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Join Brenda Petrella from Outdoor Photography School as she sits down with top landscape and nature photographers and leaders in the outdoor industry to unpack their approaches to creativity, connecting with nature, and working safely and comfortably in the natural world. This weekly podcast is a mix of interviews and quick tip episodes. The Tidbit Tuesday episodes include nuggets of practical information and a Q&A section where Brenda answers your submitted questions. Be sure to follow the ...
 
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 even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!
 
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#029: Today, I sit down with Texas-based landscape photographer and personal coach, Brie Stockwell (www.creativemindscoach.com), to chat about how a personal coaching experience set her on a journey to learn landscape photography, learning how to fail well and using it as a growth experience, moving past fear, self-doubt, and comparisonitis, and mu…
 
#028: In this short Tidbit Tuesday, I answer a lister question about camera backpacks and also give some tips for how to protect your camera gear while spending time in the great outdoors. Enjoy! * Loving the podcast? Please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts (outdoorphotographyschool.com/apple-podcasts). It only takes a minute, and …
 
#027: Today, I sit down with Scotland-based landscape photographer and educator, Alister Benn (expressive.photography), to chat about what expressive photography is, the idea of possessing creativity through creative living, the role of emotions in personal expression, his five figures of engagement: luminosity, contrast, color, geometry, and atmos…
 
#026: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I share six photography tips that will help you create amazing images of the fall colors. Enjoy! * Do you have a question you’d like me to answer on the podcast? Just click this link to record your question: speakpipe.com/OutdoorPhotographyPodcast * Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving a short review on App…
 
#025: Today, I sit down with Vancouver-based landscape photographer, Karen Cooper (karencoopergallery.com/), to chat about how a debilitating accident led her to nature photography, why she decided to open her own art gallery, how she uses photography as a way to inspire others to respect nature and appreciate it on a deeper level, nature deficit d…
 
Top photographers reveal their tips that could change the way you shoot. We chat with: Sean Tucker about selecting authentic subject matter that is meaningful to the photographer and why seeking honest critiques and ignoring social media praise is a game-changer. Also street photographer Julia Coddington on how to get close to people in street phot…
 
#024: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I answer a listener question about how to deal with scenes with high dynamic range, such as a sunrise or sunset image. What is dynamic range? Do you expose for the shadows, highlights, or both? What’s a stop of light? I answer these questions and more and provide five tips on how to capture images with a high dynami…
 
Discover the biggest ‘a-ha’ moments from masters of photography. We hear from photographer and New York Times bestseller Nick Boothman shares the best way for portrait photographers to connect with the people they photograph and get authentic reactions. He also shares the best smile tip ever! You’ll discover Nat Geo photographer Ami Vitale’s advice…
 
#023: Today, I sit down with Colorado-based nature photographer, Jennifer Renwick (jenniferrenwick.com), to chat about how to know when it’s time to take the leap and do nature photography full-time, finding abstract compositions in nature, expressive photography and storytelling, what the Slow Photography Movement is, the value of having photograp…
 
Meet photographer Brenda Petrella who took a leap of faith when she left her cushy job as a cancer researcher for a tree change and life as a landscape photographer. She is a Vermont-based landscape and nature photographer, the founder of Outdoor Photography School , and the host of the Outdoor Photography Podcast. We chat about how it feels to mak…
 
#022: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I answer two listener questions. It’s always great to hear from our listeners! The first question is all about how to plan images and compositions, and the second is about my experiences with switching from DSLR to mirrorless cameras. Please enjoy! Do you have a question you’d like me to answer on the podcast? Just …
 
It’s never too late to start a photography business. Meet photographer Rebecca Martin. Not only is she a mother of eight, she’s grandmother to 11 kids! Rebecca picked up a camera to start recording her babies, and now runs a successful wedding and portrait business. She’s started working with her daughter Lena as a second shooter and talks about th…
 
#021: Today I sit down with Pennsylvania-based nature photographer and creative writer, Cody Schultz (codyschultz.com), to chat about his journey into nature photography as a way to boost his mental health, his decision to shoot exclusively in black and white, the challenges and benefits of using large format cameras, connecting with nature by slow…
 
Meet photographer Anna Hornby, who does fine art lifestyle, virtual and family photography. Anna walks us through a virtual shoot and discuss: shooting on an iphone and getting over the tech cringe, directing and posing and find great light virtually, her influences, finding inspiration everywhere, growing a new business, editing and shooting with …
 
#020: Today, we celebrate our 20th episode by paying tribute to the ten amazing guests we’ve had on the podcast so far. Each of them has shared so much wisdom and valuable nuggets of information about photography, creativity, composition, and connecting with nature. This special edition of Tidbit Tuesday is a compilation of their responses to the q…
 
