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

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
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Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image : A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Photographic Process
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Yes! This book is about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. And you are going to love the extraordinary results of HDR techniques. But keep in mind that photography is photography—no matter what you call your approach or delivery. That’s why this book begins with tips that will not only help your HDR techniques; they will improve all of your photography. So you will not find any HDR tech talk in this Preface. You’ll fnd it in the other chapters; but for now, let’s focus on the basics of photography. To illustrate my tips, I use some of my favorite pictures of vintage cars (and one truck) that I shot during my travels. You’ll learn how to create similar HDR images in this book, so stay with me here.

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Rick Sammon’s HDR photography secrets for digital photographers
Breathtaking detail. Spectacular contrast. Unbelievable texture. These are all hallmarks of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. When you learn the secrets of how to shoot, process, and display HDR images, you’ll understand why master photographer Rick Sammon calls it “magical” — and you’ll also know why he says it’s a ton of fun. Ready to get started?
• See the color, direction, and quality of the light as well as the contrast
• Learn the secrets of HDR by exploring dozens of before-and-after examples
• Discover how to avoid digital noise and chromatic aberrations
• Find out when you should NOT use HDR – and why
• Learn to process HDR images with Photomatix and enhance them even more with Adobe* Camera RAW and Photoshop*
• Explore the tricks possible with Exposure Fusion
• Build your composing and visualizing skills
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