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September 24, 2015

Ep 41: Character building: How to take great character portraits

Capturing a great “character portrait” takes skill, timing and connection. It also needs the right mix of smart composition, meaningful props and a knack for storytelling. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the three “recipes” that will help you take an awesome character portrait every time. In Gina’s unique style, she explains how to determine what KIND of portrait you can achieve, how to embellish or simplify the image, and how to choose an environment that will really make your character portrait shine. Also remember to join the free community on Facebook. Just search for “So you want to be a photographer podcast community”. This week’s #ginachallenge is #character 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 Parents Troll Daughter And Boyfriend By Recreating...

Bling! How to photograph starbursts

In this image, I used the model’s shoulder to partially block the sun. This helps create great starbursts using the sun. This night shot of the QV building in Sydney was a 20 second exposure at F16. The shot was taken at midnight. I love a bit of bling in my images, in fact I’m going through my starburst phase. I’m a bit obsessed now. They are really easy to achieve and I think they look awesome. So if you want to add some bling to your next shoot just follow these guidelines: 1. Shoot with a narrow or small aperture. Experiment between f16 to f 22. Each lens will give a different result. 2. Sunbursts work best when the sun is partially blocked by something. I use the edge of buildings or part of my model. 3. I also get much better results when I shoot with a wide...
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