Back in the summer I discovered a little gem of a podcast called “So You Want To Be A Photographer”. It started in January 2015 and so I binge-listened to about 25 episodes from the beginning to catch up. It’s a treat to turn my iPod on every Thursday and download the latest episode from Gina and Valerie.
The podcast takes place as a conversation between top Australian portrait photographer, Gina Milicia and her friend and budding photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo. Each week a specific aspect of photography is discussed with Valerie asking the questions and Gina giving her advice and anecdotes from 20+ years in the business.
The banter between the pair is great, they have a real rapport and a fun sense of humour. Gina explains both technical and interpersonal aspects of photography very well and there is much to learn no matter what stage of photography you are at.
On top of the podcast, Gina adds examples and links in the show notes on her web page, and there is an active Facebook group too, called “So You Want To Be A Photographer Podcast Community”. Each week they run a little challenge on FB with a theme related to the show for that week. Two weeks ago the topic was street photography and I submitted a couple of photos to the group, one of which was picked out by Valerie as one of her favourites – I even got a mention on the show the following week which really made my day.
This is one of the four or five photography podcasts that I look forward to every week and I’d really recommend you check it out. For me, it’s an ideal listen on my way to work.
If you’re not currently a podcast listener, get yourself over to iTunes and see what sorts of shows are available that you might like – you’ll be surprised what is there and how much you can learn from the thoughts and advice of other people.