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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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How does commercial portrait photography differ from regular portrait photography? We talk to Jeroen Nieuwhuis on his work as a commercial portrait photographer. You’ll discover: how he landed his first commercial gig at 18, the importance of knowing how to pose and direct models, why you need good assistants, getting booked from personal projects …
 
Connecting with people when you’re taking their portraits can be challenging. Because a great shot is not just about the technical aspects of photography. It’s also about whether your subject is comfortable, relaxed and at ease with the camera. In this episode, you’ll discover the techniques you need to use when you’re directing shy, anxious, overc…
 
When you’re posing people, it can be easy to fall into the trap of letting them fall into awkward or cliched poses without even noticing. That could make or break a shot. So what kind of poses should you look out for? How can you avoid them? And if you find your subject doing one, what can you do to turn a “meh” pose into a winner? Find out about t…
 
How do you achieve compelling shots with total strangers. We chat to Daryl and Judy Ford about: the pros and cons of two creatives living together, how Judy and Daryl used a photo tour guide to help them gain access to subjects living in remote locations, techniques they used to connect with complete strangers. Jude gives us her tips on applying fo…
 
To drop or not to crop? And if you are going to crop, exactly where is the right spot? This episode is all about how to crop your portraits perfectly. You’ll discover: key cropping proportions that will make all the difference, why understanding the final use and purpose of the shot is so important, where you should NEVER crop, why you need to allo…
 
This episode is all about how to get of auto and master manual mode forever. If you’ve been scared to embrace manual mode fully, or you’re still relying on “aperture priority” or “shutter priority”, discover how these functions all relate to each other so that you can capture the kind of shots you’ve always wanted. Gina and Valerie discuss this and…
 
What are the best portrait lenses for beginners, enthusiasts and pros? Everything you need to know about the lenses you need to take great portraits. What you need to consider about crop and full frame, wide versus long, zoom versus prime and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free L…
 
How to photograph high end looking products with entry level gear. It’s not your gear, it’s how you use it. In this episode, you’ll discover how to create high end looking product shots using entry level equipment. If you would like to watch the screenshare as we show how the techniques are done, go to Episode 345 on GinaMilicia.com You’ll discover…
 
Discover the five portrait tips every photographer should know. From composing, exposing, to white balance, connection and depth, you’ll find out key strategies and techniques to make your portraits stand out from the pack. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dyn…
 
Meet Kenneth LeRose, a nomadic traveller who specialises in Astro/Landscape Photography. He roams the US in his tiny little Airstream with his best furry friend Sabu. He also runs workshops in astrophotography. To him, It is crucial to get people excited about the night sky. “The more people that fall in love with our twinkling stars, the more awar…
 
Getting started with flash can seem daunting if you’ve never done it. However, when you hear how to do it – step by simple step – you’ll wonder why you haven’t embraced the world of flash earlier! Trust us. You’ll love it! And it’s easier than you think. In this episode, you’ll discover: What is flash? Why use flash? Understanding daylight is the k…
 
How to overcome fear and become a more confident photographer. No matter where you are on your photographic journey, insecurity and fear can creep in when you least expect it. So how do you deal with this? In this episode, you’ll discover what you can do to build your confidence and the techniques we recommend to quell fear – on your creative journ…
 
Great portraits can be easy to shoot when you have beautiful light and time to experiment. This is often the case when we are shooting to build our portfolios or learn new lighting techniques. Unfortunately amazing photo opportunities are often sabotaged by time constraints or poor lighting, In this episode we discuss the best ways to shoot under e…
 
What makes a portrait? Apart from the technical aspects, there are a few intangible factors that you need to consider if you want to create a portrait that makes people go “Wow”. We reveal what you need in this episode. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic…
 
Adventure and elopement weddings are exploding in popularity in the last few years. Pandemics, social distancing and travel restrictions and $$$ are influencing more couples to rethink the traditional 100+ people wedding. Joel Alston has grown his intimate and elopement wedding photography business from 2 weddings a year to 70 + weddings a year whi…
 
Photographer Mitchel Wu must have the best job in the world. His clients include: Marvel, The Walt Disney Company, Hasbro, Mattel, Warner Bros and more. He photographs toys. But with a difference! His unique approach in toy photography is full of humour and quirkiness. Discover how Mitchel got started, what attracted him to toy photography, the imp…
 
