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Grand Tetons Landscape, HDR Stitched Panorama

June 18, 2010

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Grand Tetons Landscape, HDR Stitched Panorama

I am not much of a landscape photographer, I tend to concentrate more on wildlife, but sometimes the landscape is so majestic, as it is in the Grand Tetons, that it is hard to make a bad image. I made this image (MAKE SURE to click on it to enlarge it) last week during my […]

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HDR + Topaz Adjust = Rockin’ Images

April 26, 2010

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HDR + Topaz Adjust = Rockin’ Images

Photographs © Rick Sammon. All rights reserved. My travel workshop is off to a very remote area of China today. Pictures to come, if we have internet service. Yesterday, we played around with HDR (Photomatix) + Topaz Adjust (Spicify effect) on some of our images. Here is one before-and-after example. Try HDR + Topaz Adjust! […]

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HDR People Pictures

April 26, 2010

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HDR People Pictures

Today, my travel photography workshop brought us to a remote area of China – Guiyang. Shooting HDR, of course. The keys to shooting HDR images that include people: • Ask the person to hold very, very still. • Take several sets of pictures – hopefully to ensure at least one set with no subject movement. […]

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Rick on the Road – China, Day 1

April 23, 2010

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Rick on the Road – China, Day 1

Hey Gang, Just a quick note to say “hi” from Beijing. My workshop group shot at the Summer Palace (HDR) today and at the Peking Opera (straight shots) tonight. The Canon 5D Mark II sure is great in low light! These three pictures have something in common. They were taken from a good position/location – […]

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Un-clutter your Library with Lightroom’s Stacks

March 5, 2010

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Un-clutter your Library with Lightroom’s Stacks

Using Stacks in Lightroom is a convenient way to group similar photos together in grid view and the filmstrip. This is especially helpful if you regularly end up with multiple images of the same subject. You may have multiple shots of the same pose from a portrait session, a string of images from shooting wildlife, […]

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Favorite Images from my “Winter in Yellowstone” Instructional Photo Workshop

March 4, 2010

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Favorite Images from my “Winter in Yellowstone” Instructional Photo Workshop

As some of you may know, I just completed my 2010 “Winter in Yellowstone” Instructional Photo Workshop. I have to say that I had an amazing group of workshop participants, everyone was so excited to be in Yellowstone and their enthusiasm was definitely contagious. All had the opportunity to make some amazing and dare I […]

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Bracketing for HDR with Nikon DSLRs

February 26, 2010

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Bracketing for HDR with Nikon DSLRs

When you are shooting images you intend to combine into a high dynamic range (HDR) image you usually want one image at the recommended exposure, one image under exposed by 2 stops and one image overexposed by 2 stops. Most DSLR cameras today can capture these three images quickly and easily using a feature called […]

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A Time-Proven Photo Teaching Technique – With You as the Teacher

February 25, 2010

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A Time-Proven Photo Teaching Technique – With You as the Teacher

Here is a teaching technique that I learned when I first started taking pictures. The technique: look at a picture and try to figure out how it was created. Check out these HDR images, which are the final images I took for my HDR book, due out in May. I took the first two are […]

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Shoot Outside the Box

February 17, 2010

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Shoot Outside the Box

I recently had the pleasure of assisting Juan Pons at his “Geese, Swans and Bears” photo workshop in North Carolina. Birds are not a frequent subject of mine, but I always jump at the chance to learn something new. As photographers, we tend to concentrate our efforts on learning one particular type of photography. It […]

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All Together Now

February 8, 2010

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All Together Now

Here is a shot I took a few days ago at the Magic Beach Hotel in St. Augustine, FL. It’s one of my favorites from my workshop. The image got me thinking about all the elements that come together for a good photograph: – envisioning the end result – interesting subject – telling the story […]

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