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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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Ep 252 is out!
This week @valeriekhoo and I discuss techniques you can use to take more meaningful, authentic and memorable photos.
A great portrait is so much more than nailing the lighting and focus. If you want to take your portraits next level then you want your images to have the x-factor or soul. The stuff nobody really talks about much.
How many images have you seen once and still think about years later? Why is that?
I can guarantee it had nothing to do with the lighting, pose or model.
Some of the topics discussed include
* Remember that one size doesn’t fit all.
* Photograph the person, not the style
* Find a background that supports what you are trying to say
* Light in a style that flatters or brings out the features of the person you are photographing
* Pose the person in a way that suits their body type and personality.
* Learn the art of natural posting and give your model the confidence to “own’ the pose
* Learn the art of posing different body types
* inauthentic poses
* Keep poses simple
* Learn to read non-verbal cues
* Matching energy
* Master one go-to set up you can do confidently as a starting point.
* Be decisive and confident.
* Connect and be authentic, talk open up be authentic
* Watch out for the moments between frames
* Learn how to get rid of photo face

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