Friday, December 05, 2008

Finish the Sentence...with Rick Sammon

[okay, okay...start the game show music]
"It's time once again to ask a well-known photographer, instructor or otherwise interesting person the same 10 questions and ask them to Finish the Sentence! This week the sentences are finished by.... Rick Sammon.

Rick, please Finish the Sentence..."

My favorite photography accessory (lights, modifier, bag, tripod) is
my Bogen tripod... since I got into HDR, big time!!!

I’ve learned the most from..
Julieanne Kost and from attending Photoshop World.

If I could go anywhere in the world it would be_____ because….
The Chilean Fjords because.... it's one of the few places I have not photographed.

My most-used Photoshop add-on, plugin, action set (etc) is
Photo Tools from onOne Software

I love the fact that Photoshop
is fast and can do anything I can imagine

I hate the fact that Photoshop
does not let me use any Scripts or Photomerge or Merge to HDR.....for some strange reason! Help!!!!!

If I could turn back the clock 10 years
I'd work out more.

In 10 years
I hope to work out more.

If I could give one piece of advice it would be
read Bird by Bird by Ann Lamont. Read it and you'll see why it applies to learning Photoshop.

Your readers can find out more about me

Ladies, Gentlemen, let's hear it for Rick Sammon!
[The audience applauds wildly]

Rick Sammon has published 28 books, including Face to Face—The Complete Guide to Photographing People, 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 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 and is a Canon Explorer of Light. In addition, Rick hosts five shows on

When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.”


Michael Warth said...

I'm so jealous. I love how you (Larry) shared the do what you love thing. I work in a factory by day and play creative geek every other waking moment just to try to find a way to make a living out of it. (I love Florida BTW - it is cold in Ohio today)

Like you I "dislike" the Adobe upgrade options. I wish I could get Lightroom in a suite. For what I can tell there is no advantage to paying full price for Lightroom after spending $600 to upgrade my Design Premium package.

Bill Webb said...


This comment is not related to the subject of your latest post but ...

I have just spent some time with the "Barber Shop Quartet Textures" CD I purchased a while back. Why it has taken me so long to view the videos on using the textures with CS3 I don't know but I am once again so impressed with your skill and your ability to explain all things Photoshop.

In that one video I learned at least 3 new ways of getting things done in PS. Just the shortcut of resizing a photo to match another by selecting the first photo's name in the "Window" pull-down was worth the CD price. A true "Aha" moment for me. I almost slapped my forehead at how simple something can be when explained by a master.

The textures will come in even handier now that I am trying to do more with presentation of my photos in slide shows.

Thanks again, Dave. You da' man.

Craig Madox said...

im just commenting to say thanks for everything you tought to me thanks

Dave Cross said...

As you can tell, these comments were from the original Larry Becker post that I messed up.