Rick Sammon

Rick Sammon

Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is one of the most active photographers on the planet. With over 40 years of experience he divides his time between creating images, giving seminars, developing online classes, leading workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious and it’s his mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting, and rewarding for others.

Join Rick Sammon for a mini-course on landscape photography while uncovering the magic of Utah’s state and national parks. Rick takes you on a road trip that starts in Salt Lake City, Utah and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada, while showing you an array of amazing places to photograph along the way. You’ll be introduced to places like Bryce Canyon, Goblin Valley State Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and so many more! At each scenic location Rick shares his tips, tricks, techniques to help you get the most out of your gear, your photography, and your time. With Rick, you’re sure to have a ton of fun and by the end of the class you’ll be ready to plan your next trip to photograph all that Utah has to offer.

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Join Rick Sammon for a mini-course on landscape photography while uncovering the magic of Utah’s state and national parks. Rick takes you on a road trip that starts in Salt Lake City, Utah and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada, while showing you an array of amazing places to photograph along the way. You’ll be introduced to places like Bryce Canyon, Goblin Valley State Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and so many more! At each scenic location Rick shares his tips, tricks, techniques to help you get the most out of your gear, your photography, and your time. With Rick, you’re sure to have a ton of fun and by the end of the class you’ll be ready to plan your next trip to photograph all that Utah has to offer.

KelbyOne has the best instructors on the planet. They all love to teach at Photoshop World and online. Many of them, including myself, also lead photo workshops around the country and around the world. A photo workshop offers a wonderful and very effective way to learn because you’re photographing and processing side by side with a top pro. And guess what? Even pros can learn from other pros. Personally speaking, I’d like to take a workshop with Frank Doorhof, Joel Grimes, Dave Cross, Rob Sylvan, Glyn Dewis, Lindsay Adler, and of course, Scott Kelby just to name but a few. In this articl...

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KelbyOne has the best instructors on the planet. They all love to teach at Photoshop World and online. Many of them, including myself, also lead photo workshops around the country and around the world. A photo workshop offers a wonderful and very effective way to learn because you’re photographing and processing side by side with a top pro. And guess what? Even pros can learn from other pros. Personally speaking, I’d like to take a workshop with Frank Doorhof, Joel Grimes, Dave Cross, Rob Sylvan, Glyn Dewis, Lindsay Adler, and of course, Scott Kelby just to name but a few. In this articl...

Making pro-quality images at home is relatively easy, as illustrated in two of my KelbyOne classes Transform Your Home Into a Professional Photography Studio, Part 1, and Transform Your Home Into a Professional Photography Studio, Part 2. In this article, I’ll add to the info I shared in those classes. I’ll also sum up my basic photo philosophy of setting up and shooting in a homemade studio. Let’s go! Set a Goal In photography, as in life, setting a goal is important. If we don’t set a goal, how the heck do we know where we’re going? In the case of a home studio, when I talk about s...

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Making pro-quality images at home is relatively easy, as illustrated in two of my KelbyOne classes Transform Your Home Into a Professional Photography Studio, Part 1, and Transform Your Home Into a Professional Photography Studio, Part 2. In this article, I’ll add to the info I shared in those classes. I’ll also sum up my basic photo philosophy of setting up and shooting in a homemade studio. Let’s go! Set a Goal In photography, as in life, setting a goal is important. If we don’t set a goal, how the heck do we know where we’re going? In the case of a home studio, when I talk about s...

“I hate HDR.” Do a Google search on that topic and you’ll find tons of examples of poorly processed HDR (high-dynamic range) images—images with haloes, images that look oversaturated with exaggerated details, and images that look grotesquely grungy. Do a Google search on “I love HDR,” and you’ll find images that don’t look like HDR images—images with a natural look. The key to a good HDR image, especially one with a person in it, is to make it look as if it weren’t several exposures processed in an HDR program. Before we get going, this isn’t a detailed article about processing HDR image...

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“I hate HDR.” Do a Google search on that topic and you’ll find tons of examples of poorly processed HDR (high-dynamic range) images—images with haloes, images that look oversaturated with exaggerated details, and images that look grotesquely grungy. Do a Google search on “I love HDR,” and you’ll find images that don’t look like HDR images—images with a natural look. The key to a good HDR image, especially one with a person in it, is to make it look as if it weren’t several exposures processed in an HDR program. Before we get going, this isn’t a detailed article about processing HDR image...

