CreativeLive

Top Ten Reasons to Join Me Next Weekend on My creativeLive Class

 

Here are the top ten reasons to attend (on-line and world wide) my creativeLive class Oct 21-23, 2011.

To celebrate the event, my most popular apps are on super sale. Click here for info.

Okay, here we go with my Top Ten list:

Info Packed. Fun Filled. Business Chat. Lighting Lessons. Travel Tips. People Pictures. Wildlife Wonders. Speedlite Sessions. Pro Talk. Make pictures.

That’s the short of it.

Here’s the long of it:

#1 Info Packed
Photographers who attend my live seminars and workshops know that I am kinda hyper. (Kinda?) So, I will pack as much photo learning into these three days as possible.


#2 Fun Filled
My idea is to make learning fun! After all, that is why all of us got into photography in the first place. Right? BTW: If you think my cL class is fun and info pack, come on one of my workshops for some real hands-on photo fun.


#2 Speedlite Sessions
I’ll demonstrate the pro results photographers can get with a few affordable Speedlite accessories.

#4 Business Chat
Photography is a business – and today, social media makes doing business easier – if you know what you are doing. I’ll share with the audience what I have learned, and how photographers can use this info to grow their business.

Google+ will be a segment on my Business Chat segment.
#5 Light Lessons
It’s all about light: seeing the contrast range in the scene, the direction of light, the color of light and the quality of light. In my class, photographers will learn how to see – and control – the light. (If you can't wait for the lighting tips, you'll find some in my 24/7 Photo Buffet app and Light It! app. Click here.)


#6 Travel Tips
I travel to take pictures and I take pictures to travel. I’ll share both shooting and travel tips in my keynote presentations.

#7 People Pictures
“The camera looks both ways – in picturing the subject, you are also picturing a part of yourself.” My class drives home the meaning of this quote.

#8 Wildlife Wonders
When it comes to wildlife, I think butterflies are one of the real wonders. In the studio, I will share my favorite butterfly photo tips – which can be applied to all close-up subjects. We will actually photograph butterflies.  BTW: If you like butterflies and like photographing butterflies, check out my app, Butterfly Wonders on my app page.

#9 Pro Talk
I interview three of today’s top pros: Catherine Hall, Hal Schmitt and David Ziser. Heed their advice.


#10 Make Pictures
In my class, we will make pictures, not just take pictures.

I hope to see you there!
Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Hey, speaking of signing up, if you want to sign up for a November or December "Tough Love" portfolio review, now's the time. Spaces are filling up fast.

Outline for my creativeLive Class: Free During the Class - about $6 an hour to purchase

Here's the class outline for my upcoming cL class:


Exploring the Light.


I hope you can join the info-packed and fun-filled event. Sign up today!


It's free during the class, and only about $6 an hour ($99 divided by about 15 hours of training) to purchase. Kinda cool.


Day 1: Friday, October 21

9 am - Class (and fun) begin!

Welcome/Class Outline with Slides - and some photo tips, of course. Also, a walk through on the different lighting sets: Speedlites, Small Strobes, Small Constant Lights, Spiderlites, Indoor Available Light.

Setting Goals/Four Levels of Learning.  

Rick’s Best Easy, Affordable and Totally Cool Speedlite Shots. Affordable is key here. Hey, if you have a Westscott Apollo and a speedlite  you can "Shoot Along With Rick™."

-- Lunch --

Interview with David Ziser.

The Camera Looks Both Ways — People Photography. My best shots from around the world.

What Does Your Photography Mean to You? I want to hear from you during the class.

Speedlite Shooting Session. Another quick, affordable, cool tip.

BTW: If you like my speedlite tips, check out my 24/7 Photo Buffet app and Light It! app on my apps page. For hands on learning, join one of my Master Your Flash courses.


Day 2: Saturday, October 22

9 am - Class (and fun) begin!

Business of Photography/Self Promotion/Social Media Marketing. It's a business, ya know :-)

Continuous Lighting / Home Studio Part I: One light with accessories.

