Envision the End Result

Yesterday on Google+ I posted the picture above asking folks, "Any guesses?"

I few folks got it right. Below is the original photograph.

The oil stain on the road reminded me of a comet, so I played with the image in Photoshop to create a comet-like image.

The messages here:
- Always have a camera with you.
- Take pictures every day.
- Envision the end result in Lightroom or Photoshop.

I too the picture with my iPhone. If you have an iPhone or iPad check out my apps. While you are on that page, check out the lens system I use. It's very cool!

Explore the light,

Fisheye Fun on the Santa Monica Pier - and HDR Fun After

I had some fisheye fun on the Santa Monica Pier this morning - and HDR fun after.

Canon 15mm lens; Canon 5D Mark II.

A few tips:
• The name of the game is to fill the frame. Notice how the entire frame is filled with something.
• To get max depth of field, focus 1/3 into the scene, use a wide-angle lens and set a small aperture.
• Use foreground elements to frame a subject and to add a sense of depth to a scene.
• Compose for color.
• Use HDR to see into the shadows and preserve highlights.
• Learn about HDR with my iPad app: iHDR.

Explore the light,

Appy New Year!

Hey! If you know a photographer who got an iPad or iPhone for Christmas, he or she may be interested in one of my how-to photography apps!

Appy New Year!

Here is a list of my best-selling apps:

My flagship comprehensive how-to app: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet - iPhone and iPad.

Click here to see a serious review of the app. Click here to see a fun movie about the app.

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Light It! and Light It Light!: My basic lighting apps – iPhone and iPad.

Click here to see the into movie to Light It! 

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Butterfly Wonders: Beautiful butterflies and section on close-up photography –  iPad only.

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 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature: My favorite images with inspirational quotes – iPad only.

The Making of An App - Behind the Scenes with Light It!

Just a quick (and big) "thank you" to all those who attended yesterday's "The Making of An App" preso at B&H in NYC. The two-hour preso focused on how my Light It! app was conceived, shot, edited and finally ended up on the iTunes store and on the iPad and iPhone.

I talked about different lighting techniques, as well as some of my personal philosophies for photographing people.

Emmy-award winner David Leveen, who shot all the videos for the info-packed and interactive app, talked about shooting and editing the HD videos, as well as what's needed to create a cool app.

Our app developer, Craig Ellis of Great Oak Software, could not make the event. He was at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA. In his absence, David gave Craig's insightful preso.

So here is a question: Would you be interested in seeing an app on the making of an app? Hey, if the coffee-table book on coffee tables worked for Kramer, we figure this idea just may fly. Let us know by posting a comment here on my blog so we can track.

To learn more about the app, click here to see our intro movie.

Our next app - which will also be available as a DVD? Fashion, Beauty and Glamour - Light it, shoot it, process it. Interested?

Click here to see all my apps.

Explore the light,

P.S. Here is a quick lighting tip: Watch for reflections - on shiny surfaces and on glasses. They may add to or detract from a photograph. Photographs by Vered Koshlano.