24/7 Photo Buffet App Sale! One Week Only.

Just about a year ago, I met Dr. Dave Wilson in a helicopter during the Maui Photo Festival. We were both taking pictures while flying high over beautiful Maui.

When we landed, I asked Dave, "What do you do in real life?" He replied, "I'm an app developer."

I said, "How cool is that! Do you think we could develop an app together?"

Within four months, we had our first iPhone app: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.

A few months later we launched Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet for the iPad.

I supplied the content, Dave did all the cool programming.

You can read about, and order, the apps here.

To celebrate our first year of working on apps, and to celebrate the Maui Photo Festival, we are offering a sale on both the iPhone and iPad versionsof 24/7 Photo Buffet – from August 22 to August 29.

The $4.99 iPhone version is on sale for $1.99.
The $8.99 iPad version is on sale for $3.99.

Again, this sale ends August 29th.

Explore the light,

A Few Fun iPhone Photos, Please

Hi All

My iPhone app will be available in a few weeks! It is packed with photo how-to information, ideas - and more than 100 of my favorite tips and pictures for seeing, making, and editing pictures. There is even a section that features photo tips from A to Z.

Dr. Dave Wilson is the developer. Cool dude! (He also plays guitar, so we have that in common, too.)

I am looking for a few great iPhone photos to illustrate a section on my top photo tips. Here are the categories:

1) Be Aware of the Background

2) Camera Looks Both Ways

3) Create a Sense of Depth

4) Interesting Subjects Make Interesting Photographs

5) Make Pictures

6) Name of the Game It To Fill the Frame

7) See Eye to Eye

8) See the Light

9) Use Your Camera Like a Spaceship

10) When You Think You Are Close, Move in Closer

If you have a photo that illustrates one of these points, please email it to me at rick@dpexperience.com. That's the email address I have for the new podcast/website I started with Juan Pons. Send your photo questions for our podcast to that address, too.

Here is a direct link to the podcast. And here is a link to our new website.

If I use your photo, you'd get credit, of course! When you send your photo, please state that I have your permission to use it for the app.

Hey, I can't let you leave my Digital Photography Learning Center without learning anything. :-) Check out this link for my Top Ten Travel Tips.

Explore the light,

Most Important iPhone Photo Tip

Here's my most important iPhone photo tip: always be on the lookout for cool pictures - the iPhone is amazing . . . and amazingly fun!

Okay... here are some more tips:

The name of the game is to fill the frame.

Try not to shoot into the sun, unless you are photographing a sunrise or sunset - or want a silhouette.

Press the shutter button very gently.

Back light, shoot tight.

With people, see eye to eye.

Keep the horizon line level - and don't place it in the center of the frame.

Use a foreground element (uh, maybe a seagull) to add a sense of depth to a photo.

Play with your image in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or iPhoto. Many iPhone photos can use a slight boost in contrast. I boosted the color and contrast of this photo, taken today in Morro Bay, CA, with the Mild Color Pop filter in Topaz Adjust (Topaz link on the bottom of this page).

I am in the Morro Bay area planning 2010 projects with my friends Hal and Victoria from the Light Photographic Institute.

Any iPhone photo tips are welcome on this blog.

Explore the Light,
P.S. Here is another iPhone photo tip: Rotate the camera while taking a photo. The results can be surprising - and quite cool.