Explore the Light with Me in Bosque - on my workshop and/or with my app

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico is one of the best places in the world to photograph birds – especially at sunrise during the "Blast Off" that occurs late in the year.

Sure, there are no "Great Blast Off" guarantees, because the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is not a zoo - but when the light and birds come together (as they have for me for three years), it's an amazing experience – and a fantastic photo opportunity.

I'm running a small-group photo workshop to Bosque in 2015: November 18-22.  We'll shoot and process and have a ton of fun from dawn to dusk. Shoot me an email for info.

All my 2015 photo workshops are listed here.


If you can't make the workshop, or want some pre-workshop info, check out my app, The Beauty of Bosque on my iPhone and iPad Apps page.

Quick lens tip: Have your wide-angle and telephoto zoom lenses handy. You always want to be ready to capture the telephoto and wide-angle shots.

Quick photo tip: Always have your highlight alert activated. You do not want any part of the bird overexposed and washed out – which is easy to do when it comes to white feathers.

Quick travel tip: Pack hand- and toe-warmers. It can get cold in the morning. However, it warms up quickly - sometimes to t-shirt weather.

I hope to see you in Bosque, one way or another.

Explore the light,


Conquer/Master Composition with Two New iPhone and iPad Apps!

Edward Weston said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree, and that's one of the cool things about being a photographer: we see the world differently than non-photographers.

To help you conquer/master composition, my friend David Ziser and I have just introduced two apps, each for $1.99.

My new app: Conquer Composition – is designed to give you a jump start on landscape composition techniques. It’s like an interactive ebook on your iPhone and iPad. The app,using Flip Book technology, is illustrated with 27 of my favorite images from my Iceland photo workshops. Each photo includes all camera info and a composition tip. Videos, most shot in Iceland, are included, too.

All my apps are listed on my iPhone & iPad Apps page.

David's new app: Hot Shots Composition – for the iPad and iPhone – is an interactive app that offers quick and effective composition tips for wedding and portrait photographers – pros and amateur alike. Brides and grooms can use the app to get creative wedding photo ideas. While flipping through the screens, using Flip Book technology, the user sees end-result photographs along with detailed diagrams. The app is illustrated with David's awesome wedding images.

Both apps were developed by Craig Ellis, founder of GO Mobile  - a company that specializes in developing apps for creative photographers.

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Seven Reasons to Attend My South Beach Speed Learning Photo Workshop

Each year, for the past four years, I've run photo workshops in Miami's famed South Beach in January. This year I am doing something a bit different: I am offering a small group speed learning class from January 15  to 17.

If you have never been to South Beach, and want to learn a ton – and have a ton of fun – in a short time, here are seven reasons to join the workshop. Another idea: give the workshop, or any of my workshops, as a gift.

1) Above: You will shoot at night and learn about long exposures - and how to get the very best in-camera exposure.

2) Above: You will learn about seeing the light, composition and creative visualization, the key to getting a good photograph.

3) Above and Below: I will show you how to enhanced your images in Photoshop and in Lightroom.

3a) Did I mention that l like to make learning fun? :-)

4) Above: You'll learn about HDR. I recommend downloading Photomatix for your HDR image processing. Learn about HDR in advance with my iHDR app.

I will also teach creative plug-ins, which you can download here.

5) Above: We'll shoot at sunrise, and work on our images during our download session.

6) Above: We'll photograph sun worshipers, and learn how to work with people, reflectors and diffusers. You will also master daylight fill-in flash - I promise you. So bring your speedlite.

7) Above and Below: At the end of the workshop you'll reflect on how much you learned and how much fun you had.

If you can't make South Beach, my other workshops are listed here.

If you like to learn at home, I also offer on-line training,

Explore the light,

P.S. The image below illustrates a good reason for snowbirds to register for the workshop. :-)

24/24-105 Gallery Added: 24 of my favorite images taken with the Canon 24-105mm IS lens

I just added a new gallery on my site: 24/24-105.

The gallery includes 24 of my favorite images taken with the Canon 24-105mm IS lens – which I think is the most versatile lens Canon offers. It's kinda amazing what you can do with one lens!

Here's a sneak peak at just a few of my photographs.

As you will see, I use this lens to photograph landscapes, people and even wildlife.

If you are looking for an all-in-one lens, check out the Canon 24-105mm IS lens. (If you like photographing horses, check out my Provence workshop on this page: 2015 photo workshops.)

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That's me in Iceland with my Canon 24-105mm IS lens and Canon 5D Mark III.

Thank you Mark Hardymon for the nice photo.

Tuesday's Two-for-One Sale: Wild Horses Download

Like prints of horses - for your home or office? Know someone who would like a print as a holiday gift? You've come to the right place.

Today's two-for-one download sale: Horses of Provence (above) and Portrait in Wales (below) for $99.The images are normally $99 each. You download the files and make your own prints.

Payment is via Paypal to: ricksammon@mac.com. Sorry, no refunds.

Screen shots above show file size. You can make prints up to 11x14 inches. For  personal use only.

If you want to get your own photographs of horses, I am offering a few horse photography workshops in 2015.Click here for info.

Explore the light,