Picturing Success Blog

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

073 Nick Page is fast becoming one of the top landscape photographers in the country – and the world

Nick Page is at the top of his game, sharing his knowledge on his uber-popular YouTube channel, on his podcast and on his workshops. He shoots from dawn well into the night, making images with impact

Rick sat down with Nick during Rick’s Oregon Coast Photo Caravan photo workshop. These two pros discuss how to make images with impact by selecting an interesting subject and by choosing the best camera settings. Rick and Nick also talk about why they use Photoshop more than Lightroom. Good fun and good info for sure!






072 Fresh from a trip to Angola, pro photographer Piper Mackay talks about how to get great wildlife and people pictures while on safari in Africa

If you are a woman traveling alone, a guy traveling alone, or someone who likes to travel with a group, you will enjoy hearing Piper share her insights on traveling and running workshops in Africa

Too far away? Piper also runs workshops in California.

Yes, Piper is known for her awesome wildlife photographs. In addition, she is also a wonderful cultural photographer. In this interview Piper talks about cultural sensitivity and connection with a subject. Some listeners may be surprised that Piper uses a speedlite for some of her wildlife photography – a technique that Rick uses, too. Piper also talks about the need to follow a country’s politics before leaving home.

Web: www.pipermackayphotography.com

Follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/piper_mackay/

Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Piper-Mackay-Photography-279147408763321/

071 Live from Portugal, Rick Interviews photographer, and KelbyOne Community moderator, Fernando Santos

Fernando shares his thoughts on how he stays motivated – and the need for change. Plus, he offers advice of choosing gear

Fernando talks about his love for landscape photography, long exposures, and a personal project inspired by the #MeToo movement. He also teases Rick about being on of the few photographers on the planet who actually uses Photoshop more than Lightroom.

Website: www.fernandosantos.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/fernandoferreirasantos 
 @ fernandoferreirasantos

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chickynando @chickynando

070 Rock on David Bergman! Keep sharing those photo tips with music fans, like Rick!

Canon Explorer of Light David Bergman shares some photo tips and experiences from his photo shoots with some of today’s top rockers, like Bon Jovi.

David has so much energy – and talent – that Rick had to get him on the show. Before turning his efforts to music photography, David was a press photographer. In this interview, this photo pro shares his tips on how you can get concert images. David also talks about making a picture and about speedlight photography. Rock on David!

TW/IG: @davidbergman
FB: DavidBergmanPhoto

David Bergman • Canon Explorer of Light • http://www.DavidBergman.net

Live Concert Photography Workshops: http://www.ShootFromThePit.com

Host of “Two Minute Tips with David Bergman” • http://TwoMinuteTips.photo

Bon Jovi tour photographer • http://www.TourPhotographer.com

Gigapixel photography • http://www.ObamaGigapan.com

069 Rick interviews Daniel Gregory about critiquing one’s own work – important for photographers at all levels & at all ages

Critiquing is one of Daniel Gregory’s passions. It’s also the topic of his latest KelbyOne class: The Craft of Photo Critiques. Rick and Daniel also talk about black and white photography and platinum printing.

What makes a good picture? Is it color, subject, lighting and so on? In Rick’s interview, these two pros discuss how all the elements in a scene are important to making a good photograph. You will learn about the language of picture, that is, reading a photograph.

Here’s a link to the trailer for Daniel’s class on KelbyOne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6XvxB0_Gf0 .





Daniel’s Podcast on iTunes


068 Jonathan Scott, the Big Cat Man, talks with Rick for the second time on our podcast

These two accomplished pros talk about everything from making pictures to understanding myths.

Jonathan Scott – host of Tales By Light on Netflix, artist, author, photographer, and more – is one of Rick’s photo heroes. In this interview these two pros talk about getting great pictures on safari and making the most out of one’s life. The interview goes behind just tech talk.

Rick met Jonathan and Angela in Antarctica, and they became friends immediately. Three years later, Rick and Susan Sammon were on safari in Kenya with the Scotts, making pictures, talking about life, enjoying The Mara, and having fun. In this interview you’ll see that Rick and Jonathan have a lot in common – stuff that they share in the hopes of you making better pictures . . . and making the most of your life.

The contest: https://www.winaphototrip.com/en/

And be sure to visit: https://www.bigcatpeople.com/

067 Cesar Rivera interviewed by the one and only Rick Sammon

Rick talks with photography instructor Cesar Rivera about technology, technique and more

Cesar Rivera heads up the New Way Photography Meet Up group in South Florida. Starting from scratch, the group now has more than 2000 members.

In this episode Cesar offers advice on starting a meet-up group, as well as advice on working in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Cesar’s meetup group

066 Rick interviews Jeremy Pollock about the ups and downs of drone photography

Fresh from flying his two drones in Rick’s backyard, Jeremy Pollock offers some tips on choosing and flying a drone. Drone photo tips, and some rules and regulations, are also part of this high-flying interview

Jeremy Pollock is a multi-talented photographer. He shoots awesome pictures from a drone, does fashion and jewelry photography and has a full-time job. If you are looking to get into drone photography, you have come to the right place. You will also learn how this young and talented photographer juggles all the different aspects of his life.

Jeremy’s Website


FAA Drone Registration Website

FAA “Remote Pilot” Getting Started:


065 Edward Greenberg and Jack Reznicki talk with Rick about the legal use of a photographer’s photographs on the internet

Jack and Ed are like having Walter White and Saul Goodman showing you how to come out on top when the big corporate media cartels try to take what’s yours and bury you. You’ll hear why in this interview

Rick asks this dynamic duo about registering photographs, copy right issues, the use of © in images, changes in registration and so-called “search and settle” agencies.

Links for Ed ­
website: www.greenbergiplaw.com
email:­ ecglaw@gmail.com

Links for Jack ­
website: www.reznicki.com
email: jack@photonews.net
A special Canon video interview that’s kinda cool. http://bit.ly/256donH

Their blog ­ www.thecopyrightzone.com
Their book “The Copyright Zone” is available on Amazon ­ 

064B BONUS – Dave Cross, Photoshop Expert talks with Larry about tips, tricks, and strategies for every level of learning

Master Photoshop Designer and trainer Dave Cross shares insights for learning Photoshop quickly and effectively

Photoshop is a big part of most photographers’ workflows and Dave Cross is one of the best Photoshop trainers on the planet. Larry and Dave discuss strategies for clever ways to learn Photoshop and they unpack the concept of a “Non-Destructive Workflow.”

Photoshop users at every level will get something out of this interview.