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Rick Sammon's Exploring the Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures Paperback – September 29, 2008
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Rick writes for PCPhoto, Outdoor Photographer and Layers magazine.
Rick hosts photography and Photoshop shows on kelbytraining.com .
Rick gives more than a dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year. He also presents at Photoshop World, which Rick says is a 'blast.'
Rick is also the author of the Canon Digital Rebel XT lessons on the Canon Digital Learning Center. He is also a Canon Explorer of Light.
When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, 'My specialty is not specializing.'
See www.ricksammon.com for more information.
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As an old film photographer I am accustomed to making a near perfect in-camera exposure. I am amazed at the sloppiness of today's digital photographers who shoot raw and then spend hours on photoshopping their images. This is all very unnecessary if you do everthing correct in the camera itself. It is better, and more expedient to take a few extra seconds before pushing the shutter button and saving hours later on. Not only that, but you end up with a better picture. Sammon shows you how to do this. I myself generally shoot in JPEG and use Photoshop Elements, mostly just to crop. I know I am biased, but I think my images are as good, if not better, than the photographers who manipulate everything in Photoshop.
I am an experienced photographer (40 years) but am still relatively new to digital (5 years. Even so, I learned much from this book. Sammon shows you how to take full advantage of all that an automated digital camera offers, even when you are using it in a semi-automated or manual mode. I would not recommend it for beginners, but it is an excellent resource for those who have mastered the basics.
I am particularly impressed with the photographs. Not only does Rick Sammon demonstrate that he is an excellent photographer (who leads an exciting and travel-filled life) but he also chooses them carefully and uses them to best effect to illustrate the points he is trying to make in his text. It is very helpful to, not only see what a photo will look like when your exposure is set correctly, but also what happens when it isn't.
So why isn't this a 5-star rating with exclamation points? Because the book is hard to read. Not because of the language--that couldn't be clearer. It is because it is so randomly organized. Except for the final three chapters (two of which deal with post-processing in Photoshop), the rest of the book seems to flow in no particular order other than chapter titles broken up by multiple relevant headings with short paragraphs following. This makes the flow is awkward, as if the photos were selected arranged first (as in a scrapbook) then the text added to refer to them (instead of having been written first, then supporting photographs selected).
But, overall, it's a must-have book if you want to understand and feel comfortable with your camera settings, and break away from using Program mode or point-and-shoot settings. Although he is a Canon shooter, his information is equally useful to any make of DSLR camera and to any photographer who wants to take a little creative control.
One of the ways we improve our photography skills is to look at other peoples' photographs and hear how they got them. Sammon does this pretty well. I enjoyed the photographs and they helped me in thinking about how my shots might be redirected in some cases.
This book is basically an introduction to digital photography for an average amateur who is a rapid learner. It is not pedantic and therefore is not overly elementary and yet it covers material at a very basic level while introducing elements of somewhat higher order. The things I found most helpful was a good analysis of how you have to intelligently approach the automatic exposure functions in your camera. This particular facet, which would apply to everyone from your basic point and shoot equipment to the best of on the market, was well done. The second thing I liked was the casual manner in which he spoke about the many pictures in the book. They weren't magic, nor were they mere happenstance, and he lets us in on some ways of getting similar shots.
That said, he does go at things in a bit of a round about manner sometimes and his introduction to Photoshop is a bit too simplistic, at least for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rick Sammon has a clear and succint style. The pictures aptly display the ideas his words convey.
A short phrase expresses the ideas and concepts behind his lessons in... Read more
This is a very good book for someone who is trying to grow their skills in digital photography. It is easy to understand, and the photos in it are wonderful.Published on August 13, 2013 by Carly C.
I loved this book. The K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid), sets of instruction with numerous right/wrong examples makes the principles easy to understand. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Jack Winter
If I were teaching a photo course, this is one of the books that I would recommend. It is excellent in allr espects...Published on March 3, 2013 by Richard P. Crowe
The comparison photos showing exactly what the writer is talking about is worth twice the price of this book. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by ColBuckshot
I just wanted to ad this so that some of you may have this important information. I am at Barnes and Noble right now, and was checking online to see a review for this book. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Anthony Frawley