October 2020

Ep 319: Splash photography, and Photoshop 2021 update review

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.

Ishiuchi Miyako Interview: Photography Makes History

“I can’t capture the past, but the things in front of me are an extension of the past.”  Meet one of the most prominent figures in contemporary photography, award-winning Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. In this video, Miyako shares the story behind some of her most pivotal and pioneering works. 

Lifestyle photography tips to help you capture the perfect candid photo

While a polished, posed photograph can impress viewers with its elegant composition, there’s no denying the somewhat indescribable attraction of candid photography.  When it comes to photographing friends and family, candid photos can capture authentic, special moments that make them more appealing than a staged photo shoot. And while a lot of your success will rely on having your camera ready at the right time, there are some tips you can use to help you capture some incredible candid photos. I’ve partnered with the experts at Ted’s Cameras to round up lifestyle photography tips to capture perfect candid photos. Take a look at the following tips to learn how to take good candid photos of friends and family. 1. Shoot from the hip  While your natural instinct may be to shoot photos by holding a camera to your eye, you risk spoiling the moment by trying to find the perfect...

Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunity won’t.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” – Richard Branson When I was starting out as a photographer, I imagined opportunity would arrive at my front door accompanied by an epic movie score and beautiful lighting. I pictured myself shoot ready – I had all the gear and knew how to use it, and was wearing my best “this is how I get my big break outfit.” In my dream photoshoot scenario, the people I photographed were confident, relaxed and looked authentic in front of my lens. The available light was gorgeous and abundant. The location was exactly what I pictured in my mind’s eye and I had plenty of space to move around and ample time to nail the shot. My ideal “this is your big...

Ep 318: How to shoot authentic and meaningful photographs with guest Angela Percival

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 India, truly experiencing the isolated corners of the Himalaya.

Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked… that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” – Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

Ep 317: Personal portrait projects with guest Scott McAulay

Your personal projects can lead to bigger opportunities. We talk to photographer Scott McAulay on how personal projects have impacted his own photographic practice.

Lightroom Quick Tip: Lights Out Mode

This simple little tip will make a big impact on how you view your images. When working in the Develop Module in Lightroom tap “L” on your keyboard once to dim the filmstrip and tool panels around your image. Lights out mode (Dimmed) removes distractions but still lets you view filmstrip and tools. Tap on “L” again to completely black out the area around your image. Blacking out the area around your image removes distractions and makes it much easier to judge brightness, contrast and colour tones.

Did you hear the one about greatness being born, not made? What a load of caca!

Above: Image by Gina Milicia 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 you to achieve greatness. But first things first, put down the Cheetos and step...
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Ep 316: How to pose, direct, light and compose candid, natural-looking portraits

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.
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How to direct and pose like a pro

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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