Month

October 2016

Ep 96 Gina’s Epic Iceland Photography Road Trip Part 2

When you travel around a small island on your own in a few days in search of the perfect shot, you’re going to have some stories. Valerie grills Gina on why she went to Iceland, how she planned her shot list and reviews what she ultimately achieved. From the obligatory rugged landscapes and cascading waterfalls, Gina also reveals how she captured moody shots of disused barns, lonely clotheslines, friendly (and unfriendly) sheep, amazing street art, and her new obsession – birds. #ginachallenge #epicscenery 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 Links 10+ Of The Most Beautiful Cats In The World 15+ Pics That Show Photography Is The Biggest Lie Ever Cool Photo Gallery         Harpa – Iceland “Located by the old...

Helen and Colin the super pup

In this tutorial, Gina will show you how to create a dark and moody background using shutter speed and aperture.

Quote: Fight the fear

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

Ep 95 Gina’s Epic Iceland Photography Road Trip Part One

There’s a lot more to Iceland than … ice. Gina’s recent adventure in this country meant travelling all over the island. In this episode, Valerie asks Gina how she prepared for Iceland, what she wanted to achieve, what essential travel and camera gear she brought and much more. In particular, Gina discusses how she found ideal places to view and shoot the spectacular dancing Northern Lights phenomenon – and what she had to do to capture these amazing images. #ginachallenge #nightlights 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 Shout outs       Kerri writes: Also encouraged by your newsletter this week Gina so am posting a few shots from a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to be in one...

Photoshop keyboard shortcuts

Spend less time on post production and more time taking photos by learning these essential Photoshop shortcuts. Download here.   Download here.    

Celebrate the small wins and tell your inner critic to shove it!

If your inner critics and your inner support crew were in a brawl, fight club style (dibs on Brad Pitt), who would win? If you asked me 10 years ago I’d have to confess that my support crew wouldn’t even get in the ring. Nope, they’d be cowering in the corner or curled up in the fetal position. My inner critics are a team of five. Doubt who joined the crew when I was about 14. Self-consciousness came along the same time. Fear and I have been besties my whole life. That’s my core group. In my 20s I met complacency and envy and the final members were added to the team in my 30s when burnout and boredom moved in. At first my support team was tiny hope and trust. It was the times that hope managed to sneak into my mind via the side entrance (usually while the...

Ep 94 Gina’s Colombian Photoshoot

Gina recently travelled to Colombia and captured some epic images. In this episode, Valerie grills Gina on her adventures with the customs officers, getting food poisoning, mammoth blisters, along with great information on what gear she took and how she captured her amazing shots. #GinaChallenge #birds 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 Listener Question Yishan Chan asks: I have a product shoot coming up with an artisan soap business. What sort of white background do you recommend that’s portable and easy to clean or dispose of if there are spills etc? Shooting Tents & Table Light Kits. Gina’s Colombian Photoshoot Gear 5DMK111 24-105 70-200 17-35 Sigma f 1.4 35mm Speedlite 600EX-RT Canon Australia 5 in 1 reflector 2x hard drives Manfrotto 190XPROB +...

The best art is created from the heart…

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall

How to light a headshot using a beauty dish

You beauty! Learn the best way to use your beauty dish.

Here’s a quick and easy way to correct perspective distortion using Lightroom

In this tutorial I’m going to show you a really quick and easy way to correct perspective distortion in photographs of buildings. Perspective distortion is caused when you point your camera at an extreme angle to a building or when using a wide angle lens very close to your subject. The wider the lens and the closer you are to the subject, the more extreme the distortion. This type of distortion can be minimised by using a tilt shift lens which enables the lens to be tilted so it is parallel to your subject. Positioning yourself farther away from the subject will also minimise distortion. For those of us who don’t own a tilt shift lens or can’t get back from far enough from the subject, Lightroom offers a fantastic and relatively easy solution.