Set Your Sights on a 2019 Photo Safari

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For the adventurous photographer, our Masai Mara and Uganda Gorilla Trek is the ultimate photo safari experience. You will get up-close-and-personal with gorillas in Uganda and experience the magic of the Masai Mara - all while staying in top-rated safari camps.

Click here to see some of my Masai Mara images.

Click here to see a unique gorilla encounter.

Click here to see all my 2019 photo workshops.

This post sponsored by Breakthrough Photography filters - the best ND and polarizing filters I've found.

Here Comes The Sun - And Maybe Solar Retinitis

Do you look at the sun through the camera's viewfinder? Not a good idea. Better to use your camera's LCD screen.

If you do look at the sun through your camera's viewfinder, you might get something called solar retinitis or solar retinopathy - explained by:
Michael M. Cohen, OD, FAAO
Eyecare-Media Consulting, LLC
1401 Via Loma
Walnut Creek, CA 94598-2926

The problem is that it is cumulative throughout life. A small does here and a small dose there lead to the condition.

If someone says, "I looked at the sun through my viewfinder and nothing happened," that's not true.

I've treated hundreds of people with this condition. I tell my patients that there is no real treatment other than prevention.

Photographers needs to protect their eyes, and hence their vision, throughout their life. 

For more info, check out this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_retinopathy

Solor Retintis may be reversible in some cases, but sometimes it's not. Your mileage may vary.

My New KelbyOne Class is the Most Comprehensive On-Line Composition Class Available

My New KelbyOne Class is the Most Comprehensive On-Line Composition Class Available

Sure, there are lots of on-line composition classes, but I promise you, none are as comprehensive as my new KelbyOne class: 20 Time-Proven Rules of Composition.

My new 1.5 hour class includes 253 slides from more than 20 worldwide/US destinations. All the major rules, as well as some of my composition philosophies, are included. Now that is comprehensive!

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Virtual Route 66 Photo Workshop - Trip Planner

Here's a cool idea for all those who ever wanted to do a Route 66 photo workshop – but who also like the freedom of traveling alone or with a buddy . . . and who don't have the budget for a live workshop. It's an on-line virtual photo workshop where I help you – before and after your road trip – make photographs like the ones in my Route 66 Gallery.

What's included:
• Our stop-by-stop itinerary from Tucumcari, New Mexico to Techatticup, Nevada – the prime cut of Route 66 . . . and more. Web sites and addresses are listed for all the Historic sites, restaurants and hotels we visited. With this itinerary I can also help you plan your road trip.
• One-hour Skype session before your trip where we discuss your trip and I review your photographs.
• I need your Skype name and a link for a gallery of your best images.
• One-hour Skype session after your trip where I review your new photographs and offer composition, exposure and processing suggestions.

This workshop will help you get the best indoors and outdoors photographs from dawn to dusk.

Cost for the two-hour virtual photo workshop is $199 payable via paypal. Shoot me an email to arrange your virtual photo workshop. One-hour sessions are available for $99.

I also give virtual photo workshops to Iceland, Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Oregon Coast, Botswana and Kenya.

In preparation for your trip, check out my KelbyOne class: 20 Time Proven Rules of Composition.

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.

Explore the light,
Rick