Month

January 2017

What camera gear do you take with you when you’re travelling?

You need enough gear so that you can achieve the shots you want, but you don't want to be dragging along everything but the kitchen sink.

Lightroom Quick Tip: Lights Out Mode

This simple little tip will make a big impact on how you view your images. Above: When working in the Develop Module in Lightroom tap “L” on your keyboard once to dim the filmstrip and tool panels around your image. Above: Lights out mode (Dimmed) removes distractions but still lets you view filmstrip and tools. Above: Tap on “L” again to completely black out the area around your image. Blacking out the area around your image removes distractions and makes it much easier to judge brightness, contrast and colour tones.

Ep 113: Simple lighting hacks for photographers.

When you’re shooting, you’re not always in a situation where you have great lighting. So when you’re faced with less-than-ideal lighting, what can you do? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss simple hacks that will transform your images and give the impression that you’ve created wonderful lighting. Hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process.   #ginachallenge #shadowshighlights 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 Product Highlights Daylight Balanced: 5500K Built-In Receiver Includes Wireless Remote Control Dimming: 10 – 100% CRI 90 Removable Reflector Find the Yongnuo YN100 LED...

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there

Above: Vasto, Italy photographed on my Canon 5DMK111 and 24-105mm lens ISO 100,F8 @1/1000th sec You’ve heard the saying “location, location” right? Well, did you know the place you spend the most time in is going to impact how successful you will become as a photographer? I believe the place you spend the majority of your time will have more of an impact on your ability to succeed than your technical ability. You can be the most technically gifted photographer in the world but if you spend the majority of your time living in this place then it’s highly likely your work will continue to suffer and will struggle to improve or evolve. I know this because I’ve lived in this place and getting out wasn’t easy. It’s difficult to leave a place that feels so familiar. Life here is predictable and comfortable. In fact, the place is called Comfort...

Portrait of Wayan, the Balinese Rice Farmer

Hot, humid and harsh. Learn how to work in difficult conditions.

I’m thrilled to be part of this!

By now, I’m sure you’ve figured out that I love sharing my passion for photography. That’s why I deliver courses, and share my knowledge in my podcast and newsletter. I love seeing other people get inspired by the images they can create. So when the guys at 5DayDeal asked me to get involved in a wonderful initiative that not only helps budding photographers – but also gives back to charities – it was a no brainer. I’m collaborating with some my my favourite photography educators to bring you a deal that, quite frankly, is awesome. You’ll get so much value from The Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle – but it’s only available from noon 19 to noon 24 January (Pacific time) 2017. For Sydney/Melbourne people that’s (7am Friday 20 January to 7am Wednesday 25 January.) I think this bundle speaks for itself. The 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle is...

Ep 112: How to shoot, process and print black and white film – at home

Want to feel like a real photographer by going old school? There’s a LOT you can discover about photography by shooting on film instead of digital. And you don’t have to travel back in time to do it! In this episode, Gina and Valerie – who both learnt on film – discuss how you can shoot, process and print black and white film yourself. It’s not hard! Hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process.   #ginachallenge #film Also check out ginamilicia.com/greatoffer 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...

Ep 111: Snapshot: Listener questions and photo critiques

In this minisode, Gina and Valerie review the creative black and white efforts from last week. So many talented people with very different styles of black and white! We also reveal a giveaway offer that you just have to be part of. Go to ginamilicia.com/greatoffer – you won’t regret it! And we tackle a listener question from a wonderful photographer who photographs rescue doggies to help them find a loving home. We workshop how the pics can be enhanced and how to get creative with featuring the right messaging on the images. Hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. ginamilicia.com/greatoffer Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you...

Ep 110 How to take awesome black and white photos

Have you heard? Black and white is the new black. Although it’s always been represented in classic and iconic shots, it seems that black and white is now hip again. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how to “see” in black and white, why you need to understand the colour wheel for best results, whether you should shoot in black and white or convert in post-production, how B&W can enhance and transforms some shots from meh to amazing, and much more. Hope you enjoy the podcast. #ginachallenge #blackandwhite 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 Links Quote “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”― Ted Grant...

Quote: Happy New Year!

Above: Spotted these gorgeous creatures on the beach in Seminyak, Bali. The owner informed me they live, eat and sleep together along with three puppies. Aside from the cuteness factor I also had to contend with fading light and the fact that these guys were heavily backlit. The image was photographed using a Canon 5DMk11, 24-105mm lens @ 105mm, F4 1/100th sec, ISO 1000 “Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” – Brian Tracy  
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