Photo walks

"Coney Island Creative" Photo Walk: 10.21.12

Nik Silver Efex Pro: Antique Plate.
We are looking for 60 creative photographers to join us for our first-ever "Coney Island Creative" Photo Walk: October 21 from 4 to 6 PM. We'll meet under the Parachute Jump at 4 PM sharp on the boardwalk. Be there or be square for the group photo.

Of course, the event is free.

The idea is to shoot with a creative effect in mind - to remove some of the reality of a scene by using a Nik Software product: Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro or Snapseed.

FYI: you can get a 15% discount on all Nik plug-ins on the Nik site but using this code upon checkout: RSAMMON.

We'll also focus on composition. If you like the composition of the lead-off photo in this post, check out my class - Composition, the strongest way of seeing.

Nik Snapseed, Vintage effect.
You need to register for this event: contact Susan Sammon.

Here's a great quote from John Lennon: Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

Nik Color Efex Pro, Old Photo effect.
On our walk, we'll use our imagination to create artistic and creative effects.

Nik Color Efex Pro, Polaroid effect.
Coney Island offers tons of photo ops. I'll be there to help you turn snapshots into creative shots. The first step, however, is to see the light - which is the topic of my latest Kelby Training class.

I took all of the above images with my Canon 5D Mark III.

Susan took the images below with her iPhone. So: bring your SLR or iPhone for an afternoon of creative photo fun. If you have an iPhone, check out this cool lens system that can expand your creativity.

Nik Snapseed, Drama effect.
Come hungry! There are plenty of places to eat during the walk, including the world famous Nathans!

Nik Snapseed, Details and Structure effect.
We'll be at Coney Island until sunset, so you'll get great light!

Nik Snapseed, Vintage and Grunge effect.
After the shoot, we want to see you images on-line. You can post them on my Photo workshops/photo walks Facebook page. Get feedback. Grow as a photographer.

If you can't wait for the photo walk and want more intensive photography training, I have one spot open on my Croton Creative workshop.

I hope to see you in Coney Island!

Explore the light,

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Conwy Valley, North Wales, UK Photo Walk: Day I

Great photo ops – and great fun – on day one of my photo walk here in Conwy Valley, North Wales, UK.

We had a talented group of photographers, all of whom were interested in making good pictures, including HDR pictures. We'll have a different group tomorrow, and we're going to new locations. Stay tuned for more photographs.

Here are a few of my favorite photographs from the walk, and some quick tips.

Serious about waterfall photography? A variable ND filter is a must. It lets you shoot at slow shutter speeds in bright light. Of course, a tripod is needed when shooting at slow shutter speeds, too. All my gear is listed on my gear page.

Framing a subject with a foreground object adds sense of "being there" to a photograph. It also adds a sense of depth to a scene.

I took the photographs directly above and below with my Canon 14mm lens. I never leave home without it.

In high-contrast scenes, HDR is a must. I used the Canon's 5D Mark III built-in HDR feature to create this image.

Talk about a picture-postcard scene. This is another Canon 5D Mark III in-camera HDR image.

Dolwyddelan Castle, where I took the castle pictures in this post, is situated on a hilltop in the Conway Valley. Well worth the walk in the light rain . . . even with a bit of jet lag. We only arrived yesterday.

A fun group deserved a fun photograph. Great fun here in Conwy Valley, North Wales, UK.

A special "thank you" to Anthony Woodhouse, Conway Rural Tourism Project Officer. Another "thank you" goes to local pro photographer Pierino Algieri for all his photography and logistics recommendations.

Here's the flickr page or this fun group.

Check out these videos from this photogenic area.

I am planning a fall 2013 workshop to Rural Conwy, North Wales. Shoot me an email to get on the info list.

For more intensive photo training, check out my workshops.

Explore the light,

P.S. We are staying at the Meadowsweet Hotel. Room, service, staff and food: A+.

Bronx Zoo Photo Shoot. Join the Fun.

Photograph © Rick Sammon

I am doing a photo walk/shoot at the Bronx Zoo on September 7th – the day before my first Croton Workshop. The plan is to meet at the Jungle World exhibit (inside the entrance) at 1 PM. We'll shoot there and then move onto a few of the other exhibits. I'll be happy to offer photo advice and share some of my favorite shooting spots.

We'll wrap up around 4 PM – but you can hang out as long as you like.

Bring your telephoto and wide-angle lenses – and your flash. You'll want to tell the whole story, which you can do by shooting with different lenses.

Simply show up! But if you want to shoot me an email – ricksammon @ – in case plans change, that's cool.

Hope to see you there.

Explore the light,