Rick Sammon

Rick Sammon

Digital photography and travel expert

Areas of Expertise:

  • Digital Photography
  • travel photography
  • travel
  • photoshop
  • speaking
  • writing
Rick Sammon has published 28 books, including his latest, Face to Face - Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People. Other Rick Sammon titles include: Idea to Image, Rick Sammon's Travel and Nature Photography, Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography 2.0, Rick Sammon's Digital Imaging Workshops and Flying Flowers - the beauty of the butterfly. Rick writes for PCPhoto, Outdoor Photographer and Layers magazine. This seasoned pro 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." Each year, he travels the globe in search of new images and gives more than a dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world. He's been to more than 100 destinations on the planet, including the Arctic, Antarctica, Africa, Bhutan, Brazil, Galapagos, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea. 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 Rick Sammon for more information.

Face to Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People Face to Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People
by Rick Sammon
May 2008
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

"...if you are looking to improve your people photographs and find yourself not knowing how to handle your subject, then this is the book to rely on."
--Samira Sukhija, Better Photography

"Sammon's photography is striking, and you'll learn many of his secrets in Face to Face. His friendly writing style makes for an easy read...This book is ideal for beginners as well as professionals in need of inspiration. "
--Photoshop Creative, Issue 43

"It's an excellent guide for any photography library, particularly those specializing in portrait photography. "
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch

"The book is well laid out, printed to a high quality, and enjoyabe to read. It has many illustrations (including a fair number of duplicates), but perhaps the best are the side-by-side comparisons of images with and without the technique under discussion."
--Roger Spooner, Edinburgh Perl Mongers

"Rick does a great job of writing and illustrating his ideas with images: his writing style is clean, accessible to beginners and experts alike, and it has a real person’s voice behind it. It doesn't read like a textbook as much as it sounds like Rick talking to you in a workshop setting. He shares anecdotes, recalls stories from past workshops and photo shoots and isn’t afraid to show some photos that fall flat in order to teach you how to overcome easy pitfalls. The more I review books in this industry, the more pleased I am to see good photographers who are also good writers. Rick Sammon continues that tradition."
--Jeremy Schultz, Designorati

"If you want to take your people photography to the next level, I highly recommend this book."
--Markus Jais, Marcus Jais Photography

"Sammon is an enthusiastic author and that comes through in the writing. He also takes interesting, colorful and exciting pictures in exotic places that will catch the reader’s eye, including Venice, Namibia, and ranches in the American Southwest."
--Conrad J. Obregon, TWIP Photo Book Reviews

"There are several other great choices for some more in-depth information once you have the basics and the general terrain of your camera down. Face To Face by Rick Sammon (O'Reilly) takes the tools you have learned in the beginning and directs their applications towards one kind of photography -- portraits."
--John E. Mitchell, North Adams Transcript