1st Edition

Rick Sammon's Evolution of an Image
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Photographic Process

ISBN 9781138657366
Published October 3, 2016 by Routledge
312 Pages

USD $42.95

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

A Few Words About Rick

Preface – My Sammonisms

Introduction – The Evolution of an Image

Using this Book

Part 1 Examples


All in the Family

From snapshot to great shot

Pride of the Mara

Capture animal behavior

A Mother’s Love

Backlight is nice light

Two Brothers

Make out-of-Africa pictures at wildlife centers

On the Run

Storytelling in a single photograph

The Lion King

Making Images with Impact

Call of the Wild

Days in the Life of a Travel Photographer


Memory of Myanmar

Making a photograph

Finding Frida

Steal like an artist

Simple Beauty

Portrait retouching made easy

Rendezvous at the Wonder Bar

Play with plug-ins

Abandon Dreams
Analyze a scene and a photograph



Jewels of the Sea

Create an image with impact

Go With the Flow

The mood matters most

Sea Sculpture

Composition – the strongest way of seeing

Golden Light in the Glacier Lagoon

Creative Visualization is the key


Autumn Leaves

Begin with the basics

Dancing Aspens

Focus on the intimate landscape

May The Force Be With You

Your histogram is your friend

I’ve Looked at Clouds from Both Sides Now

Looking versus Seeing

The View

Master Panoramic Photography


Picture Perfect Palouse

Complementary colors are cool

After Midnight

Remove reality with black-and-white processing

As Time Goes By

A Quick Look at Lightroom’s HDR


Here Comes the Sun

Turn flat colors into fabulous colors

Morning Run

Gesture, get it right in camera and process with purpose

The Wrath of Khan

What makes a good photograph?


Part II

The Photoshop Advantage

My Sweet Lord

Love Those Adjustment Layers

Eye-to-Eye with the Killing Machine

Convert for Smart Filters



Follow Your Heart - Evolving as a Photographer and Digital Darkroom Artist



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Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer/author/educator Rick Sammon is a tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker. He divides his photography time between creating images (for his 37 books and 13 online classes), leading photo workshops (five or six a year) and making personal appearances (more than a dozen a year). In his personal time, Rick plays guitar and piano daily.

Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging and teaching is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.

Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com.