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

177 Five Quick Tips about Metering Modes

By popular demand, Rick and Larry talk about metering modes and how they shoot

Three listeners, Stephen Brkich, Nathan Goldberg, and Jeremy Scott all asked for a 5 Quick Tips episode about metering modes so that’s what you get. Rick and Larry go through what they use and special tips for adjusting in certain lighting situations.

And if you’re even THINKING about getting ANYTHING Platypod related, check this out:


176 Dave Bowers – Larry Interviews Civil War Reenactment Photographer

David Bowers aka Matthew Brady unpacks the beginnings of photojournalism

Dave Bowers is a photojournalism history buff and spends time at Civil War reenactment events as the photographer Matthew Brady. In this episode Larry interviews Dave about how he got started and Dave shares fascinating historical events and how so many famous figures from history crossed paths with one another.

PLUS, there’s an AWESOME Platypod Black Friday special that’s only good Dec. 2 through Dec. 6 so have a listen!

Contact Dave directly: DaveBowersPhotog@gmail.com

175 Five Quick Tips for Photographing Children

Rick gives some great tips to help anyone who needs to photograph kids

It’s not as easy as you might think, to photograph children. On the other hand, if you know a few clever things to do and some insider tips, it’s actually not that hard.

Today’s 5 Quick Tips episode is a handful of great insights for capturing much better images of kids.

174 Orlando Mergal and Larry Becker talk Photography in Puerto Rico

Orlando is a communications professional, blogger, podcaster, video producer & landscape photographer from Puerto Rico

Orlando was born in Manhattan, New York but his parents (both Puerto Ricans) returned to the Island when he was nine.

Orlando sells landscape prints of Puerto Rico and the United States on his website www.puertoricophotography.com.

His latest goal is to visit the U.S. National Parks. All 59 of them! So far he has visited 22 with his wife Zoraida.

173 Five Quick Tips about Street Shooting by Rick Sammon & Larry Becker

It might seem easy to do street shooting, but there are some insider secrets that really help

When you think about street shooting, you automatically think about some cool, candid shots you’ve seen over the years. And if you’re not familiar with the insider tips and tricks for how to grab these images, you might find yourself getting bad shots… or worse… having a person get mad at you when you take their picture.

Today’s show is a fast collection of insider tips from Rick & Larry PLUS tricks for capturing great street shots and avoiding problems.

172 Rick Sammon’s Photo Therapy – The Book

Need some photo therapy, inspiration and wisdom? You’ve come to the right place.

In this episode, Larry talks with Rick about his latest (and 49th) book, which is filled with all of the above.

As Rick says in the interview, his book has no photographs, yet he feels as though it is his most important and informative work, because he trusts it will make you think—deep and hard—about your photography. After all, using your brain is the key, the best “accessory,” to becoming a better photographer. Or, as famed black-and-white landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984) said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”

If you are feeling a bit down about your photography, or just need a creative boost, check out Rick’s book. You can download a free sample on Amazon.com, where the e-book and paperback are sold exclusively.

Link: http://bit.ly/RicksPhotoTherapy

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171 Five Quick Tips – Photographers, Put this stuff on your smartphone

Clever ways to use your smartphone for photography related help

This episode is NOT about iPhone photography. It’s about how photographers can leverage your smartphone as a tool.

And there’s a Black Friday bonus notice in this episode too!

170 Brad Moore – Multi-talented photographer talks with Larry Becker

Brad is known throughout the industry because of all his great connections and his photography skills

Early in his career, Brad was a photography assistant to Joe McNally and later Scott Kelby. And then he grew into quite a few important roles at Kelby One before branching out on his own.

Best known for his concert photography, Brad is exploring a brand new area of commercial photography that is sure to explode in the coming years. Air B&B promotional shoots.

Larry and Brad have been friends for years and today’s show recalls all kinds of great experiences Brad has had over the years on his way to his current business. There’s sure to be something for everyone.


169 Five Quick Tips about Camera Gear Maintenance

Our beloved gear makes the craft of photography possible and maintenance of that gear is mission critical

There are all kinds of little tips and tricks when it comes to maintaining your precious camera gear and we bet you learn one or two (or maybe even five) things you haven’t heard about for gear maintenance. 

5 Quick Tips style, Rick and Larry get right to the point and it’s a great episode for a short commute.