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Ep 60 Here’s looking at you kid: How to get your photos published online and in print

You love photography and you’re taking a bunch of awesome shots. But you want to showcase your images beyond your Instagram. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the steps you need to take to get your photos published in magazines, newspapers and online. Gina reveals the key actions she’s taken to become a successful photographer. And Valerie, who is a former photo editor and magazine editor, reveals what editorial teams look for when choosing shots to publish. #ginachallenge #lookatme 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 Useful links Yongnuo LED Light A peek inside the camera bags of some of the best photographers in the world. Lightroom Book Lightroom Power User: 148 Pages of Tips & Tricks to Supercharge Your Lightroom Experience Promo...

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 55: Jack of all trades: How to shoot under extreme pressure

These days, many clients want a lot of bang for their buck. That is, they often want multiple looks in multiple locations – for multiple purposes. So how can you pull this off without going crazy? In this bootcamp, we look at what happens when cafe owners want social media profile pics, a cover shoot for a chocolate aficionado magazine, lifestyle product shots, lifestyle talent shots, shots of the cafe in action, shots of the chefs, and food shots. All done in half a day! Gina and Valerie discuss how to plan for this shoot, what gear you’d need to bring, how to structure the day and much more. #ginachallenge #pressure 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 Listener question From Andrew Deagle (Queensland):...

Ep 53: Family size hold the cheese: how to take editorial style family photos

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 that your family portraits look more like they have stepped out of the pages of a lifestyle magazine. You (or your client) will end up with family photographs that are unique, memorable and treasured. From angles, to locations, to posing, this episode has it all. #ginachallenge #familysizenocheese 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 Useful link Sliced Chocolate For Sandwiches Is Now A Reality – Life Will Never Be...

Ep 52: Feel the burn: Mastering fitness and body shots

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 simply great body shots when you’re at the beach or on holiday. It’s also ideal if you want to achieve artistic pics that don’t look cheesy. #ginachallenge #fitnessshots 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 Useful link Watch how people respond when they’re randomly told they’re beautiful. Shoutouts Ben Hopkins Photography Boot Camp: How to photograph fitness models and body shots The brief from the client I want to...

Ep 51: Lost in translation: Gina’s adventures in Japan

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 cover: how to communicate when you don’t speak the language, what gear to bring, why the light in Tokyo is like nowhere else in the world – and what that means for your photography. #ginachallenge #newstyle 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 Shoutouts Mandy Miller’s epic Nutella series. You’ll find the full series in the Facebook group: “So you want to be a photographer: podcast community”   Why...

Ep 50: Putting the “life” into lifestyle photography: How to take lifestyle images

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 that can transform your lifestyle shots, regardless of whether you are using real people or models. #ginachallenge #lifestyle 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 Shoutouts Cindy Lilly (USA) Cindy took our advice on group shots and came up with this cool corporate shot below. Mike Hickman Mike tried a variety of cropping techniques when he photographed marching band. Here are some shots of his daughter. Brian Everingham Taken...

Ep 49: Talking crop: How to crop portraits

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 discuss everything you need to know about cropping – including why it’s important to crop “in camera”, when to do so in post-production, Gina’s golden rules of cropping, how to crop with confidence and how to ensure that you get the balance right in all your shots. #ginachallenge #goodcropbadcrop 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 Useful link: 6 Photographers Capture Same Person But Results Vary Widely Because of...

Ep 47: Get smart! How to take great shots using your smartphone

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 avoid, what apps you should check out and much more. #ginachallenge #smartphoneonly 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 Listener question Kunal Prasad “I need advice from you all regarding studio photography. When selecting a backdrop, how do you decide the color of the back drop … whether it should be contrasted to the subject’s clothes or if should be it be a grey/white or black. What color clothes...

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