Month

April 2018

How to get correct white balance using Lightroom

There are several ways you can nail white balance, depending on your equipment.

Moody portrait Edit in Lightroom and Photoshop

Creating mood in your photos can be done while shooting or later in post-production.

How to edit fingernails in Photoshop

Learn how to give an instant manicure in Photoshop.

Creativity is a sign of intelligence.

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” —Albert Einstein Above: Image, Gina Milicia

Ep 196: The beginners’ guide to shooting video with DSLR and mirrorless Part One

The industry is changing. And an increasing number of clients want video – so many photographers are adding another string to their bow by providing moving images. That doesn’t mean you need to learn how to be a cinematographer for an Oscar-winning film. Most videos are used for content, website and social media. So if you want to expand your repertoire, here’s what you need to know. Gina and Valerie discuss this beginner’s guide to shooting video with DSLR and mirrorless. 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...

Love the work of Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller got his break as a photographer assisting Annie Leibovitz from 1993 to 1996. He then went on to hone his craft by photographing people he met on the streets. These portraits attracted worldwide recognition. Scholler’s work has been exhibited around the world and featured in publications like GQ, Esquire, National Geographic and The New Yorker. The thing I love about Schoeller’s style is that it’s so up close and personal. Oh and he’s shooting totally old school on medium format film with continuous lights. Schoeller uses 2 kino flo strip banks in front of his model and directs the lights towards their nose. This is how he creates the district catchlights in the eyes. He places the camera  between the two lights and there is only a very thin gap. The other factor that gives his work its unique look is the use of film rather than digital....

How to create soft window light using flash

Shooting through windows creates a really nice effect. And you don't even need to go on location to achieve it.

How to light a green screen

Using a green screen makes photo composites quick and easy but there are a few important points to remember when setting them up and lighting them.

How to remove harsh shadows from portraits in Photoshop

Harsh shadows on the face caused by lighting is a common mistake and it can ruin a photo.

How to confidently direct a large group of people

Above: Image, Gina Milicia For many inexperienced photographers the thought of having to photograph a large group of people is intimidating. It’s nerve wracking enough approaching a stranger, let alone 10 or more. I can remember my first group portrait shoot. I was so nervous I could hear my voice shaking as I spoke. I felt hot and beads of perspiration were running down my back. I wanted to get it over and done quickly because I felt like everyone was judging my skill level based on speed. I dared not look at my camera settings because I thought this would make me look incompetent. I basically mumbled something from behind the camera that I thought sounded like “Okay everyone look this way and smile” but in reality it sounded like “OKmmmmmmunayllllmmmmhhhmmm” I then took two frames, smiled, said thanks or “thuuuuuuaaaaaa.” Oh my God my mouth was so dry,...
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