-- Lunch --

Interview with Hal “Bull” Schmitt. Topic: Fighter Pilot Lessons Applied to Photographers.

Continuous Lighting / Home Studio Part II: Three lights.

What Does Your Photography Mean to You? I want to hear from more of you during the class!

Speedlite Shooting Sessions. Another quick, affordable, cool tip.

Day 3: Sunday, October 23

9 am - Class (and fun) begin!

Travel Photography. Not just pretty pictures. Practical tips, too.

Macro Photography. We'll photograph butterflies in the studio......
Lunch

Interview with Catherine Hall.

Rick's Photo Philosophies (one liners). Practical advice for photographers.

What Does Your Photography Mean to You? If I have not heard from you, now is the time.

After three days, the students shoot Rick!

Explore the light,
Rick



P.S. If you are new to my work, you'll find my latest photographs and tips, tricks and techniques in my apps.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend My Live, World-Wide, On-Line creativeLive Class in October - Super App Sale Celebrates Event

 

Here are the top ten reasons to attend (on-line and world wide) my creativeLive class Oct 21-23, 2011.

To celebrate the event, and the California Photo Fest, my most popular apps are on super sale. Click here for info.

Okay, here we go with my Top Ten list:

Info Packed. Fun Filled. Business Chat. Lighting Lessons. Travel Tips. People Pictures. Wildlife Wonders. Speedlite Sessions. Pro Talk. Make pictures.

That’s the short of it.

Here’s the long of it:

#1 Info Packed
Photographers who attend my live seminars and workshops know that I am kinda hyper. (Kinda?) So, I will pack as much photo learning into these three days as possible.


#2 Fun Filled
My idea is to make learning fun! After all, that is why all of us got into photography in the first place. Right? BTW: If you think my cL class is fun and info pack, come on one of my workshops for some real hands-on photo fun.


#2 Speedlite Sessions
I’ll demonstrate the pro results photographers can get with a few affordable Speedlite accessories.

#4 Business Chat
Photography is a business – and today, social media makes doing business easier – if you know what you are doing. I’ll share with the audience what I have learned, and how photographers can use this info to grow their business.

Google+ will be a segment on my Business Chat segment.
#5 Light Lessons
It’s all about light: seeing the contrast range in the scene, the direction of light, the color of light and the quality of light. In my class, photographers will learn how to see – and control – the light. (If you can't wait for the lighting tips, you'll find some in my 24/7 Photo Buffet app and Light It! app. Click here.)


#6 Travel Tips
I travel to take pictures and I take pictures to travel. I’ll share both shooting and travel tips in my keynote presentations.

#7 People Pictures
“The camera looks both ways – in picturing the subject, you are also picturing a part of yourself.” My class drives home the meaning of this quote.

#8 Wildlife Wonders
When it comes to wildlife, I think butterflies are one of the real wonders. In the studio, I will share my favorite butterfly photo tips – which can be applied to all close-up subjects. We will actually photograph butterflies.  BTW: If you like butterflies and like photographing butterflies, check out my app, Butterfly Wonders on my app page.

#9 Pro Talk
I interview three of today’s top pros: Catherine Hall, Hal Schmitt and David Ziser. Heed their advice.


#10 Make Pictures
In my class, we will make pictures, not just take pictures.

I hope to see you there!
Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Hey, speaking of signing up, if you want to sign up for a November or December "Tough Love" portfolio review, now's the time. Spaces are filling up fast.

In-studio creativeLive Students Selected


For those of you who are new to creativeLive, it's an on-line class that's free during the studio class. My class is October 21 - 23. From now until then, you can purchase the class (for at-your-leisure-anytime-watching) at a discount: $99.

Part of the deal is that cL asks photographers who want to be in the studio during the class to submit videos. The photographers who produce the most fun and most creative and most passionate videos get picked.

Below are the winning 6 videos for my class. Congratulations to all. I look forward to the photo fun - but keep in mind that I will put you to work . . . especially during the studio lighting demos.

The folks at creativeLive will contact you soon about the details. For now, shoot me an email so I can say hi!

