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So You Want to be a Photographer Podcast - How to transform your skills and build a profitable photography business

285 EpisodesProduced by Gina Milicia and Valerie KhooWebsite

Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and… read more

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PHOTO 285: How to shoot from the heart and get published with guest Tomash

February 27th, 2020


Meet Tomash, a fine art photographer. He shares his thoughts on fine art photography and how to create more meaningful images that inspire the viewer …

PHOTO 284: How to create images that stand out from the pack with guest Karen Alsop

February 19th, 2020


Meet Karen Alsop, a photographer who makes fantastical images straight out of her imagination or inspired by books and movies. She is a photographer …

PHOTO 283: The worst photography habits and how to fix them

February 12th, 2020


It can be easy to slip into bad habits. And, before we know it, those habits become a part of our workflow, our shoots and our creative process. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the worst photography habits and …

PHOTO 282: How to create a six-figure portrait business with guest Sean Brown

February 5th, 2020


Want to create a six-figure photography business? Our guest Sean Brown has done just that. You’ll discover Sean’s ideas strategies on: playing the …

PHOTO 281: How to share or sell your art on social media without being salesy

January 29th, 2020


Social media can be intimidating and overwhelming when you are first starting out. In this episode, Valerie and I chat with Lacey Heels and Laura …

PHOTO 280: 3 simple ways to improve your photography in 5 minutes a day

January 22nd, 2020


Here are 3 simple ways you can improve your photography in 5 minutes a day. We’re all busy – but the key is to fit your professional development as a photographer into an already hectic life. It can be done! And in this …

PHOTO 279: How to shoot relaxed and authentic portraits with guest Nick Boothman

January 15th, 2020


Nick Boothman is a photographer and speaker who specialises in the art of connecting with people. We chat to Nick about the decades he spent as a fashion advertising photographer and the lessons he learnt about …

PHOTO 278: How to be the best photographer of newborns in the world with guest Anne Geddes

January 8th, 2020


Anne Geddes is one of the world’s most respected photographers. She creates images that are iconic, award winning and beloved. Like no photographer …

PHOTO 277: The best photography lessons of the year

January 2nd, 2020


We discuss the best photography lessons of the year. It’s been a big year with lots of fabulous guests, aha moments and incredible progress of people …

PHOTO 276: Get noticed without social media with guest Daniel Milnor

December 25th, 2019


Social media is an amazing tool. It has removed the gatekeepers who control how our images are seen and consumed and many photographers have found …

PHOTO 275: What you should do if your images are stolen or used without your permission with guest David Harvey

December 18th, 2019


What happens when your images are stolen or used without your permission? In this episode, we chat with Southern Californian photographer David …

PHOTO 274: 7 things you can start doing today to improve your confidence as a photographer

December 11th, 2019


Gina shares her honest review of Luminar which, if you haven’t seen it yet, is like filters on steroids. To be fair, it’s a lot more than that. Luminar can be used as a stand alone app or as a plugin to Photoshop or …

PHOTO 273: Turn your passion project into success with Romain Thiery

December 4th, 2019


Meet Romain Thiery, an amateur piano player who started  learning piano at the age of 5 and started photography 10 years ago, that hobby turned into a passion and, eventually, a profession the day he found a forgotten …

PHOTO 272: The complete guide to being a great second shooter at weddings with guest Misha Wynn

November 27th, 2019


What does it take to be a great second shooter at weddings? And if you’re the primary photographer, what do you need to consider when working with a second shooter. In this episode, we chat to Dallas photographer Misha …

PHOTO 271: Headshots, lighting, faster editing hacks, listener questions and photo

November 20th, 2019


How to get better at headshots, portraits, shooting wildlife and much more. This week, we answer common listener questions so that you can improve your photography and workflow.

Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the …

PHOTO 270: How to take amazing images on your smartphone with guest Emil Pakarklis

November 13th, 2019


Sometimes, you don’t need a fancy camera to take stunning images. You can take jaw-dropping shots with a camera that fits into the palm of your hand. We’re talking about your smartphone. Meet Emil Pakarklis, an expert …

PHOTO 269: The art of photographing meaningful and authentic portraits with Cam Neville

November 6th, 2019


Meet Cam Neville. Cam is a documentary photographer based in South East Queensland. He has been nominated for the worlds richest photographic competition, The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, five times – reaching …

PHOTO 268: How to stand out from the pack with Phlean’s Aaron Nace

October 30th, 2019


If you’ve wondered how you can use Photoshop to transform your images or give them some extra pop, you’ll love this interview with Arron Nace. Founder of Phlearn and guru of all things Photoshop, you’ll discover tips …

PHOTO 267: Complete guide to Black and White photography

October 23rd, 2019


Black and white photography can totally transform the way people view your images. But it’s wrong to think that whacking a black and white filter on your shots will suddenly make them instantly more elegant or dramatic. …

PHOTO 266: How to take better images without upgrading your gear

October 16th, 2019


We all want to take better images. And we can sometimes be convinced that will happen if we get that better camera, those new lights, a better looking subject! However, that’s not always going to be possible. In this …

PHOTO 265: A beginners guide to photography websites with guest Alex Vita

October 9th, 2019


What should be on your photography website? We talk to Alex Vita, a website expert who specialises exclusively in websites for photographers. You’ll …

PHOTO 264: The best DIY photography tips and gadgets

October 2nd, 2019


There are so many photography gadgets on the market. And lots of cool hacks that don’t cost much, which can really help with your shooting. In this …

PHOTO 263: Home studios on a budget with guest Peter Foote

September 25th, 2019


Meet Sydney-based wedding and boudoir photographer, Peter Foote. In this episode, Peter shares some amazing tips on how he turned his two-car man …

PHOTO 262: How to get the perfect exposure in every lighting condition

September 18th, 2019


How to get the perfect exposure in any lighting condition. You’ll discover: how the camera reads light and how to override the default settings; the …

PHOTO 261: How to find great images anywhere with guest Alan Fletcher

September 11th, 2019


Meet Alan Fletcher, an Australian photographer known for his portraits. He has a reputation as one of best headshot photographers within the performing arts community in Australia.

He’s also the photographer behind …

PHOTO 260: The beginner's guide to gear and lighting for groups with daylight or flash Part 2

September 4th, 2019


Photographing groups can be tricky. And the strategies that will give you the best shot are actually counterintuitive. Most photographers do the …

PHOTO 259: How to photograph wildlife with guest Scott Bourne

August 28th, 2019


Photographing wildlife can be one of the most rewarding activities in photography. But how do you deal with the unpredictable nature of animals? How do you position yourself to get the best shot? And what can you do …

PHOTO 258: The ultimate guide to photographing small, medium and large groups of people Part 1

August 21st, 2019


How do you shoot groups and still make everyone look natural? When you’re a newbie photographer, your friends often ask you to shoot 21st, weddings, …

PHOTO 257: How to print and sell landscape images with photographer Tom Putt

August 14th, 2019


We chat to fine art landscape photographer Tom Putt who went from photographing birds to sport and eventually landscapes. Tom spends many months of every year creating new photographs for upcoming limited and open …

PHOTO 256: 5 reasons why your images aren’t sharp and how to fix them.

August 7th, 2019


Getting sharp images is a perennial problem – even if you’re following all the rules! So why aren’t your images always pin sharp? Before you get your …

PHOTO 255: Wedding photography tips from acclaimed photographer Nick Ghionis

July 31st, 2019


We chat to Nick Ghionis who has been shooting weddings for almost 30 years and you can tell by his work and hear in his voice that he loves his job. You can’t fake passion. Whether he’s travelling to an exotic …

PHOTO 254: How to shoot world class portraits with guest Antonis Engrafou

July 24th, 2019


We talk to Antonis Engrafou, a portrait and commercial photographer based in Limassol, Cyprus. His aesthetic of work is influenced by the old masters …

PHOTO 253: How to shoot amazing black and white landscape photos with guest Jack Curran

July 17th, 2019


We talk to landscape photographer Jack Curran. His moving and evocative images are an example of a master in action. Jack has been shooting amazing …

PHOTO 252: How to shoot memorable, meaningful and authentic photos

July 11th, 2019


Do you want to know how to shoot memorable, meaningful and authentic photos? We mean photos that really connect with people on an emotional level, …

PHOTO 251: Documentary travel photography and the joy of philanthropy with guest Kerry Pryor

July 3rd, 2019


We talk to documentary travel photographer Kerry Pryor who runs a commercial freelance photography business in Melbourne, but also travels regularly …

PHOTO 250: Never stop chasing your dreams with guest Kristi Herd

June 26th, 2019


Photographer Kristi Herd started a quirky passion project that has opened up fabulous opportunities. In this episode, Kristi talks about how her love …

PHOTO 249: Listener questions and photo critiques

June 19th, 2019


You have questions! And we have answers. Thanks to everyone in the listener community on Facebook. In this episode we talk about: what does good street photography look like? How to wrangle 10 puppies for a photo shoot, …

PHOTO 248: How to shoot portraits on the run

June 13th, 2019


When you’re travelling you don’t always have all the time – or all the gear – to set up the shots you have planned in your head. So how can you make the most out of these opportunities? Fresh off her photography trip to …

PHOTO 247: How to pitch yourself as a photographer with guest Olivia Bossert

May 29th, 2019


How do you pitch yourself as a photographer? Imagine if you lived in a beautiful part of the world that was incredibly remote and your dream was to …

PHOTO 246: How to create high-end images on a budget with guest Rahim Mastafa

May 22nd, 2019


How to create high-end images on a budget. Who DOESN’T want to know how to do that? Let’s face it – most of us don’t have heaps of cash to splash around on big budgets sets, equipment or talent. So we have to make do …

PHOTO 245: How to break into commercial animal photography with guest Jamie Piper

May 15th, 2019


Commercial animal photography is exploding right now with so many opportunities for photographers who want to expand their offering. The pet industry is booming thanks to increased pet ownership and more people treating …

PHOTO 244: Your headshot photography questions answered

May 8th, 2019


Shooting headshots sounds so easy but it can be challenging to get a great result if you don’t follow some simple rules. In this episode, Gina and …

PHOTO 243: How to take photos that stand out in a crowded market

April 17th, 2019


If you want to stand out in a crowded market, you need to ensure that your pics exude a certain quality that’s hard to put into words. It’s not about using the most expensive gear or the opportunity shoot a supermodel. …

PHOTO 242: How to photograph sporting events with guest Robert Cianflone

April 11th, 2019


Sports photography is a unique skill that requires not only an understanding of the sport but an ability to capture fleeting moments that range from sheer victory to tragic disappointment – and everything in between. In …

PHOTO 241: How to photograph art using basic or advanced techniques

April 3rd, 2019


Understanding how to photograph artwork can result in an additional revenue stream especially because there are not many art photographers around. In …

PHOTO 240: From amateur to pro in less than 3 years with guest Andy Macpherson

March 27th, 2019


Discover how to go from amateur to fully-fledged pro photographer in less than three years. That’s exactly what Andy Macpherson did and he shares his …

PHOTO 239: How to photograph pets with multi award-winning photographer Craig Bullock

March 20th, 2019


Recently, pet photographer Craig Bullock won the title of New Zealand Portrait Photographer of the Year, the first time in the 80-year history of …

PHOTO 238: How to overcome your fear of self-promotion with guest Shawna Beckmann

March 13th, 2019


If you want to succeed as a photographer, you need to make sales. If sometimes that can make you feel uncomfortable especially if selling is not in your wheelhouse. In this episode, we chat to Shawna Beckmann about how …

PHOTO 237: How to create the perfect portrait in seven simple steps

March 7th, 2019


What are the steps you need to take to create the perfect portrait? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the seven steps that will ensure that you get the perfect portrait - every time. It’s not just about the …

PHOTO 236: How to take your portraits to the next level using styling and colour with guest Dijanna Mulhearn

February 28th, 2019


Simple styling and colour take your portrait shots to the next level. But where do you start on this? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss …

PHOTO 235: Five things every photographer must know

February 20th, 2019


What are the five things that every photographer must know? It’s probably not what you think! In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss exactly that.

Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you. Hope you enjoy …

PHOTO 234: Light painting with guest Denis Smith

February 13th, 2019


What is light painting? This stunning photographic effect can be achieved with some simple hacks. The master of light painting, Denis Smith, is the guest on the podcast this episode. You’ll not only discover his secrets …

PHOTO 233: How to shoot Food photography like a pro with guest Joanie Simon

February 6th, 2019


There’s more to shooting food than getting a good Instagrammable shot. In this episode, we speak to food photographer Joanie Simon who reveals her tips on how to photograph food and how to use artificial light to your …

PHOTO 232: Ready to start a photography business? Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

January 30th, 2019


Whether you want a fully fledged photography business or a side hustle, there are some important factors you need to consider if you want to get paid …

PHOTO 231: What are the biggest photography trends for 2019?

January 16th, 2019


What are the big trends in photography for 2019? And which ones should you incorporate into your own work? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss …

PHOTO 230: From personal projects to a book deal with Craig Wetjen

January 9th, 2019


Meet Craig Wetjen, an award-winning professional photographic artist and a best-selling author with 33 years in the photography industry. Craig started his photographic career shooting for local newspapers in …

PHOTO 229: The fine art of documentary photography with guest Niki Boon

January 2nd, 2019


We talk to documentary photographer Niki Boon. A former physiotherapist, mother and self-taught photographer, living with her family in rural Marlborough New Zealand. However, her photography has gained an international …

PHOTO 228: Best photography lessons from 2018

December 26th, 2018


We close out the year with the best photography lessons from 2018. Happy holidays to all our listeners and have a brilliant start to 2019! 

Gina and …

PHOTO 227: How to photograph small, medium and large events for beginners and pros

December 19th, 2018


Photographing an event can be something small and informal like a child’s birthday or family gathering to more formal like an engagement wedding, charity fundraiser, PR product launch or corporate event.

Photographing …

PHOTO 226: 100 strangers project with guest Vijay Britto

December 12th, 2018


What happens when you embark on a project to photograph 100 strangers? Some pretty amazing things! In this episode, we chat to Vijay Britto who has done just that.

Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you. …

PHOTO 225: The future of photography with guests Chris Marquardt and Adrian Stock

December 5th, 2018


Are you ready for the future of photography? There have been some amazing advances in technology, especially in the last 5 to 10 years with the …

PHOTO 224: How to take flattering portraits of anyone

November 28th, 2018


How can you take flattering portraits of anyone? There are a few golden rules to follow to ensure that you’re nailing the shot – every time.

Gina and …

PHOTO 223: Are your images out of focus? It may not be your fault with guest Wayne Rogers

November 21st, 2018


So you think you’ve done everything right: used your focus points, a fast shutter speed, etc. But your shots still aren’t quite in focus. In this episode, Gina and Valerie welcome camera gugu Wayne Rogers to discuss …

PHOTO 222: What are the best lenses and camera settings for portrait, and documentary photography

November 14th, 2018


What are the best lenses and camera settings for portrait and documentary photography? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do to take your portrait shots to the next level. We break it down to the …

PHOTO 221: How to take your landscape photography to the next level with guest Mieke Boynton.

October 31st, 2018


Mieke Boynton is a landscape photographer who travels regularly, both within Australia and overseas, to capture the wonder and beauty of nature's …

PHOTO 220: Classic portrait lighting styles and how to create them using daylight or flash

October 24th, 2018


There are some classic lighting styles that every photographer needs to understand. And you also need to be able to create then whether you only have daylight to work with – or flash. In this episode, Gina and Valerie …

PHOTO 219: Finding your authentic photography style with guest Sean Tucker

October 18th, 2018


We talk to Sean Tucker on finding your authentic photography style. In this interview we talk about: being sacked as a priest, dealing with the shame he felt getting a waiting job when he was starting out, the struggle …

PHOTO 218: How to work with speedlights for beginners, intermediate and pros

October 11th, 2018


Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or pro – there is something for you in this episode. We talk about speedlights and how a simple little light can make ALL the difference. You’ll discover how to get started, easy …

PHOTO 217: How to see and read light

October 5th, 2018


A wise person once said: “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary”. There is no doubt that light plays a huge part in whether or not you get the perfect shot. But you don’t have to wait for …

PHOTO 216: How to be a fearless photographer with guest Julia Coddington

September 28th, 2018


If you want to be fearless as photographer, try your hand at street photography. Every photographer should give this a go to see what it’s like to …

PHOTO 215: Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus or Fuji? Mirrorless or DSLR? Here is what you need to know.

September 19th, 2018


These days, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to camera gear, lenses, accessories – and everything in between. And advances in technology mean …

PHOTO 214: Donato Dicamillo shoots street portraits from the heart

September 12th, 2018


Donato Dicamillo’s street photography is nothing short of amazing. And he has an equally fascinating backstory that takes him from the streets of Brooklyn to being incarcerated in federal prison. His self-taught style …

PHOTO 213: Five simple ways to dramatically improve your portrait photography

September 7th, 2018


Almost every photographer is asked to take shots of people at some point. If you don’t specialise in portrait photography, you can still do a brilliant job. Here are five simple ways to dramatically improve your …

PHOTO 212: How to develop a unique photography style with guest Bradley Hanson

August 30th, 2018


There are wedding photographers – and then there is Bradley Hanson. In this episode, we chat to Bradley who reveals the approach behind his image and the art of photography. He shares his thoughts on starting out and …

PHOTO 211: Headshots for beginners, fill light and the importance of defining your photography niche

August 22nd, 2018


Why it’s important to niche down in order to get more paying gigs as a photographer. In this episodes, we talk about how to identify, define and …

PHOTO 210: Joel Grimes and the art of portrait photography

August 16th, 2018


Meet Joel Grimes, who talks to us about how he recovered from massive rejection at the start of his career and evolved into being a rock star …

PHOTO 209: The fast track to photography success with guest Scott Stokhaug

August 8th, 2018


Meet one photographer who has transformed from being an aspiring snapper to a booked out in-demand photographer who is getting huge traction in his …

PHOTO 208: Book more portrait clients using Facebook with guest Andrew Hellmich

August 1st, 2018


If you want to grow your photography business, this episode covers the exact steps you need to take to build your business via Facebook advertising, starting at a very low budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, …

PHOTO 207: How to photograph interiors and architecture with special guest photographer Wayne Chasan

July 26th, 2018


There is an art to taking photos of interiors and architecture, especially because you need to make static rooms and buildings come to life. You need to ensure that they still tell a story. We talk to Wayne Chasan who …

PHOTO 206: Your photography legal questions answered with special guest Vanessa Emilio

July 20th, 2018


You can take pictures of anything and use them for whatever you want, right? Well, no. You need a clear understand of some basic laws around what you can do and use as a photographer. We talk to Vanessa Emilio to find …

PHOTO 205: How to master autofocus on DSLR and mirrorless cameras

July 13th, 2018


Autofocus sounds simple - but there’s a lot that can go wrong if you don’t master how it REALLY works. It’s about understanding what’s actually happening when you use autofocus, how to use focus points effectively and …

PHOTO 204: How to turn your photography hobby into a six figure business with special guest Jeff Brown

June 27th, 2018


We talk to Jeff Brown, an expert in marketing for photographer. In this interview we chat about: the importance of niching down as a photographer, the areas that most photographers waste time in;  common mistakes …

PHOTO 203: Taking photography from hobby to side hustle and beyond with special guest Natalie Finney

June 20th, 2018


We love it when we discover a photographer who started snapping as a hobby – but is then able to turn that interest into something more. Photographer Natalie Finney has done just that and we chat to her about her …

PHOTO 202: A complete guide to focal Length, and how it affects focus and depth of field

June 13th, 2018


A complete guide to focal length and how it affects focus and depth of field. This is a masterclass in one episode. So sit back and enjoy this ride into how the focal length of your lens can impact depth of field, focus …

PHOTO 201: Photographing, promoting and exhibiting personal projects with special guest Ilona Nelson

June 6th, 2018


This week, we chat to photographer Ilona Nelson. We talk about how a small personal project grew from photographing 10 artists to a lifelong project …

PHOTO 200: Gina and Val’s most valuable lessons in photography

May 30th, 2018


They said we’d never make it. But we got here! 200 episodes - so the champagne is flowing and we’re celebrating. Big thanks to all our listeners, we …

PHOTO 199: How to shoot video on your DSLR and Mirrorless Part 2

May 16th, 2018


With more photographers being asked to shoot short video clips, we’re definitely seeing a trend that you need to uplevel your skills to include video. While this may seem daunting, Gina and Valerie discuss the basics …

PHOTO 198: Auto ISO, high speed sync and white balance

May 10th, 2018


Gina shares a hack on how to use high speed sync when you normally can’t! It’s about getting your speedlite to become intimate with your studio light - and convincing your camera to do perform shutter speeds it usually …

PHOTO 197: How to plan and direct headshots

May 2nd, 2018


Photographing headshots can be challenging. Especially if you’re not working in a studio or some other controlled environment. And when you have to …

PHOTO 196: The beginners guide to shooting video with DSLR and mirrorless Part One

April 25th, 2018


The industry is changing. And an increasing number of clients want video – so many photographers are adding another string to their bow by providing moving images. That doesn’ mean you need to learn how to be a …

PHOTO 195: Common photo shoot failures and how to recover from them

April 18th, 2018


Don’t get caught with your pants down! Sometimes, despite our best intentions, stuff fails, sh*t happens and you feel like all is lost. But it doesn’t have to be! In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how to …

PHOTO 194: Common camera faults and how to care for your gear with veteran camera technician Wayne Rogers

April 12th, 2018


In this episode we find the answers to a lot of questions! How often do cameras fail due to camera faults vs user error? When is the best time to buy …

PHOTO 193: What type of photographer are you?

April 6th, 2018


What type of photographer are you? Or are you a combination of these? When you’re shooting, it can sometimes be useful to bring different “sides” of …

PHOTO 192: Documentary style Wedding photography with special guest Ian Weldon

March 28th, 2018


We chat to Ian Weldon who shoots weddings with a difference. He’s for people who don’t want traditional wedding photography. Check out his portfolio …

PHOTO 191: How to frame and compose portraits for maximum impact and how to speed up your editing workflow

March 23rd, 2018


When you’re taking portrait shot, you want to make sure that you’re creating an image that’s going to stay with the viewer for a long time. You want …

PHOTO 190: How to go viral, photography as therapy and the fine art of giving back with special guest Bob Carey

March 14th, 2018


We chat to Bob Carey, a New York-based fine art and commercial photographer who shoots from the heart. His images are powerful and meaningful. He was …

PHOTO 189: How to stand out and find clients in a saturated market

March 7th, 2018


If you want more clients, then you can’t just wish for them! You need to implement practical strategies to ensure that you’re being booked. But how do you make these clients appear out of thin air? Listen up! Gina and …

PHOTO 188: Legendary photographer Chris Cuffaro has a million stories and the photos to prove it.

February 21st, 2018


George Michael. Michael Hutchence. Cindy Crawford. Johnny Depp. The list is endless. These are just some celebrities that Chris Cuffaro has photographed. In this interview, Chris talks about his career trajectory, how …

PHOTO 187: How to get the most out of Instagram for photographers, and headshots for beginners

February 14th, 2018


Instagram can be a very powerful tool for photographers – not only to showcase your work but also to score clients.  Both Gina and Valerie have …

PHOTO 186: What lengths would you go to for the perfect shot with special guest Russell Ord

February 7th, 2018


There’s something magical, awe-inspiring and death-defying about surf photography. So we’re talking to surf photographer Russell Ord, feature in the book “The Best of the Best: Australia’s Greatest Surf Photographers”. …

PHOTO 185: It's never too late to become the person you were meant to be with special guest Frank Romano

January 31st, 2018


We chat to Frank Romano, who transitioned from a successful career in the corporate world when he finally gave in to his side passion for …

PHOTO 184: Documentary style portrait photography with special guest Rowena Meadows

January 24th, 2018


We chat to documentary-style photographer Rowena Meadows. She loves photographing mess, chaos, joy, connection, togetherness, and  the frustrations of parenthood. She says that her work focuses on finding the astounding …

PHOTO 183: How to transition from day job to multi award winning photographer with special guest Natalie Ord

January 17th, 2018


From ecologist to award-winning photographer. We chat to emerging photographer Natalie Ord about her journey from turning her pastime into a …

PHOTO 182: Photo project ideas to kick off the new year

January 10th, 2018


This is a great time to start a personal photo project. These projects or challenges are a wonderful way to boost your creative output, help you gain …

PHOTO 181: 4 Common photography mistakes made by newbies and pros and how to fix them

January 3rd, 2018


Are you making one of these four common photography mistakes. Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, this episode covers common mistakes and, most importantly, uncovers how you can fix them.

Gina and Valerie love bringing …

PHOTO 180: Best Photos of 2017

December 27th, 2017


Gina and Valerie indulge in some champagne and wine while reviewing some of the best photographs of the year. From National Geographic winners to …

PHOTO 179: Best Photography investments for 2018

December 20th, 2017


What are the best photography investments for 2018? If you want to make sure that your photography gets to the next level this  coming year, then this episode is a must-listen. Gina and Valerie discuss the 5 essential …

PHOTO 178: Fail proof portrait photography

December 13th, 2017

In photography there are times when you can get fancy, bring out all your tricks, shoot wide open, slow shutterspeed, 20 lights, beauty dish, gels …

PHOTO 177: After the shoot: High School Senior Portraits

November 30th, 2017


Gina and Valerie spend two days shooting together - and live to tell the tale! After filming a course in how to shoot high school senior portraits, …

PHOTO 176: Newborn and Maternity photography with special guest Ana Brandt

November 23rd, 2017


Ana Brandt is a California based award winning photographer, author, teacher and mother of 3 who has been specializing in pregnancy and newborn imagery for over 18 years. Her classic images for an established and …

PHOTO 175: Snapshot: How to overcome preshoot nerves and budget lighting kits under $1000

November 20th, 2017


So you have your big big shoot coming up? How do you get over your nerves and ensure that you nail exactly what your client wants? Gina and Valerie discuss the steps you need to take to keep calm, wow your client and …

PHOTO 174: Seven Habits of Selfish Photographers

November 15th, 2017


Do you know what the right etiquette is in photography? Did you know that there actually are conventions to follow and unwritten rules to be aware …

PHOTO 173: How to shoot epic landscapes with special guest Peter Eastway

November 8th, 2017


Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have seen the Netflix program “Tales by Light’, an incredible series profile photographers from around the world. Featured in the series is Peter Eastway, a contemporary …

PHOTO 172: How to become a multi award winning photographer with special guest Lisa Saad

November 1st, 2017


If you want to make it as a commercial photographer, you need the confidence of your own strong creative vision AND the ability to understand the overall picture of what a client wants to achieve.

In this episode, Gina …

PHOTO 171: How to transition from day job to photography, backlighting and photo composite tips

October 26th, 2017


You love photography and it’s been a wonderful passion project so far. But can you really make money from it? Can you turn your hobby into a …

PHOTO 170: How to be an internationally acclaimed pet photographer with special guest Serena Hodson

October 20th, 2017


Pet photographer is booming. And one of the most successfully pet photographers is Serena Hodson, who recently released the book ‘Upside Down Dogs’. …

PHOTO 169: Snapshot: How to use coloured gels in photos

October 19th, 2017


A simple gel can transform your photograph. So when should you use them with your lighting - and how do to you use them correctly?

Gina and Valerie …

PHOTO 168: How to shoot higher quality images in less time with fewer frames and less gear

October 13th, 2017


Many photographers need to capture a moment when they are under pressure and have limited time. If you still want to produce quality images in any situation - without having to log around a tonne of gear, this episode …

PHOTO 167: Snapshot: How to balance flash and ambient light. And are cheap “Uber” style businesses devaluing the photo industry?

October 10th, 2017


When you’re using flash, how do you get the right balance between the flash and the ambient light. In this episode, Gina and Valerie break down what you need to consider in this situation. They also chat about the …

PHOTO 166: How to photograph food with special guest Marina Oliphant

September 27th, 2017


Great food photography is a combination of art and science and Melbourne photographer Marina Oliphant is one of the best in the biz. Marina’s amazing …

PHOTO 165: Snapshot: Where did Lightroom put my files? And photographing children’s sport

September 24th, 2017


Ever wondered where Lightroom put your files? Believe it or not, they don’t go into the ether. But you need to know where to look. Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do. They also critique a series of shots from …

PHOTO 164: How to start a headshot business

September 20th, 2017


Shooting headshots can be a steady and lucrative business. Whether you are photographing actors or business people, they key is to know how to get the job done in a variety of situations, without a great deal of gear. …

PHOTO 163: Snapshot: How to build your profile from Ground Zero

September 17th, 2017


How do you build your profile from Ground Zero. When you are literally just starting out, what strategies can you put into place to gain traction quickly. Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do to get paid gigs …

PHOTO 162: How to photograph extreme sports with special guest Matt Cohen

September 14th, 2017


Do you want to take action shots? Or find yourself needing to capture images in extreme situations? What about when an angry bull is charging towards …

PHOTO 161: How to protect your gear from getting stolen

September 6th, 2017


Protecting the tools of your trade is vital when you’re a photographer. Regardless of how much experience you have, your gear is vital. Gina and …

PHOTO 160: The best photography hacks to help you nail the perfect shot

August 30th, 2017


We love a great hack! And you can make your photography shine with some simple hacks that can help you nail the perfect shot. Whether it’s camera shake, emergency lighting or tips on how to create an instant wind …

PHOTO 159: Snapshot: How to get accurate colours in photos

August 29th, 2017


Sometimes, you need to capture true to life colours - like when taking photos of products, for advertising, artwork and so on. You need to be able to …

PHOTO 158: How to style your portraits to create maximum impact

August 23rd, 2017


When you’re shooting portraits, there more to it than ensuring that you direct your subject into the right pose. If you have to shoot portraits that are going to stand the test of time, then this episode is for you.

PHOTO 157: Snapshot: How to choose the perfect camera bag

August 20th, 2017


When you go out to shoot, you need the right gear. And that doesn’t mean just cameras and lenses but also the right camera bag. Gina and Valerie talk about different types of camera bags that suit different purposes and …

PHOTO 156: How to photograph real estate

August 16th, 2017


Real estate photography can be a great way to get regular work as a photographer. But there are specific technique that you should use if you want to …

PHOTO 155: Snapshot: The SOOC Challenge. How and why to nail the shot straight out of camera

August 14th, 2017


This episode, we get all sooky-lala. A terms the Aussies will understand! Actually, we’re talking about SOOCs. When you shoot straight out of the camera. Gina and Valerie talk about why it’s great to master the SOOC, …

PHOTO 154: Street Photography tips with world renowned street photographer Valerie Jardin

August 9th, 2017


Street photography is an art unto itself. It’s a lot more than simply sneaking in snaps when people aren’t noticing. If you want to capture a mood or …

PHOTO 153: Snapshot: How to minimise the retouching of portraits and how much is too much?

August 2nd, 2017


When you’re retouching images, there is a fine line between making someone look fresh - and turning them into a cartoon. So how do you know when you have gone too far? And what can you do to minimise the amount of …

PHOTO 152: David Bergman photographs rock stars, Presidents, A-list celebs and sporting legends

August 1st, 2017


Who wouldn’t want to photograph rock stars, Presidents, A-list celebs and sporting legends? That’s exactly what David Bergman does. Not only has he …

PHOTO 151: Snapshot: Everything you need to know about working with telephoto and zoom lenses

July 24th, 2017


A telephoto or zoom lens is an important addition to any photographer’s toolkit. But are you using your lens in the most effective way? When should …

PHOTO 150: Acclaimed portrait photographer Billy Plummer on being self taught, and side entrances and success

July 19th, 2017


In this episode, we meet acclaimed art director turned photographer Billy Plummer. Billy boasts major clients in his portfolio but also talks about …

PHOTO 149: Snapshot: How to plan a model folio shoot

July 16th, 2017


Inspired by a listener question (hi Danni!) this minisode is about how to plan a model folio shoot. If you need to do this - or you are building your …

PHOTO 148: How to create natural looking portraits

July 12th, 2017


These days, everyone wants “natural looking” portraits. The trend in advertising, YouTube, editorial and Instagram is all about the natural look. Even the most traditionally corporate want this feel. But that doesn’t …

PHOTO 147: Snapshot: How to pose and shoot a large portrait shoot in hard sunlight

July 10th, 2017


As photographers, sometimes the conditions we’re given to shoot in aren’t ideal. In this episode, Gina Milicia and Valerie Khoo answer a listener question about how to best tackle a group portrait shoot in hard sunlight.

PHOTO 146: How to find your photography niche

July 3rd, 2017


How do you find your niche as a photographer? It can be tempting to want to master many different types of photographic styles, but your success …

PHOTO 145: Snapshot: How to blog as a photographer

June 18th, 2017


As photographers, it can be easy to think that your pictures should speak for themselves. Well, that’s only true some of the time. If you want to use …

PHOTO 144: How to get paid to shoot what you love with special guest Christina Force

June 14th, 2017


We interview Christina Force, a New Zealand based photo-consultant who works with photographers and agents worldwide. We chat to her about what it …

PHOTO 143: Bad habits every photographer should ditch today - do you make them?

June 7th, 2017


Over time, we can slip into some bad habits. Photography bad habits that is. And they can hold us back. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss …

PHOTO 142: Snapshot: Senior/teen portrait ideas and low light photography

May 31st, 2017


There is a great market in senior portraits - for Aussies, this doesn’t mean elderly people, in the US it’s a thing. Portraits of high school seniors!

PHOTO 141: Crank it up! Why every photographer should embrace high ISO.

May 24th, 2017


It’s time to crank up your ISO. In this episode, we dispel the myths about high ISO being noisy and grainy and show you what you need to do if you’re shooting this way. Gina and Valerie discuss the various situations …

PHOTO 140: Snapshot: How to deal with negative feedback about your photography

May 23rd, 2017


How to deal with negative feedback about your photography. When you start hanging out with other photographers, it can be easy to start the dangerous game of comparison. Worse is when you begin listening to the …

PHOTO 139: How to photograph the night sky with special guest, astrophotographer Michael Goh

May 17th, 2017


If you want to take mind-blowing photographs of the stars and the night sky, you can’t go past the amazing work of astrophotographer Michael Goh. Whether you are taking time lapse shots or panoramic night-time …

PHOTO 138: Snapshot: Refurbishing Gear and should you show personal projects as folio?

May 16th, 2017


In this minisode, Gina and Valerie discuss whether you should buy refurbished gear. And also whether you should use personal images in your …

PHOTO 137: How do you know if you are ready to start a photography business

May 11th, 2017


So you’re into photography and think you might be able to earn some money from it. Whether you want to do it on weekends or full time, you need the …

PHOTO 136: Snapshot: Should you work for free and how to take your photography to the next level

May 9th, 2017


When you’re starting out in photography, you can sometimes be offered opportunities in exchange for “exposure”. That is, your client doesn’t want to …

PHOTO 135: How to use colour for maximum impact in photos

May 5th, 2017


Choosing the right colour in your photographs isn’t just about wardrobe choice. You should also consider how the overall colour palette impacts your …

PHOTO 134: Snapshot: Social media etiquette for photographers

May 1st, 2017


In this Snapshot minisode, Gina and Valerie discuss social media etiquette for photographers. What is the best approach when it comes to social media? Is it actually effective? What are the big no-nos in the social …

PHOTO 133: Low key or moody lighting for portraits using daylight or flash

April 28th, 2017


There are a range of reasons why you might want to achieve moody lighting. Sometimes, it’s the look you’re going for. Other times, you may find yourself shooting in a messy or ugly environment where you want to “hide” …

PHOTO 132: Snapshot: how to nail focus on a portrait and where to find assistants

April 26th, 2017


In this Snapshot minisode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do to nail focus on a portrait. Many new photographers struggle with getting pin …

PHOTO 131: Single light portraits using speedlights

April 19th, 2017


If you want to start using lighting but don’t want to invest in expensive and complicated equipment, then start with a single easy-to-use, affordable speedlight. Even if you are mainly shooting during the day, a …

PHOTO 130: Snapshot: Smoke in a can, and candid kid photography

April 18th, 2017


In this minisode, Gina and Valerie talk about “smoke in a can” - how to create instant mood in your shots with this simple aerosol product. They also …

PHOTO 129: Size does matter: How to use lighting, focal length and perspective to optimise your group portraits

April 13th, 2017


When you’re shooting more than one person, you can come across a raft of problematic issues. Sometimes, various people in the group can look disproportionate depending on where they are placed. And if you’re shooting …

PHOTO 128: It’s all in the planning! How to avoid photo fails

March 30th, 2017


Photography can be unpredictable. And when you’re shooting, anything can happen - good and bad. Sometimes, life throws you curve balls and you find yourself with a damaged lens, cyclonic conditions or any number of …

PHOTO 127: Snapshot: Photo composites and changing backgrounds

March 28th, 2017


In this Snapshot Minisode, Gina and Valerie shout out Natalie Ord who is being features in the National Photographic Portrait Prize. And we discuss shots where the backgrounds have been changed, composites have been …

PHOTO 126: How to photograph nudes as art

March 22nd, 2017


Some photographers are asked to shoot nudes - expectant mothers who want to document their pregnancy, couples who are celebrating an occasion, athletes and fitness models who want to show off their body in the best …

PHOTO 125: Snapshot: Listener Questions and shooting in tight spaces

March 21st, 2017


In this “Snapshot” minisode, Gina and Valerie provide photo critiques for Brad, help Matt out with his dilemma of shooting in a small space, and …

PHOTO 124: Set your pixels free: How to optimise images for print

March 15th, 2017


Even though we live in a world where so much is done online, there’s still a need for photographs to be printed - either in the form of good …

PHOTO 123: Snapshot: Listener questions and how to boost your creativity and inspiration

March 13th, 2017


We have a listener question about how to create good group shots under ugly flourescent light. And then Gina and Valerie discuss what you can do to boost your creativity and inspiration in this ‘Snapshot’ minisode.

Hope …

PHOTO 122: Got a light? How to work with continuous lighting

March 8th, 2017


If you’re yet to venture into the world of lighting and aren’t confident with flash, then continuous lighting might be ideal for you. In a sense, what you see is what you get.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss …

PHOTO 121: Snapshot: White balance, photographing babies and rock bands

March 6th, 2017


Dealing with babies - how to photograph these little humans. And shooting bands: how to make members more comfortable and whether you should charge a …

PHOTO 120: A beginners guide to photo composites

March 5th, 2017


Creating photo composites can save your bacon in some situations. Photo composites can seem daunting to many. But, in this episode, Gina and Valerie break down the process into simple and easy steps so that you can get …

PHOTO 119: How to optimise photos for websites and social media without losing quality

February 25th, 2017


In an increasingly online world, it’s vital to understand how to optimise your photos for websites and social media. It’s not just about ensuring it’s a small file size, you also want to ensure your image still retains …

PHOTO 118: Should you shoot wide or long? And your photo critiques

February 20th, 2017


With so many lenses to choose from, it can be a crap-shoot when deciding which is the best one to use. But you can choose the ideal focal length for your shot if you know what effect each focal length has.

In this …

PHOTO 117: HDR Photography: The good,the bad and the ugly

February 15th, 2017


HDR photography can save your bacon. But, sometimes, it’s been given a bad rap. However, this simple technique can transform your images and get you …

PHOTO 116: Everything you need to know to shoot amazing landscapes

February 8th, 2017


It’s time to talk about landscapes. Have you ever been at a stunning location and taken your shots only to discover that your pics really don’t do the location any justice? It can be disappointing when your images don’t …

PHOTO 115: The best things to say when you are photographing someone – and what not to say!

February 6th, 2017


There are some golden rules when photographing people. If you want to get the most out of your subject, it goes without saying that you need to get …

PHOTO 114: I love ewes all! Gina’s New Zealand Adventure

February 1st, 2017


Gina’s recent trip to the Nu Zilland … okay we mean New Zealand … to take landscape shots resulted in an epic road trip that involved gorgeous …

PHOTO 113: Simple lighting hacks for photographers.

January 25th, 2017


When you’re shooting, you not always in a situation where you have great lighting. So when you’re faced with less-than-ideal lighting, what can you do?

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss simple hacks that will …

PHOTO 112: How to shoot, process and print black and white film - at home

January 19th, 2017


Want to feel like a real photographer by going old school? There’s a LOT you can discover about photography by shooting on film instead of digital. …

PHOTO 111: Listener questions and photo critiques

January 16th, 2017


In this minisode, Gina and Valerie review the creative black and white efforts from last week. So many talented people with very different styles of black and white! We also reveal a giveaway offer that you just have to …

PHOTO 110: How to take awesome black and white photos

January 11th, 2017


Have you heard? Black and white is the new black. Although it’s always been represented in classic and iconic shots, it seems that black and white is now hip again.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how to “see” …

PHOTO 109: Imposter syndrome, how to attract clients and lighting for big groups.

January 5th, 2017


We’ve heard some of your biggest challenges in the world of photography and outline clear strategies you can take to overcome them. From getting over imposter syndrome, to determining practical strategies to attract …

PHOTO 108: Must-have habits to boost your skills and creativity – and best listener pics for the year

December 28th, 2016


Do you want to boost your photographic skills and unleash your own creativity? It’s not hard. Like anything, you just need practice. And the easiest way to do this is to incorporate these simple habits into your routine.

PHOTO 107: Photography trends for 2017 and how to achieve them

December 22nd, 2016


It’s been a big year so far but we’re predicting an even bigger one for 2017. And there are some clear trends emerging in photography styles and imagery.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the big trends for the …

PHOTO 106: How to create high end looking portraits using cheap lighting

December 16th, 2016


If you’re just starting out or don’t have a big budget then you might not have fancy lighting options. But that doesn’t matter. Because you can create high end looking portraits by using cheap lighting!

In this episode, …

PHOTO 105: What are the best ways to scout locations?

December 5th, 2016


What are the best ways to scout locations? When you get to a venue, or landscape or building or wedding, what is a systematic way for you to scout the best locations for your shots?

In this episode, Gina and Valerie …

PHOTO 104: Three simple ways to improve your photography

November 30th, 2016


What are three simple ways to improve your photography? If you could change only three things, what would they be? We draw inspiration from the …

PHOTO 103: Snapshot: 7 books every photographer should read

November 27th, 2016


In this mini-sode, Gina and Valerie discuss the 7 books that every photographer (or struggling artist) should read. 

Hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign …

PHOTO 102: Prop it like it's hot: how to work with props

November 23rd, 2016


Sometimes, one little thing - a subtle prop - can make all the difference in your shot. You might have be technically brilliant at photos, but if you want to be creative and really let your photos tell a story, it takes …

PHOTO 101: Snapshot: Tutorial on shooting champagne and bokeh

November 20th, 2016


In this mini-sode, you’ll experience a live tutorial as Gina guides Valerie through workshopping and finally getting the shot she wants to achieve. You’ll discover how to make fake champagne, how to get the bubbles to …

PHOTO 100: How to go from taking average to awesome photos in less than a year!

November 16th, 2016


Woohooo – we never thought we’d reach 100! Gina and Valerie celebrate 100 episodes while drinking champagne and discuss how to go from taking average to awesome photos in less than a year! It’s about finding the right …

PHOTO 099: Snapshot: How to communicate effectively as a photographer

November 13th, 2016


In this "minisode", Gina and Valerie talk about how to communicate effectively as a photographer. There is an art to creating a rapport with your model. And that applies whether you are shooting a supermodel, your …

PHOTO 098: How to work with fill light

November 9th, 2016


Sometimes, all it takes is a little “dook” or a small “ping” to make your image come alive with breadth, colour and tone. You don’t necessarily need …

PHOTO 097: How to stand out from the crowd

November 2nd, 2016


Photography can sometimes be a competitive landscape. So how you make yourself stand out from the crowd? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the key elements you need to consider if you want to have a point a …

PHOTO 096: Gina’s Epic Iceland Photography Road Trip Part 2

October 26th, 2016


When you travel around a small island on your own in a few days in search of the perfect shot, you’re going to have some stories. Valerie grills Gina on why she went to Iceland, how she planned her shot list and reviews …

PHOTO 095: Gina’s Epic Iceland Photography Road Trip Part One

October 19th, 2016


There’s a lot more to Iceland than … ice. Gina’s recent adventure in this country meant travelling all over the island. In this episode, Valerie asks Gina how she prepared for Iceland, what she wanted to achieve, what …

PHOTO 094: Gina's Colombian Photo Shoot

October 12th, 2016


Gina recently travelled to Colombia and captured some epic images. In this episode, Valerie grills her on her adventures with the customs officers, …

PHOTO 093: Everything you need to know about working with photographer’s assistants or how to become one

September 29th, 2016


One of the best ways to learn more about the industry is to become a photographer’s assistant. This will fast-track your learning like nothing else. And when you do get more confidence, one thing that can take your …

PHOTO 092: How to direct a portrait shoot with confidence

September 22nd, 2016


When you are shooting portraits, you need to bring your A game as a photographer. That means instilling confidence in your subject so that they trust …

PHOTO 091: More ways to avoid and overcome common mistakes. Part 2

September 14th, 2016


Photography can be a breeze if you eliminate common mistakes. The trouble is that it can take years of experience to figure out what those mistakes are – and how to avoid or overcome them!

In this episode, Gina and …

PHOTO 090: Common mistakes photographers make and how to overcome them. Part 1

September 7th, 2016


The world of photography can be a world of complexity. And it’s easy to make some rookie mistakes even if you’re a veteran.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss common mistakes and many photographers make and how …

PHOTO 089: Your guide to buying and using speedlights and accessories

August 31st, 2016


If you haven’t used speedlights much, it can be daunting to know where to start, which ones to pick and when you would find them most effective. But …

PHOTO 088: How to overcome fear and self doubt and thrive as a photographer

August 24th, 2016


No matter how experienced you are, it can be easy to suffer from fear and self doubt. So how do you overcome this and get the confidence to truly …

PHOTO 087: The best DIY Photography gadgets

August 17th, 2016


We all love a good MacGuyver effort. This episode is full of useful hacks that will help your photography – and which don’t cost a fortune. Many are …

PHOTO 086: How to photograph fast moving objects

August 11th, 2016


When photographing fast-moving objects, we’re not just talking about conventional shots like racecars or athletes, where it’s vital to master shutter speed. You can also capture amazing fast-moving objects right your …

PHOTO 085: How to master autofocus

August 4th, 2016


There really is more to autofocus than meets the eye. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how a camera focuses, the different kinds of autofocus, how to change focus points, single vs continuous focus, the problem …

PHOTO 084: Behind the scenes on an actor's editorial shoot

July 28th, 2016


We take you behind the scenes of an actor’s editorial shoot. Here, Gina and Valerie discuss the planning process, determining what needs to be achieved, the different “looks” needed, how she achieved her goals in the …

PHOTO 083: How to make or find the best backgrounds for portrait shoots

July 21st, 2016


In this MacGuyver-style episode, Gina and Valerie discuss inexpensive and innovative ways to create a range of diverse backgrounds to use in your …

PHOTO 082: How to photograph plus-size models

July 14th, 2016


How do you photograph plus-size model in the most flattering light, poses and situations? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the best lenses to use, how to use light effectively, which poses are the true winners …

PHOTO 081: What you can learn from the masters

July 6th, 2016


In a world full of instagram, tumblr, Flickr and Google images, it’s easy to come across amazing photography from regular people. But it is also very …

PHOTO 080: How to get multiple shots and looks from your portrait photo shoots

June 29th, 2016


If you want to get the best bang for buck – or give your client the best bang for buck – all it takes is a bit of planning and forethought. In this …

PHOTO 079: How to find great daylight for portraits anywhere

June 23rd, 2016


Sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got. Life doesn’t always provide you with perfect shooting conditions. So, in this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how you can find great daylight for portraits anywhere. …

PHOTO 078: How to create quick and easy portraits anywhere

June 17th, 2016


What happens when you head to Sicily with a group of photography enthusiasts to capture a series of awesome portraits, combined with an unforgettable …

PHOTO 077: One light wonders: How to create awesome portraits with minimal gear and time.

