"A camera is like a magic carpet. It can take you around the world and bring you back home with wonderful memories. It’s up to you to make the magic happen"
- Rick Sammon
Canon EOS 5DS Body
Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some "The Godfather of Photography," is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick's enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.
A natural teacher, Rick enjoys sharing his photographs and providing practical how-to advice to a wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, a podcast and an expanding following on social media. With nearly 800,000 Google+ followers, he has been recognized as one of the top photographers to follow on Google+. In his spare "desk time," Rick writes the "Quick Fix" column for Digital Photo Magazine.
Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, producing six underwater books and leading scuba diving expeditions to the seven seas. He easily transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography. Rick's images, from his travels to more than 100 countries, have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and have been featured in his 36 books, including the popular "Rick Sammon's Exploring the Light", and 11 apps, including Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.
While Rick describes himself as "evolving," he hesitates to categorize his work. "I'm an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing."
With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead. As Rick suggests, "When you are through changing, you are through."
Videos & Articles
Rick Sammon, Travel & Nature photographer
Rick Sammon discusses his career and passion for photography in our series of videos introducing our Explorers of Light.