For those who did not get picked, thank you so much for making the videos. Keep shooting and tune in during the weekend - and tweet to say hi!

The winning vidoes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgUllmyLnoY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i14vmZuuw8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDFNRQzQ0Wk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBbxzvjkpW0

http://whyishouldbeonsammonlive.dhrumildesai.me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0ZhVslK-vY&feature=share


Yes! The focus of my class will be on still photography, but I also have a Business/Social Media session that I don't think you want to miss. I will cover Google+ and other social media outlets. Here's my Google+ page if you want to see what I'm up to.

As an added "thank you" to the in-studio students, I'll be brining a copy of my Creating HD Videos with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D DVD - which is also available as a download. Yes, my class is about still photography - but I encourage all still photographers to get into shooting HD videos, too.

Hey, if you like hands-on learning, check out all my live workshops.

Explore the light,
Rick


P.S. One of the winners, Chris, is a guitar player. Chris, I am trying to get two guitars for the Shoot Rick session at the end of the class! Creative lighting will be the goal.

creativeLive: Making My Promo Video and Class Outline


Come this October, I'll be giving a 3-day class - A Rick Sammon Photography Weekend - on creativeLive. Because my "specialty is not specializing," I will cover many of the topics you asked for - from the shooting side to the business side of photography. Scroll down to see my class outline.

As with all the cL instructors, I made a video to promote the class. If you check out the other instructors' videos, you'll see that they make the videos fun and creative, as well as informative.

We shot the 2-minute video in my living room - where I actually do a lot of my studio-type shots. The idea here is this: you can get great shots in a home "studio" (which will be one of segments in my class.)

What a blast. The video will be posted in a few weeks on creativeLive, YouTube, Google+, etc. Check it out. I mentioned a very cool aspect of the class in the video.

For now, I thought I'd show you a few of the screen grabs and stills from the shoot. And, of course, I'll include some photo tips.

The opening image was a test shot to check the lighting and exposure. Although it looks as though I am on stage or in a studio, I am actually, as I said, in my living room. See what you can do with a cool background and some creative lighting!

Tip: The background can make or break a portrait. When using a soft, cloth background (as I did) create some folds, which add depth to the background. Use side lighting to accentuate the folds. Use a gel over the background light (s) to tint or change the color of the background.


Above: Here's a behind-the scenes shot that shows some of the gear we used. Below are the links to the gear.

Westcott TD6 Spiderlite kit. The large software had no gird, but the smaller one did.

Handy Zoom H4n recorder.

Two Tram wired mics.

Westcott Background Support.

Westcott Black Background

Three Induro tripods, one Gitzo tripod, and one Manfrotto tripod.

Gorilla pod (holding Zoom H4n to tripod)
Joby GP2-D1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod for Digital SLR Cameras with Bubble Level

To read more about my cameras and lenses, click here.

Tips: When using a soft box (or any lighting set up), remember that the closer the light is to the subject, the softer the light. And when it comes to size, remember that the larger the light, the softer the light. Also, don't aim the light directly at the subject. Rather, feather the light by aiming it slightly in front of the subject.

Audio tip: Use wired mics for best results. And, DO A SOUND CHECK before your actual shoot. Our sound check revealed an incorrectly inserted battery in one of the mics.


Above: Here is a diagram of our basic set up. Note: this diagram and items are not to scale.  Neither is the man in the diagram :-) Also, the background was not flat. The idea here is to give you an idea of the lighting/camera set up.

Camera 1: Main camera on a tripod. Canon 5D Mark II with 24/105mm IS lens.

Camera 2: Camera mounted on Kessler Krane. Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40mm lens.

Camera 3: Camera mounted on a tripod. Canon 7D with 50mm lens.

Tip: We used three cameras so that we had three different angles from which to choose the segments for the final video. After the shooting session, we spent about 1/2 hour shooting close-up to be used as inserts in the final video. The total shoot took less than two hours - because it was very well planned out in advance and because the lights were all set up the day before the shoot.

