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Podcast: So you want to be a writer

Get your weekly dose of news in the world of writing, publishing and blogging. Join Valerie Khoo and co-host Allison Tait as they give you insider gossip and ideas on how to make it as a successful writer.
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Podcast: So you want to be a Photographer

Get your weekly dose of news in the world of photography, publishing and blogging. Join Valerie Khoo and co-host Gina Milicia as they give you insider gossip and ideas on how to make it as a successful photogrpher.
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PHOTO Ep 16: Rock on!: How to photograph live performances

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia.

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 Valerie discuss everything you need to know from how to get the best angle, how to treat performers, what to do with low lighting, the gear you need so that you can easily move around – and much more. #ginachallenge performance

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WRITER Ep 55 Origins of punctuation marks, easy transcribing apps, author gets published at 95! And discover the hit novel written by five people.

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about Judith Rossell wins an Indie Award! Book 2 of the Mapmaker Chronicles is released, how punctuation marks got their names, 10 tools to keep you writing, first novel published at 95 years old, Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words, Writer in Residence Alice Campion, the one-minute writer, how often you should pitch and more!

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PHOTO Ep 15: Fabulous darling! How to break into fashion photography

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia.

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 kisses, your portfolio and your competition. It’s a step-by-step guide on what it takes to photograph the next generation of Zoolanders.

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WRITER Ep 54 Get the most out of writers’ conferences, win a hotel by writing 200 words, mistakes writers make on Twitter, and Writer in Residence Patti Miller

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about The Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015 shortlist, top authors give their advice on blogging, how to prepare for a writers’ conference, use your writing skills to win an inn, The Hoopla shuts down, bloggers moved from the front row at Melbourne Fashion Week, Writer in Residence Patti Miller, the four mistakes writers make on twitter, and more!

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iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. Read the rest

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PHOTO Ep 14: Lighting explained without the need for a science degree

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia.

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 images pop. From mood shoots to sunny skies, you’ll learn the steps you need to take to become a lighting pro.

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WRITER Ep 53 Book-inspired jewellery. Self-publish or not? How 5 great writers got started; should you start a blog, and Writer in Residence Sylvia Day who has sold more than 16 million books.

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about Alan Cumming in Sydney, book-inspired jewellery, self publishing vs traditional publishing, new online property publication, how five writers got started on their first novels, should you start a blog, Writer in Residence Sylvia Day, the Ulysses app, how not to get bogged down in the plot, and more!

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iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. Read the rest

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PHOTO Ep 13: Houston we have a problem – The biggest photography blunders and how to avoid them

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia.

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

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WRITER Ep 52 The real lorem ipsum, robots writing news, the birth of social media, how to write case studies, and Writer in Residence Joanne Fedler.

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about the origins of lorem ipsum, how social media started 2000 years ago, how to make friends with creative people, the news writing robots are here, the book “Spilling the beans on the cat’s pyjamas: Popular expressions – what they mean and where we got them” by Judy Parkinson, Jane Friedman’s blog, Writer in Residence Joanne Fedler, what the apple watch can do for you, how to write a powerful case study and much more.

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PHOTO Ep 12: How to give good head shot

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia.

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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WRITER Ep 51 What publishers want; weird writer habits; notebook obsession; internships; the 5-minute journal; and Writer in Residence Judith Rossell

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.
This week we talk about agents and editors calling out to authors, internships, publisher forced to retract allegation in Julia Gillard’s book, weird writer habits, ideas on how to use your new notebook, the 5-minute journal, Writer in Residence Judith Rossell and more!You can listen via:

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