Picturing Success Blog

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

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.

Show mentions include:



Purist Guide:


028 Matt Sweetwood – The Brains Behind Unique Photo and author of “Leader of the Pack”

Rick Sammon interviews Matt Sweetwood – author and the mind behind the successful Unique Photo

Rick Sammon spends some time with Matt Sweetwood, discussing some of the immense challenges behind the successful re-imagining of Unique Photo, the role divorce played in Matt’s life, and how he ultimately found peace through exploring religion, belief systems, and by the exercise of writing everything down in the form of a book called “Leader of the Pack.”

Here’s the book on Amazon:



027 Running Your Own Business – Rick Sammon & Larry Becker

Entrepreneurship As A Photographer – Tips, Tricks, & Insights

This time Rick Sammon & Larry Becker discuss decades of small business ownership and some of the ups and down along the way. As a photographer there are lots of considerations and this will help shooters at every stage of their business development. 

026 John Corwin – Rick Sammon interviews John and they get into all kinds of great technique tips for bird photography

This Rick Sammon interview with John Corwin starts out with a “Battle of Bird Photography Tips” and you’ll learn a LOT!

John Corwin is a neighbor and friend of Rick Sammon and they met on a photo walk years ago. And John is not only an accomplished bird photographer, he’s also so good at his craft that he was able to teach Rick and Larry some things about photographing birds.

This episode is just PACKED with great tips, tricks, and insights.

Be sure to visit these great resources John provided: