Photoshop

Registration is Open for My Atlanta "Capture the Classics" Workshop!

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Above: Mail car, Southeastern Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. This is an HDR image. For HDR, I recommend Photomatix. Click here to get a discount on Photomatix.

Registration is open for my fall 2015 Canon EOS Destination Workshop: Capturing the Classics: Old Cars and Antique Trains. I can't wait to return to our two awesome locations: Old Car City and the Southeastern Railway Museum - which are 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 a speedlite when photographing a model.

My friends from Canon will be there to loan you the newest gear (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.

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

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

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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 straight shots, too.

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.

Speaking of creative vision, check out my new book, Creative Visualization for Photographers.

And speaking of plug-ins, I'll be teaching plug-ins at Photoshop World this August in Las Vegas. All my seminars are listed here.

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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 of our model Hanna 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 we had a great model. Thank you Hanna for doing such a wonderful job.

We will have another great model for the 2015 workshop.

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 


Why KelbyOne is #1 in Combining On-Line Training with Live Learning

KelbyOne is #1 when it comes to combining on-line courses and live-learning. Sure, one of the reasons I like these guys is because they did a great job producing the 11 on-line classes I have on their site, including my two most popular classes: Composition and Light.

But then again, the KelbyOne team does a great job on all its classes, taught by the top pros in the industry, many of whom are my friends!

But there's more:

KelbyOne offers the opportunity to network and to be part of an awesome community at Photoshop World. I hope to see you there later this year! I will be teaching plug-ins and travel photography.

 Free apps? KelbyOne has 'em, too.

As KelbyOne member, you also have access to nationwide seminars, PhotoshopWorld magazine (I have an article in the current issue) and cool discounts.

And don't forget The Grid, which is a free, weekly KelbyOne on-line program that can help you become a better photographer. Last time I was on the show Scott and I talked travel photography for almost an hour.

Scott also has an awesome blog, Photoshop Insider.

Here is another reason why KelbyOne is #1: It starts at the top. :-)

Explore the light,
Rick

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P.S. Actually . . . the main reason KelbyOne is #1 in my book: They give the instructors at Photoshop World a cool hat. :-)

Dates Set for My 2015 Florida Photography/Photoshop Workshops: Small Groups, Big Learning - and big fun!

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I've set the dates for the January/February 2015 Florida Digital Photography/Photoshop Workshops. You will receive personal attention on each workshop because you'll be in a small group.

You will learn a lot and have a ton of fun - while shooting in cool locations. I will also sit side-by-side with you and help you process your images.

South Beach Creative Photo Workshop • January 15 - 17
Highlights: Night, model, sunrise and sunset photography.

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Digital Delray Photo Weekend • January 30 - February 1
Highlights: Shoot at Butterfly World, Wakodahatchee and at the beautiful Colony Hotel. Street shooting, too.

Key West Small Group Workshop • February 3 - 4
Highlights: Sunset, street, and HDR photography. Only four participants.

I am also giving private photography and Photoshop lessons while I am in the Delray Beach area: January 20 - 29. Shoot me an email for info.

I hope to see some of you in the Sunshine State.

All my 2015 digital photography/Photoshop workshops are listed here.

If you plan on mastering HDR, I recommend using Photomatix. Info on my Plug-ins page.

Can't make a live workshop? I also offer many on-line classes.

Explore the light,
Rick

Announcing Digital Photo Express Workshops

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Want to learn photography and Photoshop/Lightroom at express speeds?  Want to turn a snapshot into a great shot? Join one of my 2015 Digital Photo Express Workshops.

The photo express processing for the top image in this post took less than 10 minutes. The process:

1) carefully cropped;
2) straightened in Photoshop;
3) used a combo of Detail Extractor (Nik Color Efex Pro) and Photoshop's Highlight/Shadow adjustment.
4) reduced noise with Topaz DeNoise - best way I have found to reduce noise. See my Plug-ins page for more info and a 15% discount.
5) converted to B&W using Topaz B&W Effects, also listed on my Plug-ins page.

Hop on the Digital Photo Express - and let the photo learning and fun begin!

You wanna learn it? I'm here to teach it – and that includes portrait lighting. Before (bad/left) and after (good/right) pair of images above.

Explore the light,
Rick

 

Get My HDR Book For Free - and Get a Discount on Photomatix

Much to my surprise, and talk about big surprises, one of my 36 books, Rick Sammon's HDR Photography Secrets for Digital Photographers is free on this site.

Be that as it may . . . if you are new to HDR photography, or if you are looking for an awesome HDR image processing program, you can get a 15% discount on Photomatix, the HDR program I used to process almost all of the images in my book, including the cover, on my Play & Save on Plug-ins page.

Need a quick getting started lesson on Photomatix? Check out my video on YouTube.

Want even more HDR info? Check my iHDR app over on My Apps and Books page.

I also teach HDR on my workshops.

Explore the light,
Rick