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July 2017

Wise words from Sir Winston Churchill

Above: Image Gina Milicia “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

My camera used to be an overpriced paperweight until I met Dave.

Above: Image Gina Milicia “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” A few years ago I decided to invest in a fancy coffee machine. You know the ones that grind the coffee for you, give you the option of making short black, long black, decaf, latte, macchiato or whatever type of coffee all the cool kids are drinking. Dave, the salesman at the place where beautiful shiny things get sold, did an amazing job selling and upsizing this gorgeous machine. Then he proceeded to give me a demo: “It’s easy,” he said, “here’s what you need to do…” At this point I did what I always do when someone is giving me simple instructions or directions, I tune out, smile politely, nod approval now and then and assure them I understand the “simple” 79 steps needed to make “the best coffee ever!” “Boiler...

Ep 151: Snapshot: Everything you need to know about working with telephoto and zoom lenses

A telephoto or zoom lens is an important addition to any photographer’s toolkit. But are you using your lens in the most effective way? When should you – or shouldn’t you – whip out this big boy (or girl)? It’s not just when you want a tighter shot. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the ideal way to use your telephoto or zoom lenses, the ideal instances when you should call on their skills and much more. Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you. 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...

Ep 150: Acclaimed portrait photographer Billy Plummer on being self taught, and side entrances and success

In this episode, we meet acclaimed art director turned photographer Billy Plummer. Billy boasts major clients in his portfolio but also talks about the importance of shooting personal projects and how those projects have been instrumental in getting him work as a photographer. He discovered photography as a career later in life and is now successfully shooting his way around the world. Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you. 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 Useful Link via...

Ep 149: Snapshot: How to plan a model folio shoot

Inspired by a listener question (Hi, Danni!) this minisode is about how to plan a model folio shoot. If you need to do this – or you are building your portfolio through test shots – discover what you need to know in terms of what you need to do in order to plan your shoot, the “go to” looks that should be in most model portfolios, how to use the props and location around you and much more. In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about how to shoot darker skin and feature muscle definition. Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you. 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...

Wise Words

Above: Image, Gina Milicia “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

How to change the colour of eyes and lips in Lightroom

Have you ever photographed a portrait and wanted to change the eye colour or colour of the lips or an item of clothing? It sounds complicated but it’s actually a quick and easy fix. Check out my tutorial below.

Ep 148: How to create natural looking portraits

These days, everyone wants “natural looking” portraits. The trend in advertising, YouTube, editorial and Instagram is all about the natural look. Even the most traditionally corporate want this feel. But that doesn’t mean it’s super easy to snap. If you want to achieve a natural look that is technically correct, looks amazing, has the right energy AND has the “just turned the corner and spotted you” feel, then you need to understand the right ingredients. In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about composition, posing, lighting, styling and post-production for this popular look. Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you. 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 #natural Click play to listen...

What’s the secret ingredient to the best portraits?

Above: Image, Gina Milicia I once worked as a pasta chef in an Italian restaurant that was famous for its bolognese sauce. It was packed out every night with bolognese junkies who couldn’t get enough of chef Rosa’s secret sauce. Whenever anyone asked if Chef Rosa would share the recipe she would generously hand it out. At the time I thought that by giving away her precious recipe that Rosa would eventually lose patrons. Why eat out when you can make it at home for free? When I voiced my concerns, Rosa smiled and said, “I only give them the raw ingredients, the secret to a great sauce can’t be measured, bought or taught. It has to be earned from hard work and experience.” This was a powerful life lesson. Finding out “how” something is done is the easy part. Mastering a skill and making something memorable can’t be hacked...

What do your images feel like?

Above: Image Gina Milicia “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin
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