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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!
 
The Sydney Writers' Centre podcast on writers and writing features interviews with best-selling and acclaimed writers in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, fantasy, children's books, non-fiction, business and much more. Founder of the Sydney Writers' Centre, Valerie Khoo, interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au
 
Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it. In this podcast, we hear stories from business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success. As we delve into their lessons learned we offer easy business life-hacks and debunk common business myths giving you tangible and tactical tools, tips and tricks to revolutionise how you build your own business. I’m your host Ingrid Thompson – renowned business educator & mentor with ...
 
Welcome to Murder and Mayhem – the podcast where we explore the dark and mysterious side of writing. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's also a world often filled with flawed heroes and likeable villains. But above all, it’s a place where we explore the authors who tell these very s ...
 
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This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Can't Say It Went to Plan' by Gabrielle Tozer. This is the latest young adult novel from the fabulous Gabrielle Tozer, author of 'The Intern', 'Faking It' and 'Remind Me How This Ends'. This time, Gabrielle is taking on schoolies - that infamous break at the end of high school…
 
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…
 
You'll meet Sally Thorne, author of 'Second First Impressions'. Discover how to run an online writers' workshopping group. Plus, we have a cosy winter reading pack of 5 books to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.c…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Had It Coming' by B.M. Carroll. This is another exciting thriller from the pen of B. M. Carroll, who also writes as Ber Carroll. It’s a tense psychological drama that will hook you in right from the dramatic opening scene until the final pages. Before she reads her first c…
 
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…
 
You'll meet Irma Gold, author of 'The Breaking'. Discover a new documentary about indie bookstores. Plus, we have 3 copies of the picture book 'Hello Baby!' by AWC alumna Shelly Unwin to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Vale…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Inside Man' by James Phelps. You’ll know James Phelps better as a journalist and true crime writer - but this is his first fiction novel. And as you can expect from Australia’s number one true crime crime writer, it’s an absolute cracker. Before he reads from his novel, Ja…
 
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…
 
Meet Lynette Noni, author of 'The Prison Healer'. Check out some indie author success stories. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Reading like an Australian writer' edited by Belinda Castles to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Valer…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Before You Knew My Name' by Jacqueline Bublitz. Jacqueline has written an astonishing debut with an intriguing and original concept. This is not your usual murder myster or dead girl novel. It’s very powerful and readers have already been raving about how engrossing it is. It’…
 
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…
 
Meet A.G. Slatter (Angela Slatter), author of 'All the Murmuring Bones'. You'll discover top tips on how to become a best-selling author and learn what's coming up for A.L. Tait. Plus, there are 10x double passes to LAPSIS to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Writer…
 
Whether you are thinking about starting a yoga studio business, a Pilates studio or any other wellbeing, health or fitness business - this episode is for you!! We talk about pricing, attracting clients, keeping clients, making a profit - more than just "paying yourself enough" Michael walks us through some of the big changes he's seen in the indust…
 
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…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Grace Under Pressure' by Tori Haschka. This is a hilarious and honest book about motherhood and parenting in the age of social media and constant scrutiny and the pressure to ‘do it all’. Tori is better known as a food writer and she has written several cookbooks, and this is …
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Tipping' by Anna George. This is a funny, relevant and thought-provoking book. This is a bit of a departure from Anna’s previous two novels - the stunning thrillers 'What Came Before' and 'The Lone Child'. It has the same exciting pace, but this time Anna trains her focus on t…
 
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…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Need to Know' by Nicola Moriarty. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of 'The Ex' and 'Those Other Women' - and once again, Nicola has created an intriguing drama that will hook you right from the start and grip you right to the stunning end. Plus, there a…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'All We Have is Now' by Kaneana May. This is Kaneana’s second novel, following her incredible debut 'The One'. Kaneana has once again weaved together the story of three different women who run a wellness centre together. It’s a beautiful novel full of compassion, hope, love and…
 
