Month

December 2019

Knitting Ladies Last Supper inspired group portrait

Learn the secrets behind devising, lighting, posing and directing this extraordinary photo.

Wise words from a portrait master

“And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” – Richard Avedon

Ep 276: Get noticed without social media with guest Daniel Milnor

  Social media is an amazing tool. It has removed the gatekeepers who control how our images are seen and consumed and many photographers have found great success but it’s not for everyone. Our guest today Daniel Milnor, Chief Evangelist of Blurb, has some great ideas about getting your work noticed without social media and it involves good old fashioned techniques like printing books and brochures as business cards. These techniques used to be controlled by publishers and were expensive but now there are dozens of low-cost self-publishing options to choose from and the results are beautiful. 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...

Was it good for you? You can’t fake a great portrait.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia I’ve got a confession to make. I’m a very convincing liar. I wasn’t born with this skill, it was developed in my childhood and perfected in my teen years. I learnt this skill out of necessity. I was raised by a very strict Sicilian born mother, who decided that it was in my very best interest to not date boys, or go to parties until I was at least 18 years old. I became a master “liar, liar pants on fire”. The trick to becoming a convincing liar is believing your own spin. I would come up with a story to tell my mother and visualised myself in the situation as I told it. I didn’t know this at the time, but learning the fine art of lying to a Sicilian mother puts you in roughly the same rank as a secret agent. The slightest...

Ep 275: What you should do if your images are stolen or used without your permission with guest David Harvey

What happens when your images are stolen or used without your permission? In this episode, we chat with Southern Californian photographer David Harvey about how to prevent your images being stolen and used without your permission. Last month, David did a folio shoot with two reality stars, who then used the images on a sponsored post for a popular dating website. David shares his story and the valuable lessons he learned about the need for contracts and image protection for photographers. 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...

Quote by Leon Levinstein

A good photograph will prove to the viewer how little our eyes permit us to see. Most people, really, don’t see—see only what they have always seen and what they expect to see—where a photographer if he’s good, will see everything. And better if he sees things he doesn’t expect to see. – Leon Levinstein Above: Image by Gina Milicia

The Secret Behind Annie Leibovitz’s Photos

Annie Leibovitz talks about the art of photography, the transition from film to digital photography, and how the content of your photo is more important than the camera that you’ve used.

Ep 274: 7 things you can start doing today to improve your confidence as a photographer

Gina shares her honest review of Luminar which, if you haven’t seen it yet, is like filters on steroids. To be fair, it’s a lot more than that. Luminar can be used as a stand-alone app or as a plugin to Photoshop or Lightroom. You’ll discover what you can do with Luminar and Gina shares some smart hacks where you can incorporate it into your workflow. Gina and Valerie also discuss strategies you can start using today to improve your confidence as a photographer. 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...

Great artists don’t follow they lead

Above: Image by Gina Milicia, Magda Szubanski photographed for Foxtel magazine When I was 14, all the popular kids were getting mullet haircuts. I wanted to be like the popular kids, so I cut my waist-length hair to a mullet. “Business in the front, party at the back.” When I was 18, I wanted to be Madonna, so I bleached my hair. I spent the next 5 years foisting every form of chemical abuse onto my poor fried and battered hair. I took the same approach with my photography. I jumped on every cliche trend there was. I measured the success of my images by how similar they were to what the popular kids were doing. I soon realised, adopting every photography mullet and applying them to my photos was not going to make my work better. The effect was quite the opposite. My work looked like everyone else’s. My photos...

How to use the Text tool in Photoshop – Beginners Guide

Placing the wrong text over your beautiful images can can create a jarring effect. The right text, however, can take your images to the next level.
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