Month

January 2015

What would MacGyver do? How to protect your floor

What would MacGyver do? I’m constantly looking for smart ways to protect my clients’ floors from scratches caused by my light stands whenever I’m shooting on location. I saw this clever solution on a recent shoot that I did with a film crew and loved the MacGyveresque genius of it!  

Ep 7: The secret to photographing difficult people

What happens when you have to photograph a difficult or demanding person? In this episode, we focus on the hacks Gina has honed over 20 years of photographing everyone from Prime Ministers to divas and actresses to the shyest and most insecure people around. So many take-aways you can use for yourself. Enjoy the episode! Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show notes 19 Family Photos Gone Wrong… Very Wrong A Bunch Of Homeless People Walked Around New York With Disposable Cameras, And The Photos They Took Are Striking What’s the best way to photograph a someone who is: an extrovert an ego maniac insecure and lacks self confidence a powerful business person or politician a child with a stage mother is a diva is a Richard...

Ep 7: The secret to photographing difficult people

What happens when you have to photograph a difficult or demanding person? In this episode, we focus on the hacks Gina has honed over 20 years of photographing everyone from Prime Ministers to divas and actresses to the shyest and most insecure people around. So many take-aways you can use for yourself. Enjoy the episode! Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show notes 19 Family Photos Gone Wrong… Very Wrong A Bunch Of Homeless People Walked Around New York With Disposable Cameras, And The Photos They Took Are Striking What’s the best way to photograph a someone who is: an extrovert an ego maniac insecure and lacks self confidence a powerful business person or politician a child with a stage mother is a diva is a Richard...

What would MacGyver do? How to protect your floor

What would MacGyver do? I’m constantly looking for smart ways to protect my clients’ floors from scratches caused by my light stands whenever I’m shooting on location. I saw this clever solution on a recent shoot that I did with a film crew and loved the MacGyveresque genius of it!  

Let’s slug it out: Canon 1000D versus Canon 1DSMK111

I pitted my son’s 1000D against my Canon 1DS MK 111 and the results really surprised me! The contenders Canon 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens Weight 450gms Original cost $695 Raw File Size 9.8MB Canon 1DSMK 111 Weight 1210gms Original cost $8200 Raw File size 25MB New photographers and enthusiasts often ask me: which is the best camera to buy and with what lens? My reply is always the same. Firstly, I believe the best investment should be in the photographer not the gear. Before you go out and spend thousands on cameras and lenses I think everyone should invest some time in really learning the craft. Enrol in a photography course or reading blogs, books, listening to podcasts and doing an online course, can do this. Secondly, buy a good quality second hand camera over a cheap lesser quality new camera and invest in the best lenses you can...

Ep 6: How to organise an efficient and successful shoot

How to organise an efficient and successful shoot. This episode focuses on what a professional photographer must have in place when you have clients, expectations and a finite time period to achieve the images needed. Gina and Valerie discover what you need in a client brief for advertising, editorial, event or portfolio shoots. They discuss what you need on a shot list, the infrastructure required for a successful shoot (it’s not as much as you think) and the little things that ensure the shoot goes as smoothly as possible. Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. You can also find the podcast on iTunes here! Show notes South Korean unlicensed selfie stick ban excessive: retailers Taxi Driver Captures Black-and-White Portraits of His Most Eclectic Passengers Organising a shoot...

Ep 6: How to organise an efficient and successful shoot

How to organise an efficient and successful shoot. This episode focuses on what a professional photographer must have in place when you have clients, expectations and a finite time period to achieve the images needed. Gina and Valerie discover what you need in a client brief for advertising, editorial, event or portfolio shoots. They discuss what you need on a shot list, the infrastructure required for a successful shoot (it’s not as much as you think) and the little things that ensure the shoot goes as smoothly as possible. Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. You can also find the podcast on iTunes here! Show notes South Korean unlicensed selfie stick ban excessive: retailers Taxi Driver Captures Black-and-White Portraits of His Most Eclectic Passengers Organising a shoot...

Let’s slug it out: Canon 1000D versus Canon 1DSMK111

I pitted my son’s 1000D against my Canon 1DS MK 111 and the results really surprised me! The contenders Canon 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens Weight 450gms Original cost $695 Raw File Size 9.8MB Canon 1DSMK 111 Weight 1210gms Original cost $8200 Raw File size 25MB New photographers and enthusiasts often ask me: which is the best camera to buy and with what lens? My reply is always the same. Firstly, I believe the best investment should be in the photographer not the gear. Before you go out and spend thousands on cameras and lenses I think everyone should invest some time in really learning the craft. Enrol in a photography course or reading blogs, books, listening to podcasts and doing an online course, can do this. Secondly, buy a good quality second hand camera over a cheap lesser quality new camera and invest in the best lenses you can...

So here is why I’m channelling Bono…

I love this more than chocolate. Blue Light Blocking Glasses Did you know that our computers and mobile devices emit a blue light that tricks our brains into thinking it’s daytime? This is great when you need to get work done through the day and need to stay awake but spending late nights retouching or reading off a computer screen, tablet or phone is really detrimental to our quality of sleep. The sun sets our natural body clocks. Sunset is supposed to be a trigger for our bodies to produce melatonin. It’s crucial for good physical and emotional health that our bodies produce enough melatonin. Low melatonin rates have been associated with cancer, weight gain and depression. I began noticing that when I was up late retouching files or writing my quality of sleep that night was really poor. I did a bit of research and discovered my new “Call...

So here is why I’m channelling Bono…

I love this more than chocolate. Blue Light Blocking Glasses Did you know that our computers and mobile devices emit a blue light that tricks our brains into thinking it’s daytime? This is great when you need to get work done through the day and need to stay awake but spending late nights retouching or reading off a computer screen, tablet or phone is really detrimental to our quality of sleep. The sun sets our natural body clocks. Sunset is supposed to be a trigger for our bodies to produce melatonin. It’s crucial for good physical and emotional health that our bodies produce enough melatonin. Low melatonin rates have been associated with cancer, weight gain and depression. I began noticing that when I was up late retouching files or writing my quality of sleep that night was really poor. I did a bit of research and discovered my new “Call...
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