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

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.

172 Rick Sammon’s Photo Therapy – The Book

Need some photo therapy, inspiration and wisdom? You’ve come to the right place.

In this episode, Larry talks with Rick about his latest (and 49th) book, which is filled with all of the above.

As Rick says in the interview, his book has no photographs, yet he feels as though it is his most important and informative work, because he trusts it will make you think—deep and hard—about your photography. After all, using your brain is the key, the best “accessory,” to becoming a better photographer. Or, as famed black-and-white landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984) said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”

If you are feeling a bit down about your photography, or just need a creative boost, check out Rick’s book. You can download a free sample on Amazon.com, where the e-book and paperback are sold exclusively.

Link: http://bit.ly/RicksPhotoTherapy

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171 Five Quick Tips – Photographers, Put this stuff on your smartphone

Clever ways to use your smartphone for photography related help

This episode is NOT about iPhone photography. It’s about how photographers can leverage your smartphone as a tool.

And there’s a Black Friday bonus notice in this episode too!

170 Brad Moore – Multi-talented photographer talks with Larry Becker

Brad is known throughout the industry because of all his great connections and his photography skills

Early in his career, Brad was a photography assistant to Joe McNally and later Scott Kelby. And then he grew into quite a few important roles at Kelby One before branching out on his own.

Best known for his concert photography, Brad is exploring a brand new area of commercial photography that is sure to explode in the coming years. Air B&B promotional shoots.

Larry and Brad have been friends for years and today’s show recalls all kinds of great experiences Brad has had over the years on his way to his current business. There’s sure to be something for everyone.