Exploring Digital Photography By Rick Sammon

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We are actually thinking of calling this class Rick Sammon Live because it is basically the slide presentation Rick gives around the country and around the world. It includes his best photographs and best tips and his best jokes! For each and every slide, you get a cool tip, either photography or Photoshop. See Rick in action from the comfort of your own home.

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Rick introduces himself in this classroom setting and prepares the students for the course.
Our eyes see a dynamic range of about 11 f-stops, our camera sees only 5-6 f-stops. Learn how to see, control and play with the light for picture-perfect images.
Understanding the light and learning how to control the light
Working with high dynamic range and double processed images
Just do not take pictures, make pictures. You are the director of the shoot. You just need to take control
How to interact with the people you are photographing. Showing the pictures and sending the pictures
It is true, the camera really does look both ways. In picturing the subject, you are also picturing a part of yourself. You will find ideas here for getting the reactions you want from your subjects
Check out how to use different lenses, daylight fill-in flash, reflectors and diffusers to create professional looking photographs. Also see how Rick keeps it fun!
Rick has photographed wildlife in Botswana, Galapagos, Kenya and Namibia. See his best photos and read his best tips here
From the Sub-Arctic to Antarctica, Rick has photographed polar bears, penguins and spectacular landscapes and seascapes. If you shoot in the snow, or plan to, this lesson is for you
Get up close and personal with small creatures. Learn how to use macro lenses and right lights for larger-than-life images
Love outdoor photography? Want to learn how to create dramatic landscape and scenic images? Check out Rick's full color and IR images in this lesson and learn his secrets
What fun! Learn how to capture the action and excitement of any festival, and see how Rick recorded a festival in Bhutan
It is all here! Ricks quickest tips on how to use Photoshop to turn your snapshots into great shots!
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Meet your instructor

Rick Sammon


Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, has published 36 paper books, including Secrets of HDR Photography, Exploring the Light, and Digital Photography Secrets. Rick also has three apps on the iTunes store: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet - an e-book that offers 24/7 access to Rick's best photo tips, tricks and techniques. Rick...

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  1. Profile photo of jstet98 jstet98

    In the fill flash pictures of the Venetian models, did you use the on-camera flash or a Speedlite [off camera?]

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Hi jstet98 – Canon speedlite in a Westcott Apollo soft box. Thanks for watching!

  2. Profile photo of beyondthelensartography beyondthelensartography

    Loved the course, lots of great info! One question….would it hurt to leave camera in ai servo instead of using one shot when shooting people regardless of if they move or not?

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Hi and thank you! With 1 shot, you have a better change of keeping the subject in focus if it’s not moving. Thank you again! Rick

  3. Profile photo of jack waltman jack waltman

    excellent speaker. covered a lot of material. well worth it. —- No, I’d keep it between us

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Thank you!

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