On the top left of the diagram you see a small light. It's a flood light that I picked up at The Home Depot.


Above: Here's a frame grab from the final video. For the guitarists out there, I'm playing a Fender Strat plugged into a Fender Delux 90 amp. That's my Martin DC-16RGTE in the background. (I used to teach guitar and piano lessons - and still play with friends, recently with Steven Inglima, Joe Brady and John Isaac.)

Tip: You'll noticed that we changed the lighting just a bit by adding another floodlight on the right from The Home Depot.


Above: Here's a quick snapshot of my view of the set up. Notice the camera atop the Kessler Krane near the ceiling. Mounted on the camera is a SmallHD video monitor for easier viewing. (Yes, next time we'll get a long cable to mount the SmallHD closer to the camera operator. Or, maybe I could get fellow Canon Explorers of Light Gale Tattersal or Vincent Laforet to help me out.) Hey, I would have made a better exposure for this behind-the-scenes shot, but the main focus was shooting the video, so I had to shoot fast.)


Above: Frame grab from the video showing an aerial view from the Canon 5D Mark II/17-40mm lens mounted on the Kessler Krane.


Above: The production crew for the shoot – talented college students from Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

Left: Marco Sammon, who operated the camera on the Kessler Krane and who helped with the lighting/camera set up and with the all-important test-shots.

Right: Kevin Vail, who shot with two cameras and offered creative suggestions for the shoot. Kevin, who is editing the video, is shown with the Kessler Pocket Dolly and Canon 7D and Canon 50mm lens. You'll see some of Pocket Dolly segments that Kevin shot in the video, which includes a nice slide down the neck of the Strat. See more of Kevin's videos.http://vimeo.com/kvail

Tip: Work with creative people younger than you are . . . especially at my age :-)

I'll let you know the video is up.

I hope to see you in October on creativeLive. Stay tuned (so to speak) here on my blog for updates and info.

Class Outline

Day 1: Friday, October 21


(All times Pacific)




10:00 am - Welcome/Class Outline with Slides - and some photo tips, of course. Also, a walk through on the different lighting sets: Speedlites, Small Strobes, Small Constant Lights, Spiderlites, Indoor Available Light.

10:30: Setting Goals/Four Levels of Learning.  

11:15 am - Rick’s Best Easy, Affordable and Totally Cool Speedlite Shots. Affordable is key here. Hey, if you have a Westscott Apollo and a speedlite  you can "Shoot Along With Rick™."

-- Lunch --

1:00 pm - Interview with Top Pro.

2:00 pm - The Camera Looks Both Ways — People Photography. My best shots from around the world.

3:15 pm - What Does Your Photography Mean to You? I want to hear from you during the class.

3:45 pm – Speedlite Shooting Session. Another quick, affordable, cool tip.


Day 2: Saturday, October 22


10:00 am - Business of Photography/Self Promotion/Social Media Marketing. It's a business, ya know :-)

11:30 am - Continuous Lighting / Home Studio Part I: One light with accessories.

-- Lunch --

1:00 pm - Interview with Hal “Bull” Schmitt. Topic: Fighter Pilot Lessons Applied to Photographers.

2:00 pm - Continuous Lighting / Home Studio Part II: Three lights.

3:15 pm - What Does Your Photography Mean to You? I want to hear from more of you during the class!

3:45 pm –  Speedlite Shooting Sessions. Another quick, affordable, cool tip.

Day 3: Sunday, October 23



10:00 am - Travel Photography. Not just pretty pictures. Practical tips, too.

11:30 am - Macro Photography. We'll photograph butterflies in the studio......

-- Lunch --

1:00 pm - Interview with Catherine Hall.

2:00 pm - Rick's Photo Philosophies (one liners). Practical advice for photographers.

3:00 pm - What Does Your Photography Mean to You? If I have not heard from you, now is the time.

3:30 pm – After three days, the students shoot Rick!

Explore the light,
Rick



P.S. If you are new to my work, you'll find my latest photographs and tips, tricks and techniques in my apps.