Had an interesting through today on the way to uni. I was reading the Australian Financial Review Magazine, a lovely publication full of articles people interested in the rich and the special read. As a side note the Canon EOS 1D MkIII was in this month's must have gadets for the ludicrously rich, but I digress. What this magazine is also known for is it's fantastic photography, probably IMO the best of any Australian non-photography dedicated publications. They frequent fantastic portraits of the rich and famous, lovely studio shots of Tom Ford for instance. One article in the September issue on page 59 about Rugby league features a prominent member of the sport in a stuid headshot. The picture really tells a thousand words and is in every possible way a great portrait in my books. Now getting to my point. This is the fashion issue and details a lot of designers. Rewind to page 47 and there is an article about Karen Walker. The photographer Derek Henderson in every photo hase placed her against a wall almost always put her in the dead centre of the frame, and nuked her with a direct flash. Basically if I posted a picture like this on strobist I would get laughed off the blog. Similarly if this ended up in the professional photography subforum people would wonder if I hit my head on the way out of bed this morning. And now the point: Despite this the photo is still great. It is set appart from every other in the magazine, just like Karen Walker is set appart from everone else in the fashion industry because of her "too-cool-for-school personal style" The lighting may make her look flat but at the same time it emphasises her direct and different style. Just a thought before you reach for your pocketwizards and lightstands next!