Meet Karen Alsop, a photographer who makes fantastical images straight out of her imagination or inspired by books and movies. She is a photographer who expertly manipulates images into other-worldly scenes. Find out how: how she got started, her first attempt at composite images, how she developed Photoshop skills, working with charities, how her work has evolved, planning a conceptual image, where her inspiration comes from, pricing, marketing and much more.
“The thing itself photographed becomes less interesting when you go back to it years later but I think the photograph becomes more important later when the reality has passed.” – George Tice
George A. Tice (1938-) is an American photographer, best known for his meticulously crafted black and white prints in silver gelatin and platinum, as well as his books, which depict a broad range of American life, landscape, and urban environment, mostly photographed in his native New Jersey, where he has lived all his life.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucious
A few years ago, I photographed a woman named Karen Gatt, a busy mother of two toddlers. Karen had gained weight with each pregnancy and had grown depressed by the fact that the extra 150 pounds she was carrying made it difficult to walk. She could barely make it to her letterbox without needing to rest and catch her breath.
Karen knew she needed to exercise more, but how could she do this when she could barely walk?
One morning she made a decision that completely changed her life.
Karen decided to walk to her clothesline and back. Just once.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
The next day Karen walked to the clothesline and back twice.
She continued doing this each day and bit by bit, step by step, Karen moved her body further and further.
Karen lost 150 pounds, gained a ton of energy, and changed her . . .
It can be easy to slip into bad habits. And, before we know it, those habits become a part of our workflow, our shoots and our creative process. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the worst photography habits and how to fix them. Do you recognise them in what you go?
Want to create a six-figure photography business? Our guest Sean Brown has done just that. You’ll discover Sean’s ideas strategies on: playing the long game, how to find models and build a portfolio, a typical shoot, planning your shoot, why moms make the best lighting assistants, the psychology of pricing and photographers should position themselves at the higher end of the market, the importance of creating a luxury experience, how to set up a referral program to find new clients, outsourcing editing, promoting on Instagram and TikTok, why many photographers should be doing in-person sales, the importance of social media tags, getting published in senior blogs, how to save time by using email and PDF templates and much more.
“The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” — Robertson Davies
Ever had a conversation with someone who was distracted? On the surface they appear to be listening to your amazing story about the dream you had last night. They are nodding in all the right places and saying “oh wow” and “oh no” every so often but there is something that tells you they aren’t 100% present. It’s nothing tangible. It’s a feeling, there is a disconnect.
I often look at portraits and feel that same disconnect. The shot is beautifully lit, posed and composed but when you look into the eyes it’s like the lights are on but nobody’s home.
If you want your portraits to stand out from the pack a great starting point is making sure the lights ARE on, somebody’s home and they welcome you with a big hug, a cup of tea and freshly baked Nutella doughnuts.
Here are my favourite tips to make eyes look amazing in your portraits.
The colours a person is wearing close to their face . . .
Birdman #Mumbai #Fujix100f
Spotted this man guarding the side entrance to The Gateway of Mumbai monument in Colaba. This is “The St Marks Square” of Mumbai and the Birdman looks after the two million pigeons that happily pose
for photos with the visitors.
This is a big job, some of these pigeons have been spoiled by their Instagram fame. They can be divas, no wonder he looks so stressed.
Thank you Birdman, we need more people like you in the world.
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Fujix100F + Speedlight and Gary Fong “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen
I spent my childhood feeling like a misfit and then I went to art school and found “my people”
Artists spend their lives seeing and feeling things the rest of the world ignore. I think we are the sane ones and the rest of the world is crazy.
Gina Milicia is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’...