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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are a limited number of photography books that I keep near my desk. Brian Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" Scott Kelby's "Whatever is hot this week from Adobe" and now Rick Sammon's Creative Visualization. I grade myself as a solid B photographer - I can make the buttons and dials work like I want, but have trouble making photos with emotion.
So you're aware - I'm a big fan of Rick's work - and have been on a workshop with him so my bias is positive. That said, it's still money and time and it would be easier to avoid writing a review than to post anything at all - disclaimer complete.
This is a book that covers a lot of ground. It's not a "Field Guide" nor is it a camera owner's manual - but I don't know that it's supposed to be either so that's ok by me. I won't comment about the ebook as I have the printed version which is well organized, clear and beautifully presented - both ideas and images.
This book is awesome. I have always liked to take pictures and recently started on a journey to move my picture taking to a higher level. Rick Sammon's book is full of pictures, concepts and processes, which has helped me rethink how I approach my photography. Rick has a teaching style that is easy to follow, concepts that are fun to try, and his before and after photos demonstrate a few simple steps to turn a good shot into a great photo. I believe that there is something of value for all levels of photographers, and I have returned to this book a few times to reinforce some of the concepts and also try new ones. I highly recommend this book and will be purchasing hard copies when they become available to be given as gifts to some of my photography friends
I was on the waiting list for this book and boy was it worth it. It was just like being at a Rick Sammon Workshop (several years ago he was my first photography workshop) with him looking over your shoulder advising me how to take the shot and why to take that particular shot. Love Rick's stories and how he "got the shot". Rick had me after the second section of the book, even before the first chapter. Highly recommend this book to everyone.
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