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Quote: There is no such thing as a dumb question

Above: Bali fisherman Fuji x100f, image by Gina Milicia “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee

Get Inspired: Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” – Robert Frank  A thrilling documentary on the life and work of the groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker, Robert Frank; from his seminal book of photography, “The Americans,” to his revolutionary films with The Beats (PULLY MY DAISY) and the Rolling Stones (COCKSUCKER BLUES). Directed by Laura Israel (Frank’s long-time editor), DON’T BLINK – ROBERT FRANK is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. Featuring music by Lou Reed, The White Stripes, Bob...

Why every great photo needs a hero

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “I need a hero, I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night” – Bonnie Tyler Back in the 80s when we wore our hair BIG and our jeans acid washed, Bonnie Tyler had a hit single called Hero. I know every word off by heart because I used to sing it into my hairbrush and pretend I was an 80s pop star. The word “hero” applies to many different things. The fireman that rescues the kitty stuck in a tree is a hero. The footballer who kicks the winning goal in overtime is a hero. And late at night after a long hard day, vanilla ice cream with nutella is my hero (the ice cream’s organic – don’t judge me). In the photography world, the word “hero” is used to describe the shot, it could be the cover image of a magazine...

Quote by Rikki Rogers

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Rikki Rogers
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Get inspired!

“I believe that photography can make a real connection to people, and can be employed as a positive agent for understanding the challenges and opportunities facing our world today.” – David Griffin The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

This quote sums up how I feel about the importance of photographs

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

How to take amazing portraits when mother nature calls in sick.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene, 2006 So you’ve found the perfect location, organised models and then at the 11th hour you get a call: “Hi it’s Mother Nature, I’m sorry but Sunny Day has the flu and can’t make it into work today. I can send Storm as a replacement, Torrential Rain is also available, and Drizzle can be there in five.” Do you cancel the shoot or does the show go on? How do you make the most of a shoot when Sunshine and Blue Skies call in sick? Unless you live in Yuma, Arizona, or Aswan, Egypt chances are you will have a location shoot threatened or cancelled due to rain or inclement weather. Sometimes it’s okay to raincheck (see what I did there?) but what should you do...

Having trouble starting a project? These quotes will inspire you to get started.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “You don’t have to be good to start … you just have to start to be good!” – Joe Sabah “Once you’ve mastered starting and stopping, the rest is easy.” – Marty Rubin “The beginning is always NOW.” – Roy Bennett “If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.” – Richelle E. Goodrich “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” – Alberto Salazar

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“All of us are on borrowed time. There are no refunds and there are no guarantees. “At some point, the only time you’ll have to worry about is the time you’ve wasted.”  – Seth Godin
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