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Ep 131: Single light portraits using speedlights

If you want to start using lighting but don’t want to invest in expensive and complicated equipment, then start with a single easy-to-use, affordable speedlight. Even if you are mainly shooting during the day, a speedlight (yes even when it’s sunny) can make all the difference and really lift your shots, especially your portraits. Gina and Valerie chat about why you need a speedlight, where you can use them, how they work and much more. This episode is also packed with recommendations (you’ll find them also listed  below in the show notes). 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.   #ginachallenge #thespeedoflight Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here....

Ep 129 Size does matter: How to use lighting, focal length and perspective to optimise your group portraits

  When you’re shooting more than one person, you can come across a raft of problematic issues. Sometimes, various people in the group can look disproportionate depending on where they are placed. And if you’re shooting people of varying sizes, some can look huge while others look like pinheads. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know to ensure all your group shots are winners. You’ll discover tips and techniques on forced perspective, lighting, shooting angles, focal length and much more. 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.   #ginachallenge #sizematter Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can...

Ep 128 It’s all in the planning! How to avoid photo fails

Photography can be unpredictable. And when you’re shooting, anything can happen – good and bad. Sometimes, life throws you curve balls and you find yourself with a damaged lens, cyclonic conditions or any number of unforeseen circumstances which make shooting a big challenge. So that’s where a bit of planning can go a long way to avoiding a whole series of epic photo fails. Gina and Valerie discuss what you can do to ensure you’re prepared for every scenario. 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.   #ginachallenge #failproof   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...

Ep 127 Snapshot: Photo composites and changing backgrounds

In this Snapshot minisode, Gina and Valerie shout out Natalie Ord who is being featured in the National Photographic Portrait Prize. And they discuss shots where the backgrounds have been changed, composites have been created and bubbles are shot against a black background. Ask your questions at news@ginamilicia.com 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. 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 Shout Out   Listener Questions Fran Solly #compshot – I am a bit behind and catching up on podcasts just listening to the composite ep and giggling...

Ep 126 How to photograph nudes as art

Some photographers are asked to shoot nudes – expectant mothers who want to document their pregnancy, couples who are celebrating an occasion, athletes and fitness models who want to show off their body in the best light. You get the idea. However, it’s vital not to cross over into tacky when shooting nudes. Challenge yourself to create art instead. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do from planning, setup and lighting to posing, post-production and much more. 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.   #ginachallenge #pgnude Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed...

Ep 125 Snapshot: listener questions and shooting in tight spaces

In this “Snapshot” minisode, Gina and Valerie provide photo critiques for Brad, help Matt out with his dilemma of shooting in a small space, and discuss Chris’s foray into film – and his stunning results. 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. 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 You’ll find Gina and Valerie’s comments and feedback to the following listener questions in the episode. Brad Schulz says: A couple of pics from a photo shoot I did over the weekend. These 2 are probably my favourite. Feel free...

Ep 124 Set your pixels free: How to optimise images for print

Even though we live in a world where so much is done online, there’s still a need for photographs to be printed – either in the form of good old-fashioned prints for albums, but also for brochures, magazines, reports and so on. However, it’s easy to get this wrong if you’re used to supplying everything digitally. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know if you want to optimise your photographs for print. You’ll discover the essentials of DPI and PPI, how this is affected by viewing distance, how to supply your files and much more. 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.   #ginachallenge #freemypixels Click play to listen to...

Ep 123 Snapshot: Listener questions and how to boost your creativity and inspiration

We have a listener question about how to create good group shots under ugly fluorescent light. And then Gina and Valerie discuss what you can do to boost your creativity and inspiration in this ‘Snapshot’ minisode. 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. 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 Listener question Dan Bruno “Any advice on taking group shots of little girls in dance outfits under bad fluorescence light? I have two manual speedlights and umbrellas (could possibly borrow a third light)” You’ll find the answer in this...

Ep 122 Got a light? How to work with continuous lighting

If you’re yet to venture into the world of lighting and aren’t confident with flash, then continuous lighting might be ideal for you. In a sense, what you see is what you get. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know if you want to experiment with continuous lighting and provide examples of simple and inexpensive options so that you don’t have to make fancy purchases that will break the bank. 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.   #ginachallenge #continuous 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...

Ep 121 Snapshot: White balance, photographing babies and rock bands

Dealing with babies – how to photograph these little humans. And shooting bands: how to make members more comfortable and whether you should charge a project fee or hourly rate? Ask listener questions at news@ginamilicia.com 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.   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 All questions are answered in the episode. Mike Hickman asks: Help! Getting asked to take photos of a local cover band, that plays 70s & 80s with a splash of funk, disco and country. I got a few ideas of...
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