Month

February 2018

Wise words about seeking approval

Image above: by Gina Milicia “The people who receive the most approval in life are the ones who care the least about it — so technically, if you want the approval of others, you need to stop caring about it.” — WAYNE W. DYER

How to work with high contrast light

In this tutorial, Gina shows you some quick tips to help you get the most out of high contrast lighting conditions.

You can’t please everyone unless your name is Nutella: Approval addiction is the enemy of creativity.

Image above: by Gina Milicia, Flower Farmer, Ubud, Bali “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” — CONFUCIUS When I was 7, I got my pen license. It was a piece of paper signed by my grade two teachers Mr. Kotter (names changed to protect the innocent). My pen license was a big deal. It meant I had finally hit the big time. I’d made it to the next level, and I had the certificate to prove it. Finger paint, crayon, and printing were a distant memory. I was now in the high flying world of cursive writing. It was one of my earliest memories of being validated, and it felt good, but deep down I knew I was ready, so why did I crave Mr. Kotter’s approval so much? Why do we continually seek validation from others? Does my bum...

Ep 188: Legendary photographer Chris Cuffaro has a million stories and the photos to prove it.

George Michael. Michael Hutchence. Johnny Depp. The list is endless. These are just some celebrities that Chris Cuffaro has photographed. In this interview, Chris talks about his career trajectory, how he went the extra mile to secure his gigs, the iconic George Michael shot from the Faith era – and much more. 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 You’ve never heard his name but you’ve definitely know his work. Chris...

Ep 187: How to get the most out of Instagram for photographers, and headshots for beginners

Instagram can be a very powerful tool for photographers – not only to showcase your work but also to score clients. Both Gina and Valerie have secured work as a result of what they post on Instagram. In this episode, we break down what you need to do to have an effective Instagram account, what NOT to do and essential guidelines to follow if you want to build a following. So listen up! 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...

This quote from master portrait photographer Richard Avedon still rings true today

Above: Image Gina Milicia “We live in a world of images. Images have replaced language — and reading. The responsibility to your role in history in whatever is going to happen to human beings— you are the new writers. And we can no longer be sloppy about what we do with a camera. You have this weapon in your hands which is a camera, and it is going to teach the world, it’s going to record the world, it is going to explain to the world and to the children that are coming — what this world was like. It is an incredible responsibility.” Richard Avedon

You never forget your first time

Above: Image Gina Milicia He was the best-looking guy I’d ever seen in my life. At 6′ 2″, he towered over me; I’m 5′ 7″ (5′ 8″ with my hair done). When he locked his piercing blue eyes onto mine, I actually gasped. Seriously. So there we were, alone together. It was my first time, and I was so nervous. My heart was beating at a million miles an hour. My mouth was dry. My palms were sweaty. “Pull yourself together, woman,” my inner tough chick scolded. I was only 22. It was my first time, and I was worried I’d do something wrong. I thought I knew where everything went, but it’s not until you’re actually in the thick of it that you know for sure… I stumbled and bumbled my way along, and then I finally let myself go. It was rough, it was raw, and it certainly...

A beginner’s introduction to Photoshop

Gina has created this series of tutorials to introduce photographers of all levels to the amazing world of Photoshop, starting with a basic skin edit.

How to create a background using a bath towel

In this tutorial, Gina will show you how to create a studio look portrait using daylight and a couple of old bath towels.

Ep 186: What lengths would you go to for the perfect shot with special guest Russell Ord

There’s something magical, awe-inspiring and death-defying about surf photography. So we’re talking to surf photographer Russell Ord, featured in the book The Best of the Best: Australia’s Greatest Surf Photographers. We also have three copies of the book to giveaway. So listen up! 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 Enter the competition from 12 to 19 February 2018 The Best of the Best: Australia’s Greatest Surf Photographers A beautifully designed, full-colour...