Thursday, October 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Scarborough High School Auditorium, 11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough, Maine

Three horses image by Rick Sammon

Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Scarborough High School Auditorium, 11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough, Maine
For directions, click here: Google Maps

In this informative and fun-filled presentation, Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe - illustrating the difference between taking pictures and making pictures. For every image, Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy.

This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is here to share what he's learned over his many years as a professional photographer - travelling to almost 100 countries.

In "Exploring the Light," Rick will cover:
  • Composition, the strongest way of seeing
  • Light, the main element in every photograph
  • HDR, when it good and when it's bad
  • Lightroom and Photoshop tips, tricks and techniques
  • Awaken the artist within with plug-ins
  • Noise reduction
  • Travel photography
  • Photographing action
  • Landscape, seascape and icescape photography
  • Black and white photography
  • Shooting on a photo safari
  • What a histogram tells us
  • Wildlife photography
  • Speedlites and lighting
  • Getting and staying motivated
  • Inspiration
  • And more!

There will be an hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks.  Click here for a list of restaurants located within 5 minutes of Scarborough High School where you can find a quick lunch. Attendees may also bring their own lunch and snacks.

Rick Sammon enjoys sharing his photographs and providing practical how-to advice to a wide audience of photo enthusiasts. In recognition of his talent and influence, Rick has been named a Canon Explorer of Light.
Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, then transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography.
Rick's images have been published in many magazines and in his 36 books, including Rick Sammon's Exploring the Light,and 11 apps including Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.  Rick also writes the "Quick Fix" column for Digital Photo Magazine. Rick was also named one of the Top 100 Travel Photographers of the Year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014

Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014

Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014 175x175 Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014"October 2014 Review – This is a review of the top 20 best HDR software used for creating high dynamic range (HDR) photographs. I’ve been meaning to update this software list for a while. I would have gotten the HDR software list done sooner but it just kept on growing! But eventually I got around to just sitting down and doing it before a new HDR program pops out of no where."

Listed below for review, in alphabetical order, are the top 20bestHDR software for 2014. I downloaded and installed each HDR program to find out which software is the best.
  1. Canon Digital Photo Professional (2 Stars)
  2. Dynamic-Photo HDR 5 (3 Stars)
  3. EasyHDR (4 Stars)
  4. Essential HDR (2 Stars)
  5. Full Dynamic Range Tool (2 Stars)
  6. Fusion (2 Stars)
  7. HDR Darkroom 3 Pro (4 Stars)
  8. HDR Efex Pro (3 Stars)
  9. HDR Expose 3 (3 Stars)
  10. HDR Projects 2 (3 Stars)
  11. LR Enfuse for Lightroom (1 Star)
  12. Luminance HDR (3 Stars)
  13. Machinery HDR (3 Stars)
  14. Oloneo HDR (4 Stars)
  15. Photomatix Pro (5 Stars)
  16. PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate (3 Stars)
  17. Photoshop CC – Merge to HDR Pro (1 Star)
  18. PhotoStudio (1 Star)
  19. Picturenaut (3 Stars)
  20. SNS-HDR (5 Stars)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

f11 is a FREE digital magazine

f11 is a FREE digital magazine. Presented in a page flip format, the magazine is published eleven times each year.

Read by tens of thousands all over the world, f11 is for professional and enthusiast photographers, designers and creative people working with images, as well as buyers and collectors of photography.

Each issue is also available for download as a PDF file.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Snapshots vs Photographs - What's in Your Camera?

Snapshots vs Photographs - What's in Your Camera?

"The bland photographer’s thought process looks something like this:

See pretty thing
Turn on camera
P Mode
Point Lens
Click (x10)
Upload 800 pictures to computer
Wonder why 795 of those pictures were taken
Photoshop one image for an hour and maybe extract some valuable pixels from the mix
Upload 400 bland snapshots to facebook the next day at lunch

But it doesn’t have to be that way - all it takes is careful consideration. Here are a few steps anyone can take to change their snapshots into photographs. "

Saturday, October 18, 2014



Sponsored by the Newport Photo Guild, this day long seminar promises to be information packed.  Thanks for getting the word - link - out to your club members!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Upcoming photo shoots

Upcoming photo shoots 

  • Oct 21st Night photography and light painting at the Trolley Museum 
    • We have the place all to ourselves, small group (Branford CT).

  • November 15th Night photography and light painting at Woodlawn Cemetery, This awesome cemetery has great sculptures, headstones and mausoleums, Bronx NY, Rt 15 South. easy to get to, about an hour from Hamden CT.
    • Nov 22nd Photograph inside the closed Victory Theatre in Holyoke (MA). "The Victory Theatre (in stone on building, spelled "re") is a theater in Holyoke, MA. It was built in 1920 by the Goldstein Brothers Amusement Company. The architecture is in the Art Deco style and is considered the last of its type between Boston and Albany. The theater closed in 1979 and has sat derelict since then."
    • May 10th Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm 
      • Sign up before 12/31/14 for a dicsounted photo event fee.
      • Catskill Game Farm was a zoo in Catskill, New York, U.S.A.. It closed permanently on Columbus Day 2006 after 73 years of operation. The Game Farm is still closed today." but we will be able to walk the grounds, go into the cages, walk into the Giraffe house, the Rhino house, Kodak film selling yellow stores, see the mini-golf - great place for a photo shoot, a snapshot into the past of this historic landmark. 

    $50 Minimum Trade In on Any Lens - Lens Amnesty is Here

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    40 Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography

    40 Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography

    "Bokeh. Basically it is referring to the aesthetic quality of the blur produced from a shot with shallow depth of field. Determining factors of bokeh are things like lens aberrations and shape of lens aperture. Bokeh is a very subjective thing. Its hard to say what is “good” bokeh and what is “bad”. In my opinion anything that is less distracting and adds something to the image would be considered good and anything distracting or confusing to the image would be considered bad. Based on that I have gathered some examples of what I think is beautiful bokeh photography."


    Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography