March 2016

How to make eyes in portraits pop using Lightroom

The first thing you notice about a great portrait is the eyes. Flat dull colourless eyes can really diminish the impact of a portrait.

Ep 64: The best photography gadgets under $50

If you’re into photography, it CAN get expensive. But Gina and Valerie love a bargain and they believe that you don’t have to spend big in order to get awesome equipment that can help you with your shoots. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the best photography gadgets you can get for under $50. From affordable lightings solutions to triggers and accessories that you just can’t live without, it’s all here. #ginachallenge #gadgets 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 What’s the best tripod to use for travelling? Ray Eccleston suggests: 3 Legged Thing tripods Bill Keeler suggests: P5CRH 5-Section 8X Carbon Fiber Reversable Travel Tripod with K3 BallHead Phil Newton suggests: Manfrotto befree Judy Bruner suggest: MeFOTO Globetrotter Shoutout Kim...

“By three methods we may learn wisdom”

Above: A photo I took in Milan, Italy Canon 5DMK11 24-105mm lens By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius

Developing your creativity and the art of smuggling cannoli

There are some things you just don’t notice because they happen so slowly, like fingernails growing, the earth spinning or the six extra kilos I smuggle home on my thighs every time I travel to Italy. I just wake up one day and notice my nails are long, or suddenly it’s the next day, or my favourite jeans don’t fit anymore. It always feels like these things just happen overnight, but it’s a slow and gradual process much like developing your style as an artist. Is your work evolving quickly enough? Many artists I speak to get frustrated by the fact that they feel like their work is not evolving quickly enough, or not at all. The reality is, if you are doing something towards achieving your goals consistently, there will be growth. The two extra cannoli I ate on the first day of my Sicily trip had zero impact,...

Ep 63 TicTacToe: How to compose an image for maximum impact

  You might have the technical know-how but do you know the rules for composing an image with maximum impact? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the top 11 rules you need to consider when you are composing an image. There’s much more to composing than just the Rule of Thirds. You’ll discover what you need to know about the Fibonacci sequence, how to get the right balance, why odd numbers are great – and much more. #ginachallenge #rules 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 Bryan Turner “I was tinkering around with this photo from last summer of my wife and daughter when I applied Gina Milicia’s chocolate preset. I think it gave it a pretty cool look. Thanks Gina!” Listener...

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...
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