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It’s never crowded along the extra mile
It’s never crowded along the extra mile

Above: Image by Gina Milicia

I read a lot of emails and social media posts from discouraged newbie photographers about how crowded the photography market is and how hard it is to get a break. Sadly it’s true. It’s jam-packed at the entry-level.

Everyone and their dog is a photographer these days.

So why the increase? I blame the Oxford dictionary and all the other dictionaries for this new phenomena.

The Oxford dictionary defines a photographer as follows:

Photographer A person who takes photographs, especially as a job. This means that anyone who takes photos is a photographer – it doesn’t need to be a job – that’s a bonus.

So anyone with a smartphone that photographs their lunch or takes selfies showing off their six-pack #blessed is a photographer, right? Well, no wonder there are so many more photographers in the world today. It’s never been easier to become one. Anyone with a camera is a photographer.

Yesterday my dog knocked my phone, and it accidentally took a photo. My dog is also a photographer.

The girl I sat next . . .

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Are you a sheep or a lion?
Are you a sheep or a lion?

“The greatest fear in the world is the opinion of others, and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” —Osho

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Photoshop hidden gem – the rotate tool
Photoshop hidden gem – the rotate tool

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 the original view.

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How to take your portraits from Meh to Amazing
How to take your portraits from Meh to Amazing

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” —Jimmy Johnson

There was this guy I went to high school with, his name was Tony Facciousa (not his real name). Tony was the kind of guy that when he walked into a room, everybody noticed. There was something about him that made everyone look twice, he had the X-Factor.

The X Factor is difficult to define. It’s a combination of lots of little things that gave Tony Facciousa The X Factor. The way he walked, the tone of his voice, the lazy smile, the clothes he wore and the fact that he always had this air of quiet confidence that only someone comfortable in their own skin can pull off.

Tony made quite an impression on me, so much so that whenever I shoot a portrait, I like to implement what I now call the ‘Tony protocol’.

The Tony protocol helps me create intriguing portraits. I want the people I photograph to look like they’re really comfortable in their own skin and I want all my pictures to have Tony Franciosa X Factor.

The Tony protocol . . .

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

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You’re probably closer to your goal than you think.
You’re probably closer to your goal than you think.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia

“Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” –Tony Gaskins

There are some things you just don’t notice because they happen so slowly like fingernails growing, the earth spinning or the 6 extra kilos I smuggle home on my thighs every time I travel to Italy.

I just wake up one day and notice my nails are long, it’s the next day, or my favourite jeans don’t fit anymore.

It always feels like these things just happen overnight, but it’s a slow and gradual process, much like developing your style as an artist.

Is your work evolving quickly enough?

Many artists I speak to get frustrated by the fact that they feel like their work is not evolving quickly enough, or not at all. The reality is, if you’re doing something towards achieving your goals consistently, there will be positive growth.

The two extra cannoli I ate on the first day of my Sicily trip had zero impact, but if I do this every day for 3 weeks, there is . . .

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Fuji XT-3
Seeing a fiat 500 in it’s natural habitat is one of the great joys in life.
Thanks to the amazing @kimpartridge_photographer for assisting me on this shoot!
Been shooting with my new XT-3 here in Sicily. I’ll share my warts and all review on the next episode of the podcast.
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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.
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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.
Bali, Indonesia
FUJI X100F “A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.” ―Arnold Newman

Ep 232 of my podcast with the amazing @valeriekhoo is out. eady to start a photography business? Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Giving up your day job.
Quitting too soon
Ignoring social media
Only relying on social media
Placing all your eggs in one basket
Poor training and mentorship (learn how to shoot, how to charge etc)
Charging too little
Investing in gear too early
No networking skills
No basic business skills (TAX, insurance, contracts, cashflow)
Lack of Editing and workflow knowledge
A business name that nobody can remember or find.

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#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #fujiframez#fujilove #ig#portraitphotography#photooftheday l #portraiture#portraitmood #instagood
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