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Gina Milicia

An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes.

Above: I photographed actor, Kate Jenkinson, for Foxtel Magazine July issue  Three minutes is a very long time. If you don’t believe me, then try holding your breath for three minutes. Go ahead; I’ll wait for you… See what I mean? Holding your breath isn’t the only incredible feat you can achieve in three minutes. You can also: take 134 selfies, which is a world record achieved by two UK schoolboys in April 2017 eat an entire jar of Nutella. (Relax people I’m not talking about the 5kg tub, just the small 500gm/1lb size.) Most importantly, taking just three minutes before you press the shutter to check exposure, composition, lighting and cosmetic details will not only improve your images but save you hours of “I’ll just fix that in post”. Life is short, Netflix is awesome, and you don’t have time to waste hours fixing avoidable mistakes in post-production. Wouldn’t...

Ep 301: Headshot and selfie tips with guest Andrej Valko

Headshot and selfie tips with photographer Andrej Valko. You’ll discover Andrej’s $300 budget lighting kit, his lighting setup, how to find great backgrounds, posing and directing headshots and more. With selfies, we’re talking about professional ones! We cover planning, focus, lighting and more. 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 Hi, I’m Andrej – Slovakian born, UK based photographer, passionate about the craft of close-up photography – which, admittedly, may sound scary...

Ep 300: The best photography lessons from 300 shows!

The big 300! We can hardly believe that we’ve reached 300 episodes – so we’re celebrating the only way we know how: with bubbles, your questions and our top lessons from the past 300 eps. Grab a drink and join us. 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 It’s not the gear it’s the photographer! Peel potatoes before you make souffle Perfectionism-procrastination-paralysis Learn by repetition The 1 percenters 

Love these quotes by Swami Vivekananda

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Take up one idea and make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. “Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. “This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise

Above: Image by Gina Milicia I once knew a photographer, Richard Barrett (not his real name), whose work was absolutely perfect. Every single image was perfectly composed and sharp as a tack. Every pixel was exposed precisely and the post-production was flawless. Technically I could not fault his work. He was also a nice guy and yet his photography struggled to get noticed. Why? I believe it had to do with the way he ordered his wine… An artist and a scientist walk into a bar. The scientist carefully studies the wine list and chooses a wine based on all the data he is given, including the region the grapes are grown in, the history of the wineries and the reviews of each bottle. The artist orders the same bottle the people on a nearby table are drinking because that’s exactly what he feels like. I believe the way a...

Ep 299: How to start a pet photography side hustle with guest Jason McCoy

Meet pet photographer Jason McCoy. His work is proof that it’s not the gear – it’s the photographer. His shots are beautiful. You’ll discover: how he started with an entry-level camera and kit lens + $250 lighting set up; how he reached out to rescue shelters and started shooting for them just three months after picking up a camera; how he prepares for a shoot; his lighting set up and lens choice. the techniques and tricks he uses to calm, pose, and direct dogs. a fantastic tip using google maps to scout and store locations and much more. 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...

Love this quote by Roy T. Bennett

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” – Roy T. Bennett

Ep 298: The importance of personal projects with guest Joseph Rodriguez

Meet social documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez from Brooklyn. He has photographed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; journeys of new immigrants to America; gang life in East Los Angeles; and life in Spanish Harlem. Joseph’s photographs have appeared in: The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire, and more. We chat to Joseph about: his love of cinema; beating a Heroin addiction in his 20s; being mugged and stabbed and having his first camera stolen; why he quit a high paying job working for advertising agencies; working 12 hour days driving a taxi to support his photography studies; the advice Mary Ellen Mark gave him to improve his photography; the importance of playing the long game in documentary photography; difference between the tortoise photographer and the hare photographer – and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom...

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

Above: Image by Gina Milicia impostor syndrome noun noun: imposter syndrome the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills. My first day of art school was the best and worst day of my life. I was so excited to be in a room full of students who shared my love of art. I’d finally found my people! This joy soon turned to despair when I discovered how talented everyone was. I was surrounded by the artistic equivalents of 10’s and I felt like a -50. I had just graduated from high school where I was a big fish in a small pond. I was the only art student in my graduating year and my confidence as an artist was sky-high. The swagger and smugness were quickly replaced by a new emotion, imposter syndrome. I didn’t...

Ep 297: Underwater portrait photography with guest Steffen Binke

Underwater portrait photography. Three words that don’t usually go together. But it’s a niche – and a fun one! We talk to underwater portrait photographer Steffen Binke on: the best locations to shoot underwater portraits; breathing techniques to control buoyancy; techniques Steffen uses to pose and direct his models; hair and makeup for underwater portraits; styling underwater portraits; how he gets spectacular results working with non-models, often doing their very first underwater shoot; how he achieves his amazing poses in such a short time (often 5 seconds or less); lighting techniques and heaps more! 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...
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