Photo Shoot Tips

  • Blinking in photographs

    Blinking in Photographs. Stop Blaming Your Subjects!

    You’re the one holding the camera. Nobody made you photograph the blink so you have to take the blame. Blinking 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 fool…

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  • Cowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch

    Shot Breakdown – 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 recently so I though I would share.  Just remember… you asked for it! Recently, I posted a few shots on Facebook from a trip to the Tanque Verde Ranch just outside of Tucson,…

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  • 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…

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  • Diary of a Street Fashion Photo Walk

    Diary of a Street Fashion Photo Walk

    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…

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  • 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…

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  • Portrait Posing Tips to Hide a Double Chin

    Portrait Posing Tips to Hide a Double Chin

    Turkey Neck, meatbeard, neck spam, gwaddle, meat scarf, cowsaddle, chin dumpling, or chinsulation… whatever you want to call it, a double chin is not flattering, and it makes your subject appear much heavier than they really are. I’ve got some killer tips to help you thin the chin and instantly…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • How to Plan a Portrait or Headshot Shoot

    How to Plan a Portrait or Headshot Shoot

    Today’s assignment: a headshot sitting, a good old-fashioned business headshot. This isn’t going to be one of those crazy beauty shots with all kinds of makeup and stuff blowing around. This is for marketing purposes for a young woman who’s setting up a practice as a therapist. So let’s get…

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  • 7 Most Important Things To Know About Working With a Makeup Artist

    7 Most Important Things To Know About Working With a Makeup Artist

    I have had new photographers tell me they are intimidated by the thought of working with a makeup artist. They don’t know how to find one, they don’t know how much to pay them, they don’t know how to communicate with them. And, in all honesty, working with a makeup…

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  • How To Find the “Good Side” of a Person’s Face for a Portrait

    Best Way To Find the Good Side of a Person’s Face

    My left side is my good side… no wait – it’s my right side… oh come on – with a face like this – there is no bad side :-) Keep reading and I will explain how to find the good side of a person’s face – to make your…

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  • 6 Reasons to Work with a Makeup Artist

    6 Best Reasons to Work with a Makeup Artist

    For better portraits, headshots and beauty images, work with a makeup artist! Do you think this young woman would prefer to look like this? Or this? That’s what I thought. So until next time, keep learning, keep… Huh, ohhh you expected me to make a long and passionate speech about…

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    How to shoot a hair flip and make it look AWESOME!

    Hair flips are just cool! But it’s not as simple as just telling a model to flip her hair As you will see in the hair flip video, as the photographer you need to be the models eyes since she has no idea how the head flip looks and whether…

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  • How to shoot a portrait in bright sunlight

    How To Shoot a Portrait in Bright Sunlight

    Shoot a portrait in bright sunlight? Are you kidding me? Harsh light? Heavy shadows? Squinting subjects?… OMG that sounds like a recipe for disaster. Well, it can be a disaster unless you are willing to break some rules and be a little creative.  Let’s take a look at how we…

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  • Exposure Do’s and Dont’s for Fine Art Nude Images

    Exposure Do’s and Don’ts for Fine Art Nude Images

    Exposing the Fine Art Nude The metering systems in today’s DSLR cameras are micro-computers that are capable of making amazing calculations in real time. No matter how good we would like to think this technology is, the simple fact is that a light meter makes its calculations based upon its…

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