Happy New Gear

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012. I hope the new year rocks for you.

For those of you who enjoy the digital imaging process . . . 

Above is the original photograph, which was taken in my living room. Gear:

Above is a rough idea of my lighting set up, created with Lighting Diagrams.

I added the lighting effects in Photoshop CS4:
Filter > Render > Lighting Effects (light at top right and left of frame).
Filter > Render > Lens Flare (lights at top of frame).

I added the color and gradient to the type using: Layer Style > Gradient Overlay.

As a final touch, I added the drop shadow to the image: Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.

I teach all this stuff on my workshops. I can even help you out with some basic blues guitar.

Again, Happy New Year!

Rick, Susan and Marco

Thanks Scott and Brad for the Guest Blog Post!

A big "thank you" goes to Scott Kelby and Brad Moore for setting up my guest blog post yesterday on Scott's Photoshop Insider blog.

And thanks to all the photographer's who posted positive comments on Scott's blog.

The post was designed to be inspirational and motivational - which is what I like to do when I give a presentation. If you need a speaker for an event, here's a look at my presentations.

Explore the light,

A Better Name for Plug-ins?

Nik snapseed image © Rick Sammon
In a former life, I was in advertising and PR. In the office, we spent many hours on product naming.

Last night, while playing with some of my favorite plug-ins, I was thinking about the importance of a product's name. I realized that plug-in is a boring name for a very, very exciting, creative and artistic product.
Topaz Adjust/Spicify image © Rick Sammon
Sure, some plug-ins help us correct our mistakes, rescue detail and offer standing adjustments. Most plug-ins, however, help us awaken the artist within - very quickly and very easily.

Nik HDR Efex Pro image © Rick Sammon
So my friends, let's try to come up with a more creative name for plug-ins. Post your suggestions here.

Nik Color Efex Pro/Midnight filter image © Rick Sammon
Explore the light,

P.S. I know snapseed is not technically a plug-in, but like most plug-ins, it offers many creative and artistic effects.

Nik snapseed image © Rick Sammon

2012 Florida Photo Workshops and Seminars

I have eight Florida events schedule for January and February 2012. I hope you can join one . . . or two!

St. Augustine
Free Seminar - Exploring the Light. Not part of the Photo Caravan. Not a photo shoot.
January 21 – 4 - 6 PM. Sorry full but get on the waiting list.
Hilton Garden Inn
401 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL
Register by email

Florida Photo Caravan!
January 21 - 28
One of my favorite hands-on workshops!
St. Augustine, Merritt Island, Delray Beach, South Beach
Click here for info.
 Sorry full but get on the waiting list.

Ft. Laurderdale
Free Seminar - The Camera Looks Both Ways (People Photography). A cool, two-hour talk.
February 1 - 7:30 to 9:30 PM
1350 East Sunrise Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Delray Beach
Digital Delray Days
Hands-on Workshop.
January 30, January 31 and February 2
Colony Hotel
525 East Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL
Click here for info

Seminar and Workshop - Two events.
February 4 - 5
See poster at the end of this post.
Click here to register.

Free Seminar. 
 Sorry full but get on the waiting list.
People photography: Lighting and Photo Philosophies
A cool two-hour talk.
February 6. 
7 to 9 PM. Doors open at 6 PM for book signing.
Hilton Garden Inn
Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar
4052 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677 

Email to register.

Need a hotel room at a discount? Use this code - Sammon Seminar -  at the Hilton.

Rick's On-location and In-Studio Lighting Hands-on Workshop.
 February 7 and 8
Produced by Dave Cross workshops. Yes! Dave will be there, too!

Vero Beach
February 11
Seminar and Book Signing 10 - 3
 Indian River Photo Club. Register here.
Kight Center (V-Building ~ On 35th Street On Campus)
     Indian River State College
     3209 Virginia Avenue
     Fort Pierce, FL  34981
Email me just to let me know you are coming!

I hope to see you in the Sunshine State. If not, click here for my other USA workshops.

Explore the light,

P.S. For my Florida Photo Caravan and Digital Delray Days, you need Photomatix or HDR Efex Pro. Get a discount here.