Month

April 2020

Ep 294: Documentary photography with guest Donato DiCamillo

We talk to podcast favourite, documentary photography Donato Dicamillo, who is living and shooting at the epicentre of COVID-19 in and around New York. Discover what he’s been up to since our last chat (ep 214) and what he’s shooting now. 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 Shoutouts Cool levitation images from last week’s challenge Allan Malenfant I’m so over this egg I don’t care if it just gets up and...

Binge these 3 great movies about photographers

Gregory Crewdson A fascinating profile of Gregory Crewdson, whose riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, large-scale image, set in small towns or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. For more information visit http://www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com. The Bang Bang Club The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price. Based on the book of...

Ep 293: Macro Photography challenge for beginners and pros

Want to become a pro at macro photography? This episode will help you take the guesswork out of this style of photography (even if you don’t have a macro lens!). These simple exercises will help you understand what you need to know to get the skills you need so that you’re always ready for that close-up! 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 Shoutouts Episode Cover photographer Sue Morris I’ve been taking...

Inspiring words by James Clear

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “You can practice social distancing on social media too. Stay away from people who are infected with negativity, a lack of generosity, an unwillingness to seek the truth, etc.”  –James Clear

The best movies photographers should binge watch right now

Life (2015) This movie chronicles the story behind the 1955 LIFE Magazine photo thread by Dennis Stock of then-rising star, James Dean, and gives us an inside look at some of Hollywood’s most iconic images and into the life of a gifted, but troubled man. Watch trailer. Annie Leibowitz: Life Through a Lens (2008) Photographer Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most memorable and iconic images of the last 30 years, from her work with Rolling Stone magazine through to her Hollywood cover portraits at Vanity Fair. She has also recorded the horrors of war in Rwanda and Sarajevo and taken intimate shots her own friends and family, including Susan Sontag. This documentary, directed by her sister, is a fascinating portrait of a great talent, featuring vintage footage of Leibovitz in action during the 1960s and contributions from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton, Mick Jagger and George Clooney. Watch trailer....

Ep 292: Trick photography challenge for beginners, enthusiasts and pros

A great technique you can try at home with fun results. Master these trick photography ideas and consider how you might be able to incorporate them in your regular shoots. Learn how to shoot people or products levitating through the air and even how to throw objects at your camera and capture the shot mid-air (without breaking your camera!). 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 ShoutoutsBrian Becnel I’m soooo excited...

Lower your expectations and learn how to peel potatoes

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “When fishermen can’t go to sea, they mend their nets.” During the first few years I was building my photography business, I worked as a cook in an Italian restaurant at night. When you train to become a cook, you master a task before you are allowed to move on to the next one. The first task each apprentice cook must master is peeling potatoes. Then they move on to the salads, entrees, pasta, steaks, and seafood. The last thing I was taught to cook was the most technically difficult dish, the souffle. Many photographers buy their first camera and then attempt complicated studio shoots. This is just like the apprentice cook who walks into a kitchen and insists on cooking a souffle on their first day. Taking a stepped approach to learning will take your photography to the next level much faster than trying...

Ep 291: Light painting for beginners, enthusiasts and pros.

You will listen to this cracker of an episode again and again. Lighting painting for beginners, enthusiasts and pros will change the way you think about lighting. You’ll also discover innovative ways to add awesome lighting to your shots with minimal equipment – even just using the light from your phone! 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 Shoutout STEVE WILSON: Prince Edward island I don’t expect you to remember, but I...

Ep 290: Photo challenge week 2 + product and portrait isolation tips for beginners and pros

This is an excellent challenge for photographers of all levels. It’s a great idea to put into practice while you’re self-isolating as it will hone your skills and you’ll add a new tool to your offering. 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 Constructive Critique This week’s amazing podcast cover is by GOLD member Kerry Setch Kerri Setch Bio: I am a freelance photographer specialising in Headshots, Portraits and Branding. My goal...

Love this quote by Henry Ford

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
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