Month

February 2017

Quote: What’s holding you back?

“I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Ep 119: How to optimise photos for websites and social media without losing quality

In an increasingly online world, it’s vital to understand how to optimise your photos for websites and social media. It’s not just about ensuring it’s a small file size, you also want to ensure your image still retains its quality, depth and colour. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know about images and how to manipulate them correctly so that they are the right size, dimensions, pixel quality and more. 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 #krakenshot 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...

This time it’s personal! How to customise your Lightroom workspace in 30 seconds.

Remember when you were at school, and you used to put your name in your pencil case? Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to put your name on your own version of Lightroom? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to personalise your workspace with a name or a logo. Click play below to watch.

What’s the most important item in your photography kit?

Above: I spotted this abandoned house and vintage bike near Te Anua, New Zealand. Photographed using my Canon 5DMK111 and 16-35mm lens @16mm F16 @1/250th sec processed using my Cuban Cigar Lite preset. My TV binge-watching has hit an all time low. Last year I consumed television like a raw vegan crossfitter with only pure content sourced from the highest quality suppliers. I watched documentaries, high brow and high-quality dramas. Sadly like all good raw vegan crossfitters I fell off the wagon and for the last two months, I’ve been stuffing my soul with the TV equivalent of Cheetos and Krispy Kremes. My fave show at the moment is the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. It’s like a cross between Big Brother and Survivor. Watching the show last night got me thinking, what if one day I had to pack up and move to...

Ep 118 Snapshot: Should you shoot wide or long? And your photo critiques.

With so many lenses to choose from, it can be a crap-shoot when deciding which is the best one to use. But you can choose the ideal focal length for your shot if you know what effect each focal length has. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what focal length does and how this impacts your shots – especially portraits. 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.   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 Lens choice and proximity to your subject will have a big influence on...

Ep 117: HDR Photography: The good, the bad and the ugly

HDR photography can save your bacon. But, sometimes, it’s been given a bad rap. However, this simple technique can transform your images and get you out of difficult situations where you have high contrasting elements. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss when you should use HDR photography, the exact steps you need to take to make it happen, how you can “cheat” in post-production if you forget to bracket when you’re shooting – and much more. Great for both newbies and pros. 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 #HDRRRRRRRRR Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the...

How to rescue an underexposed image using Lightroom

Above: I’m always amazed by just how much detail can be rescued from the shadow areas in an image. Have you ever taken a shot using flash where the flash didn’t fire or you’ve been in a rush and underexposed the image? Yeah me too! It’s a real bummer because these are often the shots we wished turned out. I’ve been playing around a lot with the contrast and shadow sliders in Lightroom and have discovered a way to rescue these images. Have a look through your archives and see if you have any shots with similar exposures and test it out. The technique is fairly basic and a good introduction to understanding contrast in images. Click here to watch tutorial.

One light and a leaf blower: Making the most of small spaces.

In this tutorial, Gina is working in a tiny space with low ceilings on a publicity shoot for an Australian radio and television personality. She shares her key hacks for lighting small spaces. In reality, photographers rarely work in ideal situations with plenty of room, so knowing how to work with what you've got is crucial.

Ep 116: Everything you need to know to shoot amazing landscapes

It’s time to talk about landscapes. Have you ever been at a stunning location and taken your shots only to discover that your pics really don’t do the location any justice? It can be disappointing when your images don’t reflect the amazing colours, scale and beauty of what you see what your own eyes. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know to shoot amazing landscapes. 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 #mylocation 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...

It’s not WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it that makes a big difference in your portrait shots

Above: I photographed actor and comedian Rhys Darby for Foxtel Australia’s “Whose Line Is it Anyway” The energy you bring to a shoot is going to have a huge impact on the person you are photographing so it’s really important that you check your mood, body language and tone during a portrait shoot. It’s not what you say that matters. It’s how you say it and here’s why. Have you ever been served in a cafe by a waiter who would rather be at home watching Game of Thrones? Or a shop assistant who has memorised the shop assistants’ generic greetings but just forgot to care about what she was saying along the way? The waiter is polite, gets the coffee order correct and even smiles at the appropriate times. As far as serving coffee 101 goes, this guy has totally nailed it. The problem here, and it’s nothing he...
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