“Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.” The War of Art preface
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Above: Australian entertainers, Hamish and Andy photographed using my classic 4 light setup
When I was a kid and someone asked me “and what do you want to do when you grow up Gina?” my answer was always the same.
“I’m going to be an artist.”
I always got the same response, a small knowing smile, that I interpreted as “wow, how cool. Everyone should be an artist. It’s like, the best thing ever!”
It wasn’t until I was in my mid-late teens that well-meaning friends and family started to comment on my career choice.
“Yes, but what are you going to do to make money dear? Art isn’t a real job. It’s a hobby.”
“Don’t become an artist, you’ll end up starving in a garret.” This confused me because I didn’t know what a garret was (it’s small living space, like an attic).
Luckily for me, I’m a rebel by nature and pretty much ignored all the advice I was given. That was over 30 years ago now and I know everyone just had my best interests in mind, but I do wonder how different my life would have been if . . .
Sometimes, one little thing – a subtle prop – can make all the difference in your shot. You might be technically brilliant at photos, but if you want to be creative and really let your photos tell a story, it takes more than just composition, posing and lighting to make it work. The addition of a simple prop can make all the difference. However, you don’t want the prop to overshadow the pic, nor do you want it to be cheesy.
Gina and Valerie discuss when you might use props, where you can get them, discuss essential props you should have in your kit and how you can use them cleverly and creatively.
In this mini-sode, you’ll experience a live tutorial as Gina guides Valerie through workshopping and finally getting the shot she wants to achieve. You’ll discover how to make fake champagne, how to get the bubbles to fizz on cue, different lighting scenarios when you have limited options and how to achieve bubbles and bokeh all in one shot.
Woohooo – we never thought we’d reach 100! Gina and Valerie celebrate 100 episodes while drinking champagne and discuss how to go from taking average to awesome photos in less than a year! It’s about finding the right mentor, not being afraid to make mistakes, silencing self-doubt and much more.
This episode has been inspired by our wonderful listeners who have achieved so much. This is dedicated to you.
Show notes Watch, listen, read, do, rinse repeat Make mistakes Share your work and seek constructive criticism Join a supportive community Find a good mentor Plan your shoots Sort out your inner mean girls Network and hang around with people who are slightly better than you Shoot, shoot, shoot!!
#ginachallenge (suggested by Ky Hansen) #showusyourpics
Who you calling soft? Are your images as sharp as you’d like them to be? Check out my tutorial on how to sharpen images in Lightroom and discover the one little secret slider that will change your life… seriously.
In this “minisode”, Gina and Valerie talk about how to communicate effectively as a photographer. There is an art to creating a rapport with your model. And that applies whether you are shooting a supermodel, your neighbour, business people, family, school kids – anyone! When you do the right things to communicate effectively, you get better shots. it’s that simple.
Gina has mastered the art of bonding with her subjects, whether she’s dealing with an A-list celebrity, a CEO, an octogenarian or the girl next door. She reveals her top 7 tips so you can too. #ginachallenge
Above: I photographed this uber cool store display Fotografi Reykjavik in Reykjavik using my Canon 5DMK11 and Canon 24-105mm lens.
Ever wondered what the world’s most perfect photo looks like?
Maybe there could be a worldwide search for the most perfect photo. Kind of like Miss Universe, only classier and with better sponsors. I’m looking at you Nutella.
The Miss Universe of photos could be called Pixel Perfection (working title) and be open to all professional photographers, enthusiasts and instafamous. There would be no age limit or megapixel size and images could be film, digital, pinhole, colour, or black and white.
In Miss Universe, contestants are put through gruelling challenges such as the bikini challenge or general knowledge challenge and given scores by a panel of beauty experts, celebrities and a Kardashian or two.
Pixel perfection would see images scored and rated by a panel of the world’s foremost experts in photography including the world’s top commercial photographers, film makers, art directors, designers, art critics, models and maybe a Kardashian or two for good measure.
The winning image would get a crown and a sash, who doesn’t love a sash? There will . . .
“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’...