Month

September 2020

How to take amazing portraits when mother nature calls in sick.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene, 2006 So you’ve found the perfect location, organised models and then at the 11th hour you get a call: “Hi it’s Mother Nature, I’m sorry but Sunny Day has the flu and can’t make it into work today. I can send Storm as a replacement, Torrential Rain is also available, and Drizzle can be there in five.” Do you cancel the shoot or does the show go on? How do you make the most of a shoot when Sunshine and Blue Skies call in sick? Unless you live in Yuma, Arizona, or Aswan, Egypt chances are you will have a location shoot threatened or cancelled due to rain or inclement weather. Sometimes it’s okay to raincheck (see what I did there?) but what should you do...

Ep 314: What are the best backgrounds for portraits

The background you choose for your portrait shoot can make or break an image. The right background can isolate your model, making them the hero of the shot or give valuable information to help tell the story you want to tell. Great backgrounds have the power to elevate your portrait to look high end and expensive.

Love this quote by Joan Miro

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.”  – Joan Miro

Ep 313: Seven portrait lighting tricks using daylight or flash for beginners and pros

With so many different camera lenses on the market, it can be daunting to determine where to invest your cash. What size should you get? Which lenses are suitable for what purposes? There is an endless list of questions but, in this episode, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lenses – no matter what level you’re at.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia, Cartagena, Colombia shot on iPhone and processed in Lightroom  Have you ever felt intimidated to share your work because you thought everyone else in your photography group, online community or class was better than you?  Are you frustrated by the fact that you are not grasping photography concepts or your work isn’t developing as fast everyone else seems to be? “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When I was seven, my dad bought me a bike. It was the most beautiful bike I’d ever seen. It was powder blue with a white seat and white grips on the handlebars. I rode that bike everywhere. On the weekends I’d clean and polish the chrome and grease the chain.  Riding that bike was my happy place, then one day one of my best friends got a bike for his birthday. His bike was a beautiful red racing bike...

Ep 312: A complete guide to buying and working with camera lenses

With so many different camera lenses on the market, it can be daunting to determine where to invest your cash. What size should you get? Which lenses are suitable for what purposes? There is an endless list of questions but, in this episode, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lenses – no matter what level you’re at.

Having trouble starting a project? These quotes will inspire you to get started.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “You don’t have to be good to start … you just have to start to be good!” – Joe Sabah “Once you’ve mastered starting and stopping, the rest is easy.” – Marty Rubin “The beginning is always NOW.” – Roy Bennett “If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.” – Richelle E. Goodrich “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” – Alberto Salazar

Ep 311: How to create a black background using daylight or flash

This excellent hack can transform your images in an instant. Creating a black background behind the subject in your shot can add drama, moodiness and a sense of theatricality to your image. You don’t even need a studio, you just need to know how to do it.

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