July 2016

Love this quote!

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”– Robert Frank

Ep 84 Behind the scenes on an actor’s editorial shoot

We take you behind the scenes of an actor’s editorial shoot. Here, Gina and Valerie discuss the planning process, determining what needs to be achieved, the different “looks” needed, how she achieved her goals in the setting provided and when and why lighting was brought in. They reveal what techniques were used to create moody settings and how to shoot in almost pitch black circumstances and how to create beautiful backgrounds out of nothing. #ginachallenge #slashies 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 20,000 Watt Light Bulb Test 35mm Showdown: Canon, Canon L and Sigma Comparison Behind the scenes on an actor’s editorial shoot Timothy Springs actor singer dancer aerialist and model. Seen as a face for the “Back to Blue” print...

Check out this awesome time-saving retouching hack using Photoshop

In this tutorial I share one of my favourite time-saving hacks for retouching images that allows you to view an image in dual windows, so you don’t need to keep zooming in and out to check your progress.

How to take photos that stand out from the crowd

I just read a frightening statistic. There are approximately 1.8 billion images shared on social media every day. If you take out the 4 million selfies uploaded by the Kardashians, that still leaves a staggering 1.4 billion images. In 2008 this figure was around 3 million. So, with so many photos being uploaded every second, how the hell does a photographer get their work noticed these days? Before you start freaking out, open a fresh jar of Nutella and curl up on the couch to binge watch One Tree Hill – let’s break this down. By the law of averages, of the 1.8 billion images uploaded, 50% are mostly bad photos that Jan from accounts took of her lunch at Sizzlers, guys posing in front of their cars for their latest Tinder profile pic, pets wearing sunglasses and out of focus images of babies. Of the remaining 50%, selfies make up...

Ep 83 How to make or find the best backgrounds for portrait shoots

In this MacGyver-style episode, Gina and Valerie discuss inexpensive and innovative ways to create a range of diverse backgrounds to use in your photo shoots. These ideas are particularly useful for portrait and lifestyle photography, but could also be used in other types of photography. From simple hacks, to fairy lights, wallpapers and Gobos, you’ll learn ways to transform your backgrounds in an instant. #ginachallenge #checkoutmybackground 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 Questions Peter Foote: “Those that do commercial fashion stuff. Do you charge per image, per hour, or just a half or full day rate?” We answer in this week’s episode. Notes: Charge by half day or full day Catalogue per shot Plus assistant Plus studio hire Plus files per shot...

Lightroom quick tip

How to improve an image in 10 seconds using the shadow and highlight sliders in Lightroom. If I was ever going to nominate a Lightroom adjustment employee of the week, it would definitely be a tie between the highlights and shadow sliders in the develop module. In this tutorial I show you how to radically improve your images using these sliders and why you should step away from the exposure slider.

Sicilian Shepherd Boy

In this tutorial, you'll get a unique insight into how Gina works and learn tricks you can apply to your own photography.


  “Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

How to know when a photograph is finished and the all-you-can-eat protocol

  “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci   I can still remember exactly where I was when I first experienced the amazing raw file processing software called Lightroom. Like most groovy new trends, I wasn’t an early adopter. I’d heard many of my colleagues rave about Lightroom like it was the greatest thing since Nutella on bread, but I still had some reservations… I didn’t have time to learn a whole new system. Lightroom looked complicated and Photoshop did everything I needed just fine. Then I tried it and life as I knew it changed forever *cue epic movie soundtrack*. That was a defining moment in my life that will be played in my highlights reel, in between first kiss and first jar of Nutella. I was hooked within minutes of using it. Using Lightroom felt like home. Lightroom understood me. Lightroom had me at “hello.”...

Ep 82 How to photograph plus-size models

How do you photograph plus-size model in the most flattering light, poses and situations? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the best lenses to use, how to use light effectively, which poses are the true winners in this situation and much more. #ginachallenge #curvelove 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 “I am a boy of 17. I have my own studio. 2 strobes. I have 100% support from my family to pursue photography as a career. But. I need to know what is the future of this field as a person’s source of income? I have deep interest in fashion and portrait photography and I follow your works But I don’t want to do marriages /ceremonies/ programs etc. I want...
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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

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