Picturing Success Blog

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

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.

013 Chris Smith – Out of Chicago Workshops

Rick Sammon sits down with noted architectural photographer to talk about the Out of Chicago workshops and the upcoming flower photography workshop

Former physics teacher Chris Smith spends time with Rick Sammon talking about the Out of Chicago workshops, photography tips and tricks, and the upcoming flower photography workshop in August at the Chicago Botanical Garden.

Be sure to visit OutOfChicago.com and if you sign up for the flower workshop Aug. 26-30, 2018 and be sure to use the code: Success18

Rick’s quote of the week from Zig Ziglar: “You don’t drown by falling in water — You only drown if you stay there.” 

012 Art Wolfe Master Photographer spends time with Rick Sammon

Art Wolf is one of Rick’s photography heroes & he shares surprising insights, sure to get photographers thinking

He is a master at his craft and a master at working with people on his workshops and at his seminars. Art is an artist, a teacher, a conservationist and a humanitarian. He is also a super nice guy. No ego. As Rick says, out of all the people he knows, he like to be more like Art Wolfe.



011 Jack Reznicki Talks with Larry & Rick about © and more

World renowned photographer & Canon Explorer of Light, Jack Reznicki, spends some time talking with us about some of his passions

There’s a solid discussion of how Copyright laws affect photographers and what to do about it. And of course we talk about the craft and business of photography.


010 BONUS Episode – Rick Sammon fresh from Venice

Rick traveled to Venice in February and has some great insights and stories from the trip.

And since he was attending someone else’s workshop, he had some extra excursions and he has some great training tips. And of course there’s a whole gallery of images from the trip.

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008 Andy & Mia Beales – World Class China and Asia Workshop Photographers

Rick says that his Remote China photo workshop with Andy and Mia was perhaps one of his greatest photo adventures.
Andy and Mia arrange the cormorant fisherman to be on site before dawn so that his photo workshop participants could get picture-perfect shots. They also arranged for the group to visit the fishermen’s home, where Rick not only photographed the brothers, but also did some of his magic tricks for them. Andy and Mia also knew the best locations for the rice paddy shots. 
Here’s a link to Rick’s favorite images from the workshop, which he co-lead with Ken Koskela: http://ricksammon.com/remote-china/
Andy & Mia started by founding www.guilinphotographytour.com  and expanded to other places in China and Asia with their brand Gatsby®
www.gatsbytravel.com which also provides consulting and training for tour operators. This is their brand and they’re working on launching a great new site and all branding will move to this. Andy’s site is www.andybeales.com