Picturing Success Blog

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

064 Rick interviews wedding, portrait, engagement photographer – and Canon Explorer of Light – Susan Stripling

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of one of today’s top wedding photographers. Also learn about Susan Stripling’s Wedding School

Susan Stripling has been named one of the Top 10 Photographers by American Photo magazine. She is also one of the top 20 Fearless Photographers. Susan started the Wedding School, an on-line education forum, and shoots about 45 weddings a year. If you want to learn about wedding photography, you have come to the right place.


063 Rick talks with Skylum’s US and China president Scott Bourne about Luminar, Aurora HDR, bird photography and more

If you love image processing – strait shots and HDR images – you’ll enjoy this podcast. Rick and Scott talk presets, and how to fine-tune a present for one-of-a-kind images

Rick and Scott have been in the photo industry for more than 40 years. In this episode these veteran photographers talk about how far we have come when it comes to processing our images – and how plug-ins and stand-alone programs like Luminar and Aurora can help to awaken the artist within.


062 Rick talks with Lewis Kemper about landscape photography, wildlife photography, photo processing and his workshops

Lewis Kemper is a master of light, capturing it and processing it. He worked with Ansel Adams and uses some of the same composition and processing technique he learned during his time with Ansel.

Lewis Kemper shares his insight on visualizing the end-result – when he is photographing landscapes, wildlife, and one of Rick’s favorites, horses running on the beach. Lewis also talks about how he makes his images stand out on social media – as well as this pre-Ansel Adams days as a dishwasher . . . which Rick thinks helped him get the job as Ansel Adams assistant.

Lewis’s Site

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061 Rick talks with Jim Schmelzer about the indoor and outdoor lighting

If you shoot portraits, indoors or outdoors, you don’t want to miss Jim’s tips – and his 7 time-proving lighting set ups

Learn about butterfly, loop, Rembrandt, Broad Rembrandt, Split Lighting and more from one of the top portrait photographers on the planet. If you have a $100 bill, take it out for this interview and learn about a cool lighting technique. Also go behind-the-scenes and hear Jim talk about he always gets the shots.



060 Rick talks with Mike “Spike” Ince about night sky and focus stacking photography

Looking to make great night sky and close up pictures, you’ve come to the right place

Spike met Rick on a photo workshop and they immediately became friends. Now Spike teaches night sky and close up photography on Rick’s workshops. He also helps out with camera and processing questions.

Rick and Spike cover gear and techniques, as well as some basic Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

Mike’s Website

Focus stacking tutorial

Rick’s Blog

059 Joel Grimes – A Rick Sammon Interview with a first class photographer and Photoshop artist

Often known for the “Joel Grimes look” for sports portrait composites, Joel is much more than you might think

In this episode, Rick interviews the awesome advertising photographer, Canon Explorer of Light and Westcott Top Pro Elite Joel Grimes. Rick and Joel talk about the new Joel Grimes Academy and Joel’s other teaching efforts.

Take a listen ­ and hear about how Joel got the cover and major feature in Arizona Highways Magazine.

As always, good learning and good fun.

058 Victoria Pavlov – Rick interviews talented author, artist, and trainer

A traditional artist blending beautifully into the digital world

Victoria Pavlov is a talented photographer and digital artist ­who thinks, and Rick agrees, that though Photoshop and art the world can be a better place.

In this interview Victoria share her thoughts on photography, digital art and painting and more. She also talks about her books and working on mobile devices. We think you’ll love this interview with another one of our friends.

Victoria’s website

Twitter: @Victoria_Pavlov
IG: victoriapavlovart
YouTube: vptv.me
Her teaching website

057 Inspiration with Rick & Larry

Rick brings his popular inspiration presentation to the podcast

Rick Sammon is in high demand as a speaker and trainer for just about everything photography related, and one of his popular live presentations is “How to Get Motivated and Stay Inspired.” 

In this episode Rick brings that presentation to life for Picturing Success podcast listeners in discussion form with Larry.

There’s a lot of great information for todays photographers who are looking for new insights to boost their own inspiration.


Girl with the Pearl Earring

056 Richard Harker — Rick talks with Richard about Arctic & Antarctica photography

Planning a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica? This inside information is just what you need.

Richard Harker is a photography, Photoshop, Lightroom and iPhone expert – and a heck of a nice guy. He has spent 14 years as a photo coach on Abercrombie & Kent voyages around the world ­ in both the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in Japan ­ on luxury ships. Rick, also a photo coach for A&K, and Richard discuss photographing from the deck of a large ship as well as from a zodiac (rubber inflatable boat).

Rick and Richard cover the challenges of wildlife photograph and ice photography. They discuss lenses, camera care, exposure and more.



055 Gilmar Smith – Creative Portrait Photographer and Retoucher Spends time with Rick

From fun and quirky portraiture to creative insights, Gilmar Smith opens up and shares her craft

Gilmar (pronounced Hil-marrr) Smith (pronounced Smith) is full of fun and creativity. Rick met her at Photoshop World in Orlando, FL at her Route 66 booth and knew immediately that he had to have her on the show.

Gilmar talks about how creates her unique style and how her personality comes though in her photography.