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Today my goal is to introduce you to a practical approach to composition that can have an immediate impact on your photography and all without having to follow any creativity killing rules.And even better yet — I am going to teach you this concept without showing you a single picture. You are listening to a podcast after all. But I accept the challenge and I would even propose that you can learn this concept better by listening and not watching. As long as you promise to give it a try — with your camera soon. The longer you wait — the less you remember. I want to be upfront with you about my philosophy towards rules. I believe that rules are CREATIVITY KILLERS. Actually science confirms and proves that rules are creativity killers. The simple explanation is that once you are aware of the rules or worse yet, understand the rules — you are essentially in the box. Everything that you do in an attempt to be creative and think outside the box to be original will be hampered by your knowledge of the rules. I mean it is easier to think outside the box — when you don’t know where the box is. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Photo Quote: “If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.” — Robert Capa https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/robert-capa/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Talent under 30: Please check out Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based photographer Hannah Beier. https://www.hannahbeier.com/ https://www.instagram.com/hannah.beier/ Be sure to check out Hannah's interview with Katie Couric: https://time.com/5839563/generation-pandemic-time-cover-photographer/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: V-Flats from V-Flat World https://vflatworld.com Set.a.light 3D: https://www.elixxier.com/en/products/setalight3d.php. Enter the discount code: JOE-15 at checkout for a 15% discount *This is NOT an affiliate link and I do NOT earn anything from your use of the link TetherTools Gear: https://www.tethertools.com/for/joeedelman/ Enter the discount code: edelmen10 at checkout for a 10% discount **This is an affiliate link that provides you a discount and I do earn a small percentage of your total purchase in support of my work. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://tog.chat My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Join me for a great discussion with Udi Tirosh — The creative mind behind Spiffy Gear Lighting Links: https://www.spiffygear.com/ https://www.instagram.com/spiffygear/ Spiffy Gear Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412643845788123 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Photo Quote: “If you try to get famous you won’t, but if you don’t care you probably will. You’ve got to stick to your guns, too, because once you back down you’re finished.” — David Bailey. https://tog.chat/davidbailey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Talent under 30: Please check out Cleveland Ohio based photographer Justin Gamble https://www.justingamblephotography.com https://www.instagram.com/whatsupimjustin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: My videos on Spiffy Gear Products: Light Blaster — Solution for Boring Portrait Backgrounds: https://youtu.be/niok9_nPRuw Spekular LED Photography Lights / What is CRI?: https://youtu.be/lg8y4LSpgFw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://tog.chat My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Join me for a great discussion with Sony Artisan and international master photographer Scott Robert Lim. Sony Artisan and international master photographer Scott Robert Lim is a certified educator and has over 70 international awards to his name, including Top Ten Most Influential, Kodak Award, World's Top Wedding Photographers, and has been a judge at many international photography competitions. His work has been published and viewed by thousands all over the world and is a popular speaker around the world. For the last decade, he has dedicated his career to developing world-class photographers and loves teaching photographers of all levels. He has an energetic and charismatic speaking style and is an industry leader in photography education. Scott Robert Lim's Links: https://scottrobert.smugmug.com/ https://www.instagram.com/scottrobertlim/ https://www.facebook.com/scottrobertlim Be sure to check out this FREE masterclass from Scott: https://www.scottrobertlimphotography.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Photo Quote: “You see, I'm not interested in mediocrity in photography. I'm not interested in selling cat sh*t to dogs. I just want to do my own thing. If people like my work, all the better. If they don't, too bad.” — Ralph Gibson. http://www.ralphgibson.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Talent under 30: Please check out Philadelphia based Commercial and Editorial Photographer - Margo Reed https://www.margoreedphoto.com/ https://www.instagram.com/margoreedphoto/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: The Inverse Square Law for Photographers. https://youtu.be/F41CRMpFNYk How to Clean Your Camera lens. My BEST Lens Cleaning Tips and Tricks https://youtu.be/JrZfbudbBW8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://tog.chat My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous publications including Marie Claire, Numero, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought-after speakers internationally. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events. She has worked with some of the top brands in the industry such as Canon and Adobe. Her client list consists of NBC, UNICEF, Grey, Edelman, Saatchi & Saatchi and more. Lindsay Adler has a clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. Lindsay’s energy and enthusiastic teaching style showcase her excitement to share her passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms such as CreativeLive, KelbyOne, and the industry's largest conferences, or through her video tutorials or her five books. She is located in NYC shooting fashion full time. She is honored to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light as well as a Profoto Legend of Light. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Photo Quote: “A photographers work is given shape and style by his personal vision. It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life and the world around him.” — Pete Turner https://www.peteturner.com/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Talent under 30: Please check out NYC based Fashion Photographer — Zach Alston https://zachalston.nyc/ https://www.instagram.com/zachalston.nyc/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: Lindsay's Links: https://www.lindsayadlerphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/lindsayadler_photo/ https://www.youtube.com/user/adlerphotoworkshops https://www.facebook.com/lindsayadlerphotography How to find the “good side” of a persons face for a Portrait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-pPQvN-pxU - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://tog.chat My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: This episode of TOGCHAT was sponsored by ImagingUSA and PPA. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this video.
