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Rick Sammon’s Light It! is an iPad app that’s designed to help you make professional-quality digital SLR people pictures – without spending a small fortune on professional lighting accessories.

The app provides access to both video lessons and before/after photographs which a wireless network connection is required.

Rick Sammon took the illustrative photographs with a range of digital SLR cameras – from entry-level to top-of-the-line models. While watching the video lessons, you’ll learn how pros photograph people indoors and outdoors, in bright light and in low light, at home and on location, and even in a studio. In looking at the photographs, you’ll see the effects of Rick’s recommended techniques.

In the easy-to-follow and fun video lessons, some of which were originally shot for Wiley Publishing DVDs, Rick will show you how to use reflectors, diffusers, a flash, flash accessories, basic strobe kits, basic hot-light kits and more. Rick also covers camera settings, as well as some of his photo philosophies. Although Rick often refers to specific cameras, the basic camera settings can be applied to any digital SLR.

This is a basic, or starter, app about lighting. However, as you will see, pros use many of these techniques and accessories to get great shots.

Two of the videos – Top 21 People Photography Tips and Top Ten Digital Photography Tips – feature some of Rick’s favorite pictures from around the world, accompanied with tips, of course!

The movies, shot by Emmy-award winner David Leveen, are divided into five sections:

Basics 33 Minutes
Outdoors 15 Minutes
In Your Home 16 Minutes
On-Location 12 Minutes
Studio Shooting 23 Minutes

The total viewing time is about 1.5 hours. What’s more than 100 end-result pictures are included in the app to illustrate the techniques Rick discusses in the lessons. So in effect, the app is taking a private lesson with me – but only at your own pace.

The app was developed by Craig Ellis of Great Oak Software (www.greatoakmobile.com). In discussing the app, Craig said, “My goal with the design of Light It! was to make it an intuitive yet rich learning experience that showcases Rick’s favorite lessons that are embodied in beautiful videos and before/after photographs. His lessons are fun and easy to follow where he makes learning fast – so user experience supports that flow. I am especially proud of look and feel where iPad users should be immediately familiar, comfortable, and productive using the app to become seasoned photographers in taking better people pictures by learning from the teachings of Rick Sammon.”

What's New

Version 4.10

Bug fixes to support iOS 9.0
iPhone 6s and 6s+ app short cut support

Ratings and Reviews



Never once updates, you would be better off looking at any photographers utube channel.

Another awesome app by Rick!!

K Plumstead

How great is this? With so many possible situations that alter the light on the subject; who has time to carry and "thumb" through books, when everything you could possibly want to know about lighting is at the tip of your fingertips? Reflectors, diffusors, backgrounds, soft boxes, hot lights, you name it...this app has it covered! Best of all...Rick shows you how to get great lighting without spending a fortune on equipment. I would have paid ten times the amount for this information in books, only to remember about 10 percent of what I read. This app is way under-priced for all of the available information at your fingertips! Don't "miss" a great shot again because your subject won't wait for you to figure out your lighting. I can open the app; find the correct lighting situation; and watch one of the many videos all within a few minutes! Awesome!!

Very Basic Intro


If you are looking for a very basic intro into lighting and composition, then this is it. Nothing more.

It is very focused on entry level DSLRs and using the built-in creative modes, eg. Putting your camera in night mode will increase the exposure time to capture the available light and your flash will pop-up to light your subject. Which is true, but in the example, he shows the background is this warmly lit restaurant facade (tungsten based) and then the pop-up flash illuminates the subject with daylight making her blue. Ugh. If he just would have talked about putting a gel on the flash, it would have been far more informative and created a better image.

I don't need to educated about taking a snapshot.

It is all video based, and that video is poorly shot, eg. White balance is off, horizon lines are rarely level, focus sometimes drifts, and eye lines are often wrong.

It is disconcerting to watch videos about improving your photography when the production value of the training material does not even rise to level of the goals exposed by the presenter.

All the tips presented can be found on the web, and in some cases, better produced and free.

There a difference between a fun casual host and having a half baked production. This was more of the later.


Great Oak, Inc
114.1 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPad. Apple TV.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Unrestricted Web Access
© 2015 Great Oak Inc


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