Rick Sammon on photography, from A to Z

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The Godfather has an offer you can't refuse. Actually, that's the Colorado Photography Learning Group, which is bringing award-winning photographer Rick Sammon -- officially known as the Canon Explorer of Light and unofficially as The Godfather -- to the University of Denver's Davis Auditorium on Saturday, August 2 for "A Day With Rick Sammon," a photography workshop that will only set you back $10. If you're a local artist who hangs (or aspires to hang!) your work around town, this is a great chance to advance your skills.

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Sammon, who started his professional career as an underwater photographer and currently writes the "Quick Fix" column for Digital Photo Magazine, divides his time between creating art and leading photography workshops, and his enthusiasm for digital imaging is often contagious. A self-taught photographer who has been in the industry for nearly forty years, New York-based Sammon hesitates to categorize his work. "I'm an A-to-Z type of photographer," he says. "I do it all, and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing." During his August 2 session, Sammon will provide practical, how-to advice for amateurs and professionals alike. The day will begin with Sammon sharing his photographs of people, wildlife and landscapes from around the globe, illustrating the difference between taking pictures and making pictures. With each image, Sammon will shares a technique, digital darkroom tip or personal photo philosophy.

Don't worry: This workshop isn't merely a slide show of pretty images. Sammon will also cover seeing the light, controlling the light, playing with the light, HDR photography and some composition techniques. And he'll share some of his favorite Lightroom and Photoshop enhancement tips. Continue reading for more on the upcoming Rick Sammon workshop

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Everyone at the workshop will receive one raffle ticket, with extras available for purchase, for some valuable door prizes -- including a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud subscription worth $600, two copies of Photographer's Toolkit DVD, a Transit Backpack 350AW, a CityWalker 20 shoulder bag from Think Tank, autographed copies of
 Sammon's book, and much more. The morning session runs 9 a.m. to noon, with an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Lunch -- a sandwich, side, and drink -- can be purchased in advance for $15, or participants may bring their own. Event parking is available on campus for $8 per car, and there is also a Park-n-Ride lot at the DU RTD stop. Visit the Colorado Photography Learning Group website for details and to register.

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