If you are learning photography now, I have good news and bad news. The good news is…you have a wealth of information available to you in just about every form. Here’s the bad news. You have a wealth of information available to you in just about every form.
How do you sort through it all? When do you seek formal training? And how do you know what workshop to take next? I discuss all these topics with Joe Edelman.
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Joe Edelman “Shoots People!“
He is an award-winning photographer, educator and model mentor.
His primary target – beautiful people!
In addition to his role as photographer, Joe takes great pride in sharing his knowledge via his popular YouTube Channel.
Joe’s career has spanned four decades, from his start as a newspaper photojournalist to his work today photographing all types of people for commercial clients and working as an educator and mentor to young talented photographers.
His work has been published in magazines like Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Get Fit and Shape. Joe has been called upon to complete assignments for both the New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and has serviced commercial advertising clients from all over the United States.
He’s learned an awful lot, and he has the gift of teaching it effectively.
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We have the luxury of an abundance of information, but human nature gets in the way of the learning process.
New photographers will often make the mistake of thinking if you spend enough money, you'll get better.
What it comes down to is they don't practice.
We learn by doing.
As you take photos, you create a visual database of experiences.
When you find a frustration that keeps recurring, that's when you seek training.
Photographers usually take one of three kinds of workshops:
- Workshops with a curriculum.
- Workshops where the photographer does a demo then you mess around.
- Workshops that are basically a shootout.
Many new photographers confuse learning & entertainment.
Joe’s approach to learning.
- Start by just shooting photos. Shoot as much as you can and shoot everything you can. Your goal is to learn to use your camera.
- Read your manual. When you find something you don't understand, highlight it. That's your homework.
- You are trying to use your camera the way you use your car. Make it a tool that you use rather than being overly focused on the tool. If you are putting all your focus into the technology in front of you, you are missing the most important part. The moment we are there to create and record.
- Once you are familiar with your camera, then you train your eye.
- Buy one light and start practicing.
- Learn to see light. Build out a solid visual database for lighting.
How you learn to see
- Shoot what you know. You will see details better in something you already know.
- Be aware of your own human nature. How do I keep from being bored?
- Next, think how can I do it differently? How can I keep it unique? Make it unique to you.
Your time is best spent with a camera in your hand.
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