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Ep 100 How to go from taking average to awesome photos in less than a year!

Woohooo – we never thought we’d reach 100! Gina and Valerie celebrate 100 episodes while drinking champagne and discuss how to go from taking average to awesome photos in less than a year! It’s about finding the right mentor, not being afraid to make mistakes, silencing self-doubt and much more. This episode has been inspired by our wonderful listeners who have achieved so much. This is dedicated to you. #ginachallenge  #showusyourpics 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 Watch, listen, read, do, rinse repeat Make mistakes Share your work and seek constructive criticism Join a supportive community Find a good mentor Plan your shoots Sort out your inner mean girls Network and hang around with people who are slightly better than you Shoot, shoot,...

Ep 99 Snapshot: How to communicate effectively as a photographer

In this “minisode”, Gina and Valerie talk about how to communicate effectively as a photographer. There is an art to creating a rapport with your model. And that applies whether you are shooting a supermodel, your neighbour, business people, family, school kids – anyone! When you do the right things to communicate effectively, you get better shots. it’s that simple. Gina has mastered the art of bonding with her subjects, whether she’s dealing with an A-list celebrity, a CEO, an octogenarian or the girl next door. She reveals her top 7 tips so you can too. #ginachallenge 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 We’re loving: Top Photographer Top 7 ways to communicate more effectively with your models Gina’s definition of model: Anyone with...

Ep 98 How to work with fill light

Sometimes, all it takes is a little “dook” or a small “ping” to make your image come alive with breadth, colour and tone. You don’t necessarily need a huge lighting setup. Sometimes, the right amount of fill light can be achieved with reflected light, a white t-shirt, a cheesecake dish (yes, a cheesecake dish) or even the light from a smartphone. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how you can use fill light in a range of situations, when you would use it and how to use a variety of sources to make it happen. #ginachallenge #ping 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 Top Photographer Travelling on planes with battery operated flash will end in tears and no dinner… The Elinchrom Ranger...

Ep 97 How to stand out from the crowd

Photography can sometimes be a competitive landscape. So how you make yourself stand out from the crowd? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the key elements you need to consider if you want to have a point a difference, make people remember you (for all the right reasons) and bring something extra to the table. Often, it’s not actually about your actual photography. It’s to do with your attitude and your confidence. #ginachallenge #special 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 Links Gina’s recent lifestyle shoot had to incorporate these products: Cables & Accessories Laptop Hardshell Cases Shoutout David Collopy Discover how Melbourne’s familiar landmarks have changed over time in David Collopy’s display of old and new photographs of the city. Images sourced...

Ep 96 Gina’s Epic Iceland Photography Road Trip Part 2

When you travel around a small island on your own in a few days in search of the perfect shot, you’re going to have some stories. Valerie grills Gina on why she went to Iceland, how she planned her shot list and reviews what she ultimately achieved. From the obligatory rugged landscapes and cascading waterfalls, Gina also reveals how she captured moody shots of disused barns, lonely clotheslines, friendly (and unfriendly) sheep, amazing street art, and her new obsession – birds. #ginachallenge #epicscenery 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 Links 10+ Of The Most Beautiful Cats In The World 15+ Pics That Show Photography Is The Biggest Lie Ever Cool Photo Gallery         Harpa – Iceland “Located by the old...

Ep 95 Gina’s Epic Iceland Photography Road Trip Part One

There’s a lot more to Iceland than … ice. Gina’s recent adventure in this country meant travelling all over the island. In this episode, Valerie asks Gina how she prepared for Iceland, what she wanted to achieve, what essential travel and camera gear she brought and much more. In particular, Gina discusses how she found ideal places to view and shoot the spectacular dancing Northern Lights phenomenon – and what she had to do to capture these amazing images. #ginachallenge #nightlights 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       Kerri writes: Also encouraged by your newsletter this week Gina so am posting a few shots from a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to be in one...

Ep 94 Gina’s Colombian Photoshoot

Gina recently travelled to Colombia and captured some epic images. In this episode, Valerie grills Gina on her adventures with the customs officers, getting food poisoning, mammoth blisters, along with great information on what gear she took and how she captured her amazing shots. #GinaChallenge #birds 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 Yishan Chan asks: I have a product shoot coming up with an artisan soap business. What sort of white background do you recommend that’s portable and easy to clean or dispose of if there are spills etc? Shooting Tents & Table Light Kits. Gina’s Colombian Photoshoot Gear 5DMK111 24-105 70-200 17-35 Sigma f 1.4 35mm Speedlite 600EX-RT Canon Australia 5 in 1 reflector 2x hard drives Manfrotto 190XPROB +...

Ep 93 Everything you need to know about working with photographers’ assistants or how to become one

  One of the best ways to learn more about the industry is to become a photographer’s assistant. This will fast-track your learning like nothing else. And when you do get more confidence, one thing that can take your photography to the next level is to actually hire an assistant – not just to help but to bring knowledge and flair to your photography. Yes, you read that correctly. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do if you want to work as an assistant, but also if you want to hire one. #ginachallenge #thewindbeneathmywings 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 My new gear! My new sigma 35mm lens $899 US vs Canon $1900 Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head Canon...

Ep 92 How to direct a portrait shoot with confidence

When you are shooting portraits, you need to bring your A-game as a photographer. That means instilling confidence in your subject so that they trust what you are doing and follow direction. When you’re confident, you’ll also achieve a more efficient and productive shoot – and be able to take the risks you need to get the creative shots you really want. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do in order to direct a portrait shoot with confidence. 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 23 Things You’ll Never Hear a Pro Photographer Say (via Petapixel) Listener Question From Kristi Louise Herd Hi Gina, I have my first portfolio shoot with a young lady (who wants to...

Ep 91 More ways to avoid and overcome common mistakes part 2

Photography can be a breeze if you eliminate common mistakes. The trouble is that it can take years of experience to figure out what those mistakes are – and how to avoid or overcome them! In this episode, Gina and Valerie distill their experiences in the world of photography and publishing to discuss how you can learn from what they got wrong. They also reveal how you can improve what’s on your website, the right ways to self-promote and what you’re really missing in between frames – it could be gold! #ginachallenge #oops 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 Photographer BELLYFLOPS into a pool to create the perfect spray of droplets behind his swimwear models Shoutouts To Andrew McNamara Taking some...
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