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November 2017

Ep 177: After the shoot: High School Senior Portraits

Gina and Valerie spend two days shooting together – and live to tell the tale! After filming a course in how to shoot high school senior portraits, Gina and Valerie debrief on key hacks including how to create a studio look headshot using natural light, tinfoil and a cardboard box. And how to create a beautiful portrait background using bath towels! 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 Topics covered: How to...

Love this quote from Elizabeth Gilbert

Above: Image, Gina Milicia “Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Ep 176: Newborn and Maternity photography with special guest Ana Brandt

Ana Brandt is a California based award winning photographer, author, teacher and mother of 3 who has been specialising in pregnancy and newborn imagery for over 18 years. Her classic images for an established and growing A List clientele have appeared in numerous publications, books, websites, and physician offices.   Gina chats to Ana about this awesome niche. 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 Ana Brandt is a California based award...

Ep 175: Snapshot: How to overcome preshoot nerves and budget lighting kits under $1000

So you have your big big shoot coming up? How do you get over your nerves and ensure that you nail exactly what your client wants? Gina and Valerie discuss the steps you need to take to keep calm, wow your client and deliver the goods. And if you’re after a lighting kit, Gina provides several options if you’re on a budget. 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 Shout out...

Photoshop hidden gem – the rotate tool

I love this hidden feature in Photoshop. Next time you are retouching an image and want to rotate your canvas temporarily hit “R” on the keyboard. To select tool hit “R” on the keyboard or select the rotate tool (it’s located under the hand tool). Place tool cursor in the image window and click mouse. Move the cursor clockwise (or anticlockwise) to rotate the canvas. Hit ESC to revert back to original view.

WWCD? What would Coco do?

Above: Image, Gina Milicia Coco Chanel once said, “Before leaving the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” This advice can be applied to photography. It’s easy to get caught up in lighting and post-production techniques that end up overpowering an image. Next time you are adding props to a photo, lighting an image or retouching a shot ask yourself   WWCD? What would Coco do? Do you need the extra light? If the answer is no, then try applying the Coco protocol and simplifying your image. Too many props? WWCD? One too many Lightroom presets? WWCD? A beautiful image doesn’t need diamond rings, red lipstick and high heels to stand out. Chanel wasn’t the only artist who believed in the importance of simplicity. Next time you are tempted to use the latest editing technique that all the cool kids are using on Instagram you might want to consider...

Love this quote from Benjamin Franklin!

Above: Image, Gina Milicia “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklin Thanks for sharing this with me Peter Foote!

Lightroom Tutorial: How to add catchlights to eyes in Lightroom

In this tutorial I share a really quick and easy way to add highlights to the eyes of your portraits using Lightroom. Check it out below.

Ep 174: Seven Habits of Selfish Photographers

Do you know what the right etiquette is in photography? Did you know that there actually are conventions to follow and unwritten rules to be aware of? You don’t want to be THAT guy or THAT woman. In this episode, Gina and Valerie unpack the etiquette that most photographers should follow if they want a successful and sustainable career. 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 Shout out Patrick Mallard from Wichita,...

How much photography gear do you really need?

Above: Image Gina Milicia “If you need a science degree and a membership to Mensa International to use your photography equipment, then chances are you’ll never use it.” There is a room in my house where all my impulse purchases are stored. These are items I convinced myself I needed but no longer use, like the bread machine (made me fat), the ice cream machine (see “bread machine”), and the Ab Cruncher Pro (purchased to undo all the damage caused by the bread and ice cream machines). Along with the everyday stuff, there are dozens of cheap photographic accessories, bought on impulse only to be regretted later. Like the silver umbrella I bought for $10. It fell apart the second time I used it; now, when opened, it covers everyone within a five-mile radius in silver glitter. Or the three cheap remote triggers I bought, because every girl needs three...
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