Posing & Direction

Posing and Direction

Getting your model to feel at ease is crucial when shooting portraits. Gina is an absolute master at this. Learn from her incredible (and simple) techniques.

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 flat.
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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 create beautiful headshots that bring out the best in your model.
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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 pose and direct an anxious person

Some people experience fear or anxiety during a photoshoot. Most of these people can be easily calmed with some basic direction but others will need a slightly different approach.
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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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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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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 you're keen to use window light in your portrait photography but not sure where to start, then this is the tutorial for you.
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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 reality is usually a tiny windowless office filled with grey filing cabinets and green walls.
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What’s the best focal length for shooting headshots

Wwhen it comes to shooting headshots or profile pictures, what is the best focal length, and why?
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How to remove flare from glasses in a portrait using the clone stamp and layer mask

Photographing a model wearing glasses can be problematic. Glasses are highly reflective and can cause flare or reflections of the light source.
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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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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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Garage Light: Sicilian Style

Learn why Garage Lighting is Gina's favourite lighting style - and why it should be yours, too.
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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 lighting small spaces. In reality, photographers rarely work in ideal situations with plenty of room, so knowing how to work with what you've got is...
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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 can also be very difficult for models with light coloured eyes, who struggle to keep their eyes open!
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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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