We take you behind the scenes of an actor’s editorial shoot. Here, Gina and Valerie discuss the planning process, determining what needs to be achieved, the different “looks” needed, how she achieved her goals in the setting provided and when and why lighting was brought in.
They reveal what techniques were used to create moody settings and how to shoot in almost pitch black circumstances and how to create beautiful backgrounds out of nothing.
Timothy Springs actor singer dancer aerialist and model.
Seen as a face for the “Back to Blue” print campaign for GAP Global wide. Familiar in all genres of music from gospel to jazz to classical. He started performing at a very young age. He competed in the famous “Show Time at the Apollo” at age . . .
In this tutorial I share one of my favourite time-saving hacks for retouching images that allows you to view an image in dual windows, so you don’t need to keep zooming in and out to check your progress.
I just read a frightening statistic. There are approximately 1.8 billion images shared on social media every day. If you take out the 4 million selfies uploaded by the Kardashians, that still leaves a staggering 1.4 billion images. In 2008 this figure was around 3 million.
So, with so many photos being uploaded every second, how the hell does a photographer get their work noticed these days? Before you start freaking out, open a fresh jar of Nutella and curl up on the couch to binge watch One Tree Hill – let’s break this down.
By the law of averages, of the 1.8 billion images uploaded, 50% are mostly bad photos that Jan from accounts took of her lunch at Sizzlers, guys posing in front of their cars for their latest Tinder profile pic, pets wearing sunglasses and out of focus images of babies.
Of the remaining 50%, selfies make up at least 30% of images uploaded to the internet each day. So that leaves 20% or roughly 36 million photos posted each day. That’s still a staggering figure and quite discouraging for many new photographers wanting to get their work noticed online.
In this MacGyver-style episode, Gina and Valerie discuss inexpensive and innovative ways to create a range of diverse backgrounds to use in your photo shoots. These ideas are particularly useful for portrait and lifestyle photography, but could also be used in other types of photography. From simple hacks, to fairy lights, wallpapers and Gobos, you’ll learn ways to transform your backgrounds in an instant.
“Those that do commercial fashion stuff. Do you charge per image, per hour, or just a half or full day rate?”
We answer in this week’s episode.
Charge by half day or full day Catalogue per shot Plus assistant Plus studio hire Plus files per shot (or per “look” or setup) Plus retouching Extras Each extra hour $$ per hour Each additional shot $$$ per shot Retouching per $$$ per hour Pre production/location scouting half rate Travel to location half rate plus petrol
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci
I can still remember exactly where I was when I first experienced the amazing raw file processing software called Lightroom. Like most groovy new trends, I wasn’t an early adopter. I’d heard many of my colleagues rave about Lightroom like it was the greatest thing since Nutella on bread, but I still had some reservations… I didn’t have time to learn a whole new system. Lightroom looked complicated and Photoshop did everything I needed just fine.
Then I tried it and life as I knew it changed forever *cue epic movie soundtrack*.
That was a defining moment in my life that will be played in my highlights reel, in between first kiss and first jar of Nutella. I was hooked within minutes of using it. Using Lightroom felt like home. Lightroom understood me. Lightroom had me at “hello.”
The thing that made Lightroom so revolutionary was the ability to individually adjust midtones, shadows and highlights, and make local adjustments in seconds (that would have taken ages using Photoshop). This is by far Lightroom’s greatest asset, but the ease and speed that photos can be manipulated and the variety . . .
In a world full of Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and Google images, it’s easy to come across amazing photography from regular people. But it is also very worthwhile to invest some time discovering – or re-discovering – the masters of photography.
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss true icons of the photographic world – on how they shaped the way we see things, what you can learn from them, and how you can adapt their style in your own images.
Paul Chapman Tried some self-portraits today. First time shooting tethered which made it sooo much easier. Took a few with my umbrella box and square softbox but it was quite tricky to get a shot without reflection. So I Macgyvered a new modifier with a milk bottle (see photo) and got a nice, soft, warm light and because it was quite small it was easier to keep the reflection out . . .
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Fuji x100f +Godox AD200 and @garyfong Lightsphere
Ep 252 is out!
This week @valeriekhoo and I discuss techniques you can use to take more meaningful, authentic and memorable photos.
A great portrait is so much more than nailing the lighting and focus. If you want to take your portraits next level then you want your images to have the x-factor or soul. The stuff nobody really talks about much.
How many images have you seen once and still think about years later? Why is that?
I can guarantee it had nothing to do with the lighting, pose or model.
Some of the topics discussed include
* Remember that one size doesn’t fit all.
* Photograph the person, not the style
* Find a background that supports what you are trying to say
* Light in a style that flatters or brings out the features of the person you are photographing
* Pose the person in a way that suits their body type and personality.
* Learn the art of natural posting and give your model the confidence to “own’ the pose
* Learn the art of posing different body types
* inauthentic poses
* Keep poses simple
* Learn to read non-verbal cues
* Matching energy
* Master one go-to set up you can do confidently as a starting point.
* Be decisive and confident.
* Connect and be authentic, talk open up be authentic
* Watch out for the moments between frames
* Learn how to get rid of photo face
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Gina Milicia is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’...