Why every great photo needs a hero

“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 or the opening shot...

Check out this awesome time-saving retouching hack using Photoshop

In this tutorial I share one of my favourite time-saving hacks for retouching images that allows you to view an image in dual windows, so you don’t need to keep zooming in and out to check your progress.

How to take photos that stand out from the crowd

I just read a frightening statistic. There are approximately 1.8 billion images shared on social media every day. If you take out the 4 million selfies uploaded by the Kardashians, that still leaves a staggering 1.4 billion images. In 2008 this figure was around 3 million. So, with so many photos being uploaded every second, how the hell does a photographer get their work noticed these days? Before you start freaking out, open a fresh jar of Nutella and curl up on the couch to binge watch One Tree Hill – let’s break this down. By the law of averages, of the 1.8 billion images uploaded, 50% are mostly bad photos that Jan from accounts took of her lunch at Sizzlers, guys posing in front of their cars for their latest Tinder profile pic, pets wearing sunglasses and out of focus images of babies. Of the remaining 50%, selfies make up...

Lightroom quick tip

How to improve an image in 10 seconds using the shadow and highlight sliders in Lightroom. If I was ever going to nominate a Lightroom adjustment employee of the week, it would definitely be a tie between the highlights and shadow sliders in the develop module. In this tutorial I show you how to radically improve your images using these sliders and why you should step away from the exposure slider.


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Can’t focus? Try this App

Do you find you get easily distracted by shiny things? I’m always looking for productivity hacks to keep me focused especially when I’m retouching images or writing. When I first saw this app, I was skeptical. I just didn’t get how a few nature sounds could possibly keep me focused and alert. I was so wrong! This app is brilliant. I use it when I’m retouching images and I’ve also used it to help me relax after a big day of shooting and it’s even great for power naps. Check it out here Give it a go and let me know what you think.

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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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