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October 2019

Ep 268: How to stand out from the pack with Photoshop guru Aaron Nace from Phlearn

If you’ve wondered how you can use Photoshop to transform your images or give them some extra pop, you’ll love this interview with Aaron Nace. Founder of Phlearn and guru of all things Photoshop, you’ll discover tips and workflows that will take your images to the next level. Born and raised on the quiet island of Kauai, Aaron Nace would be the first to tell you that his upbringing was anything but ordinary. Despite the obvious perks of Hawaiian life, he would eventually move with his mother, father, and two brothers to North Carolina. Aaron studied at North Carolina State University and obtained a degree in Industrial Design. Graduating from college, he thought his path was clear to one day becoming an automotive or furniture designer — that is until a six-month-long trip to South America transformed his life forever. It was during this time that he fell in love...

Ep 267: Complete guide to Black and White photography

Black and white photography can totally transform the way people view your images. But it’s wrong to think that whacking a black and white filter on your shots will suddenly make them instantly more elegant or dramatic. In this episode, we talk about what kind of shots you should take in black and white, the situations/environments that best lend themselves to black and white photography and how to determine which colours look best in a monochromatic style. 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. Connect with us on Instagram @valeriekhoo @ginamilicia Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get...

Love this quote by Rocky Balboa

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa Above: Image by Gina Milicia

How to improve your photography by doing nothing

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “The wise rest at least as hard as they work.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana Have you ever tried to work on a computer that has Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One, Mail, and the 27 tabs opened in Google? It’s slow and crashes often, right? Have you ever wondered what happens to our bodies when we try and multi-task or continually overload our systems? The same thing, we slow down and if we’re not careful we burn out. To “burn out” means you lack the physical and mental energy needed to work efficiently. This state is caused by overloading the body with too many external stress triggers like stress, lack of sleep and too large a workload. Our bodies can still function but only at about 25% capacity and for those of us in the creative industry the first casualties are creativity and inspiration. Nurturing creativity and inspiration Creativity...

Ep 266: How to take better images without upgrading your gear

We all want to take better images. And we can sometimes be convinced that will happen if we get that better camera, those new lights, a better-looking subject! However, that’s not always going to be possible. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how you can take better images without upgrading your gear. 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. Connect with us on Instagram @valeriekhoo @ginamilicia 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 Dog and cat videos are the best https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1007292391 How...

Quote by Ursula K. Le Guin

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “The creative adult is the child who has survived.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Ep 265: A beginner’s guide to photography websites with guest Alex Vita

What should be on your photography website? We talk to Alex Vita, a website expert who specialises exclusively in websites for photographers. You’ll discover: whether you should be designing for mobile or desktop; what makes a website ugly, what fonts to use, your background colour, pixel dimensions, image curation, whether you should blog, and much 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. Connect with us on Instagram @valeriekhoo @ginamilicia 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 Gold Member News: I help photographers grow their...

It’s never crowded along the extra mile

Above: Image by Gina Milicia I read a lot of emails and social media posts from discouraged newbie photographers about how crowded the photography market is and how hard it is to get a break. Sadly it’s true. It’s jam-packed at the entry-level. Everyone and their dog is a photographer these days. So why the increase? I blame the Oxford dictionary and all the other dictionaries for this new phenomena. The Oxford dictionary defines a photographer as follows: Photographer A person who takes photographs, especially as a job. This means that anyone who takes photos is a photographer – it doesn’t need to be a job – that’s a bonus. So anyone with a smartphone that photographs their lunch or takes selfies showing off their six-pack #blessed is a photographer, right? Well, no wonder there are so many more photographers in the world today. It’s never been easier to become...

How to use the Liquify tool in Photoshop

The Liquify tool is a powerful Photoshop feature best known for slimming bulging waistlines, but it's so much more versatile than that.
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