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A Day with Rick Sammon

This event is sponsored by Canon, Mike's Camera and Eizo!

Please read all of the information in this event description before posting a question or RSVP'ing.

We are hosting a full-day seminar with Rick Sammon as part of Canon's Explorers of Light program! And we are bringing it to you for the low, low cost of only $10!

The Program

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. He will cover seeing the light, controlling the light, playing with the light, HDR photography and some composition techniques.

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.

As Rick “takes” us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography, he will share some of his favorite Lightroom and Photoshop enhancements.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of Rick's work.

About Rick

Rick Sammon – A Man on a Mission –

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.

A natural teacher, Rick enjoys sharing his photographs and providing practical how-to advice to a wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, a podcast and an expanding following on social media. With nearly 800,000 Google+ followers, he has been recognized as one of the top photographers to follow on Google+. In his spare “desk time,” Rick writes the “Quick Fix” column for Digital Photo Magazine.

Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, producing six underwater books and leading scuba diving expeditions to the seven seas. He easily transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography. Rick’s images, from his travels to more than 100 countries, have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and have been featured in his 36 books, including the popular Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light, and 11 apps, including Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet.

In recognition of his talent and influence, Rick has been named a Canon Explorer of Light. He is also a Westcott Top Pro Elite, recognized for his skill in portraiture and lighting.

While Rick describes himself as “evolving,” he hesitates to categorize his work. “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”

With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead.  As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”


Doors open at 8 a.m.
Morning session with break: 9 a.m. - noon
Lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
Afternoon session with break: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Lunch orders are currently closed, and the totals have been submitted to the caterer. It will not be possible to purchase lunch at the venue on the date of the event.

You are also welcome to bring your own lunch if you choose to. If you go off campus for lunch, please do not be late for the start of the afternoon session, which will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

The Venue

This seminar is being held in Davis Auditorium at the University of Denver.


Volunteers will be at the front door for check-in. You do not need to print out a ticket. It will help speed up the process if you know which chapter (Co Springs, Denver, Pueblo) you registered under and your Meetup name. If you use a nickname for Meetup, that's the name that will appear on the list.

For those paying at the door, please have exact cash so we can get you through the line quickly.

No one will be allowed into the building before 8 a.m.

Parking is available on campus for $8 per car for the entire day. A campus map can be downloaded here: An attendant will be on hand in Lot L to assist you. Parking in Lot L is cash only.

There is also a park-n-ride at the DU RTD stop at 1901 E. Buchtel Blvd (Buchtel & High). Fees are $2 per day for district residents and $4 per day for residents from outside the district.

Handicapped parking will be in lot 316W. Volunteers will be there to help you into the building if needed.


This event is open to the public and seating is limited. The purchase of tickets at the door is subject to the availability of seats

This program is listed on the calendar for our Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo chapters. If you are a member of another photography group or organization, please help us spread the word by sharing this information with anyone you think will be interested in attending. Those who are not members of CPLG or those without PayPal accounts can RSVP by mailing a check payable to CPLG at 1136 Darby Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Door Prizes

OK boys and girls, I'm going to lay the goodies on you! Here's a list of the door prizes I've compiled. Everyone in attendance will receive 1 raffle ticket and extras will be available for $1 each.

Adobe - 1-year Creative Cloud subscription ($600) - (2) copies of Photographer's Toolkit DVD ($300)
Photodex - (1) copy of ProShow Gold ($69)
Wacom - (1) Intuous Pro Medium ($350)
LowePro - (1) Gorillapod SLR Zoom ($50), (1) Transit Backpack 350AW ($120), (1) Fastpack 250 ($130) and (1) Flipside 400AW ($200).
Think Tank - (1) CityWalker 20 shoulder bag ($145)
OnOne Software - (1) Perfect Photo Suite 8 ($150)
Photomatix - (1) HDR Pro 5 ($99)
Rick Sammon - (5) copies of his book, "Exploring the Light" ($100) - (3) $100 rental coupons - $5 coupons for all attendees

When it's all said and done, we'll have more than $2,600 worth of great stuff to give away!


A few vendors/sponsors will have tables set up outside the auditorium. Those companies include:
Mike's Camera ( - Mike's is an official sponsor and is donating money to pay for morning coffee and tea.
AdventureCam Photo (
Eizo ( - Eizo is an official sponsor and is donating money to pay for morning coffee and tea. They will also be offering discounts on monitors.
Rick Sammon ( ( is an official sponsor and is donating money to help cover some expenses. They are also providing 2 copies of their Photographer's Tool Kit DVD.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with these vendors during breaks and lunch as well as before and after the program.


Due to the amount of money it is costing to host this event, refunds will not be possible. There is a set cost to renting the venue, and CPLG may end up paying part of the bill if we do not get enough RSVPs to cover this amount. If you find that your plans change, you may transfer your RSVP to someone else or donate your spot to another person who would like to attend. It is your responsibility to change your RSVP if you cannot be there. You will have to notify us if you transfer your RSVP so we can keep track of our attendee list.


Volunteers will be needed to help direct attendees to the auditorium and check in. Please let us know if you can help.

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  • Jim F.

    Outstanding. Sammon was incredibly knowledgeable, down to earth, engaged with the audience, and truly cared that that people learned. The U of Denver is a great venue. Bravo. (Sorry for late reply. I was moving my mother) Cheers

    August 27, 2014

  • Mike P.

    Please keep in mind that the doors open at 8 a.m. and those arriving early will not have access to the building until that time. We need time for our volunteers and vendors to get set up without distractions. Thank you for your understanding.

    July 30, 2014

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