The TOGCHAT Photography Podcast with Joe Edelman is the only podcast that focuses on the HOWS and WHYS behind creating consistently great photographs. Regardless of your skill level, if you are working to improve your photography, this is the show for you. I am an award-winning photographer and photo educator with over 40 years of professional experience and I love to share what I have learned along the way. Join me each week for discussions, photo news and interviews with internationally renowned photographers along with the exclusive TOGCHAT Q&A that is recorded live during my weekly YouTube livestream — where I answer your photography questions and help you solve photography related problems — in real time. TOGCHAT is a great way to learn while you are editing, shooting, exercising, cleaning — well you get the picture! I do hope you'll join me for the next episode of TOGCHAT and let me help you — improve your photography, because your BEST SHOT it's your NEXT SHOT — and I want to help you make it a great one. -- Joe Edelman
Join me for a great chat with internationally renowned magazine photographer and photojournalist Rick Friedman! Rick has been a photojournalist, portrait and travel photographer for 4 decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work has appeared in/on Time, National Geographic, Newsweek, ABC News, CBS News, CNN NBC News, Discovery Channel, The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Nature, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications around the globe. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers and has worked on 20 film productions. Rick is an ambassador for Tamron Lens, Nissin Flashes and Savage Universal lighting and studio equipment. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Photo Quote: “In order to make art, the frustration of not working has to be greater than the frustration of working.” — Jerry Uelsmann https://www.uelsmann.net/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: Ricks Links: https://www.rickfriedman.com https://www.instagram.com/rickfriedmanpix/ https://www.facebook.com/rick.friedman.54/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
It’s that time of the year! The New Year is just over 24 hours away and 2020 SUCKED! So what should we expect for photography in 2021? Join me for a fun, informative and sometimes irreverent discussion about what the next 12 months hold for photographers around the world! Photo Quote: “My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. If you are curious, you create opportunities, and if you open the doors, you create possibilities.” --Mario Testino https://www.mariotestino.com https://www.mariotestino.com/biography/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: Learn more about the CASE ACT and your rights and options under the new system. https://copyrightalliance.org/ Spekular for Spiffy Gear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg8y4... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8itdP... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Join me for a great chat with Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer and fellow YouTuber — Irene Rudnyk! Irene is a self-taught fashion and lifestyle photographer located in Calgary, Canada. About Irene in her own words: My name is Irene Rudnyk, and I am a self-taught fashion and lifestyle photographer located in Calgary. I like to describe my style as romantic and artistic, I love to play around with light, softness, colors and textures. I definitely enjoy photographing people the most. I strive to make my models stand out in an image, making sure the background never overpowers the focal point of the picture. Since I was a little girl I was drawn to photography and videography. My sister and I used to pretend that she was a model, and I was a photographer, we would dress up, do our make-up, and plan the poses and locations for photo shoots. When I was quite young and could afford it, I bought my first professional camera and instantly knew that photography was my passion. I started my journey as a fashion photographer, working mostly with agencies in Calgary, like Numa Models, Mode models and Imodels. I have experimented with different styles and techniques and now as a developed photographer, I provide professional services like wedding photography, engagement, family, maternity, boudoir, model portfolio, and event coverage. I’ve also spent several years modeling, which has given me the valuable knowledge to both sides of the camera. If desired, I will be glad to help with posing ideas and angles to give you the best looking, unique images. I am very friendly and sociable, I try to make my clients feel comfortable and have a lot of fun at the shoot. I am truly fortunate to do what I do. I get to be part of a person’s special day or celebration, get to know their family and most of all, capture those precious moments for them! That’s what it’s all about to me, capturing the emotion, character, and surreal beauty in people that will last a lifetime. