Lighting

Lighting

Lighting a shot properly will transform your photography.

In these tutorials, Gina will take you step-by-step through essential techniques. You'll also learn how to fix common problems.

I learnt to see how photos are lit, how just a little bit of light can make a massive impact and take my photos to the next level. How lighting can be simple and doesn’t need to complicated.

David Rook
Wedding Photographer & Gold Member

Catchlights

Healthy eyes are bright and shiny surfaces and will reflect their surroundings. It’s this highlight that gives the eyes life and depth. Without a catchlight, eyes can look dark and...
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Lighting headshots 101

In this tutorial, Gina dives deep into lighting specifically for headshots. You don't need a lot of fancy equipment, you just need to understand how to work with light to...
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Knitting Ladies Last Supper inspired group portrait

Learn the secrets behind devising, lighting, posing and directing this extraordinary photo.
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How to create soft daylight in harsh sunlight

Harsh sunlight can ruin a photo. You can pray for a cloud, or learn to make your own.
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Fashion Look Tutorial

Discover how to create a fashion look portrait for any model in any situation.
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How to use a light meter with speedlights

Take the guesswork out of lighting. Learn how to use a light meter and stop monkeying around.
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How to light, style, pose and direct a corporate headshot

In this tutorial, Gina shows you how to light, style, pose and direct a corporate headshot.
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Three ways to light headshots using daylight

Get ready to change your photography (and your life) by being able to SEE light.
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Lighting with Gridspots

Don't underestimate the gridspot. This light modifier will make portraits pop without modifying your background.
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How to Photograph Art

Shooting art is surprisingly tricky. It can be hard to line up the shot and capture colours in all their original vividness. Learn the tips to overcome these common hurdles. 
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How to add sunlight to an interior using a single Speedlight

Want to know how to add gorgeous streaming sunlight to your interior shots? The answer is simple: a Speedlight.
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Flash vs Daylight Skater Boy Shoot

Wondering whether to use daylight or flash for your portrait photography? Why not use both?
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How to create Split and Rembrandt Lighting using daylight or artificial lighting

Knowing how to manipulate light in relation to your model is a game-changer. These rules apply to ALL light. If you understand light you can achieve any light style.
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How to mimic sunlight using a bare Speedlight

Has the sun called in sick, making it impossible to light your shot? When you have the right skills, nothing is impossible.
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An introduction to photographing portraits using window light

A window light source can be very adaptable. It can be shaped to create flat even lighting or dramatic mood lighting simply by changing where you position your model. If...
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How to create amazing corporate portraits in average locations

In an ideal world, yourclient will invite you to photograph them in their beautiful 10000 square ft loft with polished floorboards, an abundance of daylight and gorgeous furniture . The...
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How to control flash focal length using speedlights

Did you know that you can control how wide or narrow your speedlight flash will be? This is a very handy tool to use when shooting portraits.
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Look Ma no flash! How to create a studio look portrait using daylight

Yes, you CAN create a gorgeous studio look using natural daylight. Find out how.
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How to use composite lighting for group shots

In this tutorial Gina shares a light blending technique she's developed for shooting portraits.
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How to create soft window light using flash

Shooting through windows creates a really nice effect. And you don't even need to go on location to achieve it.
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How to light a green screen

Using a green screen makes photo composites quick and easy but there are a few important points to remember when setting them up and lighting them.
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How to remove harsh shadows from portraits in Photoshop

Harsh shadows on the face caused by lighting is a common mistake and it can ruin a photo.
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How to balance ambient light and fill flash

Discover how to manipulate light to change the the mood and feel of your images.
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How to work with high contrast light

In this tutorial, Gina shows you some quick tips to help you get the most out of high contrast lighting conditions.
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How to create a background using a bath towel

In this tutorial, Gina will show you how to create a studio look portrait using daylight and a couple of old bath towels.
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Metering Actual Light Vs Reflected Light

If you want to take your photography to the next level then it’s important to understand how your camera actually figures out the light readings and why.
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War Veteran portrait using three lights

In this tutorial, Gina demonstrates her three-light location setup for portraits. This useful setup can be replicated for all sorts of shots including family portraits, senior portraits or lifestyle images.
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Sri Lanka surfer portrait: Natural light vs fill flash tutorial

Creating the look and feel that you want in a portrait comes down to how you light and expose your images.
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How to photograph crowded locations to look deserted

Your perfect shot can be ruined by people passing by. But there is a solution.
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How to mimic daylight: Laundrette portrait shoot in India

With the right setup, budget lighting doesn't have to look cheap! In this tutorial, Gina shares a great lighting setup for single portraits on the run.
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How to create a moody character shot using one light

This is a simple lighting style showing you how to create several different looks in one location using one light and one reflector.
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LYS book cover studio shoot with Samuel and Connie Johnson

In this tutorial, Gina shares her studio lighting setup for a book cover and merchandise shoot.
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One light and a leaf blower: Making the most of small spaces.

In this tutorial, Gina is working in a tiny space with low ceilings on a publicity shoot for an Australian radio and television personality. She shares her key hacks for...
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Portrait of Wayan, the Balinese Rice Farmer

Hot, humid and harsh. Learn how to work in difficult conditions.
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How to photograph portraits in harsh sunlight

Hard midday sun can be brutal on portraits. It’s high contrast and very bright so not only do you have hard shadows on the face to contend with, but it...
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Helen and Colin the super pup

In this tutorial, Gina will show you how to create a dark and moody background using shutter speed and aperture.
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How to light a headshot using a beauty dish

You beauty! Learn the best way to use your beauty dish.
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Adding a “dook” of light using a speedlight and 50 cent modifier

When your model is backlit, you can use these neat lighting tricks.
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Lighting and directing: The magician

Learn the secrets of lighting and direction in this promotional shoot.
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Paper bag light modifier

No light modifier? No worries! Make your own using a paper bag.
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Behind the scenes as Gina shoots Timothy Springs

You'll be able to watch Gina every step of the way as she talks through her plan, sets up and directs the shoot, and takes stunning headshots of Timothy. 
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Sicilian Shepherd Boy

In this tutorial, you'll get a unique insight into how Gina works and learn tricks you can apply to your own photography.
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Frank Romano Scoglitti Beach tutorial

Doing a long-distance shoot presents a whole new set of challenges which you may not have thought of.
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Behind the scenes at a TV awards ceremony

In these amazing videos, Valerie Khoo goes behind the scenes with Gina as she snaps celebrites at The Logies. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see the work that goes...
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Behind the scenes: A shoot with motorbikes, mustangs and models

Join Valerie Khoo as she goes behind the scenes with Gina at a beachside location on a shoot for a surfwear client. Working with professional models, full sunlight, make-up artists,...
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