My TOP 10 Most Viewed Photography Videos and Photography Tips for 2017


As 2017 comes to a close I wanted to take
a few minutes and reflect on this past year and my top 11 videos and I will share with
you my top 5 videos of al time – they may surprise you! Stay tuned Hey gang! My name is Joe Edelman and my mission is to
help photographers like YOU to develop a solid understanding of the HOWS & WHYS behind great
photography so that you can achieve your goals as a photographer. 2017 has been an amazing year and honestly
I owe it all to you! Each and every one of you who watch my videos
and comment and share them – if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be able to do this. And in all fairness – I owe a huge thank you
and shout out to my wife who supported the idea for this journey and tolerates my crazy
work hours and travel schedule. I was doing some homework and reviewing my
YouTube analytics to get a better sense of what worked and what didn’t work this year
and to help me plan for next year – so I thought I would take a few minutes and share with
you my top eleven videos from 2017 based on the number of views and if you stay tuned
until the end – I’ll share my top five videos of all time – just in case you missed them
or in case you want to see my altar ego. Coming in at #11 – DIY Portable Background
Stand & Portrait Photography Background Material for studio or location – this a real simple
PVC DIY build that is cheap, lightweight and portable and I’ll show you some awesome
material that you can get for portrait backgrounds. #10 was a lighting tutorial called – How to
shoot a casual portrait or headshot with one light and one modifier. You know I like to keep it simple. #9 was very popular with the Star Wars fans
who wanted to make – DIY Strip Light Modifiers for Speedlights and do Strip Light Portrait
Photography in Studio or on Location At #8 was the LED Lighting for Photographers
Series wrap-up. where I tackled the question – Are LED Photography
Lights Ready for Primetime? This was the last of six videos that explored
LED lighting for studio and location photography as well as hybrid lighting that combines LED
and Flash in the same shot. My seventh must popular video for the year
– 10 Tips to make Seamless Paper Backgrounds last longer and 2 DIY fixes for your photo
studio backdrops. #6 – LED Continuous Lights vs Strobes for
Photography – which is the best studio lighting solution? This was the first in that six part LED lighting
series. #5 was a White Background Lighting technique
with a softbox or OctoDome that is Perfect for high key portraits. This is an awesome technique for shooting
portraits in tight spaces and on a budget. In fourth place for the year was the Beauty
Dish Lighting Tutorial & How to make a DIY Beauty Dish with an umbrella for less than
$7.00. This is one of those videos that the equipment
companies hate – but it works – so just think about it before you spend more money on lighting
modifiers. On to the top three and in third place: How
to avoid glare in eyeglasses. Photographing people with glasses and minimizing
reflections. If you haven’t encountered this yet – you
will so be prepared. In second place for the year A Simple Approach
to Portraits That Flatter an A-Z look at shooting portraits for the first time. This is a 77 minute LIVE recording of me giving
a talk and doing a portrait lighting demo for a camera club group. So you get to see me raw and unfiltered – no
jpeg here! And in first place – the video that got nearly
800 comments – my Dear John letter to Nikon called: Goodbye Nikon! Why I switched to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark
II and the micro four-thirds format I’m sure you can imagine – this brought out all the
GEARtographers and there was plenty of debating about what sensor size is better. If you haven’t seen the video – you may
want to check it out – it’s not really about gear and it’s not really about Nikon or
Olympus – which by the way I am in love with my new Olympus gear – but the video is really
about what should be the most important aspect of your photography. So there you have my Top 11 video of 2017. If you missed any of them the first time around
– the links are in the description below the video – I hope you’ll check them out. At number 5 is a video from 2016 that shows
you my Home Photography Studio Setup and includes Tips for building your own DIY Home Portrait
Studio on a budget. This video is packed with awesome tips for
setting up a studio in a small space. With number four we go back six years to 2011
and a much more serious and much heavier Joe with a video about How to Handle Hands – Posing
Techniques for Photographers and Models. I will apologize in advance for the lack of
production quality in these top four videos – not to mention the completely different
version of me than what you’re used to seeing – but the information in the videos is good
and evergreen – it is as useful today as it was when I made the video and it will be useful
years from now. The number three video of all time – also
from 2011 – It’s All About The Eyes for the best facial expressions for modeling and portrait
photography. This video is a much watch if you want to
create portraits with IMPACT – because believe me – it’s all about the eyes. The number two most viewed video on my channel
is another gem from 2011 and that is Practice before you shoot a Modeling Portfolio. How to get great model poses for photo shoots
This one is a very serious and formal version of Joe but it contains some great info and
tips for making sure you hit a home run the next time you put a model in front of your
camera. And the most watched video on my YouTube Channel
of all time is a Photography Lighting Lesson – Remember the EGG I posted this video in
2010 and it is a lesson that I learned in junior high school that still sits at the
foundation of all of my lighting work. What ever you do – please believe what I say
at the end of the video – you can watch the video and think you understand the lesson
– but you won’t really understand it until you do the exercise. And a bonus – after you watch the egg video
and try the exercise – watch this new video about The Inverse Square Law for photography. These two videos will help you build a solid
foundation to your lighting skills. So there you have it – my top 11 videos from
the last year and my top 5 of all time plus 1 If you haven’t seen all of them – I hope
you have a good excuse! I do hope you will catch up on the ones you
missed but – and it is a big butt….. My goal for 2018 is going to be unlike anything
that you will hear from any other YouTube photographer… unless of course they’re smart
enough to join me in this cause… I am asking all of you to make a New Years
resolution and I will work to remind you to stay on task for the entire year. PLEASE resolve that for every minute of photography
video that you watch on YouTube – regardless of who made the video – for every minute of
video you watch – you need to spend TWO minutes with your camera in your hand actually learning
how it works or better yet shooting – even if you are photographing an egg or a mannequin
for practice. So many of you have a ton of money invested
in gear and I know you are passionate about photography – but too many of you spend more
time thinking about photography or watching other people do photography on YouTube than
you do actually taking pictures yourselves. We need to change that. So until next time, thank you all again for
your support and your time in watching my videos. I couldn’t do it without you and I am so
looking forward to what we come up with in 2018. So please remember to hit that thumbs up and
subscribe so that you don’t miss any videos and go pick up that camera and shoot something
because your BEST shot – yeah, it’s your NEXT shot, so keep learning, keep thinking,
keep shooting. Adios!

