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

182 Brian Worley and Rick talk camera tech and share insights on being prepared for the shot

This is must-listen-to show for photographers who want to get the most out of their camera

Rick interviews accomplished photographer/camera tech expert Brian Worley, who sets the bar for knowing what a camera, lens and speedlite can do!

Join Rick as he chats with Brian, based in Oxfordshire in South East England, as these two pros explore the importance of knowing camera and speedlite settings, and how they can help you get a higher percentage of keepers, as well as fewer outtakes. In a nutshell, Brian suggests using the right settings to get it right in camera.

Topics include: AF settings, tilt-shift lenses for portraiture, speedlite choices, custom settings and, as Brian says, “The most under-RATE-d button” on a camera.

Learn more from Brian on his website and social media sites:




181 Five Quick Tips about 5 Things You Should Have in Every Camera Bag

Our friend and podcast listener, Alec Arons, suggested this one

Sure, you need to bring a camera and lens when you’re going shooting, but what else should you always carry with you? Are there any little things that are easy to toss into your camera bag so you have them when you’re out shooting? 

Yep! That’s what today’s 5 Quick Tips episode is all about.


180 Ian Plant and Rick Sammon talk Photography Education, Workshops, and some New Ways to look at things

Rick interviews the super-talented Ian Plant – who has a “first” for our podcast listeners.

Ian talks about “The Last Supper” (as in the painting) and how it relates to creative composition.

Rick and Ian also talk about the importance of seeing shapes in landscape photography, and Ian introduces our listeners to Shuttermonkeys, a site dedicated to photography education and inspiration. See the link at the end of this post.

Ian is one of the most humble photographers who have been on the show. Take a listen and share his enthusiasm for his photography – which is contagious!




179 Five Quick Tips for Better Speedlite (Speedlight) Photography

Rick and Larry Share 5 Quick Tips for Getting Better Results with Your Hotshoe Flash

So many shooters just put their strobe on the hotshot and then hope that it will lead to better lighting for their images. It can, but if you know a handful of techniques for Speedlite (Speedlight) use, you can get much better results.

This is the kind of episode that puts “quick” in the Quick Tips episode style!

178 Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon Talk About Printing, Bird Photography, Motivation and More

Scott Bourne – host of the Picture Methods podcast, photo workshop leader, speaker, award-winning bird photographer, author and more – is this week’s guest

Rick and Scott share many of the same photo philosophies, one of which is that established photographers have a responsibiltiy to motivate and encourage younger photographers. So the main theme of this week’s show is how to get motivated – with your photography and with making your own ink-jet prints.

Scott and Rick also talk a bit about the history of photography: using a hand-held light meter, making prints in a wet darkroom and even some challenges with early printing.

Scott’s workshops are sold out way in advance. So if you want to learn from one of the best in the business, sign up soon.

177 Five Quick Tips about Metering Modes

By popular demand, Rick and Larry talk about metering modes and how they shoot

Three listeners, Stephen Brkich, Nathan Goldberg, and Jeremy Scott all asked for a 5 Quick Tips episode about metering modes so that’s what you get. Rick and Larry go through what they use and special tips for adjusting in certain lighting situations.

And if you’re even THINKING about getting ANYTHING Platypod related, check this out:


176 Dave Bowers – Larry Interviews Civil War Reenactment Photographer

David Bowers aka Matthew Brady unpacks the beginnings of photojournalism

Dave Bowers is a photojournalism history buff and spends time at Civil War reenactment events as the photographer Matthew Brady. In this episode Larry interviews Dave about how he got started and Dave shares fascinating historical events and how so many famous figures from history crossed paths with one another.

PLUS, there’s an AWESOME Platypod Black Friday special that’s only good Dec. 2 through Dec. 6 so have a listen!

Contact Dave directly: DaveBowersPhotog@gmail.com

175 Five Quick Tips for Photographing Children

Rick gives some great tips to help anyone who needs to photograph kids

It’s not as easy as you might think, to photograph children. On the other hand, if you know a few clever things to do and some insider tips, it’s actually not that hard.

Today’s 5 Quick Tips episode is a handful of great insights for capturing much better images of kids.

174 Orlando Mergal and Larry Becker talk Photography in Puerto Rico

Orlando is a communications professional, blogger, podcaster, video producer & landscape photographer from Puerto Rico

Orlando was born in Manhattan, New York but his parents (both Puerto Ricans) returned to the Island when he was nine.

Orlando sells landscape prints of Puerto Rico and the United States on his website www.puertoricophotography.com.

His latest goal is to visit the U.S. National Parks. All 59 of them! So far he has visited 22 with his wife Zoraida.

173 Five Quick Tips about Street Shooting by Rick Sammon & Larry Becker

It might seem easy to do street shooting, but there are some insider secrets that really help

When you think about street shooting, you automatically think about some cool, candid shots you’ve seen over the years. And if you’re not familiar with the insider tips and tricks for how to grab these images, you might find yourself getting bad shots… or worse… having a person get mad at you when you take their picture.

Today’s show is a fast collection of insider tips from Rick & Larry PLUS tricks for capturing great street shots and avoiding problems.