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Joe Edelman - I TEACH People!

I have presented photography workshops and lectures across the United States. My experience ranges from presenting on stage for Olympus at ImagingUSA and WPPI to trade show booth demos for Interfit Photographic. I have presented for professional organizations like PPA, local camera clubs, Meetup Groups, and privately owned photography co-ops.
My teaching style is energetic, filled with humor and, well instead of me describing it – watch the video to the right to see one of my stage presentations for Olympus at WPPI in Las Vegas, or you can check out my YouTube Videos.

I have a library of talks listed below that are prepared, tested, and proven to educate and entertain. These talks are routinely updated as technology and industry trends advance.

I am always open to creating a new talk or workshop for your group or organization, and I also do Photo Walks to teach shooting portraits or models outside on location.

If you would like to have me present to your group CLICK HERE to contact me.

One of my presentations for Olympus at WPPI in Las Vegas

 


The Topics:

Beautiful Fashion Portraiture with Simple Lighting and Props
60 or 90 minute versions available *

The fantasy of beauty and fashion portraiture is as popular as ever and it doesn’t need to be difficult to create.

I’ll cover the key elements of a fashion portrait from clothing selection to hair, makeup, lighting and posing and then using simple lighting gear and easy-to-find props, I will demonstrate how to create awesome beauty and fashion portraits by getting back to the basic FUNdamentals.

This presentation does require the services of a professional makeup artist and a model.  It can also be presented as a 3 or 7 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing the model.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels.


The Art of Seeing – Success in Photography is in the Details
60 or 120 minute versions available

Most photographers want to take great photographs. Yet most of us feel our best efforts usually fall short of our aspirations. We followed the rules, lit it right, exposed it right, posed it right, composed it right, processed it right…but too often something is missing. Using a combination of science, psychology, art, and humor, I will demonstrate how personal perspective and attention to detail, as opposed to formal RULES, often separate the good from the great.

This is a fun and thought-provoking talk that will explain the science behind mistakes that photographers frequently make and take a serious look at what often separates great images from the others. The presentation includes videos as well as a demonstration that will show how you can dramatically improve your photographs, whatever the subject matter, by improving your ability to “see.”

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This talk applies to all genres of photography.


Understanding Creativity and How to Boost Your Creative Abilities to Become a Better Photographer
60, 90 or 120*minute versions available

If we all have the potential to be creative, why is it so hard? For starters, many of the ways that we traditionally learn photographic techniques are creativity killers.

We will begin by looking at the science behind creativity. Where does it come from? Are humans born with it or do they learn it? Is it possible to make yourself more creative? The answers from research done by cognitive psychologists will surprise you, frustrate you, and excite you. Armed with a better understanding of how creativity works, I will help you lay the foundation to be able to develop more creative skills and become a better, more creative photographer, with tips that will help you to see and think about your subjects in ways that you never have before.

** The 120-minute version includes and quick photographic challenge done during the talk – with some of the images reviewed in real time.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This talk applies to all genres of photography.


Social Media for Photographers – STOP Wasting Your Time!
60, 90 or 120 minute versions available ***

Social Media is not a product of new technology. Social Media is the art – the adaptation of using technology to be social”. —- Joe Edelman

Understand that social media is the new “word of mouth” and that it provides tremendous marketing opportunities at a fraction of the cost of traditional print advertising. This means that social media is the MOST important vehicle for promoting your photography or business, yet so many photographers complain that they don’t have time to keep up with social media. As a result, most of what they do post online is a waste of time.

In this entertaining and thought-provoking talk, I will change the way you look at and approach your social media marketing efforts. With a focus on developing a social media strategy that meets your needs, I will walk you through the many options that are available to showcase your photographs online and will provide you with a wealth of post-production tips and resources for making your images look amazing when viewed on everything from smartphones to tablets to computers and large flat screen TVs.

*** This program can also be presented as a 3 or 7 hour workshop that includes reviews or participants social media efforts.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This talk applies to all genres of photography


The Simple Approach to Portraits that Flatter
90 or 120 minute versions available ****

This is not your parent’s portrait class! Using my KISS IT (Keep It Super Simple) techniques, I will show how to create flattering portraits with simple lighting and posing techniques. I will cover everything from camera and lens selection, depth of field, camera angles, composition, posing, lighting, backgrounds, and more!

****This talk includes a demonstration using a model and real-time video projected for the audience so that you can see the results of these simple techniques through the camera lens.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels who are interested in creating portraits with speedlights or studio strobes. This talk is an excellent primer for beginners and a great refresher for more experienced shooters


The Psychology and Techniques behind Photographing Beauty
60 or 90 minute versions available *****

80% of photographing people is psychology. 20% is the art and science of photography. Cameras, lenses, lights and modifiers – these are the things that photographers love but these are NOT what makes a great beauty shot or portrait. Photographing people for any reason – is a relationship game and the gear must take a back seat to the interaction between you and your subject. Photographers routinely go out of their way to learn how to sell to their clients, but they don’t put the same effort into learning how to interact with their clients to get the desired results in front of the camera.

Great images are the result of great problem solving and beautiful images require planning and collaboration. Together, we will take a deep dive through my entire process and I will share with you how I plan and executes a shoot. I’ll cover everything from shoot prep with both my subjects and makeup artists and I will review lighting, shooting, communication and posing techniques and much more.

***** This program can also be presented as a 3 or 4 hour presentation with a LIVE demo including a model and makeup artist or 7 hour workshop that offers attendees hands on opportunities to try the techniques that I teach.

Intended audience: Intermediate to advanced photographers who are familiar with the basics of portraiture and lighting and who are seeking to take their work to the next level.


Basic Portrait Lighting
60 or 90 minute versions available

If you are good with a camera, at some point you have been asked to shoot a portrait. This demonstration using a model and real-time video projected for the audience to see will cover basic portrait lighting and posing techniques that can be done in a studio or on location with very simple equipment.

This program is also available as a 3 hour presentation with a LIVE demo including a model or a 7 hour workshop that offers attendees hands on opportunities to try the techniques that I teach.

Intended audience: Intermediate to advanced photographers who are familiar with the basics of portraiture and lighting and who are seeking to take their work to the next level.


Shooting The Fine Art Nude
60 minutes

The nude female form has been an endless source of fascination for photographers and artists. This talk is designed to give you a basic overview of how to make superior artistic images of the nude female form. Joe Edelman covers everything from how to find models through planning, posing, lighting, and even some post production techniques. This lecture includes a combination of PowerPoint illustrations, images from his portfolio, and behind-the-scenes video showing how he works his shoots.

Shooting The Fine Art Nude is also available as a 7 hour workshop

Intended audience: Intermediate to advanced photographers who are familiar with the basics of portraiture and lighting and who are seeking to take their work to the next level.


Images Reimagined – Camera Club Presentation
90 minute or 2 hour versions available

When someone views your photos, they will NEVER have the same experience that you did when you created it. For a photographer who is learning and improving his/her craft, seeing your images re-processed, cropped, and finished by another photographer can give you excellent insight into how others perceive your work, and give you a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as well as what techniques and aspects of your photography that you should be paying more attention to. Working in Lightroom and Photoshop, and using images volunteered by your members, Joe Edelman will walk through the images, demonstrate how he would post process them and crop them all while explaining WHY.

** This talk requires at least 5 club members to submit finished images along with the camera raw originals.