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.

What are the best light modifiers and how many do you really need?

I have a confession to make. I have a substance abuse problem – I’m addicted to light modifiers. I know, I know, it’s not very sexy right? I mean, most women are addicted to shoes and handbags, but shoes and handbags don’t do it for me like a good softbox does. If you ask any woman why she needs 300 pairs of shoes she will be able to justify each purchase. Ditto for my light modifier collection. My addiction started out as something fairly harmless. It started with a small purchase that I made with friends one night. No harm done, but then I started to buy gear alone. My name is Gina Milicia and I’m a gear-aholic. It had been a long week. I’d just come off a series of grueling back-to-back shoots. I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep. My mind was running at a million miles an hour...

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 an event like this!

How to edit a portrait using Snapseed

I love taking photos on my iPhone. It’s always with me, and if you know a few simple tricks, you can take some decent shots with it. My favourite app is Snapseed, it’s awesome. I use it for all my smartphone editing. It’s so easy to use and creates really beautiful images on the go. In this demo, I show you how to: edit an image using the Snapseed App on a smartphone adjust brightness adjust contrast adjust mid-tones Download Snapseed for Android here Download Snapseed for iPhone here

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.

Light creep no more! How to remove a lightstand from an image using Photoshop.

Do you ever get frustrated by light creep? Light creep is where the edge of a light modifier or light stand creeps into the edge of the frame. This is often really difficult to avoid because the best portrait lighting is created when the lights are really close to the subject. I can easily avoid light creep by shooting my portraits really tight, but sometimes I find amazing backgrounds that I also want to include in my shot. My options were limited to moving my light further away from my model, and out of frame or not lighting my model at all. Then I discovered this really easy photoshop technique to remove lights and my entire approach to lighting portraits changed for the better. 1. A tripod is essential for this shot. It’s also critical that the tripod doesn’t move. If you are using a lightweight tripod, I recommend you...

Ep 59 Getting air! How to bring “life” into your portraits

This is a cracker of an episode because it’s about getting that extra 1% into your shots. But it’s that 1% can make all the difference. Gina and Valerie discuss the hacks you can use to really give your photographs an edge. From how to do great leaping shots, to getting movement in clothes so you can really bring your image to life, you’ll discover techniques that can help all your shots. You’ll also learn how to use wind to bring movement to the hair of your subjects without making your shots look like a music video from a bad Eighties hair band. #ginachallenge #air Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show notes Gina’s new book! You can buy it from Digital Photography School Listener...

Ep 58: Seeing the light: Rookie lighting mistakes and how to overcome them

Lighting can make or break a shot. And sometimes we can get so caught up in the shutter speed or composition or depth of field that we forget the basics about lighting. Gina and Valerie discuss common rookie lighting mistakes – and ways to overcome them. From simple hacks and great techniques, you’ll discover lighting tips that you’ll be able to use straight away! #ginachallenge #peelingpotatoes Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show notes Shout outs       Yongnuo Gear YONGNUO YN-160 II LED light Yongnuo RF-603 N1 wireless camera trigger Yongnuo starter pack YONGNUO YN-560 III Bundle With RF-603 II Single Transceiver for Canon Photo critique 1 “Happy Sunday everyone! I just set up my very first in home studio. I’m wondering if...

Ep 57: It’s our 1st birthday! How to take your photography to the next level.

No matter whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, there are ways that you can take your photography to the next level. Gina and Valerie discuss nine ways that you can improve your photography and give it that extra edge. They’re not time-consuming but, cumulatively, these baby steps will help to make all the difference with your shooting. And they work regardless of what level you are at right now! #ginachallenge #justdidit Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show notes Shout outs Photo critique Hi all, Here are some studio shots I took of my sis before Christmas. Any critique on the lighting, posing and post-processing would be gratefully received, thanks! Dan Listen to the episode to hear Gina’s critique. It’s our 1st birthday! How...
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About Gina

Gina Milicia is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’... READ MORE