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One and Two-Day "Rick's Backyard" Digital Photography Classes in Croton-On-Hudson, NY

If you like travel and outdoor photography, as well as Lightroom and Photoshop, I offer two ways to explore your creative vision in Croton-on-Hudson, NY - just about one hour north of New York City.

My one-day workshop on May 25 offers fast paced learning and fun.

My two-day workshops in June and October offer much more in-depth learning at a slower pace and with more time for personal attention – in the field and on your computer.

I hope you can come to Croton for what I call my "Rick's Backyard Workshops."

Explore the Light,

My Mindshift 180° Panorama Backpack Helps Me Gets the Shots

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It was an amazing experience in the Hudson River tonight: That's right! I was actually standing in the Hudson River in Croton-on-Hudson, New York making pictures of the wonderful ice formations. I have lived in Croton-on-Hudson for more than 25 years, and I have never seen a sight like the one I saw tonight. I felt as though I was for in Iceland, where I lead digital photography workshops.

Helping me capture images was my new Mindshift rotation 180 ° Panorama backpack. This backpack offers a totally unique and cool design: it lets you swivel around the belt pack interior for easy access to gear that you can't, or don't want to, put down on the ground – or on the ice. I use the belt pack for lenses and filters, but it's large enough to hold another digital SLR and lenses.

What's more, the backpack is super comfortable . . . and goes well with my red coat! :-)

Click here to learn more about Mindshift backpacks.

All my gear is listed on My Gear page.

I took the opening image for this post with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 14mm lens. For the image below, I switched to my Canon 17-40mm lens.

The sunset image above on the left is a HDR shot that I processed in the latest version of Photomatix Pro. The photo on the right is the average exposure of my four-image HDR sequence.

Helping me find the best light, as always, was my Photo Sundial app, which works around the world.

Sure, the wide-angel photo opportunities were awesome. But as I tell my photo workshop students, try to "tell the whole story" of a location. Close-ups helps us do that.

The Hudson Valley is a wonderful location in which to shoot, anytime of the year. In the spring and fall I run a Croton-on-Hudson workshop - where I took the above photographs. Hope you can join the photo experience.

Explore the light,

P.S. I received a few emails about my boots: Muck boots.

Announcing Digital Delray Imaging 2015

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I've been photographing in Delray Beach, Florida for more than 10 years – yet it is still one of my favorite workshop locations. I love photographing in the Historic Colony Beach Hotel, on the "Ave," at the beach, at nearby Butterfly World and at Wakadahatchee Wetlands.

I am returning to Delray in 2015 to run two Digital Imaging workshops: 

January 16 - 18 
January 30 - Feb 1 

The workshop fee is $600. We'll only have 10 students on each workshop - so everyone gets personal attention.

In Delray I'll be teaching HDR, low-light shooting, model photography, daylight fill-in flash - and processing images in Photoshop and Lightroom. I'll also teach Photomatix and Nik Plug-ins.

We'll have our end-of workshop group side show/critique at the Colony Hotel.

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At Butterfly World, where I took many of the photographs for my butterfly book and butterfly apps, I'll be teaching close-up and macro photography and daylight fill-in flash, as well as natural light photography.

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Our small group will  have the opportunity to photograph South Florida's most popular birds at Wakadahatchee Wetlands.

We are also working on a horse photography event for the group.

What's more, there are plenty of great places to eat in Delray. We'll continue the photo learning and fun at group dinners (optional).

I hope to see you in Delray!

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Shoot me an email to get on the info list for this info-pack and fun-filled workshop.

While I am in Delray I am also giving private lessons - shooting, Photoshop and portfolio reviews. Cost is $150 an hour.

 Click here to read some comments from past Rick Sammon workshop participants.

Explore the light,

What a Year. Just Wanted to Say "Thank You"

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I am winding down the year, but I am by no means winding down. In fact, this has been my busiest year ever – giving 13 seminars and leading 12 digital photography workshops.

Teaching is rewarding. Learning is health. Making pictures in new locations is awesome. What could be more fun!

I wanted to take a moment to say "thank you" to all those who have attended my 2013 events. I've met a ton of talented photographers and have made many new friends.

Here's a look at the year in review.

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January, Las Vegas, NV - CES
January, Miami, FL - Meet-up Group
February, Cincinnati, OH, PPA
March, Delaware, Coastal Camera Club
April, Westchester, NY, PPA
April, Milwaukee, WI, Wehr Nature Group
April, Cape Cod, MA, Cape Cod Arts Association
May, Huntsville, AL, Huntsville Photo Society
June, Las Vegas, NV, Camera to Camera
September, San Luis Obispo, California Photo Fest
October, NYC, Photo Plus East
November, Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Camera Club
November, Spartenburg, SC, Spartenburg Photo Guild

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January, Florida Photo Caravan
February, Death Valley
March, Atlanta - Old Car City
May, Blackhills, SC, Cowboys/Cowgirls
June, Provence, France
July, Monterey, CA, Summer Arts
August, NYC, photo walk
September, Iceland
September, South West Photo Caravan
September, Oregon Coast Photo Caravan
October, Croton Creative
November, Conwy Valley, North Wales

I also want to say "thank you" to all those who watched my on-line training classes and subscribed to my YouTube channel - all accessed through my On-line Classes/Video page.

Every so often someone asks me, "Rick, how do you do it all?" I say, "How can I not do it?"

I hope to see you at a 2014 Seminar or on a Workshop. Can't wait.

Explore the light,

If you plan on attending a workshop, check out my Photo Sundial app. It will help you find the best light for the best photographs.

We Make Pictures on My Workshops

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Interested in making pictures rather than just taking pictures? Then I hope you can join one of my 2014 digital photography workshops. I can help you with composition and exposure and processing. What's more, we shoot in great locations and have a ton of fun. 

I made the images in this post on my 2013 Oregon Coast Photo Caravan workshop.

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Seems as though horses running on the beach is becoming a regular on my workshops. :-)

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Explore the light,

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P.S. Never miss another sunrise/sunset again. Check out my Photo Sundial app!