Month

March 2019

What makes a good photo?

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in one word, effective.” —Irving Penn

Ep 240: From amateur to pro in less than 3 years with guest Andy Macpherson

Discover how to go from amateur to fully-fledged pro photographer in less than three years. That’s exactly what Andy Macpherson did and he shares his journey in this episode. Andy reveals: what to say to prospective clients, how to price yourself as an emerging photographer, pre-visualising your shots, camera angles and more. He walks-through a shoot and shares his thoughts on pre-production, gear choices and lighting styles. Gina and Valerie 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 Andy Macpherson went from emerging...

How to improve your photography skills when you are time-poor

Above: Image by Gina Milicia You love photography and want to improve, maybe even start a side hustle but life keeps getting in the way. You are constantly battling with work commitments, commute times, chores, family, friends and Netflix. At the end of each day, you’re so exhausted that you can barely speak let alone pull out your camera for a photo shoot. When you first bought your camera you had the best intentions, the two of you were going to be inseparable. You had big plans, but life got in the way and now you are the proud owner of the world’s most expensive paperweight. What if I was to tell you that you don’t need to find hours in each day to improve your skills? “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” –Old...

Ep 239: How to photograph pets with multi award-winning photographer Craig Bullock

Recently, pet photographer Craig Bullock won the title of New Zealand Portrait Photographer of the Year, the first time in the 80-year history of NZIPP that the award has been given to images of non-humans. Now that’s saying something! Craig’s shots are breathtaking. He’s also authored several books including Quake Dogs and Quake Cats. He reveals: his preferred gear and lens choices, how he plans his pet shots and selects locations, how he poses and directs pets, shooting with one hand, understanding the body language of animals, post-production techniques and heaps more. Gina and Valerie 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....

This is one one the most inspiring videos I’ve seen in ages!

Need some inspiration to get you across the line today? Watch this video.

How to remove stretch marks using Photoshop

Learn how to reduce the colour and appearance of stretch marks using this two-step technique in Photoshop.

Ep 238: How to overcome your fear of self-promotion with guest Shawna Beckmann

If you want to succeed as a photographer, you need to make sales. Sometimes that can make you feel uncomfortable, especially if selling is not in your wheelhouse. In this episode, we chat to Shawna Beckmann about how to overcome your fear of selling. We cover: Why is it so difficult for many artists to sell their work? What is the biggest mistake photographers make when they are trying to sell their work or services? How do we separate selling our services or work from selling ourselves and how not to take it personally? One of the biggest hurdles many up and coming photographers face is getting a foot in the door and offering to work for free or super cheap. How do they get out of that mindset? How do we find clients that value what we do? Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to...

Wise words from Steven Pressfield

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is sacred to death.” —Steven Pressfield

Headshot Photography Part One: An introduction to background choices, composition and styling

A good portrait is one that tells a story about the person being photographed without having to use any words. There should be enough details in the image to tell the viewer everything they need to know.

How to change the colour of lips and eyes in Lightroom

Changing the colour of items in a photo is a useful technique you can use across all your photography.
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