September 3, 2015

Ep 38: What Would MacGyver do? The Best DIY Photography Hacks

If Gina was ever reincarnated, she would come back as MacGuyver. That’s because she’s been on so many photography jobs where she’s needed to improvise and get out of tight spots – often because of factors outside her control. So she’s developed a knack for MacGuyvering everything from temporary boom and light stands, lens holders, all kinds of diffusers, and much more. Often, she’s had to use everyday items that you can find in the house or your car. In this episode, Gina explains to Valerie her top MacGuyver hacks. It’s well worth a listen because you may just need to improvise on your next shoot. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #MacGuyver 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 Forget selfies! The latest...

Forget something? The Portrait Photography Checklist

Have you ever taken a portrait and thought you nailed light, location, and exposure only to realise you’d forgotten one tiny detail that ends up ruining your shot? Here is my checklist of the main offenders: ( I’ve done all of them. Some are repeat offences) Check the background to make sure nothing appears to be growing out of the back of people’s heads. Ensure the hands are relaxed. When models are nervous they tend to clench their fists or place their hands in awkward positions. Are the eyes in focus? It’s really easy to get so caught up in the moment that you accidentally focus on the nose or part of the background instead of the eyes. Button it up, tuck it in, smooth it out. Double check for wardrobe malfunctions as these can be a nightmare to retouch and potentially ruin a shot. Also watch out for lipstick...