Month

July 2020

Ep 306: How to boost your creativity and take original images that get noticed

Creativity might seem like an intangible quality but it’s the very thing that’s going to drive our photography. We can all do with being a bit more creative. But how do you tap into this elusive state? Well, it’s not hard. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the key steps you should take so that you could boost your creativity so you can take your photography to the next level. 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...

Get inspired by the fantastic work of Peter Lindbergh.

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing. They follow trends and don’t know why.” – Peter Lindbergh

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous There are various degrees of risk or loss, depending on the activity. As children, we are taught to minimise risk to keep us safe. Look both ways before you cross the street so you won’t get hit by a bus. Don’t talk to boys until you are 25 (hands up who was raised by a Sicilian mother). Risky behaviour isn’t limited to physical harm. It can also cause emotional or financial damage, and by damage, I mean pain, so, understandably, we grow up trying to minimise painful experiences. In taking risks, I‘ve learned there is a chance I will be physically, emotionally or financially hurt. I can easily avoid experiencing pain by never taking any risks, but...

Ep 305: The five qualities of light every photographer must know.

Light is the essence of all photography. And once you “get it”, your images will take on a whole new … pardon the pun … light. So what do you need to know? Gina and Valerie reveal the five qualities of light every photographer must know. 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 “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you...

The best art is created from the heart…

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall 

Ep 304: Beginner and pro photo fails and how to prevent them

A great photographer will spend 80% of their time planning, composing, exposing and lighting their shots and 20% of their time on post-production. An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning and composing their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes. We discuss what to look out for and how to avoid these fails: lack of originality or creativity, poor understanding of light, uncomfortable models/awkward poses, ignore the hands, flogging a dead, horse, photo face, over-retouching, the yeah baby factor, styling, the 1%ers. 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...

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Above: Image by Gina Milicia I can still remember exactly where I was when I first experienced the amazing raw file processing software called Lightroom. Like most new trends, I wasn’t an early adopter. I’d heard many of my colleagues rave about Lightroom like it was the greatest thing since Nutella on bread, but I still had some reservations… I didn’t have time to learn a whole new system. Lightroom looked complicated and Photoshop did everything I needed just fine. Then I tried it and life as I knew it changed forever *cue epic movie soundtrack*. That was a defining moment in my life that will be played in my highlights reel, in between first kiss and first jar of Nutella. I was hooked within minutes of using it. Using Lightroom felt like home. Lightroom understood me. Lightroom had me at “hello.” The thing that made Lightroom so revolutionary was the...

Ep 303: Photography gear guide for beginners, enthusiasts and pros

What gear should you buy? What do you actually need? No matter where you are in your photography journey, this episode reveals exactly what you need to get the right gear for your goals. We’re talking cameras, pro-level gear vs. entry-level gear, mirrorless vs DSLR, lenses, zoom vs prime, lighting, light modifiers, tripods and light stands, and accessories. 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 If you want to save hundreds, if...

Ep 302: How to earn six figures plus by finding your niche with guest Tracy Moore

Discover how to earn six figures plus by finding your niche. We talk to photographer Tracy Moore on how she turned a lifelong interest  into a thriving business. As an entrepreneur, she embraces opportunities to adventure, evolve and grow. Tracy built a niche for adventurous high school senior girls and also shoots for outdoor companies, one of her favorites being Patagonia. As the sole provider for her family, she has learned how to build a thriving, successful business and a large portion of her business is now teaching other photographers how to grow successful businesses too. 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...
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