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Joe Edelman - I TEACH People!

I love to share what I have learned!

I have been a keynote speaker and presented for professional organizations like PPA, local camera clubs, Meetup Groups, and privately-owned photography co-ops across the United States.

My speaking experience ranges from presenting on stage for Olympus America at large industry events like PhotoPlus Expo, WPPI , ImagingUSA and Shutterfest to trade show booth demos for various manufacturers to keynote presentations for regional photography events as well as local camera club demos. I have also taught photography classes at both a college and high school level.
My teaching style is energetic, filled with humor and, well instead of me describing it – watch the videos 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.
Choose from a library of programs and 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 presentation, keynote or workshop for your group or organization, and I also do Photo Walks to teach shooting portraits or models outside on location.
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My presentations for Olympus at WPPI in Las Vegas

 

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Bold and Beautiful Fashion Portraits - Big results with Small Lights

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

With a strong emphasis on creativity, I’ll cover the key elements of a fashion portrait from clothing selection to hair, makeup, lighting and posing. I will demonstrate how I create these beauty and fashion portraits using simple lighting gear and easy-to-find props.

This 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 as I create the photos.

60 or 90 minute versions available as a demonstration. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 7 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing the model.

This presentation does require the services of a professional makeup artist and a model.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels.

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 demo includes a demonstration using real-time video projected for the audience so that you can see the results of these simple techniques through the camera lens as I create the photos.

60, 90 or 120 minute versions available as a demonstration. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 4 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing a live subject.

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 Art of Seeing

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.”

60 or 120 minute versions available as a lecture.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This talk applies to all genres of photography. This is an excellent Camera Club talk and it has also been presented as a Keynote talk

Understanding Creativity

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.

60, 90 or 120 minute versions available as a lecture. The 120-minute version includes a 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. This is an excellent Camera Club talk and it has also been presented as a Keynote talk

Social Media for Photographers

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

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.

60, 90 or 120 minute versions available as a lecture. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 4 hour workshop that includes personalized reviews of participants social media efforts.

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

Simple Approach to Portraits that Flatter

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 demo includes a demonstration using real-time video projected for the audience so that you can see the results of these simple techniques through the camera lens as I create the photos.

60, 90 or 120 minute versions available as a demonstration. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 6 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing the subject..

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

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.

60 or 90 minute versions available as a lecture.

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. This is an excellent camera club presentation.

Basic Portrait Lighting

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.

60, 90 or 120 minute versions available as a demonstration. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 6 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing a live subject.

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.

Photography critiques are traditionally nothing more than opinions offered by people who may be good at photography but who have little knowledge or concern for you or the reasons you took the photograph or how you took it. They offer an opinion of what is wrong with your photograph based on their test and a bunch of creativity killer rules.

In this presentation, Joe will share the science behind why critiques don’t work and he will show you how to effectively ask for feedback on your work and how to properly give feedback that is useful and has a positive impact on the photographer.

60 or 90 minute versions available as a lecture.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This is an excellent camera club presentation.

Hard drive failures or even worse yet and act of god or mother nature that destroys your storage hard drives can be devastating and lead to thousands of lost images and memories. Stop being afraid of the computer technology that will keep your files the safest.

In this talk, Joe will cover the basics of connected hard drive storage solutions as well as online backup solutions including simple plug and play sync options like Dropbox or Google Drive as well as more robust cloud storage solutions from Backblaze Cloud or Amazon Web Services.

60 or 90 minute versions available as a lecture.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This is an excellent camera club presentation.

Digital cameras were engineered with RAW files as their primary file type.  RAW files - just like film are intended to be "developed".

In this demo, Joe will walk through his processing techniques and the importance of creating your own system to achieve consistent results with your photographs.

The demo will be done with Adobe Camera Raw which is also the same controls as Adobe Lightroom.  The details and suggestions of the talk also apply to processing with software like Capture One, Luminar and DXO

60 or 90 minute versions available as a lecture.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels. This is an excellent camera club presentation.

Most photographers don't have a need for big expensive studio strobes.  It is very easy to create amazing light with speedlights and pocket flashes and small modifiers like MagMods or even easy to find DIY items.

In this demo, Joe will show you how to create awesome portrait lighting with simple speedlights and pocket flashes and easy to use modifiers.

This 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 as I create the photos.

60 or 90 minute versions available as a demonstration. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 7 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing the model.

This presentation does require the services of a model.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels.

Color is powerful.
Color is fun.
Color impacts the mood of a portrait and color can be used to influence perception.
Colored gels are an important tool in every photographers lighting kit - yet so many photographers struggle to use them.


Joe will simplify the process and show you how to make magic with simple colored gels on your speedlights or even LED lights.

This 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 as I create the photos.

60 or 90 minute versions available as a demonstration. This subject can also be presented as a 3 or 7 hour workshop that includes opportunities for attendees to participate by photographing the model.

This presentation does require the services of a model.

Intended audience: Photographers of all skill levels.

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.

I also have talks prepared on all of the basics of photography. Digital Photography 101, Depth of Field, Lighting 101, Intro to Post production, etc. If you don’t see it listed here – just ask.


Joe Edelman - I TEACH People!

Other ways you can learn about photography or photo marketing from me:

Speaking / Events

I maintain an active speaking and presentation schedule across the United States. Be sure to bookmark this calendar and check back often for updates.

One-on-One Photography Mentoring

Every successful photographer has had one or more mentors. Regardless of where you are located in the world I can now serve as your mentor using messaging technology. Select a plan that best meets your needs.

Video Photography Consultations

Do you have a problem that cannot be solved via a text message or email? Schedule a 60, 90 or 120 minute video consultation so that we can chat face-to-face.

Private Photography Workshops

Spend a full day with me in my studio in Allentown, PA. These are not canned workshops. The day will cover whatever topics you need to work on – one-on-one in my studio with me as your mentor and assistant.

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