Photo Shoot Tips

This category includes shortcuts, money, and energy-saving photo shoot tips that will provide value to many different genres of photography.

You can’t learn these little intangibles in books or videos. These tips were learned the hard way – through experience. No matter your experience level, these tips promise to enlighten and inspire.

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  • Calm in the middle of Chaos Cover

    Fashion Portraits with Movement

    Table of ContentsThe Creative Photography DilemmaCalm in the Middle of Chaos is all about movementDoes It Only Work With Fans?The Simple Trick To Keep Attention on My Subjects Face There are so many visual tools that photographers have available to influence the viewer’s experience with a photograph. Things like using…

  • Shoot Prep on TOGCHAT

    SHOOT PREP — How to Make Your NEXT Shoot Your BEST Shoot

    Episode #246 of the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast - Recorded April 9, 2021

  • 3 Simple No Rules guidelines to improve your composition

    Practical Composition

    Episode #237 of the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast - Recorded February 3rd, 2021

  • 9 Ideas to Make YOU More Creative and Your Photographs Unique

    9 Ideas To Make You More Creative and Your Photographs Unique

    Episode #227 of the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast - Recorded November 25th, 2020

  • How To Improve Your Portrait Lighting With a Circle and Some String

    Episode #221 of the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast - Recorded October 14th, 2020

  • Blinking in photographs

    My 5 Best Tips To Stop People From Blinking in Photographs

    Blinking in photographs is a problem that every photographer deals with and while it frustrates many, most photographers come up with little tricks to avoid the blinks, but even those tricks aren’t foolproof and usually don’t account for the real reason the blinks are happening in the first place. You’re…

  • The Stuck at Home Photography Challenge

    The Stuck at Home Photography Challenge

    Given the current world events – photography may be more important to you than ever. Let me take just a moment to offer my prayers and sympathies to those who have been directly affected and to offer my wishes and hopes that all of you will be smart and remain…

  • Cowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch

    Shooting Cowboys and Cacti in the Arizona Desert

    What goes on inside my head during a shoot? A few people have asked me that question, so I thought I would share my experience while trying out the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III for the very first time. Recently, I posted a few shots on Facebook from a trip…

  • Joe Edelman presenting on-stage at PhotoPlus in NYC

    Create the Wow – Make Your Portraits EPIC

    PhotoPlus Expo 2019 is in the books and once again I had the honor of presenting for Olympus at the three day tradeshow in New York City. My talk was titled Create the WOW – Make your Portraits EPIC and it featured portrait photography and studio lighting techniques done with…

  • Diary of a Street Fashion Photo Walk

    Diary of a Street Fashion Photo Walk in New York

    I had the honor of leading a Street Fashion Photo Walk at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. This was a two hour walk that was advertised as an opportunity for photographers to spend two hours with me on the Friday morning of PPE2018. The Photo Walk Description…

  • The Best Ways To Blow Hair For Glamour Portraits

    The Best Ways To Blow Hair For Glamour Portraits

    If you like working with models or photographing beautiful women, at some point you’re going to want to try a blowing hair shot. The problem as we all know is that hair often has a mind of its own, so adding wind is definitely a recipe for disaster – UNLESS…

  • Photo shoot with celebrity magician Matthew Furman

    Photo Shoot With Celebrity Magician Matthew Furman

    My tagline says I Shoot People and that’s exactly what keeps me motivated as a photographer. My camera is my ticket to meet and interact with people. People that I would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to photograph numerous magicians on…

  • A man in a black shirt is staring at the camera, attempting to hide his double chin in photos.

    Top 3 Tips and Advice To Hide a Double Chin in Photos

    Table of ContentsIntroductionWhat’s the Big Deal With a Double Chin?How To Hide a Double Chin in Photos – The Tips1. The Turtle Stretch2. Shoot From Above3. MakeupChin TuckersLighting Techniques To Hide a Double Chin in PhotosDon’t Hide Behind Your CameraThe Last Frame Introduction Turkey Neck, meatbeard, neck spam, gwaddle, meat…

  • How To Save a Shoot When Your Idea Isn’t Working

    How To Save a Shoot When Your Idea Isn’t Working

    What do you do when you have a beautiful subject with amazing makeup in front of your camera and you want to produce a shot that is truly special and… it’s just not coming together? Maybe the lighting is boring, the camera angles are bland, and the sweat is starting…

  • Self Portrait Tutorial

    Self Portrait Tutorial

    How I shot my self portrait for social media and my photography website The task: I got a new pair of glasses and that means it was time to update my profile photo for my website and social media. When shooting a portrait, ask yourself: WHO is the subject? Me!…

  • To pose or not to pose cover image

    To Pose a Model or Not To Pose? That Is the Question

    Before we get started, be warned: this is not a how to pose article. In fact, if you’ve read any of my articles on posing or heard me talk about the subject in one of my videos, you already know how I feel about most books and videos that teach…

  • Three light Beauty Lighting with No Light Modifiers

    Three light Portrait, Headshot and Beauty Lighting

    I want to show you some beauty lighting and a series of headshots done with three lights and a reflector – and NO modifiers on the lights. The modifier was the room that I shot in. In this series of headshots and beauty shots, I was working in my home…

  • Shooting tethered in the studio

    How To Shoot Tethered

    Do you prefer to shoot tethered? Do you even know what it means to shoot tethered? How do you decide if you should shoot tethered? It wasn’t that long ago that shooting tethered was reserved for photographers who had big budgets, assistants and super high end gear. Now pretty much…

  • Beauty Portrait with a Beauty Dish, 4 lights & Red Gels

    Beauty Portrait with a Beauty Dish, 4 lights & Red Gels

    Today I’m going to show you a beauty shot I did with four lights, some red gels and a beauty dish. I will also show you a few awesome variations that I got by working the shot. Watch the VIDEO… This is a beauty shot that I did with a…

  • How to shoot a fitness magazine cover shot

    How To Shoot a Fitness Magazine Cover Shot

    Have you ever thought about shooting a fitness magazine cover? You know, the ones with the white background, clean, crisp commercial lighting, three quarter length pose, really fit and sexy subject who looks really happy. . . sound familiar? You see these all the time when you’re in the checkout…

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