Join Rick Sammon in Bosque del Apache as he teaches you how to master the art and craft of bird photography. Rick shares plenty of tips on stopping action, capturing gesture, shooting at different times of day, composition techniques, the gear he uses, and so much more. From birds on the ground to birds in flight, Rick covers all the situations and scenarios you’re likely to encounter.

This class is perfect for anyone interested in bird photography.

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Join Rick Sammon in Bosque del Apache as he teaches you how to master the art and craft of bird photography. Rick shares plenty of tips on stopping action, capturing gesture, shooting at different times of day, composition techniques, the gear he uses, and so much more. From birds on the ground to birds in flight, Rick covers all the situations and scenarios you’re likely to encounter.

This class is perfect for anyone interested in bird photography.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful—as I write this piece during a January winter near whiteout in Croton on Hudson, New York. It’s 10° F outside, about the same temperature as it was when I took the above photograph of the Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada. Before we get going with the how-to info, here are two quick tips relating to that Ice Hotel photograph: (1) Only stay in the Ice Hotel if you want to freeze your butt off while sleeping on an ice bed, because blankets don’t help much; (2) Apply the photography, processing, accessory, and clothing tips below to get a good image in snowy a...

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful—as I write this piece during a January winter near whiteout in Croton on Hudson, New York. It’s 10° F outside, about the same temperature as it was when I took the above photograph of the Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada. Before we get going with the how-to info, here are two quick tips relating to that Ice Hotel photograph: (1) Only stay in the Ice Hotel if you want to freeze your butt off while sleeping on an ice bed, because blankets don’t help much; (2) Apply the photography, processing, accessory, and clothing tips below to get a good image in snowy a...

The Personal Side of Rick Sammon

with Rick Sammon & Kalebra Kelby

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is inspired by the world around him. He aims to have his creative visions come to life through his photography as well to help teach others to do the same. While you may know of his many awards, books, and various other accomplishments, he opens up his personal side, in a way we’ve never seen before, in this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby. Hear from Rick about his travels, love of music, his family, and how it’s all shaped the person he is today. Amidst the stories, you’ll be inspired by the words he lives by and learn to view the world in a whole new way. Plus, you won’t want to miss discovering his favorite household chore!

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Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is inspired by the world around him. He aims to have his creative visions come to life through his photography as well to help teach others to do the same. While you may know of his many awards, books, and various other accomplishments, he opens up his personal side, in a way we’ve never seen before, in this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby. Hear from Rick about his travels, love of music, his family, and how it’s all shaped the person he is today. Amidst the stories, you’ll be inspired by the words he lives by and learn to view the world in a whole new way. Plus, you won’t want to miss discovering his favorite household chore!

Take a trip with Rick Sammon as he shares the essential tips for creating incredible photos on your travels! Rick has photographed in over 100 countries, and has learned a lot along the way. Rick brings that hard earned wisdom together to teach you everything you need to know to get the shots you envisioned. In this class you’ll learn the importance of respecting your gear, how to always seek the strongest compositions, and fundamental tips for stunning landscape, wildlife, people, low light photography, and more. Rick wraps up the class with a look at the workflow he uses, and all along the way he shares lessons learned from the road.

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Take a trip with Rick Sammon as he shares the essential tips for creating incredible photos on your travels! Rick has photographed in over 100 countries, and has learned a lot along the way. Rick brings that hard earned wisdom together to teach you everything you need to know to get the shots you envisioned. In this class you’ll learn the importance of respecting your gear, how to always seek the strongest compositions, and fundamental tips for stunning landscape, wildlife, people, low light photography, and more. Rick wraps up the class with a look at the workflow he uses, and all along the way he shares lessons learned from the road.

Let me begin by saying that you’re a lucky photographer—lucky to have a light meter built into your digital camera. When I started taking pictures with my dad’s Canon Vt 35mm film camera, the light meter (center, top of next page) was a separate accessory and a luxury. Yes, some digital photographers still use light meters—flash and natural light meters. And yes, there are advantages to using hand-held light meters, especially when it comes to taking many flash exposures in the same situation with different subjects wearing different color outfits with different reflectivity. Those are j...