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links Irene’s Links: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ira559 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irenerudnykphoto/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IreneRudnykPhoto/ 500PX: https://500px.com/p/irenerudnyk AI Culling Software CullAI Software - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website: https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Join me for a great chat with another Westcott TOP Pro Photographer and High Speed Sync Portrait Master — Eli Infante! Eli Infante is a Westcott Top Pro and native-born resident of the Rio Grande Valley who draws most of his inspiration for photography from unique South Texas landscapes and historical structures. When he is not out shooting utilizing the gorgeous South Texas sunset as his background, you can find him educating hungry young minds at a charter school teaching none other than, you guessed it, photography! On top of being an educator for over a decade, Eli shares his skills and talents with all other eager photographers via YouTube and even in person workshops. You may be asking yourself, “Where does he get the energy to do all this stuff?”. Well, for Eli, any time spent being able to teach and learn new skills as a photographer is not only his vocation but his ultimate recreation. Eli is paving his way through the Rio Grande Valley with his style of high-speed sync outdoor portraits and plans to broaden his talents with more fine art studio portraits. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links Eli's Links: https://www.eliinfante.com https://www.instagram.com/eli_infante_ https://www.youtube.com/EliInfante https://www.facebook.com/eli.infante22 Eli's video titled: 3 Portrait MISTAKES That Helped Me IMPROVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUuNFN8unwA My video: Photography Lighting Lesson — Remember the EGG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM7CcUrUD2g My video: The Inverse Square Law for Photographers. A visual approach to the Inverse Square Law of Light https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F41CRMpFNYk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Join me for a great chat with Westcott TOP Pro Photographer Will Cadena! Will Cadena is a NYC photographer who combines a modern, edgy look with traditional photography. His experience has given him the knowledge of traditional photography, and the skills to know when and how to break those traditional rules and deliver a whole new look to his images, without retouching. He has been a member of the Professional Photographers Association and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International for many years. He has been photographing clothing campaigns, high profile events, and much more for over a decade both here in the US and around the world. Will is called upon to represent some of the top companies in the industry, and proud to be working with some up and coming companies, as well! Some of the companies Will is associated with are Westcott Lighting, Canon USA, Graphi Studios, Think Tank Photo, Wacom, Synology USA, Fundy Designer, ProMediaGear, Sekonic, Elinchrom, XRite, Benro, N-Vu, GNARBOX & PhotoTexting. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links Will's Links https://www.willcadena.com https://www.instagram.com/willcadena/ https://www.facebook.com/WillCadenaPhotography Video: The Best Color Photography Background For Portraits Is Gray https://video.joeedelman.com/bestcolor My Mannequin: https://amzn.to/3n2IBpS ** This is an Amazon Affiliate Link - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
As 2020 draws to a close, I want to share with you some of my favorite GEAR and GADGET finds from the past year. Photographers often hear the quote, “it's not the camera that makes the picture, it is the photographer”. They usually hear it from a person who has tens of thousands of dollars worth of camera gear. I like to take a slightly more practical approach and that is simply that all the gear in the world won't make you a great photographer, but the right gear can make your task much easier and help elevate the quality of your work. How's that for politically correct? But it's true. At the end of the day if you don't build a solid foundation of photography knowledge — you know that physics stuff, and if you don't make a real effort to be creative — well then all that gear will not really matter. Let's keep it real — we all like our toys and for me, when I find a toy that makes my job easier or helps me simplify something — that is a big win in my books. I have links to all of these in the show notes. Full disclosure — a few of the links are affiliate links, so I will make a few pennies if you use the links, but I assure you — I am not being paid to show any of this gear and these are pieces that I actively use in my daily work. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links  Olympus Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/getolympus I hope to see you at 1:00PM ET on 12/3 for my exclusive livestream. Spiffy Gear KYU-6 — https://tog.chat/kyu6  Spiffy Gear Facebook Group — https://www.facebook.com/groups/412643845788123  Datacolor SpyderX Elite — https://tog.chat/spyderxelite  Datacolor ColorReader EZ — https://tog.chat/colorreaderez  Light Painting Brushes — https://tog.chat/lightpainting  LightPaintingPhoto YouTube Channel — https://tog.chat/jasonpage  My video using the Light Painting Brushes at PhotoPlus Expo — https://video.joeedelman.com/photoplus2019  Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III — https://tog.chat/em1markIII  Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO Lens — https://tog.chat/12-45mm  GVM G100W Bi-Color LED Video Light — https://tog.chat/gvm100  Stella Pro CLX10 and Stella CL2000 — https://tog.chat/stellapro Enter the discount code: edelman20 at checkout. Godox AD300Pro — https://tog.chat/ad300  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
