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

022 Andrew & Zosia Hunt – An interview with a talented couple PLUS tech talk

In our First Ever “Double Episode” Rick interviews the Hunts and Rick & Larry talk tech.

Rick met (actually almost bumped into) Andrew and Zoshi Hunt early one morning in Venice during Carnavale 2018. After hearing “KelbyOne instructor” as Rick walked past the couple, Rick said hi – and a new friendship was born.

Rick talks with this dynamic couple about their photography and how they manage their worldwide travels while raising three beautiful children.

We think you will enjoy this show . . . especially since Andrew is the first cow photographer who has been our guest!


021 Sammonisms- A solid collection of good advice from Rick Sammon’s workshops

Rick and Larry discuss some of Rick’s thoughtful memory tools he shares with his photography students. They’re called Sammonisms and Larry & Rick go through them and explore why each is important.


– The name of the game is to fill the frame.
– Dead center is deadly.
– When you think you are close, get closer.
– The camera looks both ways. Adapted from Freeman Patterson’s “The Camera Points Both Ways.”
– Expose for the highlights.
– Use your camera like a spaceship. (A Dick Zakia philosophy.)
– Light illuminates, shadows define. Shadows are your friend. Shadows are the soul of the photograph.
– Backlight = shoot tight.
– Make pictures, just don’t take pictures.
– See eye to eye – shoot eye to eye.
– Take the darn flash off the camera.
– Don’t oversaturate.
– Make a one-picture promise – to yourself.
– We are a part of everyone we meet.
– People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.

019 All About Photography Workshops – Rick & Larry Talk About How to Get The Most Out of Workshops

Rick Sammon conducts 4 or 5 formal workshops every year. In places like Venice, Africa, and even at home in New York. PLUS he attends and participates on dozens each year. And from all those times on the road as a host and as a participant, Rick knows what makes a good workshop AND he knows what makes a good participant. 

No matter what workshop you want to attend, you should listen to this podcast first!

018 Scott Kelby – Photographer, Author, Trainer, Entrepreneur

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne (the online educational community for creative people); the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo; Host of the influential weekly photography talk show “The Grid;” Founder of the annual “Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk” (the world’s largest social photography event); Training Director and lead instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling books.

Scott wrote “The Digital Photography Book, Part 1”, which became the bestselling book in history on digital photography. Won the Benjamin Franklin Award for his book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, was named The #1 Bestsellling computer/ technology author in the world for the six years straight, and the #1 top-selling author of photography books for six years running. His books have been translated into dozens of different languages, including Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Taiwanese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, and Portuguese, among others. In 2015 Scott was presented with the HIPA Award by the Crown Prince of Dubai for his contributions to photography education and I received the prestigious ASP International Award, presented annually by the American Society of Photographers for “…contributions in a special or significant way to the ideals of Professional Photography as an art and a science.”




017 Alan Hess — Concert Photographer

Alan Hess is a San Diego-based  photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. He’s photographed thousands of concerts, events, conferences, and sporting events. From small club shows to big arenas, he loves the fast pace of shooting on the fly, the rush of the house lights going down, and the drive to capture the “show” in still images.

Alan has photographed a wide variety of events including national touring acts like: Billy Idol, Cher, Bruce Hornsby, Justin Bieber, Madonna, The Who, The Dead, Slayer, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Robin Williams, The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Pulse, Jay Z, Widespread Panic, Willie Nelson and many others. He’s photographed conferences small and large including covering press rooms, panels and cast signings at the San Diego Comic Con for Fox / and FX Television for more than five years.

When Alan isn’t out making photographs he’s usually either working on a new photography book or hanging out with his two rescued boxers. Alan is the author of 12 photography books, 3 books about getting the most from your iPad and an additional 6 Fuel ebooks from Peachpit. He has been the technical editor or content advisor on more than 12 other titles and he continues to write and edit books when not out shooting.


016 Social Media for Photographers

This time on Picturing Success Rick and Larry discuss how to best reach a photographer’s target market by being busy on social media and they even share some of the scary things that can happen when you get a little too close of a connection with your audience.

015 Frank Doorhof Talks with Picturing Success

Frank Doorhof is an internationally recognized photography trainer based in the Netherlands. Frank travels worldwide to do workshops and training classes and he shares how he got started into photography and how that evolved into a full time concentration on teaching.

Be sure to visit FrankDoorhof.com


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014 Larry Interviews Rick about Emotional Intelligence for Photographers

Larry interviews Rick about a topic near and dear to him, which influences his work

Rick has incorporated into his artistic views, a skill he calls Emotional Intelligence. So much of photography is beyond the buttons and dials, so it helps with a photographic master shares those kinds of motivations and you can use that new knowledge to improve your photography too.