021 Sammonisms- A solid collection of good advice from Rick Sammon’s workshops

Rick and Larry discuss some of Rick’s thoughtful memory tools he shares with his photography students. They’re called Sammonisms and Larry & Rick go through them and explore why each is important.


– The name of the game is to fill the frame.
– Dead center is deadly.
– When you think you are close, get closer.
– The camera looks both ways. Adapted from Freeman Patterson’s “The Camera Points Both Ways.”
– Expose for the highlights.
– Use your camera like a spaceship. (A Dick Zakia philosophy.)
– Light illuminates, shadows define. Shadows are your friend. Shadows are the soul of the photograph.
– Backlight = shoot tight.
– Make pictures, just don’t take pictures.
– See eye to eye – shoot eye to eye.
– Take the darn flash off the camera.
– Don’t oversaturate.
– Make a one-picture promise – to yourself.
– We are a part of everyone we meet.
– People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.

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