Month

April 2016

Ep 71: How to break into celebrity photography

With an upcoming shoot at the Logies (the Australian equivalent of the Emmys) on the horizon, Gina and Valerie talk about how to break into celebrity photography. You’ll discover: Gina’s first celebrity shoot, how she got into television photography, and her tips on how you can break into this industry. #ginachallenge #shootingstars 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 Shoutouts Lisa McTiernan Dhanwant Singh Seehra (Danny) Kevin Mahoney‎ How to break into celebrity photography Television photography Stills Publicity Marketing Events What are your tips for anyone wanting to break into television photography start shooting stills for student films or amatuer theatre shoot publicity for bloggers shoot celebrity for stock agencies intern for TV networks intern at magazines shoot for PR agencies/direct client shoot for...

Imagine how powerful you could be if you let go of the things you are most afraid of

    “The greatest fear in the world is the opinion of others, and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” – Osho

Ep 70: Epic! How to organise, direct and photograph an epic photo shoot

We go behind the scenes at Gina’s recent epic photo shoot: including Harley Davidsons, Mustangs, horses, drones, teepees, five models and much more! Gina and Valerie talk about what’s involved in preparing for the shoot, coordinating a huge crew, handling the client and what happens when your main model cancels at the last minute. #ginachallenge #vroom 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 Useful link via Sam Webster Phil Collins Reshot All His Original Album Covers for the 2016 Reissues Listener questions From Matt Zahn: “I have been asked to shoot a senior portrait session. The place the girl wants to shoot charges $150 for 1.5 hours. Some of you may have heard about it: Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua NY. Couple of questions. 1....

Behind the scenes: A shoot with motorbikes, mustangs and models

Join Valerie Khoo as she goes behind the scenes with Gina at a beachside location on a shoot for a surfwear client. Working with professional models, full sunlight, make-up artists, horses and drones, it was an intense day.

Chit Chat 101: The best posing and directing hack I’ve ever learnt

Before I started my formal education, I spent three years at an exclusive alternative school for girls. It’s here that I learnt the most useful posing and directing hack that I still use to this day. I loved my time at this school. Most of the curriculum was completely unorthodox. I was taught how to grow strawberries, how to change a flat tyre, the secret of a perfect pizza dough, how to speak fluent Italian and how to graft a pear tree to a peach tree. Cool huh? My teacher’s name was Frank and he was awesome. I loved learning all of these practical skills, but it was watching how Frank engaged with every single person that he met, that was the most valuable lesson he taught me. Frank was a master at the art of chit chat. The chit chat artist can engage a complete stranger in a conversation...

Ep 69: Slim pickings: How to create amazing images using only available light

As photographers, we can find ourselves in sticky positions where conditions are less than ideal. So what happens when you find yourself on a shoot where you don’t have enough gear or lights – but you have to make do with the light that’s available? No point cursing or rescheduling. Instead, you need to look at the available light and see what you can do with what you have got. In this episode, Gina and Valerie focus on the thought processes you should go through to create amazing images when you have no choice but to only use available light. You’ll also find great examples in the show notes that reveal what’s possible in these situations. #ginachallenge #slimpickings 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...

How to retouch teeth Part B: Photoshop

This is Gina's preferred method of teeth retouching for covers and editorial shoots, particularly when working with tight headshots where you can see lots of detail.

How to retouch teeth Part C: Photoshop

This is Gina's preferred method of teeth retouching for covers and editorial shoots, particularly when working with tight headshots where you can see lots of detail.

Beautiful people do not just happen

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  – Elizabeth Kubler Ross Meeting and photographing French born Australian artist Mirka Mora was a huge honour. The first thing that struck me was the sense of child-like wonder in her eyes. She is one of the most beautiful and intriguing women I’ve ever photographed. This portrait was taken in her studio in Melbourne, Australia using a 70-200mm lens 2f2.8 and edited using Roma preset.
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