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…
 
Episode 400 is all about YOU! Val and Al answer all your burning questions about the world of writing and publishing: how to edit, publishing a short story collection, getting an agent, career building and much more. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Julia Makes it Easy' by Julia Morris to giveaway. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and …
 
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 Craig Sisterson, author of 'Southern Cross Crime'. Learn 8 practical writing tips from authors. Plus, our popular MOJO MONTH event is back in May, providing you with 31 days of writing motivation. We also have 3 copies of 'Where the Grass is Green' by Lauren Weisberger to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Chase' by Candice Fox. 600 of the world’s most violent human beings escape Pronghorn Correctional Facility in Nevada, sparking the biggest manhunt in US history. For John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and chi…
 
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…
 
Meet Julietta Henderson, author of 'The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman'. Discover how to write Regency romance. Plus, we have 3 copies of' World Travel' by Anthony Bourdain to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.c…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The The French Gift' by Kirsty Manning. This is the latest breathtaking novel from the bestselling author, whose previous books include 'The Lost Jewels', 'The Jade Lily', and 'The Midsummer Garden'. This time, Kirsty takes readers from the French Riviera and a German labour f…
 
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…
 
Meet Debra Oswald, author of 'The Family Doctor'. Discover how to write a verse novel and how to name your characters. We're excited about our brand new course launching this week: Historical Fiction. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Ripping Tree', a new novel from internationally bestselling author Nikki Gemmell, to give away. Read the show notes …
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring 'The Performance' by Claire Thomas. As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of Samuel Beckett's play 'Happy Days'. As the performance unfolds, so does each woman’s story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world…
 
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…
 
Meet Roland Perry, author of 'The Shaman'. Congrats to those kicking big goals in the AWC community. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Chase' by Candice Fox to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com…
 
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…
 
Meet Rebecca Lim, author of 'Tiger Daughter'. Discover a great way to hear dialogue from around the world. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Dear Mum' edited by Samuel Johnson to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See…
 
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…
 
Meet Cate Quinn, author of 'Black Widows'. Want to join our brand new Copy Club? Big congrats to our alumni who will be at the Sydney Writers' Festival! You can now preorder A.L. Tait's latest book 'The Wolf's Howl: A Maven & Reeve Mystery'. Don't miss your chance to win an awesome 5-book pack – perfect for some relaxing reading time this Easter lo…
 
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…
 
Meet Barry Divola, author of 'Driving Stevie Fracasso'. Discover great resources for writing authentic dialogue and tips for how to run an effective writing group. Plus, you could win a 5-book pack in time to curl up for some reading bliss this Easter long weekend. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast commu…
 
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…
 
Meet Alison Lester, author of the classic novel, 'The Quicksand Pony'. Discover what UX writing is and how to prepare for an interview. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Tour' by Andrew Mackie to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com …
 
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…
 
Meet Kelli Hawkins, author of 'Other People's Houses'. Discover manuscript awards you should enter in 2021. Our sister podcast So you want to be a copywriter with Bernadette Schwerdt is here. A.L. Tait's 'Fire Star' makes the CBA list of notables for 2021. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Space Hopper' by Helen Fisher to give away. Read the show notes Co…
 
Meet Gary Lonesborough, author of 'The Boy from the Mish'. Discover the fab writers behind 'Lighthouse', an anthology of short stories. There's a new writers' festival happening on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Rebel Without a Clause' by Susan Butler to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison …
 
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 …
 
How do we create the future we truly want? In today's episode I explore one of my favourite models - The 2 Future's model and share 3 actions for your take to create the future you desire. When you truly understand how money works in your business your life changes completely and forever. You make more money in your business Importantly – not just …
 
Meet Pip Drysdale, author of 'The Paris Affair' and discover hot tips for writing arguments. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Speechwriter' by Martin McKenzie-Murray to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omny…
 
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…
 
There are a few things that are truly exceptional about Jack Tanasi and here are just a few that stand out from this conversation/ interview: * he started his e-Commerce store completely from scratch. He did not have a product, didn't have a store. He created something from nothing * during the early days of the enforced Melbourne lockdown – one of…
 
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