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

120 Five Quick Tips for Shooting An Event That’s On Stage

Shooting stage events from the audience can be challenging so here are Rick and Larry’s 5 Quick Tips

There are times when you go to a staged event, like a school play or a graduation ceremony, and you want to get all the best shots you can.

We’re not talking about event photographers or stage shooters. This is for family members in the audience.

So enjoy this Quick Tips episode that gets right to the point.


119 Steven Inglima and The Deliberate Photograph

Long Time Friends Rick and Steve discuss Steve’s upcoming workshop and a lot of other things

Steven Inglima has been a photographic teacher in one form or another since his half ownership of a darkroom rental business and working for EPOI (Nikon’s importer back in the ‘70s). He’s been teaching the gamut from lens design, understanding all form of cameras, large format technique, darkroom skills, digital capture, and post processing controls, etc. etc.

Rick and Steve have a lively discussion peeling back the layers of what makes a photograph have value; how to identify what’s worth capturing, and the process of consistently crafting an image which communicates that worth. If you’ve marveled at your favorite images and wished that you were that capable, imagine being able to make visual statements about what you personally care about which rival these icons!

It’s a reveal about Steve’s class at the Maine Media Workshops this September, about distilling the essence of what makes a great photograph, and how to enable photographic enthusiasts to accomplish this at will.

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118 Five Quick Tips for Keeping Lenses and Filters Clean

This 5 Quick Tips episode is thanks to John Balboni

Keeping lenses and filters clean is different than cleaning other kinds of glass, and there are things you might have never considered. Like the electronic contacts. When to clean the lenses. What to use. And some times you might want to try to make your lens dirty.

Rick and Larry break all that down in this Quick episode.


117 André Audet talks with Rick

Rick interviews this impressive Canadian wildlife and landscape photographer

André Audet is an emerging photographer living on Canada’s East Coast, shooting in various styles, with a passion for landscape and wildlife photography. He teaches photography classes and leads workshops in English and in French in his local area.

Rick and André talk about creating your own luck when it comes to landscape and wildlife photography, with references to a particular “lucky” image that André shot at an iconic landmark near his hometown, at the Bay of Fundy, home of the highest tides in the world. They also brush on social media and the importance of listening to the feedback received from social media followers, as well as how shooting in one particular photographic style can help you improve your skills in other genres.


116 Five Quick Tips for Going On A Photo Walk

Quick Learning and No Fluff – All about having a better photo walk experience

Photo walks aren’t complicated, so you might not think there’s much to planning for one. But you might be surprised.

There are lots of things that can make your photo walk experience better and this time around, Rick and Larry hit on some smart advice for photo walkers of all kinds.

And we do it Quick-Tips Style!

115 – Richard Harker talks with Rick about Photography at the Poles

Planning a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica? This inside information is just what you need

Richard Harker is a photography, Photoshop, Lightroom and iPhone expert – and a heck of a nice guy. He has spent 14 years as a photo coach on Abercrombie & Kent voyages around the world in both the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in Japan on luxury ships. Rick, also a photo coach for A&K, and Richard discuss photographing from the deck of a large ship as well as from a zodiac (rubber inflatable boat).

Rick and Richard cover the challenges of wildlife photograph and ice photography. They discuss lenses, camera care, exposure and more.


114 Five Quick Tips for Using Telephoto Zoom Lenses

The Second in Our Quick Tips series

Based on feedback from listeners Rick and Larry have decided to keep the interview episodes and “big topic” episodes, but also add some “Quick Tips” episodes that get to the point more quickly.

This time we have 5 tips about Using Telephoto Zoom Lenses.

Have a listen and then join the Facebook group and tell us what 5 Quick Tips you’d like to hear.

113 Rick and His Fellow KelbyOne Instructor Glyn Dewis Talk About the Power of Photography

Glyn Dewis and Rick talk about photography in some unexpected ways

If you need some inspiration about growing as a photographer and want to get the inside scoop on how Glyn has grown – personally and professionally (which can help you) – you have come to the right place. This episode is for you!

Rick also asks Glyn about: his latest book, how learning about lighting changed his photo life, and about his Westcott background. Rick’s favorite part of the interview is when he asks Glyn about a project that is very close to his heart – his photographing veterans project.

Glyn’s website: https://www.glyndewis.com

112 — 5 Quick Tips – Using A Flash

New Series of Quick Tips starting with Flash

Based on feedback from listeners Rick and Larry have decided to keep the interview episodes and “big topic” episodes, but also add some “Quick Tips” episodes that get to the point more quickly.

This time we’re starting with 5 tips all about using flash more effectively.

Have a listen and then join the Facebook group and tell us what 5 Quick Tips you’d like to hear.


111 Rick Talks with Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Photographer, Author and more ­ Harun Mehedinovic

Need some inspiration ­ photographically and personally? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this interview, Harun talks about everything from surviving “sniper alley” as kid (age 9) to photographing in sub­zero conditions as an adult (he’s now 35).

Huran was on episode #42 of our podcast. In this episode, Harun gives us an update on all this projects, including a HBO project produced by Leonard DiCaprio. The documentary highlights the effects of methane gas on the environment and climate change – a topic close to Rick’s heart.

For all our “gear head” listeners, Harun also talks about the Canon cameras and lenses he uses for his still photographs, videos and time­lapse sequences.

Rick, in cosy Croton­on­Hudson, NY interviewed Harun while he was working in chilly Alaska ­ from his vehicle. We thank Harun for sharing his passion for image making and life with us.
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