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Ep 110 How to take awesome black and white photos

Have you heard? Black and white is the new black. Although it’s always been represented in classic and iconic shots, it seems that black and white is now hip again. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how to “see” in black and white, why you need to understand the colour wheel for best results, whether you should shoot in black and white or convert in post-production, how B&W can enhance and transforms some shots from meh to amazing, and much more. Hope you enjoy the podcast. #ginachallenge #blackandwhite 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 Useful Links Quote “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”― Ted Grant...

Ep 109 Imposter syndrome, how to attract clients and lighting for big groups.

We’ve heard some of your biggest challenges in the world of photography and outline clear strategies you can take to overcome them. From getting over imposter syndrome, to determining practical strategies to attract clients, Gina and Valerie cover it all in this episode. Gina also reveals an ingenious hack on how to get even lighting for large groups. It’s a cracker! It’s also the first episode for the year so Gina and Valerie recorded it with a bottle of champagne. EACH. The results? Well, you can hear for yourselves. 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 Useful Links Selecting the Best and Worst Camera Gear of 2016… While Getting Drunk Listener questions How to get even lighting with groups of people. Phil asks: Getting...

Ep 108 Must-have habits to boost your skills and creativity – and best listener pics of 2016

Do you want to boost your photographic skills and unleash your own creativity? It’s not hard. Like anything, you just need practice. And the easiest way to do this is to incorporate these simple habits into your routine. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss must-have habits that you need to adopt in order to become a photographic genius. These habits don’t take much extra time and will help to skyrocket your creativity and keep you brimming with ideas. In addition, the habits will improve your photography skills and help you become more efficient. #ginachallenge #thinklessdomore 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 outs Thanks to everyone who shared their images in 2016 We have seen listeners taking the plunge: Shooting raw Mastering...

Ep 107 Photography trends for 2017 and how to achieve them

It’s been a big year so far but we’re predicting an even bigger one for 2017. And there are some clear trends emerging in photography styles and imagery. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the big trends for the coming year and what you need to do if you want to stay relevant and on point. From “authentic” images to echoes of nostalgia – and everything in between, you’ll discover the steps you can take to ensure your style stays unique to you – but can also adapt to what the market is looking for if you need to. 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 outs Kristi Louise Herd‎ I was in London at the weekend when I passed a Vietnamese...

Ep 106 How to create high end looking portraits using cheap lighting

If you’re just starting out or don’t have a big budget then you might not have fancy lighting options. But that doesn’t matter. Because you can create high-end looking portraits by using cheap lighting! In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to so that you can achieve awesome looks by using everyday lighting options that you can find in your home. They also discuss what cheap entry level lighting will work best if you’re just getting started and suggest useful accessories that can make a big difference to your photography. 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 Useful link Via Ian Hulme Thieves busted with $30K of stolen Nutella What is the definition of high-end lighting? All light behaves in the...

Ep 105 What are the best ways to scout locations?

What are the best ways to scout locations? When you get to a venue, landscape, building or wedding, what is a systematic way for you to scout the best locations for your shots? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do so that you make the best use of time, can perform under pressure and come up with creative and inspirational locations for your pics. 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 This episode was inspired by a documentary on photographer Ken Duncan Chasing the light Fitting out studios Spend a day getting to know your space Document the changing light Notice the position of the sun Experiment with camera position proximity to light Pay respect to land Time of day...

Ep 104 Three simple ways to improve your photography

What are three simple ways to improve your photography? If you could change only three things, what would they be? We draw inspiration from the podcast community to discover that there are a handful (yes, three!) things that most people have done to take their photography to the next level. And you can even look at the before and after photos provided in the show notes to see the evidence for yourselves. 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 Danielle Sheehan Help! At a wedding, flash has stopped working! I have a pop up flash on camera that does work, and I’m using a 35mm prime lens. Now at the reception ((indoors) any hot tips Diffuse pop up flash with tracing paper,baking...

Ep 103 Snapshot: 7 books every photographer should read

In this mini-sode, Gina and Valerie discuss the 7 books that every photographer (or struggling artist) should read. 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 The War of Art by Steven Pressfield “Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.” The War of Art preface “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 scared to death.” “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art:...

Ep 102 Prop it like it’s hot: how to work with props

Sometimes, one little thing – a subtle prop – can make all the difference in your shot. You might be technically brilliant at photos, but if you want to be creative and really let your photos tell a story, it takes more than just composition, posing and lighting to make it work. The addition of a simple prop can make all the difference. However, you don’t want the prop to overshadow the pic, nor do you want it to be cheesy. Gina and Valerie discuss when you might use props, where you can get them, discuss essential props you should have in your kit and how you can use them cleverly and creatively. #ginachallenge  #propmeup 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 Supermoon  ...

Ep 101 Snapshot: Tutorial on shooting champagne and bokeh

In this mini-sode, you’ll experience a live tutorial as Gina guides Valerie through workshopping and finally getting the shot she wants to achieve. You’ll discover how to make fake champagne, how to get the bubbles to fizz on cue, different lighting scenarios when you have limited options and how to achieve bubbles and bokeh all in one shot. 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 Equipment Canon 5D MK 111 Canon 70-200mm lens Tripod To make champagne Mix ginger ale and soda/tonic water in equal parts (top up glasses just before you take a shot to get the bubbles) Background bokeh Fairy lights coloured or neutral A black board or deflector or shoot at night! Coat hangers or a light stand to hang lights...
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