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Ep 35: Classic portrait lighting styles every photographer should know

When you’re shooting portraits, it can be easy to focus on the posing and the location. But what about the lighting style? Which is the best lighting style to achieve the look you want? Get these classic “go to” lighting styles under your belt, and you’ll always have a solution regardless of who you’re photographing. From moody and gritty, to Rembrandt lighting, Gina and Valerie discuss the four styles you MUST know make your portraits picture perfect. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #rembrandt 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 Gina dishes on why she loves Khloe Kardashian’s booty (well in these shots anyway) Photo critique, pics by Gary Lun. Gary used a beauty dish that the studio provided attached with an Alienbees B800. Check...

Ep 34: Portable portrait lighting solutions for every budget

When you’re shooting portraits on location, it’s handy to have lightweight portable lights to achieve various looks. But which are the best lights to invest in – and will it cost you the earth? The short answer is no: you can get very affordable quality lights to take with you. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss lighting solutions for every budget including an entire kit for around $200. In the show notes, you’ll also find the exact gear that Gina recommends including links to where you can buy them. Please note that no item in this episode is sponsored. These are real recommendations. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #bruce 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 Gina has dinner with Vincent Laforet...

Ep 33: 7 deadly posing sins – and how to avoid them

If you’re photographing portraits, there is a HUGE difference between and good shot and a great shot. Even if you are technically brilliant, the “magic” only comes when you can really connect with your subject and ensure they are posing in a way that’s natural – but that looks amazing. As photographers we can’t blame our subjects if they feel awkward or nervous. It’s our job to direct them to achieve the best possible shot. It’s also about choosing the right environment to suit. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the 7 deadly posing sins – and how to avoid them. You’ll discover what to do with awkward hands, how to choose the right backgrounds, how to get the right expression in a subject’s eyes, and much more. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “deadly sins”! Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If...

Ep 32: Work it! How to find and develop your own photographic style

It’s vital that you develop your own photographic style. When you’re an emerging photographer, you can spend a lot of time trying to create the “look” that your client wants (and that’s ok!). But you also need to devote time to creating and nurturing your own style. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the steps you need to take in order to discover the signature style that you can call your own, whether that’s glamour, grit – or anything in between. Photographers like Herb Ritts, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon and even Anne Geddes all have an iconic style that can be recognised anywhere. That can happen to you too. Have a listen to find out how! This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “style”! Interpret that however you like. Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed...

Ep 31: Blinded by the light: How to photograph amazing sunsets

You see the most perfect sunset and want to capture it on your camera. But the end result looks nothing like the spectacular explosion of colour you see in real life. What are you doing wrong? Maybe it’s washed out, maybe it lacks definition, maybe you just can’t get the balance right. In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about what you need to do in order to ensure you capture magical sunsets that look like the real thing – and sometimes better than the real thing! Without photoshop. We also talk about the types of shot that are ideal to take at sunset, how to get gorgeous starbursts and what to capture in those magical minutes when the sun has just gone down. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “sunsets”! Interpret that however you like. Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you...

Ep 30: Sharp shooter: How to get tack sharp images

Sometimes, you might have what seems like the perfect shot: great location, awesome lighting, fantastic models, everything is just right. But when you look closely at your shots, they’re just not sharp. Or the crucial bits aren’t in focus. You’ve tried auto-focus, you’ve tried manual focus, you’ve worked hard to get the right sharpness – but something doesn’t quite work out. And you’re not sure what’s going wrong. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss exactly what you need to do to get tack sharp images. They cover different scenarios where your focus could be at risk and share great hacks to ensure that you’re that you’ll never go soft when it really matters. Your pictures, of course. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is – you guessed it – “sharp”! Interpret that however you like. Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t...

Ep 29: You’ve got male: How to pose men

When you’re photographing men, it can be easy to fall into the trap of cliched and “done to death” poses. You want to achieve shots that are natural, flattering and have a “wow” factor that make people take notice. In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about the one pose that you should NEVER use (but which so many men want to do), the “classic go to” poses you can pull out of your arsenal to get a great shot every time, simple styling and grooming tips that can make all the difference, and the best way to direct men on photo shoots. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is – you guessed it – “men”! 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   Bokeh (blurry background)...

Ep 28: Bok bok bokeh: How to get beautiful blurry backgrounds

It’s an art to create images that have beautiful blurry backgrounds. Whether you are shooting portraits, still life, lifestyle, corporate images or events, it pays to know how to get just the right blurry background … or bokeh. That’s the technical term. Gina and Valerie discuss exactly what you need to do to achieve beautiful blurry backgrounds regardless of what kind of camera or lens you are using. (And yes, you can even achieve this on your smartphone!). This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “bokeh” or “blurry backgrounds” 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 2015 Winning Photographers Tyra Banks, 41, dares to bare her early morning face on Instagram without a lick of make-up or any ‘freakin’ filters’ Photo critique Rany Tan – Photo...

Ep 27: Great Glass: the best portrait lenses for beginners, enthusiasts and pros.

So you’ve been using the lens that came with your camera. But if you want to take your photography to the next level, it might be time to invest in some new lenses. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which lens is best for you? Gina and Valerie discuss what’s the best “next lens” for you. They outline a typical “glass journey” for photographers, what kind of lenses suits what purposes, and they give you the lowdown on how to choose lenses – and what you can expect to pay. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “wide or long” 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 1950s Hong Kong Captured In Street Photography By Fan Ho – Critically acclaimed...

Ep 26: Tying the knot: a beginner’s guide to wedding photography

It’s only a matter of time before one of your friends asks you to be their wedding photographer. Or maybe this is an area you’re actually interested in getting into as a career. Well, weddings are a world unto themselves! And if you want to take great shots at a wedding, you need a clear system and a profound understanding of what’s actually going make the day run smoothly. Unlike any other event, this day is often the culmination of someone’s dream. So it’s vital that you get it right. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know if you’re a newbie at weddings, essential checklists so that you have everything covered, and tips on how to survive and thrive on the big day. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “love” Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t...
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