43 Comments

  1. Dynapix January 1, 2018 at 12:47 am

    This is amazing Joe

  2. Big Dan ASMR January 1, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Yes joe! Happy New Years my friend

  3. ZERO 9 January 1, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Great content, my personal favorite learning youtube channel. Cheers Joe, and keep them coming in 2018!!
    @zero9_z9

  4. yeetus that fetus January 1, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Here it's already 2018😂😂😂

  5. Fat Boy Vlog January 1, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Happy New year Joe.

  6. Geraldo PMJ January 1, 2018 at 1:03 am

    have seen all of then already! Happy new year Joe! Success!

  7. erickj71 January 1, 2018 at 1:10 am

    I have shared #3 several times because everyone can use help with glasses at some point.

  8. The diary of Fharish Ahmed January 1, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Happy New Year Chief!

  9. Stewart Thompson January 1, 2018 at 1:13 am

    You are a inspiration! Most of my success this year comes from your simple teachings and reminding me to keep it simple!

  10. Jacques Tardif January 1, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Your comment is true. I watch more videos than practice. Happy New Year Joe. Most definitely look forward to continue on this journey. I must (will) practice, practice, practice.

  11. Scott Night79 January 1, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Happy New Year Joe, thank you for another great year

  12. Cody LaFata January 1, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Happy new year Joe!! Thank you for all of the great content!!

  13. David G January 1, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Makes good sense, will take up that Resolution Joe. Best to you and yours for 2018 and beyond!!

  14. jplevritis January 1, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Happy New year Joe.  Thank you for the wonderful tutorials and great advice.

  15. richard mendoza January 1, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Happy New Year! From a newbie to your channel that I recently discovered only a few days ago, & I'm already hooked! All your videos are so insightful, Joe, & your positive, fun attitude is contagious something fierce. I'm sure I'm not the only one to agree how much YOU are appreciated by posting all these vids. Thank you a million times!

  16. Harsh Vardhan Saboo January 1, 2018 at 2:06 am

    I wish you could help me learn, how to take group photos in a private function

  17. I B January 1, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Happy New Year Joe! Thanks for all the tips in 2017. Really looking forward to 2018's videos 😀

  18. Will Parsons January 1, 2018 at 3:13 am

    First of all, Happy New Year Joey! Secondly, What you said at the end of this video couldn't be so more "bang-on" right! I am guilty of this – having invested a lot of money and yet spend more time in front of the (YOU) Tube than behind the lens. Hopefully this new year will switch that around and in time I will become more active with my camera which I hope to eventually become semi pro. With you as a moderator, I am sure I can achieve.

