His Pictures Look Better Than Mine! It Must Be The Camera!

I recently received an email from an old friend who is also a new photographer

I recently received an email from an old friend who is also a new photographer. She was working on an assignment and had a second photographer working with her. What she noticed was at the end of the day, the other photographer’s pictures seemed better than her own. “Her pictures seem so much brighter,” she said, “with less noise... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Two “Sammonisms” That Can Help You Make Better Photographs

I like to make learning fast and fun.

I like to make learning fast and fun. That’s why I developed what I call my "Sammonisms," one-liners that drive home an important photo tip. In this post I’ll share two of my favorites. All my "Sammonisms" are listed on my website: www.ricksammon.com/about. Here goes! Light Illuminates, Shadows Define Every picture... Read more

Multi-Image Compositing Tips – Part Two

Last week we covered my favorite in-camera tips for making multiple image composites

Last week we covered my favorite in-camera tips for making multiple image composites. Assuming you’ve followed that great advice and created separate individual images that are all nicely aligned and ready to make the merge into a single composite, you’ll have an easier time compositing those exposures in the computer. But still, you’ll... Read more
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Quick Fix Fridays: Don’t Be So Quick to Delete

Today, among some photographers, there is a tendency to press the Delete button on the back of one’s camera if a picture is not, well, "picture perfect". Well my friends, don’t be so quick to delete and image.

Happy Friday! Today, among some photographers, there is a tendency to press the Delete button on the back of one’s camera if a picture is not, well, "picture perfect". Well my friends, don’t be so quick to delete and image. There is much you can do in the digital darkroom to save/improve a shot. Here are just two examples. I... Read more

Tips and Tricks for Multiple Exposure Compositing

There’s an old saying that it’s always better to get a shot right in the camera whenever possible, as opposed to fixing it in post

There’s an old saying that it’s always better to get a shot right in the camera whenever possible, as opposed to fixing it in post. And this is certainly true, I’ve found, in most circumstances…But, not all the time. I also know that there are certain situations in which a little bit of planned post-production wizardry can help you... Read more

Build Your Own Strip Light

There are all sorts of studio gadgets and light modifiers that I would love to add to my arsenal

There are all sorts of studio gadgets and light modifiers that I would love to add to my arsenal, but unfortunately I just don’t have the budget for them all. At the top of that list is a set of strip lights. Strip lights are softboxes a few feet long and a few inches wide, and they’re designed to create a fairly narrow light that still... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Quick People Pictures

Here are two quick tips to help you make better people pictures.

Here are two quick tips to help you make better people pictures. #1 "The camera looks both ways." It’s true, the camera really does look both ways: in picturing the subject, you are also picturing a part of yourself. In other words, you are a mirror. The mood, the energy, the feeling and the emotion that you project are reflected by... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Analyze This

As photographers, it’s important for us to analyze our images — to see what went right, so we can have repeat successes, as well as to see what went wrong, so we can avoid mistakes.

As photographers, it’s important for us to analyze our images — to see what went right, so we can have repeat successes, as well as to see what went wrong, so we can avoid mistakes. To illustrate how we can analyze an image, I thought I’d analyze the opening image for this post. Here goes. The letters in the image correspond to my analysis. ... Read more

Portrait Posing Guide

The great thing about photography is that there are very few hard and fast rules

The great thing about photography is that there are very few hard and fast rules, especially when it comes to the creative, compositional, aesthetic side of things. But there are definitely guidelines that have proven time and again to lead to better photographs. For instance, there are compositional “rules” that we learn early on—like... Read more

The Most Important Flash Tip

For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories

For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories. Commonly included in that kit is a handheld flash, or speedlight. These flashes mount to the hot-shoe on top of the camera, and are brilliant devices that communicate with the camera via TTL metering to deliver accurate exposures almost every time. But, many new photographers... Read more