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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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Skyglow: www.skyglowproject.com
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110 Food & Beverage Photography Tips with Freddy Clark of Santé Food & Beverage Photography

You’ll learn a lot in this episode from expert food photographer Freddy Clark

While each type of photography is different, light is light and what you do with one style of photography can help you with all aspects of your photography.

Rick sits down with Freddy Clark of Santé Food Photography to talk about tips on how to make your food photography look its best. Whether you’re shooting your the dinner you ordered at your favorite local diner for social media or doing a shoot for a top restaurant in your city, learn how to prep, style and light to make people hungry and thirsty.

You’ll hear tips on food styling, lighting, circular polarizers and find out about food and culture photography workshops Freddy will be doing with Canon Live Learning in New York City and New Orleans.

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109 Christine Moody – A Photographer Who Captures the Mood

Larry Interviews this exceptional portrait photographer

Larry’s friend and famous Hollywood photographer, Mike Kubeisy, introduced Larry to Christine at Photoshop World years ago and Larry has been following Christine’s work ever since. 

From beautiful portraits that seem to capture the soul of her subjects, to engaging and fun animal portraits, Christine is a true professional who has a warmth and glow in her work and her personality. Her company, TriMood Photography delivers images that are building a solid foundation for even more growth, and well deserved recognition.


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108 Joe Brady Landscape Photographer Talks Tech AND Inspiration

Rick Interviews His Good Guitar­Playing and Picture­ Taking Friend Joe Brady

Rick and Joe touch on TTL vs Manual speedlite photography, but the main focus of this podcast is landscape photography.

Joe offers his best tips and Rick offers his best advice ­ so in effect, this is a “Battle of the Landscape Photography Tips.” Rick’s best advice is, of course: It Depends.” Joe’s best advice is to forget about shooting EXCLUSIVELY at the “golden hours.” Rather, shoot throughout the day to get great shots. If you need help improving your landscape photography, you’ve come to the right place.


107 Ibarionex Perello has a new book and gets interviewed by Rick

From Taking Pictures to Making Photographs. Ibarionex Perello shares his personal workflow for creating consistently great photographs

Ibarionex Perello like Rick has enjoyed a lengthy career in the photographic industry which includes his time at Nikon and his role as associate editor for Outdoor Photographer & Digital Photo Pro magazines.

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer, and podcaster with over 25 years in the photographic industry. He is the host and producer of the popular, The Candid Frame photography podcast.

For 13 seasons, the podcast has featured some of the world’s best established and emerging photographer including Mary Ellen Mark, Sam Abell, Eli Reed, Jay Maisel, Joel Meyerowitz, and hundreds of others.

He is the author of six books including the best selling Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light. His most recent book is Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.

Website: http://www/ibarionex.net

Podcast: http://www.thecandidframe.com

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lafotoboy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ibarionex/?hl=en
Making Photographs Book: https://rockynook.com/shop/photography/making-photographs/


106 Mike “Spike” Ince interview by Rick Sammon

Rick talks with night sky, focus stacking and long exposures with returning guest Mike “Spike” Ince

Photographer and workshop leader Mike “Spike” Ince returns to our podcast for a detailed discuss of night sky photography, focus stacking and long exposures. You’ll learn a bunch in this episode – including how to take night sky pictures even when using a 600mm lens.

Want to learn more from Spike? Check out his blog (link below). You can also learn from this talented young dude in person during a 2019 photo workshop he’s leading for NANPA – the North American Nature Photography Association (see link below) in Moab, Utah. 

https://mikeince.com/about/ – Mike’s gear and the WordPress plugin(s) discussed, includes star tracker links and add ons.

https://mikeince.com/focus-stacking-tutorial/ – tutorial which was discussed

105 How Photographers Can Save Money in 2019

Rick and Larry share a bunch of money saving tips and tricks for photographers

Photography is not an inexpensive hobby or vocation, so Rick and Larry dig in to help fellow shooters save money on all kinds of aspects of photography.

104 Ron Clifford ­ Talks TEDx, Vision Boards & Adventures to unfold

Rick’s second interview with Ron Clifford is loaded with insights for everyone

Ron Shares with Rick how he learned embraced vision boards as something to give “faith toward action” and how Giving a TEDx talk on being the “Bipolar Photographer” became a reality. As always the conversations mixes inspiration, experience and the adventure of being a modern­ day photographer. Ron and Rick also talk about their shared love of both the Antarctic and Africa. The conversation is always inspiring when these two get together.



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