If you don't think that you are very creative and struggle coming up with ideas, I have 9 Ideas To Make YOU More Creative and Your Photographs Unique. One of the questions that I hear frequently from photographers is: “Where do you come up with your ideas?” That question is usually followed by one of these statements: “I’m just not that creative.” or “I guess I’m not creative.” or my personal favorite, “I just don’t know how to find new ideas”. If you are a photographer who thinks like this, I have some bad news for you. If you think you aren’t creative — you aren’t creative. There, I said it. And I mean it. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: My exclusive livestream for Olympus: Tips and Tricks for Creative Holiday Portraits https://www.facebook.com/getolympus/videos/136366801341494 ONE SHOT: PHOTOGRAPHING THE OLYMPIC GAMES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmF3xyLPH2k - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Success for me, has always been working to build the skills to build the confidence that I could pick up a camera at will and create an image that measures up to my imagination.  One of the best ways to determine the path to success is to study the paths and careers that the most successful people have taken. Everyone wants to be successful. The challenge is that too many people choose the wrong definition of success. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: The new M.Zuiko 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO https://joeedelman.info/100-400 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
I frequently consult with photographers who are trying to improve their photography or make more money in their business efforts and recently I noticed a trend. A trend where photographers lament that they are struggling to improve their work or make more money, yet for every struggle and problem that they face, they have excuses, often multiple excuses for why they can’t overcome the problem. And THAT is a big problem. The more I considered this trend, I realized that it’s not really a trend. It’s not a trend because it is a problem that photographers have faced for decades, probably for as long as there have been photographers. Every great photographer has faced this problem and will probably face it again. And that is why I wanted to discuss it with you and try to offer some solutions. Notice I didn’t say easy solutions. They will require work. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links:   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
I am often asked what I see in my crystal ball for the future of photography. Truth is I don’t have a crystal ball for the future of photography. I mean, who really does. Right? But I have been involved with photography since I was 11 years old and one of the big lessons that I’ve learned is that we can find many of the answers to what the future holds by actually looking to the past history to a large degree repeats itself. As photographers, we reward manufacturers for making gear or software that makes our photographs better and makes our jobs easier. So part of making our job easier is to make it faster or save us time. So about four years ago on one of my very first TOGCHATS, I was asked about how I thought current cameras and software would evolve my prediction, which I have repeated in numerous talks and demonstrations and events across the country. Honestly, it kind of freaked out a lot of people, that my prediction was that digital cameras would become video-centric, meaning video first stills second. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: Kodak Professional Select Software https://www.kproselect.com/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
I frequently hear photographers lamenting that they just can’t find models or that they don’t know how to find models and I receive messages with those questions several times each week.  After I wrote the title, How to find the best models, I realized that the bigger problem is that many photographers don’t actually understand what makes a great model.  So here we are. Before I dig in, please listen closely to what I am about to say — I am going to share my experience, which began working with agency models that my clients hired and then evolved to working with the models to craft their portfolios so that they could get signed by agencies and hired by clients and then evolved to today where I work with models mostly on creative projects.  I started working with models in 1984.  I have worked with the best and the worst. I am also going to share some things with you that will not be politically correct in today’s social climate.  Please listen closely to those statements.  They are not my opinions, they are observations.  As you will hear me say — don’t take my word for it — look around you — do some of your own research.  Sometimes reality is not ideal, but I assure you that I am a person with a liberal and progressive mindset and my only agenda here is to help you. With that being said — let’s talk about what makes a great model.  I think it will make the discussion easier if we create three categories to begin with — Agency Models, Freelance Models and Acquaintances.  Just like photographers, there are many types of models.  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: How to find the “good side” of a person's face for a Portrait? https://video.joeedelman.com/goodside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
