Rick Sammon's Creative Visualization for Photographers from Focal Press is a 312-page guide covering a range of photographic topics, including composition, exposure, lighting, learning, experimenting, setting goals, motivation, and more. Authored by professional photographer, educator, and instructor, Rick Sammon. His publication showcases his proven methodology for improving your digital photography. Utilizing an inspiring and motivating approach to teaching, Sammon strives to increase creativity and experimentation in photography through the use of easy-to-follow examples and simple changes to visualization, composition, and post-processing. The book is illustrated with more than 300 of Sammon's photographs and includes detailed information about exposure, composition, subject choice, lighting, mood, and depth.
A wide range of chapters and sections cover a variety of different topics and techniques: the Food for Thought section offers guidelines for setting goals, getting motivated, connecting with a subject, learning, painting with lighting, and thinking like a painter: Develop Your Creative Vision explores the subjects of composition, exposure, making images with impact, creating a mood, altering reality, and pursuing your passion; and the Imaging Processing Specialties sections covers how to use corrective and creative processing techniques, HDR, EDR, panoramas, and black and white imaging. Easy-to-follow instructions for working in Lightroom or Photoshop are also included, along with how plug-ins can help to improve image quality. The visual examples shown include both "photo failures" as well as successful imagery, with the distinctions between the two clearly outlined to help better understand what goes in to creating a successful photograph. Additionally, a chapter is also dedicated to self-assignments/photo challenges that allow you to apply the information learned to practical use.