How to build an awesome brand, book more clients and make lots more money as a photographer. Meet Jeff Brown, a full time professional photographer and marketing consultant, who will reveal how to do all that and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dyn…
 
In this “start to finish” video tutorial we share how to light and edit a photograph with a simple set up so you can easily practice at home using daylight, continuous lighting or flash. In this special episode, you can follow along via video, just go to the show notes for episode 335 at GinaMilicia.com. Gina explains how changing the direction of …
 
Nancy Floyd has been photographing herself since 1982, with the aim of taking a photo a day. The resulting project, comprising over 2500 images, is a study on the passage of time, loss and the ageing female body. Weathering Time is the winner of the inaugural ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award. In this fascinating chat, you’ll discover:the initial t…
 
Meet commercial photographer Tony Roslund who specialises in architecture and headshot photography. You’ll discover: what’s it like being part of three generations of photographers, how he broke into product and architecture photography, pricing, his motto “DO AVERAGE ELSEWHERE”, the different genres of product photography, Tony’s product photograp…
 
Preet is a Dubai based Photographer who has gorgeous images and is founder of DXB VISUALS , A web store for Canvas Backdrops & Camera Straps. In this chat, you’ll discover how Preet developed his skills photographing pre-school children, why he sends physical proofs rather than digital proofs, the importance of anticipating the moment, how Preet br…
 
Go on a “start to finish” journey of a photograph, from conception to composing, shooting, directing, lighting, right through to Lightroom adjustments and Photoshop post-production. Gina and Valerie discuss a character portrait of a wizened man in Cuba smoking a car, taking you through every step of the process. In this special episode, you can fol…
 
Discover how to license your images and add another revenue stream to your photography business. In this interview with Adam Taylor, you’ll find out: how Adam got started shooting action sports and fitness photography, moving his family from California to Hawaii in the middle of a pandemic, the authentic video resume that led to his big break, the …
 
Want to kick off 2021 so that you’re organised for the rest of the year – and beyond!? We give you a blueprint for the best way to organise your photography gear, files and time. These are real world tips that are tried and true so that you’ll be more productive and efficient. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter f…
 
Happy new year! We celebrate with you – our wonderful listeners – and recap more great photography lessons we’ve learnt in the past year. From the art of storytelling, to lighting tips and how to master the right mindset, take these lessons in 2021 for a cracker of a year. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for g…
 
With the holidays upon us, we look at the best photography lessons of 2020. From how to gain more confidence to the easiest smile hack ever – and everything in between! 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 mo…
 
Editing your shots can turn an average image into a stunner. But where do you start and what sorts of tools should you use. We break down the key effects and basic editing tools you can use to transform your images. For the first time, we’ve also provided an accompanying video so you can see what we’re doing “live” on screen and watch the exact too…
 
Meet photographer Brian Friedman who started out as a road manager for the legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. But it was during Haynes’ 20-city tour, that Brian began photographing Roy and discovered his passion for image-making that put him on a road to a new career. Since then, he has become recognised as the photographer of choice by noted enter…
 
Go behind the scenes in these photographs on the thought process behind what makes these great images. From posing, lighting and composing, you’ll get insight into what goes into these shots and ideas on how you can apply them to your own work. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom …
 
Meet Eduard Florin Niga, a photographer specialised in macro and micro photography. To create his masterpieces, he uses a variety of photographing techniques including stacking, stack-and-stitch and single shot, in his home, self-built studio. He also ventures out into the wild looking for exciting behavioural insect shots. In the last 4 years, he …
 
Meet Nat Geo photographer Ami Vitale, who has traveled to more than 100 countries, lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, was named by Instyle Magazine as on of fifty Badass Women alongside Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer …
 
Hear from documentary photographer Ian Weldon. You’ll discover: How Ian developed his unique style; the moment his idol Martin Parr contacted him; Internal vs external motivation; dealing with quarantine; dealing with success; the importance of studying the history of photography; working as a documentary photographer vs commercial; how he got hire…
 
We catch up with Rowena Meadows to chat about candid family and commercial photography. We cover: dealing with rapid success; the transition from family portraits to commercial advertising; her thought process for capturing beauty in the ordinary; how she works with her families and commercial clients; how to blend in as a documentary photographer;…
 
