Above: Image, Gina Milicia, Kochi, India
There’s one essential item that every photographer needs in their kit. It’s difficult to find and can easily be lost so it’s worth taking special care to protect it.
The first time I discovered I had this essential item I had been shooting for about six months.
Having this essential item was a game changer. It was my secret weapon, I felt like I could do anything.
Over the years I’ve realised that there are a number of factors that influence my ability to keep this essential item accessible. The more experienced I become the easier it has become not to misplace this essential item. I’ve also discovered that it’s important that the dose is correct. If I use too much of this item my images are a complete disaster.
This miracle item I speak of is not available on Amazon, you don’t need to be a member of a club to get your hands on one, and the best news is it’s free.
The one thing every photographer needs in their kit is confidence. Yep, that’s right, it’s not really a tangible thing. You can’t hold confidence in your hands . . .
Above: Image, Gina Milicia
“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
I love this hidden feature in Photoshop.
Next time you are retouching an image and want to rotate your canvas temporarily hit “R” on the keyboard.
To select tool hit “R” on the keyboard or select the rotate tool (it’s located under the hand tool).
Place tool cursor in the image window and click mouse.
Move the cursor clockwise (or anticlockwise) to rotate the canvas.
Hit ESC to revert back to original view.
Above: Image, Gina Milicia
Coco Chanel once said, “Before leaving the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” This advice can be applied to photography.
It’s easy to get caught up in lighting and post-production techniques that end up overpowering an image.
Next time you are adding props to a photo, lighting an image or retouching a shot ask yourself
WWCD? What would Coco do?
Do you need the extra light? If the answer is no, then try applying the Coco protocol and simplifying your image.
Too many props? WWCD?
One too many Lightroom presets? WWCD?
A beautiful image doesn’t need diamond rings, red lipstick and high heels to stand out.
Chanel wasn’t the only artist who believed in the importance of simplicity.
Next time you are tempted to use the latest editing technique that all the cool kids are using on Instagram you might want to consider the advice of some of the following creative icons:
“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Elegance is elimination.” —Cristóbal Balenciaga
“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect . . .
In this tutorial I share a really quick and easy way to add highlights to the eyes of your portraits using Lightroom. Check it out below.
Above: Image Gina Milicia
“If you need a science degree and a membership to Mensa International to use your photography equipment, then chances are you’ll never use it.”
There is a room in my house where all my impulse purchases are stored. These are items I convinced myself I needed but no longer use, like the bread machine (made me fat), the ice cream machine (see “bread machine”), and the Ab Cruncher Pro (purchased to undo all the damage caused by the bread and ice cream machines).
Along with the everyday stuff, there are dozens of cheap photographic accessories, bought on impulse only to be regretted later. Like the silver umbrella I bought for $10. It fell apart the second time I used it; now, when opened, it covers everyone within a five-mile radius in silver glitter. Or the three cheap remote triggers I bought, because every girl needs three remote triggers that don’t work.
Then there are the five softboxes, the ring light, a beauty dish, and five broken light stands that “might come in handy one day.”
My name is Gina Milicia, and I’m a Gearaholic.
It started with a small purchase I made one night with . . .
Above: Image, Gina Milicia
Successful photographers don’t follow trends, they create them.
The best photographers in the world have a unique style that sets them apart from all the other photographers. They photograph subjects that they are passionate about and light, pose and edit in a style that is unique to them.
Photography is a visual conversation a photographer is sharing with the world. Copying other photographers or whatever style is hot on Instagram right now is like a musician that only plays covers in their sets. It doesn’t matter how much they sound or look like Adele, Beyonce, Prince, Elvis or Madonna – this style of music will only take them so far.
Many of the greatest artists in history start out by copying their idols. The reason they became successful leaders in their craft is because at some point their work no longer resembles anyone else’s. They develop a way to tell their unique story in a style that is meaningful to them.
Great photographers don’t take photos, they make them.
An awesome image is a combination of light, subject, composition and mood. Being in the right place at at right time involves a certain amount of . . .
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