iPhone app

Have Some App Photo Fun This Weekend

My newest how-to app for the iPad is now available: Rick Sammon's iHDR.

This app (formerly called Rick Sammon's HDR Portfolio) is packed with HDR photos (my latest from around the world), info and movies. It's a great way to learn and experience HDR.

The app has the same great content as HDR Portfolio, but with an added Favorites section. So, if you already have the app, you don't need to download this version.

It's called iHDR because the app is all about how you can create cool HDR images using your imagination – combined with HDR photography innovations.

Click here to download and to start the HDR fun.

Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet

My flagship comprehensive how-to app: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet - iPhone and iPad.

Click here to see a serious review of the app. Click here to see a fun movie about the app.

 Rick Sammon's Light It!

Light It! and Light It Light!: My basic lighting apps – iPhone and iPad.

Click here to see the into movie to Light It! 

Cool new feature: You Light It! Photo Club. This club showcases your best photographs, along with the photographs of other talented photographers, based on the tips from this app. Simply click here to join the fun . .  and to enter the monthly photo contest. The prize for the contest:  1/2 hour portfolio review with yours truly via Skype or iChat.

Butterfly Wonders

Butterfly Wonders: Beautiful butterflies and section on close-up photography –  iPad only. Cool section on how-to take close-up pictures!

 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature: My favorite images with inspirational quotes – iPad only.

 Skip Marini Golf Lessons

In Skip Marini Golf Lessons, I become the student – learning the best golf tips from the best pro in Westchester, NY – iPad and iPhone.

Gearing Up to Pick the Winner of My "You Light It!" Monthly Photo Contest.

Just a few of the creative submissions for the You Light It! Photo Club
I am gearing up to pick the winner of my You Light It! monthly photo contest.

Here's the info on the contest - and cool club:

You Light It! This photo club showcases your best photographs, along with the photographs of other talented photographers, based on the tips from my Light It! iPad and iPhone app. Join the fun to enter the monthly photo contest.

Here is the link to the club.

Winner (one) will be picked around the 1st of each month, starting March 2011.

The prize for the contest: a1/2 hour portfolio review with yours truly via Skype or iChat. The winner will be featured here on my blog. You’ll be more famous! Plus, I’ll tweet news about the winner to my 11,000 plus followers.

Important! The winner needs to contact me via email.

For info on my Light It! apps, click here.

Good luck and explore the light,

Light It Light! Now Available For the iPhone

Rick Sammon’s Light It Light!
is an iPhone app that’s designed to help you make professional-quality digital SLR people pictures – without spending a small fortune on professional lighting accessories. Important note: requires iOS 4.1 or later.

You can download the app by clicking here. Best to first download to your home computer, due to the size of the info-packed app, and then transfer to your iPhone.

It’s called Light It Light! because the iPhone version does not have the extensive photo gallery and Library Section that is in the iPad version, Light It! All the video lessons are the same.

Please make sure you are ordering the correct version: iPhone or iPad.

The app (packed with 572MB of info) includes video lessons with photographs embedded in the lessons.

I took the illustrative photographs with a range of digital SLR cameras – from entry-level to top-of-the-line models. While watching the video lessons, you’ll learn how pros photograph people indoors and outdoors, in bright light and in low light, at home and on location, and even in a studio. In looking at the photographs, you’ll see the effects of my recommended techniques.

In the easy-to-follow and fun video lessons, some of which were originally shot for our Wiley Publishing DVDs, I’ll show you how to use reflectors, diffusers, a flash, flash accessories, basic strobe kits, basic hot-light kits and more. I also cover camera settings, as well as some of my photo philosophies. Although I often refer to specific cameras, the basic camera settings can be applied to any digital SLR.

Two of the videos in this app – Top 21 People Photography Tips and Top Ten Digital Photography Tips – feature some of my favorite digital SLR pictures from around the world, accompanied with how-to tips, of course!

This is a basic, or starter, app about lighting. However, as you will see, pros use many of these techniques and accessories to get great shots. (Yes, we are already working on Light It II! for the iPhone and iPad!)

The movies, shot by Emmy-award winner David Leveen, are divided into five sections:
Basics: 33 Minutes
Outdoors: 15 Minutes
In Your Home: 16 Minutes
On-Location: 12 Minutes
Studio Shooting: 23 Minutes

The total viewing time is about 1.5 hours.What’s more, I have included more than100 end-result pictures in the app to illustrate the techniques I discuss in the lessons. So in effect, the app is taking a private lesson with me – but only at your own pace.

The app was developed by Craig Ellis of Great Oak Software. In discussing the app, Craig said, “My goal with the design of Light It Light! was to make it an intuitive yet rich learning experience that showcases Rick’s favorite lessons that are embodied in beautiful videos and before/after photographs. His lessons are fun and easy to follow where he makes learning fast – so user experience supports that flow. I am especially proud of look and feel where iPhone users should be immediately familiar, comfortable, and productive using the app to become seasoned photographers in taking better people pictures by learning from the teachings of Rick Sammon.”

My other apps: Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet, co-developed with Dr. Dave Wilson; Rick Sammon’s Social Media Marketing for Photographers, co-developed by Juan Pons, my business partner in the Digital Photo Experience (www.dpexperience.com); Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature, also developed by Juan Pons, and Butterfly Wonders, another Pons/Sammon app.

I hope you enjoy this app. Let me know by shooting me an email at ricksammon at mac.com.

Explore the Light – and explore the joy of people photography.

Grab a Code – Get a Free Copy of My App: 24/7 Photo Buffet

To celebrate TGIF: Following are 10 codes that you can redeem on the iTunes App's store for a free copy of my iPhone app: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.

Important: Here is a quick how-to on redeeming codes. Please read this FIRST . . . so you know how to use a code.

Also: Redeem is available on the mobile version of iTunes. Once in the "App Store" application on your iPhone, select "Featured" and scroll to the very bottom.

And... these codes only work in the US. This is an App store thing - as is the entire Redeem policy and procedure.

I hope you are able to grab a code, and I hope you enjoy the app!


Below are two screen shots from the app. It's packed with how-to information - photos/text and movies. We also have a Search feature and a Notes feature.

Explore the light,

App Codes Grabbed - But We'll Do It Again. Stay Tuned.

Update: Hey all - sorry, all the codes were grabbed last night in a flash. Stay tuned. Dave and I will do this again. And next time, we'll mention "US only," which I did not know. Thank you! - Rick

To celebrate the Top Ten ranking of my 24/7 Photo Buffet App (the best of my books, DVDs, podcasts, articles, etc.), Dr. Dave Wilson, the app developer, and I are giving away 10 codes for free downloads of the app on the iTunes store.

Just like a buffet line, it's first come, first serve. Grab a code, go to the iTunes store, type in the code, download the app . . . and enjoy. The codes work only once, so if someone beats you to the app, you will not be able to use the code. So whatcah waiting for????

Good fun and good luck. Below are the codes.