How do you build your photography skills and career when you are flat out busy, constantly on the road and have limited time? This week’s guest Danni Banchi does just that, combining her busy life driving trucks across the US with her love of photography. Find out more about she makes it work in this week’s episode. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy …
 
# 019: Today, I’m sitting down with Arizona-based landscape photographer, avid writer, and educator Colleen Miniuk (colleenminiuk.com) to chat about the value of following your curiosity, letting go of expectations, playing, and being open to experimentation with your photography; Gestalt psychology of visual perception and how to use it to create …
 
How do you take your photography to the next level? You may be surprised to know that it’s not about a specific technical skill or a particular piece of equipment. There are 5 strategies you need to consider if you truly want to excel and make it as a photographer. Discover them in this week’s episode. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. S…
 
#018: Light creates everything we see - colors, contrast, shapes, lines, etc., and therefore learning how to “see” light is an essential step in creating more compelling images. So, in this Tidbit Tuesday, I break down the different characteristics of light, how to effectively use whatever light you have, and how light shapes the mood of a scene or…
 
If you have a fulltime job, what steps can you take to build your photography side hustle? You’ll discover: Should you start a side hustle? What is your definition of success? What are the basics needed to start a side hustle? Learn the basics, practice, rinse and repeat. How to find your niche. Advertising and branding. And more. Gina and Valerie …
 
# 017: Today, I sit down with award-winning writer and photographer, Charles Bergman (charlesbergman.com), to chat about his passion-filled journey into photography, the importance of storytelling in creating meaning and connection, our relationship with animals, his expedition experiences to several continents to learn about and photograph eightee…
 
Meet Pauline Klemm, who had a sliding doors moment 3 years ago that completely changed her life when her brother, Michael, a gifted photographer, died tragically in India. Her decision to keep his camera and learn photography began as a way of sharing his legacy. This has now grown and Pauline’s life has grown and evolved in exciting ways. If you’v…
 
#016: Do gloomy grey days bring you the photography blues? When the sky is drab and the light is blah, it can be hard to be inspired to get out to do some photography. But, even in these conditions, there are plenty of compositional opportunities. In this short Tidbit Tuesday episode, I chat about how to think about light, the benefits of photograp…
 
These days, there are countless options available to aspiring photographers who want to improve their skills? Podcasts, courses, mentoring, assisting, and more! So how do you choose the best method to fast track your own learning and ensure that you uplevel your skills effectively and efficiently? Discover this and more in this week’s episode. Gina…
 
# 015: Today I sit down with certified wilderness first responder and instructor, Courtney Harvey, to chat about all things related to safety in the outdoors. We cover a gamut of topics, including preparation, risk assessment and management, gear and clothing, what to do when things go wrong, safety tips around wildlife, fire, and drinking water, a…
 
Ever wanted to print your own image at home but achieve the professional output you would get from a lab? Meet multi award winning Australian photographer Ian van der Wolde, a successful Melbourne based commercial photographer who specialities include advertising, aerial, fashion, food, corporate, people, public relations, portraiture, product and …
 
#014: Now that the world is opening up again in places, it’s exciting to start planning your next photography trip! So, in today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I share some tips and helpful reminders on packing and traveling with your camera gear. It can be tempting to pack everything to keep your options open, but bringing it all may be unnecessary and even im…
 
How do you take jaw-dropping astro photography? We talk to Michael Goh and you’ll discover: how Michael went from working with a corporate sponsor to full time commercial photographer shooting business events and astro photography for documentaries, WA Museum, WA tourism, WA opera and heaps more, getting his break as a commercial business event pho…
 
# 013: Today, I sit down with Colorado-based nature photographer, Sarah Marino (smallscenes.com), to chat about creating images as a way of self-expression, her approach to composing small scenes and intimate landscapes, letting go of expectations, slowing down to connect with nature, and much more! If you are drawn to the finer details and stories…
 
How does commercial portrait photography differ from regular portrait photography? We talk to Jeroen Nieuwhuis on his work as a commercial portrait photographer. You’ll discover: how he landed his first commercial gig at 18, the importance of knowing how to pose and direct models, why you need good assistants, getting booked from personal projects …
 
#012: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday episode, I answer two listener questions about how to get sharp images and discuss four key steps to nailing focus in landscape and nature images. We chat about autofocus settings, depth of field, hyperfocal distance, image stabilization, and more! Then, in response to another listener's question, I give my perspecti…
 
Connecting with people when you’re taking their portraits can be challenging. Because a great shot is not just about the technical aspects of photography. It’s also about whether your subject is comfortable, relaxed and at ease with the camera. In this episode, you’ll discover the techniques you need to use when you’re directing shy, anxious, overc…
 
#011: Today I sit down with nature photographer, Linda Nickell (http://lindanickell.com), to chat about the vast and wondrous landscapes throughout her home state of Texas. Texas is the largest state in the continental U.S., and yet, it doesn’t get as much attention from landscape photographers as the Pacific Northwest, California, or the Rockies, …
 
