Picturing Success Blog

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

038 Picturing Success Talks Tech with Victor Abyad

Rick and Victor get into tech stuff to help photographers

Rick is the first to admit he is not a tech guy, unlike Larry who knows his tech. In this episode, Rick talks tech with one of his recent Africa photo safari participants – Victor Abyad. Rick and Victor discuss some of the latest photo tech trends, innovations and changes.

Links from Victor about his work and the tech stuff he and Rick discussed:


037 The Zuckerberg Philosophy

Rick & Larry expand on Rick’s Blog Post about Mark Zuckerberg’s Founders Letter

Rick recently posted on his blog, that he believes, “what we learn in one field can help us in another field.” Larry & Rick dive into 5 points from Mark Zuckerberg’s 2012 Founders Letter and explore how applying each of these 5 principles to photography, can help us grow as photographers.

Show Links:

Rick’s Blog Post about Zuckerberg’s Founders’ Letter

NeoTec Tripod Legs

Larry’s Video “Forbes Tips on Video Marketing”

“FREE – The Future of Radical Pricing” – Chris Anderson

“The Thank You Economy” – Gary Vaynerchuk

036 It’s Not Easy Having Fun

Looking at the fun times and success of others, there’s a lot that happens behind the scenes

This time Rick and Larry talk about some of the necessary prep work that has to happen before you can have fun. 

Sure, the podcast is about photography, but this episode is for everybody! It’s a little bit of motivation, inspiration, and real world advice designed to help ANYBODY get to the point where they can have more fun.


035 Self Promotion Tools and Techniques for Photographers

Rick and Larry break down how writing books, blogs, and more can help you get noticed

While Larry has written a few books about cameras and electronics, Rick has a collection of 37 titles to his name with hundreds of thousands of books sold. Rick and Larry spend this episode discussing how writing helps photographers tell the world about their work and get noticed. 

Even if all you ever write are blog posts, this episode has some solid insights for photographers.

034 Steve Wellmeier and Rick Sammon offer Arctic and Antarctica Photo Tips

Photographing from Zodiacs, Big Ships and Helicopters can be Challenging.

Rick has been to more than 100 countries – which took him almost 68 years of stilling for long hours on plan and in airports. As he says, “It’s not easy having fun,” which will be topic of a future podcast.

In this episode Rick talks with Steve Wellmeier, Managing Director of Poseidon Expeditions, North American office, about how professional photographers can get professional quality photographs while traveling on expedition ships – something Rick has proven in the past. 

Rick gives tips on telling a story, photographing birds, using filters, photographing from a Zodiac, processing and downloading. 

Rick and his wife Susan will be the photo coaches on the Poseidon Expedition “Highlights to the High Arctic” cruise in 2019. Here the info:



033 Rick Sammon, after a month in Africa, talks workshops and OCD

Fresh from his month long trip to Africa, Rick Sammon shares a load of new insights and some OCD

OCD has a definition that’s widely known and that has nothing to do with the new definitions Rick has for his Africa workshop OCD observations.

Besides being a little silly and sharing his new take on OCD terms, Rick shares valuable information for photographers at every level.

And of course you’ll want to visit Rick’s website for a look at recent pics and workshop destinations.

032 Deanne Fitzmaurice – Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer interview with Larry Becker

Larry spends time talking with Deanne Fitzmaurice about her craft and her business Think Tank Photo

Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Nikon Ambassador, one of the founders of Think Tank Photo, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Larry asked Deanne about her art and her passion… photography. Deanne shares about how she views a scene or a subject and how, as a photo journalist, she does very little post processing. She tries to get unique angles and interesting subjects to make her images as compelling as possible.


Think Tank website

Deanne’s website


031 Lightroom and Other Software Battles

Rick & Larry tackle photography software opinions, misconceptions, and best practices

Back before Rick headed to Africa for a month long workshop, Rick & Larry talked about an editorial about Lightroom. That conversation went down the path to discussing some misconceptions about “broken” software and what kinds of solutions certain pros use and others avoid.

Rick mentioned a great resource for managing your plugins when you upgrade and here’s the link:

Know How To Transfer

030 Kevin Newsome – An interview with a pro photographer and true business professional

Larry Becker interviews Kevin Newsome about his 30+ years as a professional photographer and how he keeps things fresh

Kevin Newsome is not only a working professional photographer with more than 30 years as a studio owner, he is someone who constantly evolves to keep his work relevant. Larry interviews Kevin and discovers how he looks at the overall pro photography marketplace and finds ways to get paying clients when the competition is so tough. Many long-timers are burning out but Kevin is burning BRIGHT!

Kevin’s website

029 Criticisms Good & Bad

Critiques are an integral part of the photographic community and learning so you can grow as a photographer

In this episode Rick & Larry dive into the topic of photo critiques and how to give and get good criticism. Along the way, Rick and Larry discuss the types of criticism that should be ignored and types of criticism that should be sought.

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