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Photographic Therapy, The Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem, a self-help and how-to photography book, was first released in 2009 as a free downloadable e-book — through a prominent “photographer’s website hosting” company. The book was used to build their email list (download requirement) and revenue in exchange for a portion of sales to support the book’s printed goal. After two-years of nonpayment, and tens of thousands of free downloads, the book was removed from their website.

The second edition was released in 2014 as a free download, with no email list requirements. The download file was removed in 2016 due to needed updates and server costs associated with free downloads.

The third edition, now updated to the times and technology of today, is the first edition to include photo captions that contain actual cameras and lenses used, plus their settings, for 90-plus photos that illustrate 12 chapters.

What’s Inside


Lighting Techniques


Art of Understanding


Photography Tips


Post-Production Tips


Communication Methods


Posing Techniques

Sample Photo with Caption Information

Photographic Therapy Photo

You have to “look for light” like this sliver of light that illuminated Halie in a barn. Captured with an Olympus EM-1 and an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at 1/60th sec.; 90mm (in 35mm: 180mm) at f/4.0; ISO: 1600; White Balance: 6000K.



Photographic Therapy, The Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem is designed as an 8 1/2- by 11-inch, 4-color book when printed with over 90 photos to illustrate 12 professionally edited chapters plus a Preface, Introduction and Conclusion section.

About the Author

Desert Storm army veteran, Rolando Gómez, served almost nine years as a soldier including 26-months in the Latin American drug war during the Pablo Escobar era and the height of the Shining Path guerrillas. Gómez was personally thanked by President George H.W. Bush and awarded a Dept. of Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his actions. Gómez also served in the Rwanda Refugee Crisis and other deployments. He’s authored six books and as a photojournalist, he’s been on assignments in 45 countries plus he’s a 2016, 2017, and 2018 Quora Top Writer. 


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