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What makes a good photo?
What makes a good photo?

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in one word, effective.” —Irving Penn

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How to improve your photography skills when you are time-poor
How to improve your photography skills when you are time-poor

Above: Image by Gina Milicia

You love photography and want to improve, maybe even start a side hustle but life keeps getting in the way. You are constantly battling with work commitments, commute times, chores, family, friends and Netflix.

At the end of each day, you’re so exhausted that you can barely speak let alone pull out your camera for a photo shoot.

When you first bought your camera you had the best intentions, the two of you were going to be inseparable. You had big plans, but life got in the way and now you are the proud owner of the world’s most expensive paperweight.

What if I was to tell you that you don’t need to find hours in each day to improve your skills?

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” –Old Chinese Proverb

Trying to learn a skill in chunks is like cramming for an exam. Your brain will allow you access to this information for the next day or so and then it gets filed to a . . .

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This is one one the most inspiring videos I’ve seen in ages!
This is one one the most inspiring videos I’ve seen in ages!

Need some inspiration to get you across the line today? Watch this video.

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Wise words from Steven Pressfield
Wise words from Steven Pressfield

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is sacred to death.” —Steven Pressfield

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My greatest photography regret
My greatest photography regret

Above: Image by Gina Milicia

Do you remember the last time you were embarrassed? Did you accidentally call your teacher Mum, discover that you just walked five blocks with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe, or accidentally shaved an eyebrow off when you were nine? I’ve been guilty of all of these and many more. It’s perfectly normal to be a klutz, make mistakes, do dumb things.

Now I want you to try and remember a time that someone you know personally, a family member, friend, or workmate went through an embarrassing experience? I’ll wait…

It’s a lot harder to think of someone, isn’t it? I’m racking my brains, and I can remember someone in grade two pooped in their pants, but I can’t for the life of me remember their name, or what they look like. The rest is kind of hazy.

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realise how seldom they do.” —David Foster Wallace

That person I remember pooping their pants in grade two probably still feels the shame and humiliation of that . . .

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Lightroom Jpeg Export Cheatsheet
Lightroom Jpeg Export Cheatsheet

Keep this handy cheat sheet on your phone, or desktop to help you remember the optimum settings for Lightroom exports.

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Why do you take photographs?
Why do you take photographs?

Above: Image by Gina Milicia

“When Your Why Is clear, Your How becomes easy”

When I was 9, my brother Anthony got his first football trophy.

Best Utility Under 11’s. I believed this trophy had magical powers.

That trophy transformed my brother into a rockstar. My parents treated Anthony like he had just scored the winning goal in the World Cup.

I was proud, but I was also jealous. I wanted a trophy. I wanted to feel like a rockstar.

I signed up for netball and but after two Saturdays of getting up at 8 am, and not getting a game, I quit. I hated being cold. Netball was stupid.

I signed up for Little Athletics (more medals and ribbons to win). Went once, didn’t win and gave up. Little Aths sucked.

I retired from professional sport at the age of 9 to focus on my Leggo career.

My brother played football, cricket, basketball, and every sport under the sun because he loved playing sport. He went on to win a stack of trophies, but winning trophies was not his WHY.

Anthony loved sport, and that’s why he played. He loved to be part of a team, loved how he felt when he ran or swam . . .

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Only 3 spots left on my Sicily Workshop!
Only 3 spots left on my Sicily Workshop!

More info here.

Beginners, enthusiasts and pros welcome.

Feel free to email me at news@ginamilicia.com if you have any questions.

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Chennai, India
Holy man #Chennai #Fujix100f “Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we've loved them, left them, or fought them.” #Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries 
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #portraiture
Mumbai Gate of India
Birdman #Mumbai #Fujix100f
Spotted this man guarding the side entrance to The Gateway of Mumbai monument in Colaba. This is “The St Marks Square” of Mumbai and the Birdman looks after the two million pigeons that happily pose
for photos with the visitors.
This is a big job, some of these pigeons have been spoiled by their Instagram fame. They can be divas, no wonder he looks so stressed.
Thank you Birdman, we need more people like you in the world.
#Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries 
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #instagood

Want to improve your photography? I'd love to work with you. Check out my Gold Membership, I've created hundreds of tutorials which share all my lighting, posing and editing techniques. We also have a members forum, video photo critiques each month and a live "Ask me anything” Link in bio
Sri Lanka
'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.’ If you walk past a stranger today, smile and say hello, everyone deserves to feel special and loved.
Canon 5DMK4
Seminyak, Bali
📷Fuji x100f Beach Boxer Bali
“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.” – Steven Pressfield 🙏

This week on the podcast @valeriekhoo and I chat about the 5 things every photographer must know. This has nothing to do with gear and everything to do with your mindset.

Oh and if you’re interested in learning how to shoot with fill flash I have a few spots available to my May Sicily portrait workshop.
6 Days
Intensive lighting, directing and post production
LINK IN BIO
Brighton Baths Health Club
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Samuel Ullman

I had the most inspiring day photographing members of the Brighton Baths Icebergers. These men and women, mostly over 50, enjoy a dawn and early morning ritual of bathing in the last remaining sea pool in Port Phillip Bay.
In winter the water temperature is close to freezing and the Icebergers are hooked on the benefits to both body and mind.

One thing I noticed in all the swimmers I photographed was a sense of joy and a positive energy. This is Jan, she is 79 years young and has been open water swimming for 30+ years, and is a regular winter swimmer.
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Bright, Victoria
Fujix100F + Speedlight and Gary Fong “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen

I spent my childhood feeling like a misfit and then I went to art school and found “my people”
Artists spend their lives seeing and feeling things the rest of the world ignore. I think we are the sane ones and the rest of the world is crazy.
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