January 2017 Sammon Sessions in the Sunshine State

I'm moving to Florida - for a few weeks in January! I'll be running workshops, seminars, giving private lessons . . . and recording another class for KelbyOne. Click here to see current KelbyOne classes.

Here's the info:

Photo Workshop • Capture the Colors of Miami • January 26 - 29 – Capture the colors, action and excitement of Miami's South Beach, Little Havana and Wynwood Walls on this Canon Live Learning Destination workshop. Lots of photographing, lots of processing (before and after example below) – and lots of fun. Click here for info.

All Day Photo Seminar • Wayne Bennett Photography • January 22 • Creative Visualization for Photographers seminar, followed by photo critique. Click here for info.

Evening Photo Seminar • Orland Camera Club • January 23How to Get Motivated and Stay Inspired is the topic of my talk. Click here for info.

Private Lessons in Delray Beach • Week of January 30. Shoot me an email for info.

Can't make a seminar or workshop? Check out my books, on-line classes and other workshops and seminars. Click here for info.

Explore the light,
Rick

My Annual Thanksgiving Message: We Are a Part of Everyone We Meet

Robert M. Sammon, Sr.

Robert M. Sammon, Sr.

It's that time of year (already), time for me to repost my annual Thanksgiving message, which I've been posting for several years. If you have a comment on the topic of "We are a part of everyone we meet," please share it here with a Comment.

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If you lost someone this year, or know someone who lost someone, you might find this well-known quote comforting: We are a part of everyone we meet.

Several years ago, late one December afternoon, my dad and I were sitting in his study. We were having a nice talk – and a nice time. I looked at him and thought: He looks so happy. The light is just right. I should take a picture - because it might be the last good picture I ever take of him. He was fading.

I thought about taking the picture for about 10 minutes, holding back some tears – thinking about what it would be like not to have him around, after having him around for 88 years - as my dad, and later on in life as the first-pass editor for most of my books. (He was a great editor.)

I finally asked him if I could take a shot. He said sure, with a smile and nod. He knew what I was thinking. I asked him to look out the window, and I took a single shot.

My dad, 91, died suddenly and peacefully and quickly on April 3, 2010. A few hours before, while I was on the other side of the country, I had a dream about him: He had pushed his walker aside and was standing up straight. I had not dreamed about him for at least 20 years. Hummm....

Sure, I am very sad. I get waves of tears. I will miss him more than he probably ever realized. He was my dad, a very big part of my life – in fact, half the reason for my life. :-)

Those of you who know me know I enjoy quotes. Here is my favorite: "We are a part of everyone we meet." Want proof? My dad, Robert M. Sammon, Sr., was a photographer, getting me started, along with my mother, in photography with his cameras and basement darkroom. But more important, he was a good dad - which I try to be. Everyday. I am very glad we met.

You might want to keep that quote in mind when you meet people. I sure do. You may have more of an impact on someone than you realize. 

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Here is what a reader of my blog wrote about this picture when it was first published:
- it's full of symbolic, emotional content
- looking into the distance, contemplating the edge (the end) is near, time (watch), space
- life is behind him, yet he is still connected to this world (watch again)
- going through the daily cycle (circular movement in his arms, leading to his aged face)
- growing older by the day
- drawing ever nearer to the edge of darkness
- still grounded to the earth by the cold metal of the walker
- walker keeps him in the photo and connects him to the photographer, his son, his future
-   carry on, carry on my son
- but I am not long for this world
- long have I watched and guided you, but now I am content
- my gaze is directed elsewhere.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Rick

What's new? My 37th book: Evolution of an Image.

My Holiday Homily: Education is the gift that keeps on giving

No doubt you need a good camera, good lenses and good accessories to make high-quality images. But what good is all that equipment if you can’t get the most out of it? That’s where photo education comes in – helping you understand how to use your gear and get the best in-camera image when it comes to exposure and composition.

Photo education is also important in understanding image processing, that is, what can and what cannot be done in Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as with plug-ins. What’s more, photo education lasts a lifetime and the knowledge gained is cumulative so you can keep getting better results.

I’m big on photo education, offering several different ways to learn photography and image processing. So this holiday season, if you are giving someone a camera, lens or accessory, consider including an educational component, once again, to help that special someone fully appreciate and get the most out of your gift.

Here’s a look at my educational endeavors.

Books – My book, Creative Visualization for Photographers, is about envisioning the end-result, that is, seeing in your mind’s eye what will be captured with your camera, and what are some of the image processing possibilities.

Evolution of an Image is a storytelling book: I take the reader through the entire image-making process, from start to finish (using Lightroom and plug-ins, as illustrated above). Click here for info on both books.

On-line Classes – I have 13 classes on KelbyOne. They cover speedlite photography, travel photography, composition, lighting and even going on safari. These classes offer great flexibility as they can be viewed and paced on an individual basis.

Photo Workshops – Photo workshops offer a wonderful way to learn about the complete digital imaging process while on location with like-minded photographers. You not only learn from me, but you learn from the other workshop participants. This type of intensive hands on learning can help photographers get to the next level. Click here to see my 2017 workshops, and click here to see my 2018 workshops.

Seminars – I think I give more seminars than any of my pro photographer friends. Why? I truly enjoy sharing photo information, illustrated with my photographs from around the world. I offer two-hour, half-day and all-days seminars. Here’s a list of where I’ll be presenting in the next few months. Attending a seminar is a proven way to inspire photographers to advance their image-making efforts.

Private Lessons – I live in Croton on Hudson, NY, which is about one-hour north of New York City. Shoot me an email if you are interested in setting up a one-on-one session in the New York area or a private on-location workshop.

Happy holidays my friends! And remember, it’s always nice to give a gift that can be enjoyed for a long time and over a lifetime.

Explore the light,
Rick

Creative Visualization and the Evolution of an Image: Important Concepts for Photographers

Creative Visualization and the Evolution of an Image: Important Concepts for Photographers

When I teach a photo workshop or give a seminar, I try to convey the importance of first) envisioning the in-camera image, that is, the effect of camera settings, lenses, seeing/controlling the light, and perhaps orchestrating a scene; and second) envisioning all the creative possibilities that are available to us in Photoshop, Lightroom and with plug-ins.

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Seven Reasons to Attend My 2017 Canon "Capture the Colors and Magic of Miami" Photo Workshop

Seven Reasons to Attend My 2017 Canon "Capture the Colors and Magic of Miami" Photo Workshop

Each year, for the past five years, I've run photo workshops in Miami's famed South Beach in January. In 2017, I've teamed with Canon for an awesome workshop that will included photographing in South Beach, Little Havana and at Wynwood Walls. Lots of photo processing, too.

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