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Ep 42: Destination Havana: Gina’s adventures in Cuba

There are some dream photo destinations – and Cuba is certainly one of them. With its nostalgic architecture, retro cars, and faded glamour, Gina’s recent trip to Cuba resulted in amazing images, a brush with the authorities, and a series of inspiring characters. In this episode, Valerie quizzes Gina on why she went to Cuba, how she prepared for the trip, the portable gear and lighting she took with her, and what hair-raising adventures she had along the way. Gina also dissects some of her favourite Cuban shots including how she set the shots up, what she left to chance and which lighting styles she used. Also remember to join the free community on Facebook. Just search for “So you want to be a photographer podcast community”. This week’s #ginachallenge is #retro Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes...

Ep 41: Character building: How to take great character portraits

Capturing a great “character portrait” takes skill, timing and connection. It also needs the right mix of smart composition, meaningful props and a knack for storytelling. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the three “recipes” that will help you take an awesome character portrait every time. In Gina’s unique style, she explains how to determine what KIND of portrait you can achieve, how to embellish or simplify the image, and how to choose an environment that will really make your character portrait shine. Also remember to join the free community on Facebook. Just search for “So you want to be a photographer podcast community”. This week’s #ginachallenge is #character 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 Parents Troll Daughter And Boyfriend By Recreating...

Ep 40: Midlife Crisis: How to take really flattering portraits of older models

When you’re photographing people of a certain age, this can sometimes be challenging. Not every person wants a “character” shot, lines and all. And certain types of lighting can be very unflattering. Plus not everyone looks like a supermodel! So how do you take really flattering shots of older people? Apart from the technical aspects, people over a certain age sometimes also have insecurities about their looks or particular parts of their body. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do to take kickass shots of older models. 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 Is there a wrong way to hold a camera? Photo Critique Rob Morris Check out the critique in this week’s episode. Midlife Crisis: How to...

Ep 39: Want free stuff? How to get free models, makeup artists, stylists, locations, and more!

We all love a bargain. In this episode, Gina and Valerie reveal how you can get free stuff to help with your photography. That means models, makeup artists, and stylists who will work for free. Together, you can create some amazing shots. You’ll also learn about getting free locations. And where you get also find awesome free resources and tools to help you learn more about photography (apart from this cool podcast of course!). 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 Interesting links Surf Photographer Clark Little on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot – The Inertia See Clark’s portfolio of beautiful shore break images The Inertia: Surfing’s Definitive Community Listener question from Yuliya Brown How do I get the expression I...

Ep 38: What Would MacGyver do? The Best DIY Photography Hacks

If Gina was ever reincarnated, she would come back as MacGuyver. That’s because she’s been on so many photography jobs where she’s needed to improvise and get out of tight spots – often because of factors outside her control. So she’s developed a knack for MacGuyvering everything from temporary boom and light stands, lens holders, all kinds of diffusers, and much more. Often, she’s had to use everyday items that you can find in the house or your car. In this episode, Gina explains to Valerie her top MacGuyver hacks. It’s well worth a listen because you may just need to improvise on your next shoot. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #MacGuyver 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 Forget selfies! The latest...

Ep 37 Screentime: The best post production software and apps for enthusiasts to professionals

Your shots are good but you can take them to the next level when you have the right apps and post-production software. ALL professionals do work in post-production, so this isn’t cheating, it’s bringing out the best in your photography. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, when you have the right apps and post-production software, you can create artistic effects with your images that make them really unique. But which ones should you use? Gina and Valerie discuss the post-production tools that Gina can’t live without, what she uses them for and how YOU can use them in your photography. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #youcompleteme 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 to: @Martih0427 Folio Critique Brian Becnel...

Ep 36: Patience grasshopper: how to find awesome mentors

When you have the right mentor, you can fast track your photography at a rate of knots. But how you do know what kind of mentor is actually going to help your photography shine – and what kind of mentor you should avoid? Mentors don’t grow on trees. So Gina and Valerie discuss the best way to find a mentor – whether that’s in your own town, one that you admire from afar, or one that can mentor you virtually. But it’s not just about finding a mentor. Once you have one, what’s the best way to get the most out of your mentoring relationship? Remember that it needs to be a two-way street if you want your mentoring relationship to go beyond one cup of coffee. So what do YOU need to do to be a good mentoree and really improve your shooting style? This week’s theme for #ginachallenge...

Ep 35: Classic portrait lighting styles every photographer should know

When you’re shooting portraits, it can be easy to focus on the posing and the location. But what about the lighting style? Which is the best lighting style to achieve the look you want? Get these classic “go to” lighting styles under your belt, and you’ll always have a solution regardless of who you’re photographing. From moody and gritty, to Rembrandt lighting, Gina and Valerie discuss the four styles you MUST know make your portraits picture perfect. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #rembrandt 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 Gina dishes on why she loves Khloe Kardashian’s booty (well in these shots anyway) Photo critique, pics by Gary Lun. Gary used a beauty dish that the studio provided attached with an Alienbees B800. Check...

Ep 34: Portable portrait lighting solutions for every budget

When you’re shooting portraits on location, it’s handy to have lightweight portable lights to achieve various looks. But which are the best lights to invest in – and will it cost you the earth? The short answer is no: you can get very affordable quality lights to take with you. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss lighting solutions for every budget including an entire kit for around $200. In the show notes, you’ll also find the exact gear that Gina recommends including links to where you can buy them. Please note that no item in this episode is sponsored. These are real recommendations. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #bruce 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 Gina has dinner with Vincent Laforet...

Ep 33: 7 deadly posing sins – and how to avoid them

If you’re photographing portraits, there is a HUGE difference between and good shot and a great shot. Even if you are technically brilliant, the “magic” only comes when you can really connect with your subject and ensure they are posing in a way that’s natural – but that looks amazing. As photographers we can’t blame our subjects if they feel awkward or nervous. It’s our job to direct them to achieve the best possible shot. It’s also about choosing the right environment to suit. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the 7 deadly posing sins – and how to avoid them. You’ll discover what to do with awkward hands, how to choose the right backgrounds, how to get the right expression in a subject’s eyes, and much more. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “deadly sins”!   Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here....
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