Month

March 2017

Ep 128 It’s all in the planning! How to avoid photo fails

Photography can be unpredictable. And when you’re shooting, anything can happen – good and bad. Sometimes, life throws you curve balls and you find yourself with a damaged lens, cyclonic conditions or any number of unforeseen circumstances which make shooting a big challenge. So that’s where a bit of planning can go a long way to avoiding a whole series of epic photo fails. Gina and Valerie discuss what you can do to ensure you’re prepared for every scenario. 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 #failproof   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...

Ep 127 Snapshot: Photo composites and changing backgrounds

In this Snapshot minisode, Gina and Valerie shout out Natalie Ord who is being featured in the National Photographic Portrait Prize. And they discuss shots where the backgrounds have been changed, composites have been created and bubbles are shot against a black background. Ask your questions at news@ginamilicia.com 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 Shout Out   Listener Questions Fran Solly #compshot – I am a bit behind and catching up on podcasts just listening to the composite ep and giggling...

Ep 126 How to photograph nudes as art

Some photographers are asked to shoot nudes – expectant mothers who want to document their pregnancy, couples who are celebrating an occasion, athletes and fitness models who want to show off their body in the best light. You get the idea. However, it’s vital not to cross over into tacky when shooting nudes. Challenge yourself to create art instead. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do from planning, setup and lighting to posing, post-production and much 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 #pgnude Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed...

Mind the gap. How to create the images of your dreams.

Above: Te Anua, New Zealand shot on Canon 1DX F22 1/1000th sec, using Canon 24-105mm F4L series lens Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t create the kinds of images you see in your mind’s eye? When was the last time you took a shot and looked at it and thought “that’s exactly what I wanted, 100%.” The more you know, the less you know. When I first started taking photos my level of image satisfaction was the following: Beginner: Jubilant celebrations Every time I managed to shoot an image that was properly exposed +/- 2 stops. Or I managed to get the eyes in a portrait kinda sharp. When I remembered how to turn the camera on and change the ISO without consulting the manual. Lighting: High fives all around Every time I managed to light an image that was properly exposed +/- 2 stops. The flash fired...

Ep 125 Snapshot: listener questions and shooting in tight spaces

In this “Snapshot” minisode, Gina and Valerie provide photo critiques for Brad, help Matt out with his dilemma of shooting in a small space, and discuss Chris’s foray into film – and his stunning results. 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 You’ll find Gina and Valerie’s comments and feedback to the following listener questions in the episode. Brad Schulz says: A couple of pics from a photo shoot I did over the weekend. These 2 are probably my favourite. Feel free...

A beginner’s guide to replacing skies and cutting out hair in Photoshop

Learn how to use Photoshop's Background Eraser tool to swap out grey skies or replace beige walls in your portrait shoots.

Ep 124 Set your pixels free: How to optimise images for print

Even though we live in a world where so much is done online, there’s still a need for photographs to be printed – either in the form of good old-fashioned prints for albums, but also for brochures, magazines, reports and so on. However, it’s easy to get this wrong if you’re used to supplying everything digitally. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know if you want to optimise your photographs for print. You’ll discover the essentials of DPI and PPI, how this is affected by viewing distance, how to supply your files and much 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 #freemypixels Click play to listen to...

Ep 123 Snapshot: Listener questions and how to boost your creativity and inspiration

We have a listener question about how to create good group shots under ugly fluorescent light. And then Gina and Valerie discuss what you can do to boost your creativity and inspiration in this ‘Snapshot’ minisode. 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 Listener question Dan Bruno “Any advice on taking group shots of little girls in dance outfits under bad fluorescence light? I have two manual speedlights and umbrellas (could possibly borrow a third light)” You’ll find the answer in this...

The creative life – Love this quote.

“To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce Above: Havana, Cuba shot on iPhone 6 and processed in Lightroom.

Ep 122 Got a light? How to work with continuous lighting

If you’re yet to venture into the world of lighting and aren’t confident with flash, then continuous lighting might be ideal for you. In a sense, what you see is what you get. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know if you want to experiment with continuous lighting and provide examples of simple and inexpensive options so that you don’t have to make fancy purchases that will break the bank. 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 #continuous 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...
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