Ep 331: Lighting, posing and editing a character portrait

Go on a “start to finish” journey of a photograph, from conception to composing, shooting, directing, lighting, right through to Lightroom adjustments and Photoshop post-production. Gina and Valerie discuss a character portrait of a wizened man in Cuba smoking a car, taking you through every step of the process. In this special episode, you can follow along via video.

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In this episode we breakdown the detailed steps to create a character portrait

That you can follow along via video

We discuss:

  • How to fail-proof your Lightroom catalogues
  • How to speed up lightroom workflow
  • My thought process on finding great locations for character portraits
  • Posing and directing strangers
  • Lighting with off-camera flash
  • Editing a portrait for maximum impact
  • Rescuing highlights
  • Enhancing shadow detail
  • Reducing noise
  • Adding a smoke overlay
Importing images in LR
How Lightroom edits images non destructively ( or virtually)
Creating a LR catalogue
  • Fail-proof LR catalogues
  • Best external hard drive
  • SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD, SDSSDE60 1TB, USB 3.1, Type C and Type A Compatible, Speeds up to 550MB/s, IP55 Dust-Water Resistance, 3Y, Black (SDSSDE60-1T00)


Fill flash using a speedlight + small portable softbox
Final image

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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