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.

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 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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How to compose headshots for maximum impact

The framing or where you position your model in the frame should never be an accident. Making a few minor adjustments to how you frame your headshots can make a dramatic improvement.
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Headshot Photography Part One: An introduction to background choices, composition and styling

A good portrait is one that tells a story about the person being photographed without having to use any words. There should be enough details in the image to tell the viewer everything they need to know.
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Shooting and directing portrait of Hannah

In this tutorial, we go behind the scenes as Gina shoots and directs a portrait of Hannah, who is not a professional model.
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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 in to create the photos that appear in magazines around the world. You will gain a new perspective into how much work goes into shooting...
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Finding great shots while on the road in the Philippines

Valerie Khoo takes you on the road with Gina in the markets of Cebu in the Philippines. See Gina in action as she engages with strangers and brings out the best in them to snap truly stunning images.
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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, horses and drones, it was an intense day.
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