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Let me begin by saying that you’re a lucky photographer—lucky to have a light meter built into your digital camera. When I started taking pictures with my dad’s Canon Vt 35mm film camera, the light meter (center, top of next page) was a separate accessory and a luxury. Yes, some digital photographers still use light meters—flash and natural light meters. And yes, there are advantages to using hand-held light meters, especially when it comes to taking many flash exposures in the same situation with different subjects wearing different color outfits with different reflectivity. Those are j...

Join Rick Sammon and learn how to get the most out of photographing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. These parks are close together, and a must-see destination for landscape and wildlife photographers. In this class Rick shares his favorite locations within both parks, and teaches you how to prepare for your trip, tips for creating powerful compositions, overcoming exposure challenges, how to shoot time-lapse and HDR, and a host of tips, tricks and techniques for landscape and wildlife photography.

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Join Rick Sammon and learn how to get the most out of photographing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. These parks are close together, and a must-see destination for landscape and wildlife photographers. In this class Rick shares his favorite locations within both parks, and teaches you how to prepare for your trip, tips for creating powerful compositions, overcoming exposure challenges, how to shoot time-lapse and HDR, and a host of tips, tricks and techniques for landscape and wildlife photography.

Getting a good exposure, like a good card trick, is easy—easy if you know the trick or technique. In a good magic trick, the steps for success include diversion, performance, and of course, skill in handling the cards. In photography, the steps for success begin with what’s called the exposure triangle: the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. In this article, I’ll start by exploring the exposure triangle with some of my favorite pictures from Iceland. I’ll share the exposure information for each image, so you get an idea of how the exposure triangle works and how it can help you m...

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Getting a good exposure, like a good card trick, is easy—easy if you know the trick or technique. In a good magic trick, the steps for success include diversion, performance, and of course, skill in handling the cards. In photography, the steps for success begin with what’s called the exposure triangle: the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. In this article, I’ll start by exploring the exposure triangle with some of my favorite pictures from Iceland. I’ll share the exposure information for each image, so you get an idea of how the exposure triangle works and how it can help you m...

Every picture we have ever taken, and every picture we will ever take, has the same main element: light. Sometimes the light is great and sometimes it’s not. And, of course, there are times when the light can be enhanced and made even better. In this article, we’ll take a look at my top 10 techniques for controlling light—in-camera and with Photoshop and Lightroom. Here we go! ND Filters ND (neutral density) filters reduce the amount of light entering your camera, without changing the color of light. Two types of ND filters are available: Variable ND filters (2–8 stops, 1–9 stops, etc...

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Every picture we have ever taken, and every picture we will ever take, has the same main element: light. Sometimes the light is great and sometimes it’s not. And, of course, there are times when the light can be enhanced and made even better. In this article, we’ll take a look at my top 10 techniques for controlling light—in-camera and with Photoshop and Lightroom. Here we go! ND Filters ND (neutral density) filters reduce the amount of light entering your camera, without changing the color of light. Two types of ND filters are available: Variable ND filters (2–8 stops, 1–9 stops, etc...

I’m often asked, “What’s the most difficult subject to photograph?” The answer, of course, is “It depends.” For example, photographing a stranger in Mongolia can be difficult, due in part to the language difference. Photographing underwater can be difficult, too, because the subject is often moving and you’re moving—through a liquid that’s 800 times denser than air. But photographing birds in flight, a.k.a. BIF photos, is the first thing that comes to mind when I’m asked this question. In this article, I’ll share with you my top tips for BIF photographs, tips I’ve learned after making ma...

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I’m often asked, “What’s the most difficult subject to photograph?” The answer, of course, is “It depends.” For example, photographing a stranger in Mongolia can be difficult, due in part to the language difference. Photographing underwater can be difficult, too, because the subject is often moving and you’re moving—through a liquid that’s 800 times denser than air. But photographing birds in flight, a.k.a. BIF photos, is the first thing that comes to mind when I’m asked this question. In this article, I’ll share with you my top tips for BIF photographs, tips I’ve learned after making ma...