June 9th, 2016


Sometimes you have to travel light (pardon the pun), whether that's overseas or just to do a shoot down the road. Or maybe you're just not ready to …

PHOTO 076: Photofit: How to improve your photography skills in just 5 minutes a day

June 2nd, 2016


"I never have enough time!" It sounds familiar doesn’t it? We’re all pressed for time and it can be tough to carve out a section of your week so that you can work on your photography. But the reality is that you don’t …

PHOTO 075: How to photograph reflections

May 26th, 2016


Photographing reflections can be tricky. But they can also add another dimension to your photography. While some photographers think that reflections …

PHOTO 074: On location at an A-list television awards ceremony

May 19th, 2016


What really goes on behind the scenes at the A-list television awards ceremony? Well, a lot! And from a photographer’s point of view of there are many issues to contend with. Apart from the technical aspects of the …

PHOTO 073 Filters: The essential guide to on camera filters

May 12th, 2016


Are filters still relevant these days? When so much can be done to images in post-production, what filters do you really need? Gina and Valerie discuss why you still need filters, which ones are ideal for your …

PHOTO 072: Tropical Island: Photography in exotic locations

May 5th, 2016


On location in Cebu in the Philippines, Gina and Valerie talk about the next part of their adventure and how to photograph in exotic locations. They cover dealing with the camera condensation that’s prevalent in the …

PHOTO 071: How to break into celebrity photography

April 28th, 2016


With an upcoming shoot at the Logies (the Australian equivalent of the Emmys) on the horizon, Gina and Valerie talk about how to break into celebrity photography. You’ll discover: Gina’s first celebrity shoot, how she …

PHOTO 070: Epic! How to organise, direct and photograph an epic photo shoot.

April 20th, 2016


We go behind the scenes at Gina's recent epic photo shoot, including Harley Davidsons, Mustangs, horses, drones, teepees, five models and much more! …

PHOTO 069: Slim pickings: How to create amazing images using only available light

April 14th, 2016


As photographers, we can find ourselves in sticky positions where conditions are less than ideal. So what happens when you find yourself on a shoot where you don’t have enough gear or lights – but you have to make do …

PHOTO 068: Skin Deep: How to colour balance and expose skin tones

April 7th, 2016


How do you expose for skin tone correctly? The camera's light meter doesn't always get it right especially if you have people with different skin tones all in the same image.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie focus on …

PHOTO 067: How to shoot in low light

March 31st, 2016


Light is everything when it comes to photography. But, sometimes, you just don’t have enough of it! We’re not even talking about shooting in a dark room. There are many instances when your lighting isn’t ideal and you …

PHOTO 066: The Matrix: Camera metering modes explained without the need for a science degree.

March 24th, 2016


Light metering can be confusing. But it doesn't have to be. In fact, a lot of the mumbo jumbo surrounding lighting and metering is simply unnecessary. In true "Gina-style", this episode Gina and Valerie focus on simple …

PHOTO 065: What are photography cliches and why you should avoid them to make your photos stand out.

March 17th, 2016


We're all guilty of shooting the odd cliche from time to time. Whether it's that selfie on Instagram, a photo of your shows, the shot of the hipster couple, the cute guy at the gas station... Cliches have their place …

PHOTO 064: The best photography Gadgets under $50

March 10th, 2016


If you're into photography, it CAN get expensive. But Gina and Valerie love a bargain and they believe that you don't have to spend big in order to get awesome equipment that can help you with your shoots.

In this …

PHOTO 063: TicTacToe: How to compose an image for maximum impact

March 3rd, 2016


You might have the technical know-how but do you know the rules for composing an image with maximum impact?

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss …

PHOTO 062: Bargain Hunter: How to buy new and used photography gear and what to watch out for

February 25th, 2016


Photography can be an expensive hobby. But it doesn't have to be if you make some smart buying decisions.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie - who …

PHOTO 061: Let there be light! Lighting kits for all levels and every budget

February 18th, 2016


When you want to take your photography to the next level, one of your first purchases is a lighting kit. But this can be a daunting prospect. There are so many options, so many brands, and umpteen accessories to choose …

PHOTO 060: Here’s looking at you kid: How to get your photos published online and in print

February 11th, 2016


You love photography and you're taking a bunch of awesome shots. But you want to showcase your images beyond your Instagram.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the steps you need to take to get your photos …

PHOTO 059: Getting air! How to bring "life" into your portraits

February 4th, 2016


This is a cracker of an episode because it's about getting that extra 1% into your shots. But it's that 1% can make all the difference. Gina and Valerie discuss the hacks you can use to really give your photographs an …

PHOTO 058: Seeing the light: Rookie lighting mistakes and how to overcome them

January 28th, 2016


Lighting can make or break a shot. And, sometimes, we can get so caught up in the shutter speed or composition or depth of field that we can easily forget the basics about lighting. Gina and Valerie discuss common …

PHOTO 057: It's our 1st birthday! How to take your photography to the next level.

January 21st, 2016


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 9 ways that you can improve your photography and give it that extra …

PHOTO 056: Jazz and blues: How to create mood in your images

January 14th, 2016


How do you create images that evoke emotion and tell a story? You don't want to clutter your images with lots of content. Sometimes, it's the subtle …

PHOTO 055: Jack of all trades: How to shoot under extreme pressure

January 7th, 2016


These days, many clients want a lot of bang for their buck. That is, they often want multiple looks in multiple locations – for multiple purposes. So …

PHOTO 054: Blue Steel: How to shoot models’ portfolios

December 30th, 2015


What’s the best way to shoot models’ portfolios. Even if you don’t have access to a modelling/acting agency, you can still use these tips when you …

PHOTO 053: Family size hold the cheese: how to take editorial style family photos

December 23rd, 2015


Family photos are inevitable. And they can sometimes look woeful! Especially if Uncle Buck is still trying to be the funny guy of the family. So how …

PHOTO 052: Feel the burn: Mastering fitness and body shots

December 16th, 2015


In this “bootcamp” series, Valerie gives Gina a typical client brief – this one centres around taking photos for a gym. Gina walks through her planning, shooting and production process in order to achieve the best …

PHOTO 051: Lost in translation: Gina's adventures in Japan

December 9th, 2015


Gina’s adventures in Japan including sneaky shooting, lots of bikes and missing her plane home. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know about shooting in Japan, iconic locations, how to try out a …

PHOTO 050: Putting the “life” into lifestyle photography: How to take lifestyle images

December 3rd, 2015


These days, lifestyle images abound. They are becoming popular in the world of corporate photography, proliferate on blogs, are common in stock …

PHOTO 049: Talking crop: How to crop portraits

November 19th, 2015


Great photography is not just about the lighting, posing and technicalities of the camera. It’s also about the cropping. A well cropped photo can make the difference between a good image – and a great one. So what do …

PHOTO 048: How to build your profile as a photographer

November 12th, 2015


So now want to get more clients, gain recognition for your work or build your photographic business. Or maybe you just want to increase your profile as a photographer even if it’s just a hobby.

In this episode, the …

PHOTO 047: Get smart! How to take great shots using your smartphone

November 5th, 2015


You don’t need a fancy big camera to take great shots. Sometimes, all you have is your smartphone. How can you take awesome photographs with the little device in your pocket?

