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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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We talk to Antonis Engrafou, a portrait and commercial photographer based in Limassol, Cyprus. His aesthetic of work is influenced by the old masters of art and this is his approach to his entire body of work – commercial and portraiture. His storytelling approach shows emotions, character and stories through the people he photographs: “When...
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We talk to landscape photographer Jack Curran. His moving and evocative images are an example of a master in action. Jack has been shooting amazing landscapes for 40 years. He’s a multi-award-winning photographer and has been ranked as one of the top 10 landscape photographers in the world and won dozens of awards. Jack shares...
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Do you want to know how to shoot memorable, meaningful and authentic photos? We mean photos that really connect with people on an emotional level, images that mean something to a viewer and that they will remember for years to come. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how to interact with your subject, what...
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We talk to documentary travel photographer Kerry Pryor who runs a commercial freelance photography business in Melbourne, but also travels regularly for her work. This includes regular destinations like Ethiopia, Nepal, and Kenya on assignment for “Eyes for Africa” and “Beyond the Orphanage”. Kerry was recently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)...
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Photographer Kristi Herd started a quirky passion project that has opened up fabulous opportunities. In this episode, Kristi talks about how her love of photography started, her early influence, the moment she discovered her unique style, developing her style into a book, gear and lighting techniques – and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you...
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You have questions! And we have answers. Thanks to everyone in the listener community on Facebook. In this episode we talk about: what does good street photography look like? How to wrangle 10 puppies for a photo shoot, getting more clients for car photography and how to compose a photo. Gina and Valerie hope you...
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When you’re travelling you don’t always have all the time – or all the gear – to set up the shots you have planned in your head. So how can you make the most out of these opportunities? Fresh off her photography trip to Sicily, Gina talks about how to shoot portraits on the run....
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How do you pitch yourself as a photographer? Imagine if you lived in a beautiful part of the world that was incredibly remote and your dream was to become a fashion photographer. Chances are you would need to relocate to a major fashion hub like Paris, New York, Sydney or London. That’s exactly the situation...
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How to create high-end images on a budget. Who DOESN’T want to know how to do that? Let’s face it – most of us don’t have heaps of cash to splash around on big budgets sets, equipment or talent. So we have to make do with what we’ve got! But you can still achieve a...
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Commercial animal photography is exploding right now with so many opportunities for photographers who want to expand their offering. The pet industry is booming thanks to increased pet ownership and more people treating pets as an important part of the family. In this episode, we chat to US-based commercial animal photographer Jamie Piper. Chances are...
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Shooting headshots sounds so easy but it can be challenging to get a great result if you don’t follow some simple rules. In this episode, Gina and Valerie review common questions from aspiring photographers so that you can up-level your skills and become a headshot pro. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign...
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If you want to stand out in a crowded market, you need to ensure that your pics exude a certain quality that’s hard to put into words. It’s not about using the most expensive gear or the opportunity to shoot a supermodel. It’s about understanding a few simple rules that can set you – and...
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Sports photography is a unique skill that requires not only an understanding of the sport but an ability to capture fleeting moments that range from sheer victory to tragic disappointment – and everything in between. In this episode, we chat to sports photographer Robert Cianflone on: how he went from shooting local suburban soccer matches...
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Understanding how to photograph artwork can result in an additional revenue stream especially because there are not many art photographers around. In this episode, Gina breaks down exactly what you need to get started. You’ll be surprised at how little gear you need to do it! Gina discusses where to place your lights, the ISO...
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Discover how to go from amateur to fully-fledged pro photographer in less than three years. That’s exactly what Andy Macpherson did and he shares his journey in this episode. Andy reveals: what to say to prospective clients, how to price yourself as an emerging photographer, pre-visualising your shots, camera angles and more. He walks-through a...
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Recently, pet photographer Craig Bullock won the title of New Zealand Portrait Photographer of the Year, the first time in the 80-year history of NZIPP that the award has been given to images of non-humans. Now that’s saying something! Craig’s shots are breathtaking. He’s also authored several books including Quake Dogs and Quake Cats. He...
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If you want to succeed as a photographer, you need to make sales. Sometimes that can make you feel uncomfortable, especially if selling is not in your wheelhouse. In this episode, we chat to Shawna Beckmann about how to overcome your fear of selling. We cover: Why is it so difficult for many artists to...
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What are the steps you need to take to create the perfect portrait? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the seven steps that will ensure that you get the perfect portrait – every time. It’s not just about the lighting and posing, it’s also about what you’re trying to say (or what your client...
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Simple styling and colour take your portrait shots to the next level. But where do you start on this? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss exactly that. We talk to experienced stylist and fashion insider Dijanna Mulhearn on how to draw attention to the best assets, how to diminish attention from the least favourite...
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What are the five things that every photographer must know? It’s probably not what you think! In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss exactly that. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers...
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