Photo Education is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

No doubt you need a good camera, good lenses and good accessories to make high-quality images. But what good is all that equipment if you can’t get the most out of it? That’s where photo education comes in – helping you understand how to use your gear and get the best in-camera image when it comes to exposure and composition.

Photo education is also important in understanding image processing, that is, what can and what cannot be done in Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as with plug-ins. What’s more, photo education lasts a lifetime and the knowledge gained is cumulative so you can keep getting better results.

I’m big on photo education, offering several different ways to learn photography and image processing.

Here’s a look at my educational endeavors.

Books – My book, Creative Visualization for Photographers, is about envisioning the end-result, that is, seeing in your mind’s eye what will be captured with your camera, and what are some of the image processing possibilities.

Evolution of an Image is a storytelling book: I take the reader through the entire image-making process, from start to finish (using Lightroom and plug-ins, as illustrated above).

And my latest book, Exploring Photographic Exposure, is all about getting it right in camera . . . with a little bit of Photoshop stuff included.

On-line Classes – I have 14 classes on KelbyOne. They cover speedlite photography, travel photography, composition, lighting and even going on safari. These classes offer great flexibility as they can be viewed and paced on an individual basis.

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Photo Workshops – Photo workshops offer a wonderful way to learn about the complete digital imaging process while on location with like-minded photographers. You not only learn from me, but you learn from the other workshop participants. This type of intensive hands on learning can help photographers get to the next level. Click here to see all my 2018 photo workshops.

Seminars – I think I give more seminars than any of my pro photographer friends. Why? I truly enjoy sharing photo information, illustrated with my photographs from around the world. I offer two-hour, half-day and all-days seminars. Here’s a list of where I’ll be presenting in the next few months. Attending a seminar is a proven way to inspire photographers to advance their image-making efforts.

Private Lessons – I live in Croton on Hudson, NY, which is about one-hour north of New York City. Shoot me an email if you are interested in setting up a one-on-one session in the New York area or a private on-location workshop.

Explore the light,
Rick

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