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December 2017

Opportunity doesn’t always knock, sometimes it slips in the side door wearing a disguise.

Above: Image, Gina Milicia When I was a newbie to photography, I imagined opportunity would arrive at my front door, accompanied by an epic movie score, and beautiful lighting. I pictured myself ready, I had all the gear and knew how to use it, and was wearing my best “this is how I get my big break” outfit. The reality could not be further from the truth. In my experiences, there wasn’t a tadaaa or datadatadata moment like you see in the movies. Opportunity didn’t bother knocking; opportunity used the side entrance. There was no movie score, in fact, opportunity often spoke so quietly that I nearly missed the invitation. Opportunity is a master of disguise, the opportunities I met were rarely dressed in flashy gear and neon lights. I got a big break in event photography in the middle of renovating my new studio and moving out of my...

Ep 180: Best Photos of 2017

Gina and Valerie indulge in some champagne and wine while reviewing some of the best photographs of the year. From National Geographic winners to hilarious wildlife photos, to some of the coolest shots from the podcast listener community, it’s all here. 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 links Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017 Behold The Most Hilarious Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Instagram pets jiffpom on Instagram Valerie loves:...

Ep 179: Best Photography investments for 2018

What are the best photography investments for 2018? If you want to make sure that your photography gets to the next level this coming year, then this episode is a must-listen. Gina and Valerie discuss the 5 essential investments to consider. 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 1. Give yourself the gift of being prepared How to be ready when opportunity knocks Kit is packed ready to go Packed the same...

Ep 178: Fail proof portrait photography

  In photography there are times when you can get fancy, bring out all your tricks, shoot wide open, slow shutterspeed, 20 lights, beauty dish, gels and so on. The fancy tricky stuff should be done as folio shoots, when you have time to experiment or after you’ve done the particular technique and been successful multiple times (it then becomes second nature). In this episode, Gina and Valerie share some of the most common scenarios newbies routinely struggle with when shooting portraits and their fail-proof alternatives. 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...

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There’s one essential item that every photographer needs in their kit.

Above: Image, Gina Milicia, Kochi, India   There’s one essential item that every photographer needs in their kit. It’s difficult to find and can easily be lost so it’s worth taking special care to protect it. The first time I discovered I had this essential item I had been shooting for about six months. Having this essential item was a game changer. It was my secret weapon, I felt like I could do anything. Over the years I’ve realised that there are a number of factors that influence my ability to keep this essential item accessible. The more experienced I become the easier it has become not to misplace this essential item. I’ve also discovered that it’s important that the dose is correct. If I use too much of this item my images are a complete disaster. This miracle item I speak of is not available on Amazon, you don’t...

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