In addition to a quick review of the new features in Photoshop, you’ll discover how to make a splash in this episode with splash photography. That means capturing splashes, water droplets while they’re in motion and tips on whether you should use techniques involving flash or shutter speed or both. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign …
 
We talk to outdoor and adventure photographer Angela Percival. Angela is a completely self-taught who has gone on adventures that most of us only watch in movies or read about in adventure magazines. She once convinced her crew to sail the coast of Greenland when they couldn’t find a boat from Iceland and she has bike-packed 750km through Northern …
 
Your personal projects can lead to bigger opportunities. We talk to photographer Scott McAulay on how personal projects have impacted his own photographic practice. You’ll learn about: his early struggles getting his photography business started; building a business using relationship building; the importance of mentors and community; the importanc…
 
How do you achieve that candid, natural shot that looks like you’ve just walked past and captured the perfect moment. We don’t recommend the spray and pray approach. It only takes a bit of thought and some smart techniques to create wow-worthy shots that people love. In this episode, you’ll discover: finding the good light, how to direct your model…
 
The one camera you always leave the house with is your smartphone. So this week we’re exploring street, travel and mobile phone tips with guest Mark Hemmings. Mark is a professional advertising, travel, street and iPhone photographer, as well as a photographic educator. When home in Eastern Canada Mark works as an architectural and commercial photo…
 
Great backgrounds can make or break your photo. When doing portraits, we can sometimes be so focused on the person, what they’re wearing and how they’re posing, that we don’t pay enough attention to the background. Furthermore, there are often situations where the background of your shot is simply out of your control. The background you choose for …
 
When you’re taking portraits, great lighting is essential. But sometimes you’re not blessed with perfect conditions. So what can you do to “manufacture” the ideal light for what you want to achieve? In this episode, you’ll discover seven portrait lighting tricks to use with daylight or flash, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Gina and Valerie hop…
 
With so many different camera lenses on the market, it can be daunting to determine where to invest your cash. What size should you get? Which lenses are suitable for what purposes? There are an endless list of questions but, in this episode, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lenses – no matter what level you’re at. Gina and Valerie…
 
This excellent hack can transform your images in an instant. Creating a black background behind the subject in your shot can add drama, moodiness and a sense of theatricality to your image. You don’t even need a studio, you just need to know how to do it. That means you can create this black background anywhere whether you are photographing a perso…
 
Product photography is even more popular and in demand than ever thanks to the exponential growth in online shopping and marketing. In this episode, you’ll discover a comprehensive introduction into the world of product photography, how you can get started and what you need to know about the different styles of shooting. Gina and Valerie hope you e…
 
The foundation of good photography is good lighting. But where do you start? Discover how you can shape and control light to achieve the images you want. You’ll learn about how to diffuse light, what tools to use, how modifiers work and inexpensive hacks that will help you shape light in any situation. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. S…
 
When you’re a photojournalist like Penny Stephens, you need to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice, be able to capture the emotion and reality of the situation - and tell a story in a single image. Penny reveals her insights from her award-winning career including 22 years working for the respected newspaper, The Age. Penny discusses: how she pr…
 
When you’re a photojournalist like Penny Stephens, you need to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice, be able to capture the emotion and reality of the situation - and tell a story in a single image. Penny reveals her insights from her award-winning career including 22 years working for the respected newspaper, The Age. Penny discusses: how she pr…
 
Creativity might seem like an intangible quality but it’s the very thing that’s going to drive our photography. We can all do with being a bit more creative. But how do you tap into this elusive state? Well, it’s not hard. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the key steps you should take so that you could boost your creativity so you can take…
 
Light is the essence of all photography. And once you “get it”, your images will take on a whole new … pardon the pun … light. So what do you need to know? Gina and Valerie reveal the five qualities of light every photographer must know. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets…
 
A great photographer will spend 80% of their time planning, composing, exposing and lighting their shots and 20% of their time on post-production. An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning and composing their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes. We discuss what to look out for and how to avoid the…
 
What gear should you buy? What do you actually need? No matter where you are in your photography journey, this episode reveals exactly what you need to get the right gear for your goals. We’re talking cameras, pro-level gear vs. entry-level gear, mirrorless vs DSLR, lenses, zoom vs prime, lighting, light modifiers, tripods and light stands, and acc…
 
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