Picturing Success Blog

rick sammon & larry becker talk with the best photographers in the world

164 David Bergman – Concert Photographer Shares Great Insights and A Huge Opportunity

Master of Music, Concert, Sports and Celebrity Photography – Chats with Rick

A very small, exclusive group of people are pro concert photographers and only one can get you back stage for a BIG show so YOU can shoot with him…

Join Rick as he interviews David Bergman, a fellow photographer and musician, about the photo gear and techniques he uses to get award-winning images – and keeps him at the top of his game.

Learn about shooting in low light and ISO settings, using strobes and lenses – and most important, how to develop a relationship with a subject.

David also talks about how he created his own reality as a music photographer.

Lots to learn in this episode of our podcast – including how important it is to be a good businessperson.

163 Five Quick Tips for Dealing with Trolls

Rick and Larry talk about ways to handle Internet trolls posting about your work

It’s a frustrating thing these days when people hide behind anonymity and just say mean stuff from their keyboard (in their mom’s basement). Rick and Larry have had their fair share of being trolled and these 5 Quick Tips are insights for dealing with those keyboard warriors.

162 Martin Bailey – Photographer, instructor, app developer, podcaster workshop pro, talks with Rick 1-on-1

Rick talks with photographer, photo instructor, podcaster, workshop leader, iOS app developer and musician Martin Bailey about their shared passions – professionally and personally

This is a fun show! Rick begins by welcoming listeners to Martin’s awesome podcast, The Martin Bailey Photography podcast, and Martin welcomes folks to the Picturing Success podcast.

Martin and Rick talk about workshops – not only how to get great pictures, but how to enjoy the experience. If you are looking for an intensive and fun-filled workshop, check out Martin’s workshops!

More fun: Rick and Martin both agree that it’s a good idea to go back and look at past images – to see how they might be improved with new technology.

Martin also talks about Rick’s 40th book (Kindle and paperback), Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom – discovering the power of pictures. Here, too, Rick and Martin have many of the same photo – and life – philosophies.

Visit with Martin here:

Web site: https://martinbaileyphotography.com/
Blog: https://martinbaileyphotography.com/blog/
Portoflios: https://mbp.ac/portfolios
Podcast in iTunes: https://mbp.ac/itns
Instagram: https://instagram.com/martinbaileyphotography
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/martin.bailey
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MartinBaileyPhotography
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MartinBailey

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/martinbailey
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinbaileyphotog

Link to Rick’s 40th book

161 Five Quick Tips for Back Yard Bird Photography

Photographing small birds in your backyard might be easier than you think

Our friend and fellow photographer, Paul Kober, suggested today’s topic so we followed his lead and covered 5 Quick Tips for better back yard bird photos.

We may not all use the same instruments to get our own bird photos, but these tips should help. 

And you’ll want to check out Paul’s website too

160 Chad Robertson – Self Publishing Guru Talks with Rick

Chad Robertson of Writingnights.org Offers Insight Into the Fast-Growing World of Self-publishing – for e- books and printed books

Looking to self-publish a book of your photographs and words? You’ve come to the right place! In this episode, Rick talks with Chad Robertson of writingnights.org – the publisher of Rick’s latest book, Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom, and Trey Ratcliff’s book, Under the Influence – How to Fake Your Way Into Getting Rich on Instagram.

Chad talks about why one should self-publish a book – as well as pricing, layout, typeface, marketing, cost and much more.

You will also hear Chad talk about how self-published books are actually out selling traditionally published book.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact Chad for a free 15- minute consultation through the links below – and get started with your own book!

Chad’s Links:

Trey’s Book link:
https://www.amazon.com/Under-Influence- Instagram-Influencer-Delusional- ebook/dp/B07QDPDDY6

Rick’s book link:

159 Five Quick Tips — Beckerisms

Larry walks us through some quick tips for capturing great video

Rick came up with the idea that memorable phrases make learning easier. That’s the basis for many of his learning tools called Sammonisms. And during a recent Sammonisms show Larry added a couple tips and Rick suggested that there should be Beckerisms.

This show is a focus on Beckerisms for the first time ever. As you’re listening, just keep in mind that you’re a part of Beckerism and Sammonism history.

158 Jefferson Graham – Video Photo Walks and Photographer Discussions with Rick

USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham Talks with Rick About His YouTube Photo Walk Series and more!

In this episode, Rick talks with USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham about the videos Jefferson makes for his YouTube Photo Walk series.

You will learn about sound recording as well as video recording. All good info if you want to make your own videos.

Rick and Jefferson also talk about still photography, including taking photos with pro cameras and the iPhone.

These guys have a lot in common. They both play guitar, and in this episode they talk about the similarities between music and photography.

Here are the links to what Rick and Jefferson talk about on the show.

Website: http://www.jeffersongraham.net
Blog: http://blog.jeffersongraham.com
Photo walks: http://www.youtube.com/jeffersongraham
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jeffersongraham Newsletter: https://jeffersongraham.substack.com/

156 Rob Sylvan – Author, Photographer talks with Rick

Rob Sylvan Shines on the Picturing Success Podcast – and in Photoshop and Lightroom

Lightroom expert, and heck of a nice guy, Rob Sylvan talks about his #1 top selling (at the time of this writing) book Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic for Dummies. He also talks about printing from Lightroom, which is still a challenge for many photographers.

Rob, like Rick, has heard, “Lightroom lost my pictures!” In this episode, Rob explains how Lightroom does not lose your pictures, and gives some tips on how to avoid that experience.

Interested in stock photography? Rick and Rob talk about that, too. Rob is also a KelbyOne instructor at Photoshop World.
Visit with Rob at the links below:

Rob’s website



Rob’s latest book

157 Five Quick Tips for How To Be Successful & Comfortable On the Back 9

“The Back 9” is a golf term that Rick and Larry are using to describe retirement age and how to prep for it

When you’re working your way through life and looking toward distant (or near) retirement plans, there are things you can do to make those retirement years quite a bit better. 

More than just 5 tips, but keeping with the 5QT style, Rick and Larry talk about some smart things you can do to plan for retirement.

Rick and Larry record these podcast episodes in advance and Larry edits things together on the weekend for the upcoming week. The podcast hosting service we use, Libsyn, has the ability to put the podcast in a queue so it can be scheduled to come out later, but Libsyn screwed up on this one. The software erred like this once in the past, and we pulled the accidental early post and scheduled it for the proper release time. Unfortunately, because of the 3 minute long accidental post life, normal announcements didn’t happen and that episode had super low listenership. Rather than do that again and have our friends miss out on the show, this time when Libsyn screwed up, we decided to leave it posted and run with it. 

Have a nice weekend!

155 Five Quick Tips on Why You Should Consider Writing A How-To Book

Author of 40 books, Rick shares valuable insights and payoffs for writing a how-to book

Rick and Larry have both experienced the payoff that comes from writing a book and this time Larry interviews Rick about the topic in 5 Quick Tips style. Fast and to the point.