Rick Sammon’s new book, Rick Sammon’s Travel and Nature Photography, is one of the best books on travel and nature photography I’ve ever read. Sammon begins with a series of “jumpstarts” that outline the basics of digital photography, travel, and philosophy, and the rest of the book is comprised of individual lessons on topics including photographing people, landscapes, wildlife, captive animals, seascapes, cities, indoor scenes, close-ups, and more. What I like most is that Sammon uses effective photographs to illustrate each of his points. He doesn’t just write, “use a reflector” or “use a polarizer” or “move closer”. Instead, he uses images to illustrate plainly the effect it will have on the final image. Also, the images are stunning; I often found myself staring at them instead of reading the text on the page.