No Other Old Car City Photo Workshop Offers This Much!

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Above: Old Car City. Model photography is included in my October 2015 Old Car City/Southeaster Railway Museum photo workshop. Canon 5D Mark III, 17-40mm lens.

Registration is open for my October 2015 Canon EOS Destination Workshop: Capturing the Classics: Old Cars and Antique Trains. I can't wait to return to Old Car City and the Southeastern Railway Museum - both of which are located outside of Atlanta, GA.

I'll be teaching: composition (the strongest way of seeing), "croposition" (combining composition with cropping), storytelling,  lighting, HDR – and how to use reflectors, diffusers and speedlites when photographing a model.

My friends from Canon will be there to loan you the newest cameras and lenses (including fish-eye lenses and super-wide-angle lenses) to photograph some of the oldest cars in the country. You will also have plenty of time to process your images – for our group slide show/critique session. And, you'll even get to make a print or two on Canon printers.

No other Old Car City photo workshop offers this much. In addition to the teaching, model session, processing and printing, each workshop participant will receive an autographed copy of my three favorite books: Creative Visualization for Photographers, Exploring the Light and Travel and Nature Photography. In addition, everyone will also receive a free download code for two of my on-line classes: Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography and Master Landscape and Seascape Photography - both available in my on-line store.

Total value of these items is over $100.

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Above: Lounge car, Southeastern Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 15mm lens.

Here's a look at some of my favorite photographs from my previous trip to Old Car City and the Southeastern Railway Museum.

The lounge car photograph (above) and the mail car photograph are HDR images, created in Photomatix. I recommend Photomatix for this workshop. You can get a discount on Photomatix on my Save on Plug-ins page.

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Above: Old Car City. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. 

I removed some of the reality from my images in this post either by using a fish-eye lens, by altering the true color of a scene, by applying a plug-in, by shooting HDR, by selectively blurring parts of an image –  or by using a combination of all these techniques.

I can show you how to apply digital enhancements during the workshop. Of course, I'll show you how to get awesome in-camera shots, too.

Above: Southeastern Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens.

About removing some of the reality from a scene: When we remove some of the reality from a photograph, the photograph can - but not always - look more artistic.

Photoshop, Lightroom and plug-ins make creating artistic images relatively easy - if you have a creative vision. 

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Above: Old Car City. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm lens.

On my workshops I stress light and composition, the topics of my two latest classes on Kelby Training. The picture above (taken on my previous workshops) of our model Hanna (she's coming back for this workshop) illustrates the benefits of shooting on an overcast day, when contrast is low. It also illustrates creative composition: shooting at an angle creates a sense of depth in an image, the Bel Air insignia adds a sense of place to the image, and shooting at eye level helps the viewer of the photograph relate to the subject.

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Above: Old Car City. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Above: Old Car City.  Like abstracts? You will find them in pealing paint and in rust at Old Car City.

Another element of photography we talk about on my workshops is the importance of cropping. In the above photograph, the extremely tight crop (I know it's extreme) emphasizes the fins and tail lights of this cool Caddy.

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Above: Southeastern Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens.

Yes, the railway cars and old automobiles are awesome subjects. But hey, I especially enjoy photographing people on location. That is why I was so glad our model Hanna is returning! 

I hope to see you at Old Car City and at the Southeastern Railway Museum - where we not only make good pictures, but where we also have a ton of fun.

If you can't make that workshop, all my workshops are listed here.

Explore the light,
Rick 

If you have any questions about this workshop, or any of my workshops, give me a call at 914 271-6132. Note: I'm in the Eastern Time Zone.

Focus on the Past at Old Car City - Glenn Taylor

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Today's awesome guest blogger is my friend and fellow Canon shooter Glenn Taylor. Glenn is an amazing photographer and Lightroom instructor. He will be joining me for my Capture the Classics: Old Cars and Antique Trains workshop this October. We hope you can join in this creative exploration of composition, exposure, HDR and image processing.

Take it away, Glenn.

I first want to thank Rick for this opportunity to guest blog again and tell you about two great photographic “gems” located in my hometown of Atlanta. If you have never been to Old Car City (north of Atlanta), there has never been a better opportunity to see this local treasure. Join Rick and myself in October for his 2015 Canon EOS Destination Workshop: Capturing the Classics: Old Cars and Antique Trains. Rick and I will be your guides to explore the acres of opportunities available at this location. We will also have a great model, Hannah (featured in this post), joining us again to help set the scene.

