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147 Five Quick Tips – 5 Sammonisms Explained in 5 Minutes

Listener Troy Dixon asked Rick to explain 5 of his many “Sammonisms”

Rick uses “Sammonisms” as a teaching tool for his photography students and this time out we’re explaining 5 of them at the request of one of our listeners… Troy Dixon. 

By the way, GREAT idea Troy!! Thanks!!

146 Jack Reznicki – Rick sits down with his friend and fellow Canon Explorer of Light

Jack Reznicki and Rick are at Rick’s studio in Croton on Hudson, New York to talk photography, photo books, copyright and more

Join Rick and Jack on this multi-topic podcast, where this dynamic duo share their long-time passion for photography, teaching and learning. You’ll also get some tips on non-photography books that will help you improve your photography.

Want more info? Rick and Jack also talk about their favorite sushi place in Vegas, as well as the improved sharpness of Canon EOS R images.

It’s all good fun on this episode of our podcast!


Jack’s site

Jack’s Instagram @reznicki

Yama Sushi

Jack’s Link — The Copyright Zone 

Book links:
Vision and Art – The Biology of Seeing – Margaret S. Livingston 

Color and Light – James Gurney 

Perception and Imaging – Richard Zakia 

Family of Man


145 Five Quick Tips on Wildlife Photography with Bryce Johnson

Wildlife Expert Bryce Johnson Delivers Great Wildlife Photography Insights 5 QT Style!

Sometimes Rick and Larry invite true photography experts to share their insights on topics they know especially well, and drop it into a 5 Quick Tips episode. This time around the show is packed with Wildlife Tips from Bryce Johnson.

Bryce is a partner with his dad/also a great photographer Bryan Johnson at Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica, where Rick shot his KelbyOne rainforest class.

Here is a link to the site:

Costa Rica’s Premier Sport Fishing Resort and Vacation Destination

144 Andy and Mia Beales Talk with Rick About All New Workshop Insights

The 8th Episode of Picturing Success Featured Andy and Mia Beales and they’re Back with Great New Info and Insights

Rick interviews awesome photo workshop leaders and dedicated photographers Andy and Mia Meals of Gatsby Travel.

Go behind-the-scenes to see what it’s like to lead a photo workshop in a rural location – Guilin, China in this case. As with most things in life, it’s not as easy as it may look. You need to know the all the ins and outs of working with local people so you keep everyone happy. And you must have back-up plans and lots of phone numbers to call just in case.

Andy and Mia also talk about their recent bird photography experience, which was a first for this dynamic duo. They also talk about using an iPad and moving to the cloud – all good info for travel photographers.

Visit with Andy and Mia on their sites: www.gatsbytravel.com

143 Five Quick Tips for Capturing Sharper Images

Rick and Larry get right to the point and share great tips FAST

Sharper images is a goal lots of photographers have and there are some pro tips in this episode that lots of photographers don’t even think about.

Have a listen and you’re sure to capture sharper shots.

142 Frank Doorhof — Rick Talks with Frank Doorhof About Lighting, Workshops and More!

Recorded live from Frank’s RV (yes, it was parked) in the Netherlands, Frank offers tips on lighting, working with models and more!

When it comes to lighting, Frank does it all. He uses speedlites, studio strobes, natural light, Lume Cubes, gels or whatever it takes to make the shot – because it’s all about creating a mood with lighting. Frank also talks about TTL vs Manual speedlight shooting.

In September 2019, Frank is coming to NYC for an awesome workshop. Click on the link below to learn more about this workshop. You can also catch Frank at Photoshop World, where you may see him on stage playing guitar with our friend Scott Kelby.

Sept 1, Mastering the Model Shoot in New York, USA


141 Five Quick Tips for Using A Platypod

Platypod Inventor Larry Tiefenbrunn Offers 5 Great Tips for Leveraging the Power of a Platypod

Rick spent some time with Larry T, inventor of the Platypod, recently and got some great tips for how to get the most out of all a Platypod can do.

140 Joe Johnson, Sr • Rick interviews Really Right Stuff’s Joe Johnson, Sr.

Rick talk with Joe about wildlife photography, camera settings like back-button- focus, exposure, tripods, ball heads and pano heads

Joe Johnson, Sr. is more than a product manufacturer/designer sitting behind a computer – a job he does well. He, along with his son Joe Jr. (who runs the marketing end of the company) are constantly out in the field making compelling photographs – just like many of the RRS staff.

As a photographer-based company, RRS understands the needs of pros and amateur photographers alike, developing products – for top of the line cameras to smartphones – that have gained the Utah-based company one of the best reputations in the photo industry.

Take a listen to Rick’s interview with Joe, who is also one of the nicest people in our industry.


139 Five Quick Tips on Model Photography with Frank Doorhof

The Amazing Frank Doorhof, from the Netherlands, Gives today’s 5 tips

World famous photographer, Frank Doorhof, provides 5 Quick Tips for his area of expertise, model photography. Frank is friends with both Rick and Larry and they have both learned from Frank over the years. If you’re considering model photography, have a listen to this quick show for some great insights!

And Frank is coming to New York to teach a LIVE workshop. Here’s the link:


138 Skip Cohen Talks with Rick about EVERYTHING Photography

Rick talks with photo industry icon Skip Cohen about Skip Cohen University and years in the photography industry

Long time listeners know that Rick likes to skip around – from topic to topic – during his interviews. This show is no different. Rick and Skip, president of Skip Cohen University, skip around to about a dozen different topics, mostly relating to the business of photography. It’s all in good fun and as usual, very educational.

Rick starts off telling Skip to “mind your own business,” which Skip actually thinks is good advice. Rick and Skip also talk about not believing your own BS and that people want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.

Skips also talks about the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” organization, in which you can get involved.

Finally, don’t skip checking out these links.