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So You Want to be a Photographer Podcast

Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!

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  What’s the best way to shoot models’ portfolios? Even if you don’t have access to a modelling/acting agency, you can still use these tips when you are shooting people from your sporting group, association or corporate department. In this episode, Gina and Valerie break down what you need to know: the planning you have...
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Family photos are inevitable. And they can sometimes look woeful! Especially if Uncle Buck is still trying to be the funny guy of the family. So how do you take beautiful family photos that don’t look staged and overly posed? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the steps you need to take to ensure...
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In this “bootcamp” series, Valerie gives Gina a typical client brief – this one centres around taking photos for a gym. Gina walks through her planning, shooting and production process in order to achieve the best results. In this episode, they discuss practical strategies on what you need to do to shoot fitness models or...
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This episode catalogues Gina’s adventures in Japan including sneaky shooting, lots of bikes and missing her plane home. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know about shooting in Japan, iconic locations, how to try out a new photographic style, and how to “set a stage” for your shots. They also...
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These days, lifestyle images abound. They are becoming popular in the world of corporate photography, proliferate on blogs, are common in stock libraries and pervade the advertising industry. But how can you take a great lifestyle shot without it looking contrived or cheesy? This is easier said than done. Gina and Valerie discuss practical strategies...
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Great photography is not just about the lighting, posing and technicalities of the camera. It’s also about the cropping. A well cropped photo can make the difference between a good image – and a great one. So what do you need to know about cropping to ensure that your pictures are great? Gina and Valerie...
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So now want to get more clients, gain recognition for your work or build your photographic business. Or maybe you just want to increase your profile as a photographer, even if it’s just a hobby. In this episode, the tables are turned and Gina interviews Valerie on how to build your profile as a photographer....
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You don’t need a fancy big camera to take great shots. Sometimes, all you have is your smartphone. How can you take awesome photographs with the little device in your pocket? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how you can make the most of your smartphone, how to pick the best light, what to...
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We love the documentary aspect of street photography. Here, nothing is set up and you’re capturing a slice of life just as it happens. Part-journalism-part-art, street photography can result in powerful shots that you couldn’t set up if you tried. But what makes a good street photograph? And how does that differ from a street...
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Backlighting is the new black. When you’re backlighting your shots, there are a number of issues at play. So this show is dedicated to the delicate art of backlighting. If you want to create awesome shots with great ambience and atmosphere, then backlighting is for you. But there is a risk that you will underexpose...
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When Gina recently had 48 hours in Vegas, she didn’t waste a second. Despite Gina’s mantra that “What goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, Valerie manages to quiz her about everything from location scouting to securing talent. She also reveals her secrets to shooting her signature “rat pack” shots right in the heart of...
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You take them at weddings, schools, family gatherings, cast shoots, staff photos, and more. We’re talking about groups photos. But how do you ensure your group shots don’t look like a lineup of criminals or a boring cluster of people? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss a step-by-step process on how to create dynamic...
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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,...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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