  19. Troy Hall January 1, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Might want to put these into their own "best of" playlist.

  20. GoPappyGo BiteSizeTips January 1, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Those are all great videos, and I have already seen most. More success for you Joe, Thanks for sharing your know how.

  21. RS January 1, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Hi Joe Edelman, my name is RS and my mission is to watch your videos and make sure there is no BS and as far as now you are doing quite well . 😉 (watched a bunch of your older videos , during Christmas days, and loved them, and in addition, I subscribed)
    I wish you a good, but above of that, a healthy 2018, and a Fuji camera !!!!

  22. NewLifeRecordings January 1, 2018 at 7:45 am

    You’re the best!!!

  23. rieso999 January 1, 2018 at 9:49 am

    True true at the end there. I'll go out shooting. I promise. Happy New Year Joe. Thanks for all the good videos.

  24. Ata Lipsos January 1, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you for all the inputs I learned from you ! Your the best.

  25. bluenapoleon January 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Happy New Year Joe!

  26. Craig Sperring January 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Happy New Year Joe, and thank you for the continuing inspiration

  27. Gizmo Photo January 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the hard work you do, Joe!  Your videos are a wonderful resource, and are helping make me a better photographer.  Best wishes to you for 2018!

  28. Jose Consuegra January 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for all the effort and the content you put out all the time.

  29. Bjorn Caffe January 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    So based on 2017 viewers like gear and seminars/workshops. Should we really be surprised? shake my head

  30. Tom Gee January 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Great advice JOE   Thank you  for all the time and effort you put into your videoshave you ever used the Fuji X-T2  my favourite camera as of this past two yrs.Tom G  Scotland

  31. Dave Hansche January 1, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I really appreciate how you push photographers to go out and shoot instead of watching YouTube tutorials about how to shoot. I agree completely that getting out to shoot is the most important thing. The system I use, which works for me and might work for others, is that I mostly watch YouTube photography channels, like yours, when I am editing photos I've shot or otherwise doing admin work related to photography. I don't like doing desk work in silence, and having photography tutorials and DIY videos going in the background helps keep me focused on the task at hand and maybe I learn something along the way.

    Now, I have a few thousand photos I took of Japanese snow monkeys and mountain landscapes over the holidays to get through, so back to work for me. Happy New Year, and keep up the good work.

  32. Paul Bernardi January 2, 2018 at 2:17 am

    HI Joe Happy New Year I look forward to all of your future videos in 2018!

  33. Brian Narveson January 2, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for the review and great reminder to shoot as much as we watch

  34. Graham Culleton January 2, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Don't know about your challenge Joe but def upping my photog game this year. Starts today by clearing out all the dumped crap in my back garden photography space (it's to humble a shed to call a studio ,but hey ). Cheers Joe and I'll look forward to your content. Happy New Year.

  35. Alex D January 3, 2018 at 4:41 am

    How can your wife support you going along with all these amazing models? Now is my tip : be in love and tell her there can't exist a more beautiful woman than her. I can't tell what should happen next but you surely know it ^^

  36. Alex D January 3, 2018 at 4:50 am

    They all are great videos thanks. I wish to see more videos like that because I can't attend your 1+ hr lives. I hope you'll never quit this great sentance : your best shot is your next shot. Wonderful. Mindblowing when I started. Adios

  37. Raymond Eichelberger January 3, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Great advice Joe about the view/practice ratio.

  38. Ruth Esther Fine January 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Awesome list! New member here. Thanks for helping me to catch up on your top content via the top ten/five lists. Happy New Year!

  39. Matthew Furman January 7, 2018 at 1:20 am

    I have been binge watching Joe, he is AMAZING!! I love this video because it makes it easy and lists the videos I must watch immediately. Awesome. Sharp hair cut Joe, looking good 😎

  40. Andreas Olsson January 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Keep it going Joe! This year will be the year I start practicing/learning portraits in studio with your help and support beside my real estate photography.

  41. José Gonçalves January 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Happy New Year and i wish you a long life. Discover and star to follow you 2017. Thank for the great and fantastic work you are doing for the photographic community. You ROCK

  42. Insect Jones January 22, 2018 at 3:12 am

    I'm letting your ads play Joe ! I don't see why the million subscriber tubers should get the money when your videos are probably better ! I LOVE all of your thumbnails too ! Making my way through all of your videos as I get the extra time !

  43. Vasily Prokhorov August 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you very much for interesting, understandable, practical, energetic lessons. Joe Edelman, you're really cool! Good luck!

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