Don’t just take pictures, make pictures! Join Rick Sammon as he dives deep into his 20 time proven rules of composition. It’s up to you to tell your story with creative composition, and in this class Rick provides you with new ways of seeing when you are holding your camera in hand. Whether you call them rules or recommended guidelines, Rick shares over 250 visual examples to help you understand how to use these tools to make great shots instead of snapshots. In the end you’ll be a better photographer for not only knowing the rules, but knowing when to break them, and have fun while doing it.

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Don’t just take pictures, make pictures! Join Rick Sammon as he dives deep into his 20 time proven rules of composition. It’s up to you to tell your story with creative composition, and in this class Rick provides you with new ways of seeing when you are holding your camera in hand. Whether you call them rules or recommended guidelines, Rick shares over 250 visual examples to help you understand how to use these tools to make great shots instead of snapshots. In the end you’ll be a better photographer for not only knowing the rules, but knowing when to break them, and have fun while doing it.

Join Rick Sammon for part 2 of his series on how to transform your home into a professional photography studio! Building on his previous class, Rick takes it to the next level by bringing in more advanced accessories, more advanced lighting techniques, and a professional model to show you a whole new set of tips and techniques that are easy to replicate. You'll be surprised to see that without spending a lot of money or time, you can channel your energy and creativity into getting studio quality results in your own home. In each lesson Rick discusses the gear you'll need, how to set it up, how to work with your subject, and then shows you how to get the shot.

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Join Rick Sammon for part 2 of his series on how to transform your home into a professional photography studio! Building on his previous class, Rick takes it to the next level by bringing in more advanced accessories, more advanced lighting techniques, and a professional model to show you a whole new set of tips and techniques that are easy to replicate. You'll be surprised to see that without spending a lot of money or time, you can channel your energy and creativity into getting studio quality results in your own home. In each lesson Rick discusses the gear you'll need, how to set it up, how to work with your subject, and then shows you how to get the shot.

Learn how to set up a photo studio in your own home! Join Rick Sammon as he shows you how you can take a room in your home, add some basic accessories, and start taking photos that look like they were taken in a professional studio. Rick goes through all of the gear you'll need to get started, and then demonstrates a series of portrait lighting techniques, from speed lights to constant lights to flashlights, that you can start using right away to get amazing results. You're sure to learn a lot and have fun along the way as Rick shares tips and techniques that are easy to replicate with inexpensive equipment and a few props.

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Learn how to set up a photo studio in your own home! Join Rick Sammon as he shows you how you can take a room in your home, add some basic accessories, and start taking photos that look like they were taken in a professional studio. Rick goes through all of the gear you'll need to get started, and then demonstrates a series of portrait lighting techniques, from speed lights to constant lights to flashlights, that you can start using right away to get amazing results. You're sure to learn a lot and have fun along the way as Rick shares tips and techniques that are easy to replicate with inexpensive equipment and a few props.

We all need motivation from time to time, because if you're not motivated you're not going to get out to get the picture. Join Rick Sammon to get motivated and stay inspired. In this class Rick shares his top ten techniques for getting inspired and staying motivated. From finding new sources of inspiration to staying healthy and seeing the world, Rick provides and engaging set of tasks and resources you can start using today. This presentation was given in front of a live studio audience and includes a question and answer session at the end.

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We all need motivation from time to time, because if you're not motivated you're not going to get out to get the picture. Join Rick Sammon to get motivated and stay inspired. In this class Rick shares his top ten techniques for getting inspired and staying motivated. From finding new sources of inspiration to staying healthy and seeing the world, Rick provides and engaging set of tasks and resources you can start using today. This presentation was given in front of a live studio audience and includes a question and answer session at the end.

Join Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, and discover tips, tricks, and techniques that can apply to anywhere your camera might take you. Rick draws on his experiences leading photo safaris in Africa to teach you how to prepare for your own safari, consider what gear to bring, the importance of developing a daily routine, and how to get the best photographs of the people, wildlife, and places that you will encounter.

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Join Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, and discover tips, tricks, and techniques that can apply to anywhere your camera might take you. Rick draws on his experiences leading photo safaris in Africa to teach you how to prepare for your own safari, consider what gear to bring, the importance of developing a daily routine, and how to get the best photographs of the people, wildlife, and places that you will encounter.