When you’re posing people, it can be easy to fall into the trap of letting them fall into awkward or cliched poses without even noticing. That could make or break a shot. So what kind of poses should you look out for? How can you avoid them? And if you find your subject doing one, what can you do to turn a “meh” pose into a winner? Find out about t…
 
#010: Do you have days when you feel burnt out or totally stuck in a photography slump? Do you ever feel like your creative juices are just all dried up? Or nothing feels exciting to photograph? I know I do. In this episode, I share five ways to help you get through the photography doldrums and back to feeling inspired about your work. And then, I …
 
How do you achieve compelling shots with total strangers. We chat to Daryl and Judy Ford about: the pros and cons of two creatives living together, how Judy and Daryl used a photo tour guide to help them gain access to subjects living in remote locations, techniques they used to connect with complete strangers. Jude gives us her tips on applying fo…
 
#009: Today, I sit down with landscape photographer, Robb Hirsch (robbhirschphoto.com), to chat about the process behind creating his new book, The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey, the importance of connecting with nature, using photography to advocate for conservation, the importance of staying curious in photography, and so much more! Enjoyi…
 
To drop or not to crop? And if you are going to crop, exactly where is the right spot? This episode is all about how to crop your portraits perfectly. You’ll discover: key cropping proportions that will make all the difference, why understanding the final use and purpose of the shot is so important, where you should NEVER crop, why you need to allo…
 
#008: Do you struggle to find compelling compositions in a grand landscape? This week’s Tidbit Tuesday episode was inspired by one of our podcast listeners who wanted some tips for creating compositions of wide-open scenes. I share a four-step thought process that helps me to identify unique and compelling images, regardless of whether it is a gran…
 
This episode is all about how to get of auto and master manual mode forever. If you’ve been scared to embrace manual mode fully, or you’re still relying on “aperture priority” or “shutter priority”, discover how these functions all relate to each other so that you can capture the kind of shots you’ve always wanted. Gina and Valerie discuss this and…
 
#007: Today, I sit down with wildlife conservation photographer, Jaymi Heimbuch (jaymiheimbuch.com), to chat about important elements that make up an effective conservation story, tips on pitching your story to publications, how to familiarize yourself with wildlife behavior, quality versus content, the role of social media as a tool for visual sto…
 
What are the best portrait lenses for beginners, enthusiasts and pros? Everything you need to know about the lenses you need to take great portraits. What you need to consider about crop and full frame, wide versus long, zoom versus prime and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free L…
 
#006: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I share five quick tips on how to protect yourself from contracting a tick-borne illness after spending time in nature. Ticks are prevalent all over the world, and while their bites are sometimes harmless, they can also transmit pathogens that cause pretty debilitating diseases. Preventing bites in the first place c…
 
How to photograph high end looking products with entry level gear. It’s not your gear, it’s how you use it. In this episode, you’ll discover how to create high end looking product shots using entry level equipment. If you would like to watch the screenshare as we show how the techniques are done, go to Episode 345 on GinaMilicia.com You’ll discover…
 
#005: Today, I sit down with fine art landscape and nature photographer, Brenda Tharp (brendatharp.com/), to chat about her journey into photography, how she approaches composition, where she finds inspiration, when to use the rules of composition and when not to, the importance of visual flow and the use of visual design elements in an image, how …
 
Discover the five portrait tips every photographer should know. From composing, exposing, to white balance, connection and depth, you’ll find out key strategies and techniques to make your portraits stand out from the pack. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dyn…
 
#004: This Tidbit Tuesday is a little more philosophical in nature as I answer two of our listeners' questions around photo manipulation - whether that is done in the field or in the digital darkroom. Is there a difference between photo editing and photo manipulation? And if so, where’s the line? Who makes that call? Should you disclose when you ha…
 
Meet Kenneth LeRose, a nomadic traveller who specialises in Astro/Landscape Photography. He roams the US in his tiny little Airstream with his best furry friend Sabu. He also runs workshops in astrophotography. To him, It is crucial to get people excited about the night sky. “The more people that fall in love with our twinkling stars, the more awar…
 
#003 - Today, I sit down with certified strength and conditioning coach, Chase Tucker (http://www.basecamptraining.com.au), to talk about how best to prepare our bodies for hiking with camera gear. Because many of us work desk jobs, we are susceptible to injuries or chronic knee or back pain when we hit the trail to do some outdoor photography. Cha…
 
Getting started with flash can seem daunting if you’ve never done it. However, when you hear how to do it – step by simple step – you’ll wonder why you haven’t embraced the world of flash earlier! Trust us. You’ll love it! And it’s easier than you think. In this episode, you’ll discover: What is flash? Why use flash? Understanding daylight is the k…
 
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