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss …

PHOTO 046: Taking it to the streets: The Street Photography Show

October 29th, 2015


We love the documentary aspect of street photography. Here, nothing is set up and you’re capturing a slice of life just as it happens. …

PHOTO 045: Back is the new black: The backlighting show

October 22nd, 2015


Backlighting is the new black. When you’re backlighting your shots, there are a number of issues at play. So this show is dedicated to the delicate art of backlighting. If you want to create awesome shots with great …

PHOTO 044: Viva Las Vegas: Gina's rat pack shoots

October 15th, 2015


When Gina recently had 48 hours in Vegas she didn’t waste a second. Despite Gina’s mantra that “What goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas” … Valerie manages to quiz her about everything from location scouting to securing …

PHOTO 043: Group Hug: How to direct, pose and light group photos

October 8th, 2015


You take them at weddings, schools, family gatherings, cast shots, staff photos and more. We’re talking about groups photos. But how do you ensure …

PHOTO 042: Destination Havana: Gina's adventures in Cuba

October 1st, 2015


There are some dream photo destination – and Cuba is certainly one of them. With its nostalgic architecture, retro cars, and faded glamour, Gina’s …

PHOTO 041: Character building: How to take great character portraits

September 24th, 2015


Capturing a great “character portrait” takes skill, timing and connection. It also needs the right mix of smart composition, meaningful props and a …

PHOTO 040: Midlife Crisis: How to take really flattering portraits of older models

September 17th, 2015


When you’re photographing people of a certain age, this can sometimes be challenging. Not every person wants a “character” shot, lines and all. And certain types of lighting can be very unflattering. Plus not everyone …

PHOTO 039: Want free stuff? How to get free models, makeup artists, stylists, locations, and more!

September 10th, 2015


We all love a bargain. In this episode, Gina and Valerie reveal how you can get free stuff to help with your photography. That means models, makeup artists, and stylists who will work for free. Together, you can create …

PHOTO 038: What Would MacGyver do?The Best DIY Photography Hacks

September 3rd, 2015


If Gina was ever reincarnated, she would come back as MacGuyver. That’s because she’s been on so many photography jobs where she’s needed to …

PHOTO 037: Screentime: The best post production software and apps for enthusiasts to professionals

August 26th, 2015


Your shots are good but you can take them to the next level when you have the right apps and post-production software. ALL professionals do work in post-production so this isn’t cheating, it’s bringing out the best in …

PHOTO 036: Patience grasshopper: how to find awesome mentors

August 19th, 2015


When you have the right mentor, you can fast track your photography at a rate of knots. But how you do know what kind of mentor is actually going to …

PHOTO 035: Classic portrait lighting styles every photographer should know

August 13th, 2015


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” …

PHOTO 34: Portable portrait lighting solutions for every budget

August 6th, 2015


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, …

PHOTO 033: 7 deadly posing sins – and how to avoid them

July 29th, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 032: Work it! How to find and develop your own photographic style

July 22nd, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 031: Blinded by the light: How to photograph amazing sunsets

July 16th, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 030: Sharp shooter: How to get tack sharp images

July 8th, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 029: You’ve got male: How to pose men

July 2nd, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 028: Bok bok bokeh: How to get beautiful blurry backgrounds

June 25th, 2015


It’s an art to create images that have beautiful blurry backgrounds. Whether you are shooting portraits, still life, lifestyle, corporate images or …

PHOTO 027: Great Glass: the best portrait lenses for beginners, enthusiasts and pros.

June 17th, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 026: Tying the knot: a beginner’s guide to wedding photography

June 11th, 2015


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 …

PHOTO 025: Strut your stuff: How to become more confident as a photographer

June 3rd, 2015


No matter how experienced we are as photographers, there are times when we can all do with a big shot of confidence. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss proven techniques (some will surprise you!) that will boost …

PHOTO 024: Planes, trains and automobiles, baby: How to take great travel shots

May 28th, 2015


Many people think that you need to go to a exotic locations to take a great travel shots. And many photographers end up with countless vistas of landscapes. However, if you want awesome travel shots, the devil is in the …

PHOTO 023: When the caca hits the fan: How to survive a photography epic fail with your files and dignity intact.

May 21st, 2015


Caca happens. Much as you don’t want it to, sometimes the caca just hits the fan. Your gear fails, you accidentally delete your memory card or your clients hates your shots with passion. So what do you do when disaster …

PHOTO 022: Flashdance: How to shape and control flash to replicate natural light.

May 14th, 2015


You want to use flash. But it’s not just a matter of using the right setting. With the right light shapers, you can make your flash do EXACTLY what you want.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss light shapers. …

PHOTO 021: The ultimate portrait checklist

May 6th, 2015


Want a foolproof framework so that your portraits look amazing? There are so many moving parts when it come to shooting portraits – lighting, gear, …

PHOTO 020: M is for master. How to get your camera off auto and master manual mode.

April 30th, 2015


If you’re not yet a pro, it can be confusing to know which of your camera functions you should be choosing: aperture priority? Shutter priority? …

PHOTO 019: Girls on film. How to direct and pose women.

April 22nd, 2015


When you photograph women you have the opportunity to capture an amazing image – and to make them feel like a million dollars. But not all women are …

PHOTO 018: Kerching: Everything you need to know about pricing

April 15th, 2015


Money, money, money. Every photographer is different and every job is different. So what are you supposed to charge for your work? In this episode, …

PHOTO 017: Get your gear off! How to use off-camera flash. Part 1: Speedlites

April 9th, 2015


Many photographers are scared of using flashes. This awesome episode dispels a bunch of myths about using flash and provides you with a step-by-step introduction into the world of speedlites.

Gina and Valerie chat about …

PHOTO 016: Rock on!: How to photograph live performances

April 2nd, 2015


Shooting live events is an art form. In most cases, there is no second chance. So whether you are shooting a concert, theatre or live television, you need to understand the tips and tricks to make this happen.

Gina and …

PHOTO 015: Fabulous darling! How to break into fashion photography

March 26th, 2015


You’ll get an insider’s look into how to break into the fashion industry. It’s everything you need to know about designers, trends, networking, air …

PHOTO 014: Lighting explained without the need for a science degree

March 19th, 2015


In this episode, we discuss what you need to know when using the right light for your shots.

Whether you’re shooting in daylight, shade, partial cover or indoors, you’ll discover the tips and tricks and will make your …

PHOTO 013: Houston we have a problem: The biggest photography blunders and how to avoid them

March 12th, 2015


It can happen to you. So don’t make these mistakes with your photography.

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PHOTO 012: How to give good head shot

March 5th, 2015


Whether you’re shooting a head shot of an actor, model, CEO – and everyone in between – we break down the steps you need to take to create magic with your picture.

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PHOTO 011: Workflow just got sexy

February 26th, 2015


What is the best way to handle your workflow? In this episode, Gina and Valerie cover an efficient and effective system for your files, shoots and the delivery of images to your clients. It’s a system honed after years …

PHOTO 010: Transitioning from day job to photographer

February 19th, 2015


Want to change careers and become a full-time photographer? Gina outlines everything you need to do to make the leap. From getting industry …

PHOTO 009: Your own studio space: from home to professional

February 13th, 2015


Everything you need to know to create your own studio space, whether you are starting out at home, sharing with other photographers or investing in your own professional base.

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PHOTO 008: How to shoot events, functions and major parties

February 6th, 2015


How to shoot events, functions and major parties. This episode is all about events – we cover everything from the gear you need and what to wear, to event etiquette, how to get the best shots for your client, secret …

PHOTO 007: The secret to photographing difficult people

January 29th, 2015


What happens when you have to photograph a difficult person? This episode focuses on the hacks Gina’s honed over 20 years of photographing everyone …

PHOTO 006: How to organise an efficient and successful shoot

January 22nd, 2015


How to organise an efficient and successful shoot. This episode focuses on what a professional photographer must have in place when you have clients, …

PHOTO 005. How to find the best locations for your shoots

January 14th, 2015


How to find the ideal locations for your shoots. Whether you do corporate photography, weddings, portraits or any other kind of photography, the location you’re shooting in can be the difference between a great shot, …

PHOTO 004: How to find the right clients to grow your photography business

January 14th, 2015


How to find the right kind of clients and work with people who appreciate your photography. Whether you just starting out or are an established professional, leading photographer Gina Milicia reveals the steps you need …

PHOTO 003: If you want to succeed, you need the right gear. Here’s your guide.

January 14th, 2015


What essential gear do you need if you want to be a successful photographer? Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia reveals what …

PHOTO 002: What are the best ways to hone your craft and learn how to become a better photographer?

January 14th, 2015


What’s the most efficient way to learn how to take great shots? Whether you’re a newbie or an enthusiast, leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia reveals her secrets on how to choose the right courses, …

PHOTO 001: Welcome to a whole new world of photography.

January 12th, 2015


Join leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia and photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo as they reveal everything you need to know about photography, how to find and choose the right gear, the best way to …

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