Ep 57: It’s our 1st birthday! How to take your photography to the next level.

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No matter whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, there are ways that you can take your photography to the next level.

Gina and Valerie discuss nine ways that you can improve your photography and give it that extra edge. They’re not time-consuming but, cumulatively, these baby steps will help to make all the difference with your shooting. And they work regardless of what level you are at right now!

#ginachallenge #justdidit

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Show notes

Shout outs

Rick Halbert girls dancing close up of tartan socks black and white

Rick Halbert girls dancing close up of tartan socks black and white
Above: Rick Halbert
Joey Viggers close up of blonde child black and white gritty preset
Above: By Joey Viggers using Gina’s True Grit Lightroom preset
Andrej Valko image of a man in a hat standing in the rain
Above: Andrej Valko

Photo critique

Dan Barker photo woman two different poses
Above: by Dan Barker

Hi all,
Here are some studio shots I took of my sis before Christmas. Any critique on the lighting, posing and post-processing would be gratefully received, thanks!

Listen to the episode to hear Gina’s critique.

It’s our 1st birthday! How to take your photography to the next level

This show was inspired by a mentoring session Gina did last week with a guy who wanted to take his photography to the next level.

1. Shoot what you love

When you photograph the things you love, you will always be excited and inspired.
Your experiences and how you see the world are unique to you.

2. Technique not gear

Focus on the technique. It’s what you do every day that makes you great. Trying to get everything right at once is too overwhelming.

3. Find your hero

What is your image about? Is it a landscape? A portrait?
Find one thing and make it your hero. Keep it simple.

4. Fail, stuff up, step out of your comfort zone

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield

5. Ask for help

  • Put your work out there
  • Seek constructive criticism
  • Join photography communities
  • Teach a friend about photography
  • Get a mentor

6. Pick your moments

The difference between good and great is light.

7. Confidence

You can read books, do courses and listen to podcasts until the cows come home but if you don’t have self confidence, it will be very difficult to take your work to the next level

8. Post Production

Learn the basics. Treat post like a kitchen apprenticeship. Ease your way in so you don’t burn the steak.

9. Nike

Just do it! Shoot every day even for 5 minutes.


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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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