December 2020

Ep 328: More great lessons in photography from 2020

Happy new year! We celebrate with you – our wonderful listeners – and recap more great photography lessons we’ve learnt in the past year. From the art of storytelling, to lighting tips and how to master the right mindset, take these lessons in 2021 for a cracker of a year. We hope you enjoy the podcast.

Quote: Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Iceland Above: Bali fisherman Fuji x100f, image by Gina Milicia “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. “Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. “So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. “Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. “Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman

Ep 327: The best photography lessons of 2020

With the holidays upon us, we look at the best photography lessons of 2020. From how to gain more confidence to the easiest smile hack ever – and everything in between!

Binge this!

I’ve been enjoying a series called Contact, definitely worth checking out. What is the story behind the most famous iconic photos from around the world? A unique and fascinating journey into the contact sheets of the world renowned photographers from Magnum, the legendary agency founded in 1947. Episodes include: 1. Thomas Hoepker – Muhammad Ali 2. David Turn – The Beatles 3. Stuart Franklin – Tiananmen Square 4. Peter Marlow – Margaret Thatcher 6. Steve McCurry – 9/11 7. Bruce Gilden – Yakuza 8. Elliot Erwit – Kitchen Debate 9. Guy Le Querrec – Miles Davis

There’s one essential item that every photographer needs in 2021

Above: Image by Gina Milicia, Kochi, India There’s one essential item that every photographer needs in their kit. It’s difficult to find and can easily be lost so it’s worth taking special care to protect it. The first time I discovered I had this essential item I had been shooting for about six months. Having this essential item was a game changer. It was my secret weapon, I felt like I could do anything. Over the years I’ve realised that there are a number of factors that influence my ability to keep this essential item accessible. The more experienced I become the easier it has become not to misplace this essential item. I’ve also discovered that it’s important that the dose is correct. If I use too much of this item my images are a complete disaster. This miracle item I speak of is not available on Amazon, you don’t...

Ep 326: Editing tips for beginners, enthusiasts and pros

Editing your shots can turn an average image into a stunner. But where do you start and what sorts of tools should you use. We break down the key effects and basic editing tools you can use to transform your images.

Quote: There is no such thing as a dumb question

Above: Bali fisherman Fuji x100f, image by Gina Milicia “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee

Get Inspired: Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

“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  A thrilling documentary on the life and work of the groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker, Robert Frank; from his seminal book of photography, “The Americans,” to his revolutionary films with The Beats (PULLY MY DAISY) and the Rolling Stones (COCKSUCKER BLUES). Directed by Laura Israel (Frank’s long-time editor), DON’T BLINK – ROBERT FRANK is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. Featuring music by Lou Reed, The White Stripes, Bob...

Ep 325: How to photograph live events and concerts with Brian Friedman

Meet Brian Friedman, recognised photographer of choice by noted entertainment personalities, corporate leaders, event planners and individuals.

Why every great photo needs a hero

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “I need a hero, I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night” – Bonnie Tyler Back in the 80s when we wore our hair BIG and our jeans acid washed, Bonnie Tyler had a hit single called Hero. I know every word off by heart because I used to sing it into my hairbrush and pretend I was an 80s pop star. The word “hero” applies to many different things. The fireman that rescues the kitty stuck in a tree is a hero. The footballer who kicks the winning goal in overtime is a hero. And late at night after a long hard day, vanilla ice cream with nutella is my hero (the ice cream’s organic – don’t judge me). In the photography world, the word “hero” is used to describe the shot, it could be the cover image of a magazine...
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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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