August 2016

Ep 89 Your guide to buying and using speedlights and accessories

If you haven’t used speedlights much, it can be daunting to know where to start, which ones to pick and when you would find them most effective. But they can enhance your shots significantly if you use them. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know about speedlights, practical applications for when they can add magic to your shots, recommendations on which ones to use and accessories that will make them even easier to use. #ginachallenge #dook 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 Amazing DIY Lighting setup from Lorenzo Photographer: Lorenzo Pickett: How to achieve amazing catch lights in the eyes pt3 Camera Gear 5D MarkII 70-200mmF/2.8 USMII 64GB Transcend CF Card Tripod Gitzo G 2220 Avenger...

Having trouble starting a project? These quotes will inspire you to get started.

“You don’t have to be good to start … you just have to start to be good!” ― Joe Sabah “Once you’ve mastered starting and stopping, the rest is easy.” ― Marty Rubin “The beginning is always NOW.” ― Roy Bennett “If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” ― Alberto Salazar

How to create a custom brush from your signature or logo using Photoshop.

Here’s a really quick and easy way to create a custom brush of your signature using Photoshop. This technique works with text logos and images and the uses are not just limited to watermarks. You might want to create a custom brush made from a hand drawn image of flowers or love hearts or dog paws – whatever you like. You can make the brush preset bigger or smaller using the bracket keys. [ ] You can change the colour and opacity of your custom brush to suit the image you are working with.

Ep 88 How to overcome fear and self doubt and thrive as a photographer

No matter how experienced you are, it can be easy to suffer from fear and self-doubt. So how do you overcome this and get the confidence to truly believe in your photography? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss practical strategies that can help you overcome fear and self-doubt so that you can shoot with confidence. #ginachallenge #justdidit 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 Tethertools awesome new way to attach speedlights to a wall Green screens at Olympics via Petapixel Usain Bolt image Cameron Spencer Usain Bolt photo, taken by an Australian, that’s sent the internet into meltdown Listener Shoutout From Ari in Helsinki Hello Gina, I needed to send you this thank you note related to the “so you want...

Left-handed photographers with red hair take better photos.

Shocking right? It gets better. Of the red-headed, left-handed photographers, those that were breastfed for the first six months of their lives and have never tasted Nutella make up 80% of the world’s greatest snappers. By now you’ve probably started to see the holes in my story right? There’s no such thing as a photographer that’s never tasted Nutella. Pffttt, everybody knows that! But seriously, arguing that the colour of someone’s hair, or whether they are left or right-handed will influence the quality of their work is just like insisting that a certain lens or brand of camera is going to make someone a better photographer. If you’re not convinced, try doing a Google image search of “world’s greatest photographs”. You won’t get the answer “did you mean images taken on the 1DX11, Sony A77 II, Leica, Nikon or Hasselblad?” Instead your search will bring up thousands of incredible images...

Ep 87 The best DIY photography gadgets

We all love a good MacGyver effort. This episode is full of useful hacks that will help your photography – and which don’t cost a fortune. Many are made from simple materials you can get at home or your local hardware store. From creating product boxes, to stunning backgrounds and clever dolly DIYs, Gina and Valerie dish all. #ginachallenge #DIY 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 Thanks to Guillaume Corgnet for advising us on the Fosbury_Flop Sean Saldan Raspberry (our little persian cat). This is the beginning part of her jumping in the air after her rubber toy mouse attached to a fishing rod. She looks like she is standing and posing but really she is launching into the air and twisting...

Change the colour of a metallic object using Photoshop in two minutes

Have you ever photographed a cool car, push bike or motorbike and wished it were a different colour? Painting over the object with the brush tool will change the colour, but always looks NQR because it also removes the reflections and highlights. Check out this quick and simple hack, that changes the colour,and maintains the highlights and reflections, so you can turn your fave metallic object any colour you want.

Ep 86 How to photograph fast moving objects

When photographing fast-moving objects, we’re not just talking about conventional shots like race cars or athletes, where it’s vital to master shutter speed. You can also capture amazing fast-moving objects right your own home: water droplets, strawberries plunging into champagne, red wine swirling in a glass. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how to create amazing fast-moving shots, different ways to capture these images, tricks to nailing what you want to achieve, gear designed for this purpose and simple MacGyver hacks if want to build the tools yourself. From coffee plops to dogs running to you at high speed – and much more – it’s covered here. #ginachallenge #speed 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 Shout outs Brian Becnel “Sharing a bit...

How to get a six pack and become a great photographer

Did you hear the one about greatness being born, not made? What a load of caca! The difference between average and great – the thing that sets the Nutellas apart from the regular chocolate spreads – is hard work. Ask any champion athlete, billionaire businessman or brilliant artist what they do every day to reach that elite level and you will never hear “Errr dunno, I woke up one morning after spending most of my waking moments on the couch watching re-runs of One Tree Hill and eating Cheetos.” The only exception to this rule is the supermodel. They are formed by a rare genetic mutation where all the cells miraculously line up to create physical beauty. They literally wake up one day and are drop dead gorgeous. So even if you missed out on the supermodel genes when they were handed out at birth, there is still hope for...

Paper bag light modifier

No light modifier? No worries! Make your own using a paper bag.
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About Gina

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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