Kerr

Lily Collins

Megan Massaacre

Any one of the female pros on Dancing With the Stars

Good and bad calls on positioning within the top 100:

While I applaud the selections of Killie Pickler and Zoe Deschanel, both should be in a higher spot. And although Taylor Swift (#13) moved up from last year, she really should be in the top 10. Speaking of the top 10, this year’s list is ripe with questionable calls. You can’t go wrong with Kate Upton (#7) on any top 10 list but the placement of Selena Gomez at #2 and incredibly shockingly Miley Cyrus at #1 – yeah, that’s not a typo, is more that a bit out of line. No doubt Selena deserves to be on the list, but probably outside the top 20. As far as Miley goes, I’d say it was OK to include her but she should certainly be in the bottom 50.

 

 

 

 

Photography tips: Shooting fair skin

So, in my photography work, I shoot a lot of models. Combining that with the fact that one of my primary interests is working with goth pics, you may be able to see a pattern developing here. Basically, there tend to be a lot of pale-skinned people in front of my camera lens.

Anyone who has been working with people as subjects knows that dealing with the different skin tones in nature can present an interesting challenge, especially in the cases when you are shooting a portrait with several people of varying shades of skin.

In the case of subjects with fair skin, you have to be especially aware of:

1. Exposure issues

2. Contrast

3. The subject’s other features

The stunning Emma Stone

Exposure:

While generally a slight overexposure may not hurt or may even artistically enhance an image on occasion, this can be devastating when shooting a pale person. You will need to be sure of proper exposure and even still you may need to use some editing techniques to set off the subject’s color – like bumping up the saturation for example.

Contrast:

Clothing, accessories and the background on the shot should be arranged so as to provide a nice contrast between the skin and pretty much everything else. This makes for a nice, creative balance.

The subject’s other features:

Dark or red hair, bright red lips and intense blue eyes (see the image of Emma Stone above) can be emphasized in your shot. In doing so, you will undoubtedly enhance your overall photo.

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