Join Mia McCormick for a fun and inspirational conversation with photographer and author Rick Sammon. Rick's positive attitude and love of photography has led him all over the world pursuing the life he's always wanted to live. If you can set your goals, create a plan, and never give up, you may just find you are doing the same.

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Join Mia McCormick for a fun and inspirational conversation with photographer and author Rick Sammon. Rick's positive attitude and love of photography has led him all over the world pursuing the life he's always wanted to live. If you can set your goals, create a plan, and never give up, you may just find you are doing the same.

Whether shooting in the studio, on location, or just for fun, photography is all about the light. Professional photographer Rick Sammon teaches you how to envision the end result for your photograph and then the tools of how to capture it. He walks through how the camera and lens work together to capture light, different was to control light, and then how to play with lighting in post-processing.

This class is perfect for a beginner or intermediate photographer to understand how to see, capture, and control light.

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Whether shooting in the studio, on location, or just for fun, photography is all about the light. Professional photographer Rick Sammon teaches you how to envision the end result for your photograph and then the tools of how to capture it. He walks through how the camera and lens work together to capture light, different was to control light, and then how to play with lighting in post-processing.

This class is perfect for a beginner or intermediate photographer to understand how to see, capture, and control light.

Join professional photographer Rick Sammon as he shows you how to emotionally and technically compose a good photo. He walks you through the basic rules every photographer knows and then offers tips and tricks to make these photos convey the emotion you’re looking to express as well.

This class is perfect for a beginner photographer needing to learn about composition.

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Join professional photographer Rick Sammon as he shows you how to emotionally and technically compose a good photo. He walks you through the basic rules every photographer knows and then offers tips and tricks to make these photos convey the emotion you’re looking to express as well.

This class is perfect for a beginner photographer needing to learn about composition.

Professional photographer Rick Sammon takes you on a tour of the Canon 5D and Mark II digital SLR cameras, introducing key features and best practices.

This class is perfect for someone who needs to set up their camera or compare features to another camera.

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Professional photographer Rick Sammon takes you on a tour of the Canon 5D and Mark II digital SLR cameras, introducing key features and best practices.

This class is perfect for someone who needs to set up their camera or compare features to another camera.

The Canon 40D and 50D

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Join professional photographer Rick Sammon as he walks you through key features of these two Canon DSLR cameras and teaches you how to shoot like a professional.

This class is perfect for someone who needs to set up their camera or compare features to another camera.

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Join professional photographer Rick Sammon as he walks you through key features of these two Canon DSLR cameras and teaches you how to shoot like a professional.

This class is perfect for someone who needs to set up their camera or compare features to another camera.

Digital SLR Basics

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New to digital SLR photography? You’ve come to the right place! Join professional photographer Rick Sammon as he walks through ways to fine-tune your pictures through exposure, metering, focus modes, ISO and flash. Rick also shares his own images to explain your options and his artistic choices. Through this video you’re reminded to picture the world in your own unique way and have the control on your camera to capture your vision.

This class is perfect for someone just getting started with digital SLR photography.

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New to digital SLR photography? You’ve come to the right place! Join professional photographer Rick Sammon as he walks through ways to fine-tune your pictures through exposure, metering, focus modes, ISO and flash. Rick also shares his own images to explain your options and his artistic choices. Through this video you’re reminded to picture the world in your own unique way and have the control on your camera to capture your vision.

This class is perfect for someone just getting started with digital SLR photography.

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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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.

Photoshop Quick Tips

with Rick Sammon

Learn how to turn your snapshots into great shots in Photoshop in minutes, actually in about 3 minutes or less! This fast-paced set of lessons is designed for those who want to get great results immediately, without using a stack of adjustment layers and super-sophisticated techniques.

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Learn how to turn your snapshots into great shots in Photoshop in minutes, actually in about 3 minutes or less! This fast-paced set of lessons is designed for those who want to get great results immediately, without using a stack of adjustment layers and super-sophisticated techniques.

On Location Photography

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In this video series photographer Rick Sammon goes through some location shoots around the Tampa Bay area.

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In this video series photographer Rick Sammon goes through some location shoots around the Tampa Bay area.