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About Rick Sammon
Rick's latest books are Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom - Discovering the Power of Pictures, Creative Visualization for Photographers and Evolution of an Image.
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."
Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com. Rick can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This book, Rick’s 41st, was written for photographers, as well as for all types of artists—because the lessons and philosophies on these pages are universal to all creatives.
Like Photo Therapy, Photo Quest includes only words of wisdom motivation and inspiration. There are no photographs in this book.
Rick says there are two reasons for not including photographs (unlike his 40 other books and 18 online classes that are richly illustrated with hundreds of photographs from his travels around the world): “One, I want you to slow down and read the text carefully; Two, I want you to think about your photography and art when you are reading about an idea or technique – and not be distracted by my colorful images.”
Rick Sammon has assembled an all-star team of photo and creative mentors for this important book – a team that offers advice and insight on finding one’s photographic and artist voice. As Rick says, “You’d be hard pressed to find this much talent between the covers of one photography book.”
This list of contributors reads like a “Who’s Who” in the world of photography in 2020. These pros include Erin Babnick, Martin Baily, Richard Bernabe, Steve Brazill, Jeff Cable, Tony Corbell, Patricia Davidson, Dave DeBaermaeker, Ron Clifford, Ed Cooley, Unmsh Dinda, Frank Doorhof, Piper Mackay, Scott Kelby, Karen Hutton, Don Komarechka, Ian Plant, Trey Ratcliff, Art Wolfe – and more!
If you are in search of becoming a more creative photographer, and not just ways of taking better pictures (there is a big difference), you have come to the right place.
And if you are thinking about “changing lanes” – changing your career or making creative changes in your life – this book is for you.
On these pages you will learn about (in chapter titles of the same name): Finding Your Superpower and Inner Voice, Your Secret Weapon, Idea to Image, Specializing or Not Specializing, The Rollercoaster Ride of Creatives, The Importance of Your Conversation, Changing Lanes, Creating a Sense of Mystery, Photography & The Death of Reality, Know Your Audience & Build Your Brand – and more.
Each of the 22 chapters in the book ends with a Mission – an assignment – that will help you on your personal photo quest, which Rick feels will be one of the most rewarding adventures in your photographic and artistic life.
This book is also filled with dozens of inspirational quotes relating to photographs and all artists. Here is one of Rick’s favorites:
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. – Charles Cooley
It’s not that Rick is tired of having to "lug around a camera," as Lewis Hine said, it’s just that he thinks the motivational and inspirational message of this book is better expressed without showing his own pictures. Rather, in reading the 35,000-word text, he’d like you to imagine your own pictures – and potential pictures – while he is describing a situation, process, technique, feeling or emotion.
Chapters include: Emotional Intelligence for Photographers, Seeing vs. Looking, Creating Your Own Reality, It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, Light and Color Therapy, Learning is Health, and What Does Your Photography Mean to You?
The book also includes more than 20 “missions” that you can accept in your quest to expand your photographic horizons.
This very personal book is filled with Rick’s photo and life wisdom – wisdom he has gained by spending almost an entire lifetime – starting in the late 1950’s with developing pictures in his parents’ basement – involved in photography in many forms and fashions.
You will find many inspirational quotes in this book. One of Rick’s favorites: “When you are through changing, you are through.” – Bruce Barton
Capture the incredible sights of Oregon’s majestic seaside
Rick and Susan Sammon are back to share their seasoned photography and travel wisdom, this time guiding the reader through the remarkable landscapes and cultural treasures of the Oregon Coast, from Cannon Beach to Bandon Beach. Whether toting professional gear or just smartphones, travelers will find practical tips and expert knowledge on taking the best photos of the coast’s shorelines, rock faces, lighthouses, and more. When the journey is over, The Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip offers photo editing advice for everything from industry-leading software to a smartphone’s default camera app, so the memories can be relived and preserved.
More than just guides to the practice of photography, Rick and Susan also cover all of the best places to lodge, dine, and shop, providing a detailed and tailored itinerary and map so travelers can make the most of every mile of coast.
The essential guide to enjoying and photographing the Mother Road
“Rick Sammon has a super power: he makes any photographic technique or concept simple to understand.” — PhotoFocus.com
From legendary photographer Rick Sammon and his wife, Susan, The Route 66 Photo Road Trip is the perfect companion to enjoying and photographing everything that the country’s most famous highway has to offer, whether you’re hauling professional gear or just your phone!
One of the earliest cross-country routes for the first American motor tourists, Route 66 still teems with nostalgic attractions and natural wonder. The Sammons guide you from Amarillo to Las Vegas, focusing on the thriving and historical southwest segment of the highway featuring classic venues like the 66 Diner and the Hotel Andaluz.
This guide includes recommendations for dining and lodging, lists of attractions, hour- by- hour road itineraries, and essential tips for capturing memorable photographs by day or night, stopped or in a moving car, with a DSLR or an iPhone.
Light is the primary element of any photograph, but it may also be the most frustrating. Rick Sammon can help you eliminate those frustrations. With over 300 new images, Exploring Photographic Exposure takes you through the basics of exposure and how to apply them in any setting; from photographing wildlife to people, from landscapes to seascapes. Learn how to move away from the "spray and pray" approach by seeing light and applying camera settings to take fewer—and better—photos. Not just all tech talk, you’ll also learn how to explore exposure modes for more creative images, and to change and rescue exposures in post-processing.
Key features include:
- More than 300 before-and-after images on how to apply the basics of exposure concepts to a variety of genres, including wildlife photography, landscape photography, studio photography, and everything in-between;
- A guide on controlling light in a photograph, and how light affects an exposure;
- Tips on working with composition in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as Adobe Photoshop;
- Advice on evolving as a photographer.
The difference between seeing and looking is essential—much like the difference, in music, between hearing and listening. In Creative Visualization, master photographer, photo educator and photo instructor Rick Sammon presents his proven methodology for creative digital photography. His signature inspiring and motivating approach opens creative avenues for photographers in a variety of genres.
With easy-to-follow examples, Sammon shows you how simple changes—with visualization, composition, post-processing, and more—can mean the difference between a snapshot and a great shot. This book, illustrated with more than 300 of Rick’s photographs, includes invaluable information about exposure, composition, subject choice, lighting, mood, and depth.
In the Food for Thought section, Rick offers guidelines for setting goals, getting motivated, connecting with a subject, learning, painting with light, thinking like a painter and more. In Develop Your Creative Vision, Rick takes you on an exploration of composition, exposure, making images with impact, creating a mood, altering reality, and pursuing your passion. Corrective and creative image processing techniques, as well as HDR, EDR, panoramas and black-and-white imaging, are covered in the Image Processing Specialties section.
Rick also shares a chapter on self-assignments – photo challenges – that you can use to expand your photographic horizons.
- Canon Explorer of Light and master photographer Rick Sammon shares the secrets behind learning to see photographically, to make the necessary changes that will have a noticeable impact on your photographs
- Includes easy-to-follow instruction for post-processing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop. Tips for making the best HDR and EDR images are also included, as well as illustrations of how plug-ins can help photographers awaken the artist within.
- Uses clear, visual examples of "photo failures" photographs side-by-side with successful ones, outlining the small, but important changes—to composition, framing, exposure, etc.—that can immediately make a significant difference
some of the top studio pros in the country. It was totally awesome to get them, as well as some talented
individuals from the Hallmark Institute of Photography, involved in this project. I have been giving
four seminars at the Institute over the past four years, and I just love the work these dudes produce.
Talk about learning a lot!
Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image illustrates the creative photographic process from start to finish. In this book, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon pulls back the curtain to prove that creating amazing photographs is a well-thought-out process that involves several stages.
Comprising 50 case studies that examine photographs taken by Rick around the world in a wide variety of shooting situations, Evolution of an Image shows the power of creative thinking, getting it right in the camera, and the careful use of image processing using Lightroom.
By including his outtakes— and the reasons that he considers them outtakes— Rick suggests the steps that every photographer should take in order to improve their images. Combining technical advice with tips on lighting, composition and using Lightroom, this book will motivate and encourage those looking to evolve as creative photographers and digital darkroom artists.
Key features include:
• More than 200 before-and-after photographs
• Fully illustrated sections on wildlife, seascape, landscape, scenic, action and people photography
• Screen grabs showing Rick’s Lightroom adjustments
• Suggestions on working in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as Adobe Photoshop
• Special section on Rick’s "Sammonisms," or quick tips on getting the best in-camera image
• Advice on evolving as a photographer
• Inspirational photographs from Provence, the Palouse, Kenya, Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, Myanmar, Colorado and more
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a process in which a photographer shoots multiple shots of the same subject at varying exposure settings and then "stitches" the images together with photo-editing software into a single photo that presents sharper color and focus than a single image. World-renowned digital photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon reveals his most amazing HDR tips, tricks, and techniques for creating the best possible HDR images.
Packed with more than 150 of Sammon's stunning full-color photos and more than 200 techniques, this invaluable guide inspires and motivates you to capture and edit your own unique still-life images.
- World-renowned digital photographer and Canon Explore of Light Rick Sammon reveals a wealth of unparalleled High Dynamic Range (HDR) tips, tricks, and techniques
- Inspires both amateur and experienced photographers to boost their creativity, and improve the quality of their images in the digital darkroom
- Features more than 150 beautiful images from Sammon's own portfolio as well as more than 200 tips and tricks for shooting and editing HDR images
HDR Secrets for Digital Photographers unveils an abundance of tips and tricks that will help you make your good HDR photos great.