Florida Photo Caravan: South Beach Shoot #1

Photograph by Rick Sammon
We're on the last stop of my Florida Photo Caravan: South Beach.

We set out this morning to something a bit different from the past week: simply go out and shoot and have fun. We looked for cool colors, patters, reflection and of course subjects. We found 'em all.

I encouraged the students to work with reflections. Here's one of my favorites – enhanced with Topaz Adjust/Spicify.

Photograph by Rick Sammon
I also encouraged the students to use their cameras like a spaceship – tilting them up and down and left and right. Here's my example. Yes, another Topaz/Spicify effect.

More pix to come from our talented and dedicated team.

Oh yeah, after our fun shoot, we spent an hour on a flash class. More good fun.

For street shots like this, I use my Canon 17-40mm lens on my Canon 5D Mark II.

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Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. For info on Topaz and the other plug-ins I use, click here.



Florida Photo Caravan: Delary Beach – 7th Shoot. HDR Rocks!

Photograph by  Rick Sammon
Our Florida Photo Caravan workshop arrived at the Colony Hotel in Delary Beach today. We hit the ground running, making HDR images, and  then having a three-hour lighting class . . . before our model shows up tomorrow.

Middle exposure of HDR sequence. Yuch!
I created the opening image for this post in Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro. For a free one-hour webinar on how to use the plug-in, click here.

Tip: Notice how I corrected the perspective distortion in the original image. In Photoshop, I used Edit > Transform > Perspective and pulled out the top handles. 

I took the series of images with my Canon 14mm lens on my Canon 5D Mark II.

Scroll down to see what our group has been doing on my Florida Photo Caravan workshop. Good fun.

In Febuary 2012, we are launching Delray Digital - four weekend-long photo workshops – Friday night to Saturday night. Interested? Shoot me an email at ricksammon@mac.com.

For all my workshops, click here.

My HDR iPad app is in the works. It should be available in late February!

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Here is another image from this afternoon's shoot. Some gear, same digital darkroom stuff.

Photograph Rick Sammon. Finished HDR image.

Middle exposure of HDR sequence.


Florida Photo Caravan: Merritt Island – 6th Shoot

Photograph  by Rick Sammon

Photograph by Rick Sammon
Our photo caravan will be heading out to Delary Beach in an hour or so. More photo fun awaits the workshop students.

Here are two shots from yesterday. For the top photo, I used a shutter speed of 1/800th of a second to free the action. For the bottom photo, I used a shutter speed of 1/40th second to blur the background while panning.

Stay tuned for more pix, from me and from our talented student.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Speaking of staying tuned, in my downtime, I am working on my HDR app with Dr. Dave Wilson. So . . . stay tuned :-)

Florida Photo Caravan: Merritt Island – 5th Shoot

Photograph Rick Sammon
Today, only the second full day of my Florida Photo Caravan workshop, brought our dynamic workshop group to Merritt Island. No rest for the weary. We hit the ground running, heading off to take scenic and bird pictures. As you can see from this post, reflections were the name of the game.

Photographs by Rick Sammon

Photographs by Rick Sammon
Special thanks to Reinier Manguia for guiding the workshop participants (and me) on our photo quest . . .  and for giving us a knockout presentation after a fantastic seafood dinner. 

Tip: When shooting into the sun, remove all filters to avoid ghost images of the sun in the shot. In Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture, use Vibrance to saturate the colors in an image that are not already saturated.


For the wide-angle shots you see here, I used my Canon 17-40mm lens on my Canon 5D Mark II. For the telephoto shots, I used my Canon 100-400mm IS lens on my Canon 7D.

Stay tuned for more images from the photo caravan. Delray Beach and South Beach to come.

See below. These images just in!

Photograph by Glenn Taylor

Photograph by Glenn Taylor
Photograph by Tom Baker
Photograph by Glenn Taylor
Photograph by Tom Baker
Photograph by Tom Baker
 
Photograph by John Davis
Photograph by Donnette Largay

Photograph by Claudia Cohen
Photograph by Rona Zevinsiding
Photography by Byron West

Photograph by Byron West

Joe Barranco

John Davis
John Trottnow
Photograph by Donnette Largay
Photograph by John Trottnow
Photograph by Byron West
Photograph Diane Darnielle
Byron West


Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Seeing the light - and properly exposing for the light - is one of the keys to a good image. For more on light, see my book:


Be My Guest Monday 1/24/11: Lee Varis


It's "Be My Guest Monday," the day of the week that's turned over to a talented guest blogger for a quick tip - or (as in this week's post) a series of tips, tricks and techniques.

Today's guest: Lee Varis



In this post, Lee talks about Lighten Skin with Channel Blending.

Thank you Lee!


Explore the light,
Rick