Opening image: Nothing has more details and textures to photograph than classic cars, especially when they have aged to this level. I made this photo with a Canon 24-70mm L lens by getting in close to enhance the texture, colors and character of this hood ornament. Classic design that never goes out of style.

Above: In this image of Hannah, I let the rich texture of an old panel van be our backdrop. I shot this with the ever versatile Canon 24-70mm L lens. This was made using natural light on an overcast day. The whole sky was a nice, big softbox. Rick and I will demonstrate getting great results in natural light, using reflectors or with your flash, plus how to know which method works best in various situations.

Canon (all the images in this post were taken with Canon cameras and lenses) will be there with some great gear to try and what better locations to give it a spin than Old Car City and the Southeast Railway Museum. If you like HDR, want to improve your technique or just try it for the first time, these locations coupled with Rick’s excellent teaching style are a can’t miss event. You will come away with dramatic images and an even better experience. Rick makes learning fun and these locations offer so many amazing subjects to try various techniques.

Above: They have a sense of humor and southern charm at Old Car City. There are all sorts of slogans, collections and just generally interesting items to photograph at every turn. This image, once again, was made with the 24-70mm L lens. (One of my favorites, can you tell?)

Above: These old vehicles, nestled throughout the acres of woods, make incredible HDR images. You can for a natural look, as I did here in this 5 exposure photo or take it as surreal and gritty as you want. These cars were made for the “grunge” treatment. Rick and I will show you our favorite processing methods and help you achieve just the right style for your vision.

Above: Here we have Hannah (again in natural light), sitting on the back of a school bus shell full of old tires. Rick and I will explain composition guidelines and using creative processing techniques like I did here to take away some of the reality of the scene and add mood. We like to have fun on these workshops and give tips on exploring plug-ins and bringing an artistic style to your images.

The Southeastern Railway Museum is another great location we will visit on this workshop. They have loads of old trains, city buses and train equipment in various stages of decay and restoration. These interiors make for great HDR images to bring out the dynamics of the dimly lit interiors and not have the window areas blown out. The peeling paint, rust and mountains of heavy metal in the process of aging just can’t be beat. Rick and I will help you learn how to compose, shoot and process your own great images at this location as well.

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Above: This is the mail car at the Railway Museum. In one image I used it as a background scene and balanced out the available light in the rail car with a flash on the model to give a nice warm portrait look that gives a sense of place and sets a mood. The other image is the same mail car, only this time shot as a 5 exposure HDR and processed to bring out the texture and character of the scene.

No other Old Car City photo workshop offers this much. In addition to the teaching, model session, processing and in addition, each workshop participant will receive an autographed copy of Rick’s three favorite books: Creative Visualization for Photographers, Exploring the Light and Travel and Nature Photography. In addition, everyone will also receive a free download code for two of Rick’s on-line classes: Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography and Master Landscape and Seascape Photography - both available in Rick’s on-line store. Total value of these items is over $100. Rick always adds value to his workshops and this one is no different.

I really hope you can join Rick and I at Old Car City and at the Southeastern Railway Museum – we’ll not only make good pictures, but also have a ton of fun.

To see more of my pictures or contact me, please visit my website.

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Thank you Glenn for another awesome blog post. I can't wait to see you and shoot with you!

Explore the light,
Rick

Tough Love Portfolio Reviews are Back

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In the field, I've been helping photographers make better pictures for about 10 years on my photo workshops.

On-line, I've been helping photographers around the world make better images with my Tough Love Portfolio Review sessions.

I took a break, but now Tough Love is back.

Here's how it works:
1) You shoot me an email and we set a time. I am on NY time. 
2) You prepay with PayPal. $95 for the one-hour, private session via Skype.
2a) PayPal account: ricksammon@mac.com.
3) You send me a link to your work and your Skype name.
4) You tell me your time zone.
5) You tell me your goals.
6) Half-hour follow up sessions are $50 . . . if you want one.

Why choose me to review your work? I've been doing this for a long time. I've written 36 books, do lots of on-line training, lead workshops and give seminars. Before turning pro, I worked in the an advertising/PR agency for 10 years, so I have some experience with marketing your work. 

I hope to see you on line. I am here to help.

Click here to read the comments from some of the photographers who had Tough Love sessions.

Explore the light,
Rick