Digital Photogrpahy

HDR iPad App In The Works


Dr. Dave Wilson, co-created of my flagship app, Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet, and I are having a ton of fun working on a HDR app: Rick Sammon's HDR Portfolio (working title). 

The app will feature some of my favorite HDR images (San Miguel de Allende cathedral pictured above) . . . 
 

Screen grabs showing the original set of images . . .

The average exposure for a scene . . . and: location, processing method, exposure information and a HDR and/or a photography tip. 
The app is due for release in the Spring!

Stay tuned!

Explore the light,
Rick


P.S. The app is designed to give photographers ideas for creating rockin' HDR images.

If you want technical how info, check out my HDR book, Rick Sammon's HDR Secrets for Digital Photographers.

Be My Guest Monday 12/20/10: Rob Sheppard


It's "Be My Guest Monday," the day of the week that's turned over to a talented guest blogger for a quick tip.

Today's guest: Rob Sheppard


Tip:
Get the subject out of the middle of the frame.

The craft of photography can be intense – you need to consider lens choice, shutter speed, f-stop, focus point, light and more. The results can be worth the effort, but wouldn’t it be nice if at least once you could do something quickly and easily to get better photos?
You can! There is one quick step you can take to make your photos better and it relates to composition. Get your subject out of the middle of the frame!


I know this is not new advice, yet it is something we all have to pay attention to. It is very easy for subjects to end up in the middle, especially when we are excited about what we are photographing.

So what’s the big deal about subjects in the middle anyway? Does it really make a difference? I could just say that you will not see pros putting subjects in the middle of the composition very often except for a deliberate effect, which is true, but doesn’t tell you much.


There is actually research about images and centered subjects. It turns out that viewers of an image of a centered subject look at that centered subject and not much else in the photograph. Viewers of photographs that have a subject that is out of the center will look at the subject and look at the rest of the photograph. Their eyes will go all over that photograph and they will stay with the image for a far longer time than the centered subject.
That means that when a subject is centered, the viewer will look at the picture and figure that they know it all by seeing the subject in the center, then move on. They don't spend time with your beautiful photograph. They don't find it as interesting.

On the other hand, this means that when a subject is out of the center of the frame, your viewers will enjoy the experience of looking at your photograph more. They will spend more time with the image. They will look all over the photograph.

So if you want a quick, one step way of getting better pictures, simply look at your subject and compose your photograph so the subject is somewhere other than in the middle.

Rob Sheppard

Nature and Photography

Editor-at-large, Outdoor Photographer www.outdoorphotographer.com

As Promised - 20 Free Redeem Codes for Two of My iPhone Apps. US Only.

As promised, here are the 20 free redeem codes for two of my popular apps. There codes are for the iPhone.

Please read this important note first:
To redeem a code, go to the home screen of the App Store and click "Redeem" in the upper right hand corner. Enter your redemption code and sync your iPhone. Make sure to do so immediately as promo codes do expire and cannot be replaced if this occurs. Sorry friends around the globe, but the codes only work in the US App Store - Apple's policy. Also note that the process for redeeming a code is Apple's standard process, not ours.

Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet - iPhone version 1.3
This is my flagship app - packed with general digital photography info.

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Light It Light!
- iPhone version

This app is totally about lighting - indoors and out.

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Explore the light - and all my apps,
Rick

Need Info? You've Come to the Right Place

As you may have noticed, I changed the URL of my blog to: http://www.ricksammon.info. That's because it's all about photo how-to info. (If you don't see ricksammon.info in the URL window, that's because e-blogger never forgets an old URL, and automatically redirects an old URL to a new URL.)

If you have a specific question, please don't be shy. Post it here as comment. If I don't answer it here, I will try to answer it on the DPE podcast that I do with Juan Pons (who, in addition to being a wonderful photographer, knows a ton about computers, iPads and iPhones - not to mention shooting HD videos with an SLR.

In the meantime, here is a quick tip: Use your camera flash as a studio strobe. Fire it through a diffuser, as shown here, or bounce the light into a reflector.

The basic concept: You increase the size of the light source. The larger the light source, the softer the light.

Tech info:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105mm IS lens
Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter
Westcott diffusers and stands
And . . . that's me holding a Westcott reflector, which is acting as a fill light.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. That's Vered Koshlano on the left in the opening photograph for this post. See more of Vered's work on her site. Vered is the co-author/photographer of my book, Studio and Location Lighting Secrets. Hey, like the cover shot of the book? My friend, fellow Canon Explore of Light and expert remote control helicopter flyer Eddie Tapp made that wonderful image.

Happy Halloween. An iPad Treat!

Happy Halloween everyone!

As a treat, I am giving away 10 free redeem codes for the iPad version of my flagship app, Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.

Here at the codes!

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Please read this: To redeem a code, go to the home screen of the App Store and click "Redeem" in the upper right hand corner. Enter your redemption code and sync your iPad (in this case). Make sure to do so immediately as promo codes do expire and cannot be replaced if this occurs. Sorry friends around the globe, but the codes only work in the US App Store. Also note that the process for redeeming a code is Apple's standard process, not ours.

Explore the light - and enjoy the app!

Rick
P.S. It's not yet listed on the B&H Event Space site, but I am giving a talk on apps in the Space on December 13th from 3 to 5 PM.