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A Few Favs from My Coney Island Photo Walk

We're just back from my Coney Island Photo Walk. Great light. Great fun! Great photographers.

The idea is to use Nik plug-ins and Snapseed to awaken the artist within, and to create perhaps more artistic images. Check out my workshops photo page tomorrow (and from time to time) to see the work of the participants.

New to Nik? You can get a 15% discount on all Nik products by using this code - RSAMMON - on the Nik web site.

Here are a few of my favorite images (all Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm IS lens).

But first, I want to thank my friend and Photoshop/Lightroom Guru (and a heck of a cool dude)  Tim Grey for helping out on the photo walk. Thanks Tim. You helped to make it fun.

About the images.

Nik Color Efex Pro
Nik Bi-Color User Defined
Detail Extractor
Image Borders

Nik Snapeed
Center Focus

Color Efex Pro
Bi-Color User Defined.

I hope to see you on one of my photo walks or workshops.

Wow! What a fun group!

Explore the light,

"Coney Island Creative" Photo Walk: 10.21.12

Nik Silver Efex Pro: Antique Plate.
We are looking for 60 creative photographers to join us for our first-ever "Coney Island Creative" Photo Walk: October 21 from 4 to 6 PM. We'll meet under the Parachute Jump at 4 PM sharp on the boardwalk. Be there or be square for the group photo.

Of course, the event is free.

The idea is to shoot with a creative effect in mind - to remove some of the reality of a scene by using a Nik Software product: Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro or Snapseed.

FYI: you can get a 15% discount on all Nik plug-ins on the Nik site but using this code upon checkout: RSAMMON.

We'll also focus on composition. If you like the composition of the lead-off photo in this post, check out my class - Composition, the strongest way of seeing.

Nik Snapseed, Vintage effect.
You need to register for this event: contact Susan Sammon.

Here's a great quote from John Lennon: Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

Nik Color Efex Pro, Old Photo effect.
On our walk, we'll use our imagination to create artistic and creative effects.

Nik Color Efex Pro, Polaroid effect.
Coney Island offers tons of photo ops. I'll be there to help you turn snapshots into creative shots. The first step, however, is to see the light - which is the topic of my latest Kelby Training class.

I took all of the above images with my Canon 5D Mark III.

Susan took the images below with her iPhone. So: bring your SLR or iPhone for an afternoon of creative photo fun. If you have an iPhone, check out this cool lens system that can expand your creativity.

Nik Snapseed, Drama effect.
Come hungry! There are plenty of places to eat during the walk, including the world famous Nathans!

Nik Snapseed, Details and Structure effect.
We'll be at Coney Island until sunset, so you'll get great light!

Nik Snapseed, Vintage and Grunge effect.
After the shoot, we want to see you images on-line. You can post them on my Photo workshops/photo walks Facebook page. Get feedback. Grow as a photographer.

If you can't wait for the photo walk and want more intensive photography training, I have one spot open on my Croton Creative workshop.

I hope to see you in Coney Island!

Explore the light,

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,

Florida Photo Caravan 7th Shoot: Model at the Colony

© Rick Sammon

Today was our first model shoot - at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach.

We had a blast photographing or model and then processing our HDR images and straight image – and applying plug-ins for added creative effects. (We will be doing similar shoots on my Digital Delray Days  next week.)

Above: Nik HDR Efex Pro and Polaroid Transfer in Nik Color Efex Pro.
© Rick Sammon
Above: Film Noir filter in Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

© Rick Sammon
Above: Black and white conversion in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

© Rick Sammon
Above: Dynamic Skin Softener in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

© Rick Sammon
Above: Duplex filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

Click here to save a few bucks on the plug-ins I use.

Scroll down to see previous posts from the road.

Explore the light,

P.S. If you want to learn more about lighting, check out my workshop in a couple of weeks in Oldsmar, FL.

FLorida Photo Caravan 1st Shoot

© Rick Sammon
We're just back from our first shoot on my 2012 Florida Photo Caravan.

Our location: St. John's Pier in St. Augustine.

We had great light, which I enhanced with Nik Color Efex Pro. Above: Duplex Filter + User Defined Gradual Filter. Click here to read about all the plug-ins I use for creative effects.

– Some of the best sunrise shots are taken before sunrise.
– Use foreground elements to establish a sense of place.

More photos to come.

Click here to get on the list for my 2013 Photo Caravan and other workshops.

Explore the light,

P.S. Here's a behind the scenes shot taken by Susan Sammon with her iPhone and iPhone accessory lenses. Taking fun shots on a workshop is good fun.