I first heard Under-Promise and Over-Deliver from an early mentor way back in my twenties. It is an aphorism. Aphorisms, like clichés are those pithy, often overused observations that contain a general truth, like, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I mean, it makes sense right? Set the expectations low and over deliver on those expectations and your clients will think you are a superstar. The more I thought about this concept, the more I began to realize its shortcomings. So I did a little research and sure enough, there is a lot of research both psychological and also business and marketing research that shows that while this is a well intended concept — it is ultimately a poor practice that can harm your business. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: The Way I See It by Pete Souza: https://www.focusfeatures.com/the-way-i-see-it Savage RGB Pro Panel: https://savageuniversal.com/products/led-lights/rgb-pro-panel/ StellaPro LED Lights: https://go.lightandmotion.com/joe Use the discount code: edelman20 and receive a 20% discount at checkout. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
In this episode I share a really cool, super simple trick that will definitely up your lighting game. And this trick is not just for beginners. In fact, there are times that I still use this trick even after more than 40 years of working with lighting. I call it the five-foot rule, actually, I hate rules, so let’s go with the five-foot guide. You will hear me break down the step-by-step of this elegant portrait lighting arrangement and how easy it is to set up and work with. Remember hat photographing people is 80 percent psychology and 20 percent photography, so you need to simplify the photography stuff as much as possible. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: PEC Pads: https://amzn.to/3403hHG (#commission) PEC-12 Photo Emulsion Cleaner: https://amzn.to/3k0giXy (#commission) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
Photographers tend to do the shoot, find a few images they like, celebrate, and then file the images away and move on. They rarely take the time to consider the failures. To ask why they don’t like that image? They don’t consider how they could have improved it? A normal workflow for most photographers, myself included, is to shoot images and then return home and download them to the computer. Then we eagerly cull through the shoot to find the best image or images. Then we process them and either deliver them and post them to social media. When we are done with this, we file the images away, sometimes never to be viewed again. That is a missed opportunity to improve your photography. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Episode Links: PEC Pads: https://amzn.to/3403hHG (#commission) PEC-12 Photo Emulsion Cleaner: https://amzn.to/3k0giXy (#commission) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOGCHAT Resources Show Website: https://togchat.com My Website https://www.JoeEdelman.com Join the TOGCHAT Photography Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ispphotographers My calendar of upcoming Live-Online Photography Presentations https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/ I would love to be your PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR! https://www.joeedelman.com/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://tog.chat/gear - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this show. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker, a TetherTools Pro and a StellaPro Champion of Light. These companies do provide me with various pieces of gear that I frequently discuss or mention, however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this show.
You can read: The problem with “Fix it in post” and “Get it right in the camera” on my website at: https://www.joeedelman.com/fix-it-in-post/ Thank you for listening to the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast! If you subscribe to the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast on iTunes or any platform that allows reviews, please take a moment to rate and review the show to help me move up in the rankings so that other photographers can find me. Links for this episode: Upcoming LIVE Interactive Online Photography Presentations: 10 Tips to find your photographic style. Is it important to have a photography style? FTC Disclosure: No sponsors have paid for inclusion in this video. I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, a Delkin Image Maker and TetherTools Pro. These companies have provided various pieces of gear that were used in this video however all words and opinions are my own, and I was not asked to produce this video. I hope you will join me every WEDNESDAY at 6:00pm ET (USA) for a LIVE episode of TOGCHAT™. https://tog.chat/live  Each weekly episode of TOGCHAT™ photography podcast includes 60 action packed minutes of Photography News and Tips with the emphasis on the HOW’S and WHY’S behind making consistently great photographs. Don’t miss the popular Photo Q&A with YOUR questions and MY answers in real time! ========================== LET’S CONNECT - Follow on INSTAGRAM: https://tog.chat/instagram - Like & Follow on FACEBOOK:  https://tog.chat/facebook - Follow on TWITTER:  https://tog.chat/twitter Looking for a PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR? https://www.joeedelman.com/edu/mentoring-for-photographers/ WANNA SEE MY GEAR? https://joeedelman.fyi/gear SUBSCRIBE so that you don’t miss NEW VIDEOS! https://tog.chat/ytsubscribe MY WEBSITE & BLOG https://www.JoeEdelman.com
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Dave Dundas

Great episode, good to hear you interview someone local to me, and his answers really show his drive to get on top of his game, no excuses, no drama, just gets the work done!

May 14th
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