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What I Have Learned From My "Tough Love" Portfolio Reviews - Lots of Talent Out There

About six months ago, I started a new service here on my blog: "Tough Love" Portfolio Reviews. Since then, I have reviewed the work of photographers in Finland, Italy, Vietnam and in the United States. Check out the comments in my original post.

What's interesting to me is that the majority of the photographers are creative - including George Howard, whose images from his shadow series lead off this post. You'll see more of George's work, along with his wife's work, here on my blog in the future. George's wife, Marion, is a talented painter, and this dynamic duo helps each other with their art. What fun meeting these guys on line!

I have found that the photographers, including Adam Allegro, a Navy officer based in Italy, just needed a little reassurance and confidence about their photography. What's more, we may do a workshop together in the future. Adam knows a few very cool shooting locations.

Some of the photographers, including a travel agent, needed business advice on how to better market their work. Others just needed a few Photoshop or Lightroom tips to give their pictures more impact.

Some of the participants just wanted ideas on how to have more fun with their photography.

Of course, there were beginners and student photographers who needed some real "Tough Love." With a few tips, they are on their way to becoming better photographers.

Anyway, I think I am enjoying my "Tough Love" Portfolio Reviews as much as the photographers. I am learning a lot – and learning is health (as the Buddhist say).

Explore the light,

The Year in Review - 22 and Thank You!

Wow! What a Year. I want to thank everyone who attended one of my 22 seminars/workshops over the past year. You made the events fun for me – and I tired to make the events fun for you. What's more, I leaned a lot by you guys asking questions.

I am actually home for rest of the year. Ahhhhhh - no airport security lines!!!!!

Here's a quick back look at my 2010 events.

Las Vegas, NV
St. Augustine, FL
Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
San Francisco, CA
New York City
Turners Falls, MA
Palm Springs, CA
Atlanta, GA
Sand Diego, CA
Redding, PA
Fairfield, NJ
Los Osos, CA
Fort Worth, TX
Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
Pembroke, FL
Plymouth, MA
Providence, RI

The image above, taken in Laos, is one of my favorite 2010 images. The image below, taken in China, is another.

Click the Seminars and Photo Tours tabs here on my blog for a look at what's cookin' for 2011 - so far! Many more events are being planned.

Explore the light my friends – and I do feel as though I have many new photographer friends.

Happy Holidays!
Rick Sammon - Canon Explorer of Light

P.S. I also want to thank Canon USA for sponsoring many of my talks.