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

198 Art Wolfe – Interview No. 3 with Rick and Art

Art Wolfe, One of Rick’s Photo Heroes, Returns to Our Podcast to Talk About His Latest Books

Rick has followed Art since 1980, when Rick was working in a New York City advertising agency. Back then, and even today, Art continues to inspire Rick, as well as countless photographers around the planet.

Rick and Art talk about Wild Elephants and Human Canvas, two of Art’s latest books that reflect his passion for the subject – and his photographic excellent.

If you love art, Art, wildlife photography and studio photography, this podcast is for you.

Learn more about Art’s latest books:
Human Canvas trade edition: https://store.artwolfe.com/product/human-canvas

Wild Elephants:

Learn more about Art:

197 Erin Babnik – Five Quick Tips for Capturing More Expressive Landscape Photographs

Erin Babnik is back as a guest with Five Quick Tips

Following her well received recent interview episode with Rick, it’s only natural that Erin Babnik would be invited to share a great collection of tips for capturing expressive landscape images.

Be sure to catch up with Erin here too:

196 Andre Audet – Photo Artist Talks with Rick

Canadian Photographer Andre Audet Joins Us To Talk About Instagram, Understanding Animal Behavior, Post Processing, Displaying Prints and More

Andre Audet returns to the podcast for the second time to discuss a variety of topics – including how to control the viewer’s eye and why a photograph is never finished. Andre also discusses the recent changes in Instagram (hiding likes) and his passion for outdoor photography.

Follow the work of this talented photographer (and great dad) here:

Website: AndreAudetPhotography.com
Email: contact@andreaudetphotography.com
Facebook: AndreAudetPhotography
Instagram: @andreaudetphotography

195 Parish Kohanim Amazing Fine Art Photographer and Rick Discuss Photography

Rick Talks with Parish Kohanim About Fine Art Photography and Much More

Parish Kohanim is one of Rick’s photography heroes. Rick refers to himself as a travel photographer, and refers to Parish as a wonderful fine art photographer. Take a look at Parish’s web site and take a listen to this episode and you’ll see why!

In this interview Rick and Parish talk about: fine-art photography, getting inspiration from nature, being patient, art, culture, respecting yourself, the miracle of light and seeing, Beethoven, Monet, being one with the subject – and more.

We think you will get a lot of inspiration from Rick’s interview with the master of photography.

Visit with Parish:

194 Erin Babnik Talks with Rick about the Craft of Photography

Erin Babnik Shares Her Thoughts on Photography and Creativity

Rick met fellow Canon Explorer of Light, Erin Babnik at the Out of Oregon conference this past October. After singing and playing guitar around a campfire on the beach, Rick attended Erin’s “Beyond Perfection” talk – and was impressed with her images and her presentation. They became friends immediately.

In this interview Erin shares her thoughts on photography and creativity. She also talks about her workshops and an e-book – Photographing Through the Seasons – on which she collaborated with the pros from Photo Cascadia.

Photo Cascadia consists of seven photographers: Erin Babnik, Sean Bagshaw, David Cobb, Adrian Klein, Kevin McNeal, Chip Phillips and Zach Schnepf. They are all from the Cascadia region and share the common interest of photographing the striking beauty of the outdoors, especially the Northwestern United States.

Visit with Erin:
Canon Explorers of Light
Facebook: www.facebook.com/babnikphoto
Photo Cascadia Team Member: www.photocascadia.com Twitter: twitter.com/ErinBabnik
Book link: https://erinbabnik.com/photographing-through-the-seasons/

193 Alex Tsepko – Skylum CEO Talks with Larry

Behind the Scenes with Luminar 4 and Skylum’s CEO Alex Tsepko

Luminar 4, from Skylum software, is breaking new ground and making image editing an all new experience by leveraging AI and user input, for incredible and simple to accomplish results. In today’s episode Larry talks with Alex Tsepko and they both discuss all kinds of things that will help photographers anywhere along their photographic journey.

PLUS, there’s a giveaway of a free copy of Luminar 4 software for one of our listeners. Just listen to the show open and you’ll know how to enter to win.

Show links—


Facebook Group:

Skylum Youtube channel:

Skylum Live Events:

192 Anne Belmont – Rick talks with an amazing nature photographer

Artistic and inspiring images are what inspired Rick to seek out Anne for today’s show

As a nature photographer specializing in flower photography, Anne’s passion lies in capturing the beauty of flowers and other botanical subjects up-close. It is her belief that if we slow down and look at nature in a more contemplative way, we will find subjects that convey impact and emotion, causing the eye to linger a little longer. A life-long involvement in the arts and a first career as an art therapist have shaped the way that she views art and the creative process and have reinforced her belief in the healing power of both art and nature in our lives.


Instagram: @annebelmontphotography

Link to eBook: https://visualwilderness.com/product/ab-cfp

191 Don Komarechka 2.0 – Our friend Don the ‘Snowflake Guy’ shares all kinds of Macro photography secrets

Don Komarechka, a.k.a “The Snowflake Guy,” Returns to Our Podcast to Talk About Way More Than Just Photographing Snowflakes

Don and Rick talk about photographing subjects – from snowflake to ants – up close and personal. So if you have a $1,000 macro lens or a smart phone, this episode will give you some insight into this universe, as Don says, “at our feet.”

These two pros also talk about the blending of science and photography, and why it is so very important to understand the subject.

Rick and Don also talk about Don’s forthcoming (and much awaited) book, Macro Photograph – The Universe at Your Feet.

Visit with Don:

190 – Katrin Eismann and Rick talk about photoshop, photography, and visual arts

The Photoshop Diva Herself, Katrin Eismann, is our guest – talking about Lightroom Mobile from Adobe MAX 2019

Rick interviewed our friend Katrin Eismann while she was attending and presenting at Adobe MAX 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Katrin talks about the classes she lead, including Contemporary Mobile Photography, which included street shooting a Lightroom processing.

Katrin also talks about why photographers should attend Adobe MAX – which is mostly comprised of graphic designers. One reason, she says, “It’s good to get inspired by other types of artists, not only photographers.”

If you are interested in mobile photography, Lightroom and photography in general, this podcast is for you.

Visit with Katrin on her website: katrin-eismann.com

BONUS – Behind the Scenes with the New PlatyBall Ballhead KickStarter

Larry B talks to Larry T, the PlatyBall Inventor

Just yesterday the all new PlatyBall was announced to the world on the Kelby One show The Grid. Today Larry B sits down with the inventor and they talk about the amazing new technology that has gone into the development of a ballhead that’s effectively upside down from what we’re used to.

Kickstarter Link: