California Photo Workshops

Tomorrow Night at CLICK: Sunset Riders

Tomorrow night's activity at the California Photo Fest: horses running on the beach.

This is the 3rd time I'm teaching on the beach out here in Los Osos. Here are few of my favorite images.

My gear from last year: Canon EOS 7D and Canon 70-200 f/4 IS lens. All hand held. This year I will be using the Canon 5D Mark III.

As I tell my students, it's all about the light. Check out my Light class on Kelby Training.

Composition, of course, is important, too. iI's the topic of my latest Kelby Training class: Composition, the strongest way of seeing.

Another tip: exposing for the highlights is always key - as is checking one's histogram and the overexposure warning.

Getting a shot with all the horse's hooves off the ground will be a main goal. The key to getting a shot like this: take lots and lots of shots. Using a shutter speed of 1/000th of  a second and setting your camera on rapid frame advance helps, too. Also use focus tracking or continuous focus.

Explore the light,

P.S. For more examples of my photography - and tons of photo tips, check out my apps.

What I Have Learned From My "Tough Love" Portfolio Reviews - Lots of Talent Out There

About six months ago, I started a new service here on my blog: "Tough Love" Portfolio Reviews. Since then, I have reviewed the work of photographers in Finland, Italy, Vietnam and in the United States. Check out the comments in my original post.

What's interesting to me is that the majority of the photographers are creative - including George Howard, whose images from his shadow series lead off this post. You'll see more of George's work, along with his wife's work, here on my blog in the future. George's wife, Marion, is a talented painter, and this dynamic duo helps each other with their art. What fun meeting these guys on line!

I have found that the photographers, including Adam Allegro, a Navy officer based in Italy, just needed a little reassurance and confidence about their photography. What's more, we may do a workshop together in the future. Adam knows a few very cool shooting locations.

Some of the photographers, including a travel agent, needed business advice on how to better market their work. Others just needed a few Photoshop or Lightroom tips to give their pictures more impact.

Some of the participants just wanted ideas on how to have more fun with their photography.

Of course, there were beginners and student photographers who needed some real "Tough Love." With a few tips, they are on their way to becoming better photographers.

Anyway, I think I am enjoying my "Tough Love" Portfolio Reviews as much as the photographers. I am learning a lot – and learning is health (as the Buddhist say).

Explore the light,

Texas Wildlife Workshop at Fossil Rim

Photograph © Rick Sammon
I hope you can join me and 10 photographers for my 2012 Texas Wildlife Workshop: April 13 - 15, 2012. I have been to Fossil Rim four times, and each time I have come back with nice photographs and wonderful memories. It's almost like being in Africa - tent and all.

If you can't get to Africa, or if you are planning a trip to Africa, Fossil Rim, which is about two hours south of Dallas, Texas, is a great place to shoot. 

Here are the details:

Arrive at Foothills Safari Camp Pavilion by 3PM
4-6 PM Game Drive (our cars)
7 PM Dinner in Safari Camp
8 – 9 PM Rick’s Slide Show in Safari Camp
Overnight in Safari Camp Tents

Photographs © Rick Sammon
7:30 AM Breakfast at Safari Camp
9 AM Game Drive
11 AM Jason’s talk on cheetahs
12:30 PM Lunch at Fossil Rim Cafe
2 –4 PM Download/Photoshop work in Safari Camp
5 – 6 PM Game Drive
7 PM Dinner out (at local BBQ restaurant)
Overnight in Safari Camp

Photograph © Rick Sammon
7:30 AM Breakfast
8 –10AM Rick’s Photoshop Session
10 – 12 Noon – Group slide show
Noon – Checkout and depart (or do a final game drive on your own)

Photograph © Rick Sammon
Workshop fee:
            $    800 per person -- double occupancy
            $ 1,000 per person -- single occupancy

Space is limited – there are seven tents – we will take a maximum of 10 participants

Cost includes:
            2 nights lodging in safari-like tents
            Dinner Friday night
            Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
            Meetings in Safari Lodge  
            Guided Game Drives and Tours on Saturday
            Rick’s presentations and on site photo guidance

Not included in Cost:
            Lunch Saturday
            Dinner Saturday
            Bar bill at Safari Lodge
Fossil Rim Web site:

Here’s a video from one of my previous visits to Fossil Rim.

Photograph © Jeff Kane
Here's a review by Jeff Kane, one of my past Fossil Rim participants. 

Space is limited. Email Susan Sammon for an application.

Explore the light,

P.S. To see all my workshops, click here.

We Teach, You Shoot in Atlanta

I hope you can join me and my good friend Parish Kohanim for our first Learn Lighing and Lightroom class this coming weekend. The class is mostly about lighting, but we'll show you some Lightroom tricks, too. However, please note that you must know how to find your images in Lightroom. We are there to help you enhance your pictures.

Here is our philosophy: We teach. You shoot.

We want you to walk away with some great images created with cool lighting techniques.

Yes, we will teach multiple lighting techniques, but for now, here is a tip:

When you think you need two lights, use one light. When you think you need three lights, use one light. Lots you can do with only one light.

Here is a link to how I created my Girl with a Pearl Earring photograph.

Here's the info-packed and fun-filled Atlanta schedule:

March 9
7 to 9 PM
Presentation at Parish's studio

March 10
9 AM to 5 PM
Focus on Flash Photography & After hours, informal get-together. Shooting with model.

March 11
9 AM to 5 PM
Continue the learning with continuous lighting & Group slide show. Shooting with model.

Photograph © Parish Kohanim
Cost: $499 (includes model fee for both days).

Location: Parish Kohanim Studio, 1130 West Peachtreet Street NW, Atlanta, GA

Max number of photographers: 12 - so you get personal attention. First come, first serve.

Shoot me an email for an application.

Parish's studio will be our main workshop location.
Explore the light,

Left: © Rick Sammon. Right: © Parish Kohamin

P.S. If you can't make the workshop, check out my lighting gear on my Gear page. Also check out my post on Plug-ins for Portraits.

Death Valley Photography Workshop: Dunes Part Duex

© Rick Sammon
Today is the last day of the Death Valley workshop organized by The Digital Photo Workshops.

Following a basic composition technique, compose with an "S" curve in the scene, we all made a beautiful image from atop one of the sand dunes.

I enhanced the image with Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro.

For more on composition, see my latest Kelby Training class: Composition, the strongest way of seeing.

Scroll down for more posts from the workshop.

Explore the light,