Picturing Success episodes

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

062 Rick talks with Lewis Kemper about landscape photography, wildlife photography, photo processing and his workshops

Lewis Kemper is a master of light, capturing it and processing it. He worked with Ansel Adams and uses some of the same composition and processing technique he learned during his time with Ansel.

Lewis Kemper shares his insight on visualizing the end-result – when he is photographing landscapes, wildlife, and one of Rick’s favorites, horses running on the beach. Lewis also talks about how he makes his images stand out on social media – as well as this pre-Ansel Adams days as a dishwasher . . . which Rick thinks helped him get the job as Ansel Adams assistant.

Lewis’s Site

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061 Rick talks with Jim Schmelzer about the indoor and outdoor lighting

If you shoot portraits, indoors or outdoors, you don’t want to miss Jim’s tips – and his 7 time-proving lighting set ups

Learn about butterfly, loop, Rembrandt, Broad Rembrandt, Split Lighting and more from one of the top portrait photographers on the planet. If you have a $100 bill, take it out for this interview and learn about a cool lighting technique. Also go behind-the-scenes and hear Jim talk about he always gets the shots.



060 Rick talks with Mike “Spike” Ince about night sky and focus stacking photography

Looking to make great night sky and close up pictures, you’ve come to the right place

Spike met Rick on a photo workshop and they immediately became friends. Now Spike teaches night sky and close up photography on Rick’s workshops. He also helps out with camera and processing questions.

Rick and Spike cover gear and techniques, as well as some basic Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

Mike’s Website

Focus stacking tutorial

Rick’s Blog

059 Joel Grimes – A Rick Sammon Interview with a first class photographer and Photoshop artist

Often known for the “Joel Grimes look” for sports portrait composites, Joel is much more than you might think

In this episode, Rick interviews the awesome advertising photographer, Canon Explorer of Light and Westcott Top Pro Elite Joel Grimes. Rick and Joel talk about the new Joel Grimes Academy and Joel’s other teaching efforts.

Take a listen ­ and hear about how Joel got the cover and major feature in Arizona Highways Magazine.

As always, good learning and good fun.

058 Victoria Pavlov – Rick interviews talented author, artist, and trainer

A traditional artist blending beautifully into the digital world

Victoria Pavlov is a talented photographer and digital artist ­who thinks, and Rick agrees, that though Photoshop and art the world can be a better place.

In this interview Victoria share her thoughts on photography, digital art and painting and more. She also talks about her books and working on mobile devices. We think you’ll love this interview with another one of our friends.

Victoria’s website

Twitter: @Victoria_Pavlov
IG: victoriapavlovart
YouTube: vptv.me
Her teaching website

057 Inspiration with Rick & Larry

Rick brings his popular inspiration presentation to the podcast

Rick Sammon is in high demand as a speaker and trainer for just about everything photography related, and one of his popular live presentations is “How to Get Motivated and Stay Inspired.” 

In this episode Rick brings that presentation to life for Picturing Success podcast listeners in discussion form with Larry.

There’s a lot of great information for todays photographers who are looking for new insights to boost their own inspiration.


Girl with the Pearl Earring

056 Richard Harker — Rick talks with Richard about Arctic & Antarctica photography

Planning a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica? This inside information is just what you need.

Richard Harker is a photography, Photoshop, Lightroom and iPhone expert – and a heck of a nice guy. He has spent 14 years as a photo coach on Abercrombie & Kent voyages around the world ­ in both the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in Japan ­ on luxury ships. Rick, also a photo coach for A&K, and Richard discuss photographing from the deck of a large ship as well as from a zodiac (rubber inflatable boat).

Rick and Richard cover the challenges of wildlife photograph and ice photography. They discuss lenses, camera care, exposure and more.



055 Gilmar Smith – Creative Portrait Photographer and Retoucher Spends time with Rick

From fun and quirky portraiture to creative insights, Gilmar Smith opens up and shares her craft

Gilmar (pronounced Hil-marrr) Smith (pronounced Smith) is full of fun and creativity. Rick met her at Photoshop World in Orlando, FL at her Route 66 booth and knew immediately that he had to have her on the show.

Gilmar talks about how creates her unique style and how her personality comes though in her photography.

054 Art Wolfe v2.0 – Rick Catches up with the World Renowned Photographer Art Wolfe for a second interview

This time Rick dives a little deeper into things like what makes a great picture

Art Wolfe is at the top of his game – as a wildlife, travel, people and nature photographer . . . and writer.

We are honored to have Art back for a second time on our show. Art shares his insights on being a working pro – and working on seven books at one time.

Art Wolfe Events & Workshops

053 Robert Vanelli – Rick Sammon interviews the multi-talented photographer and networking guru

Vanelli is a talented photographer, trainer, and entrepreneur and he shares valuable info for all kinds of shooters

Larry & Rick have both known Robert Vanelli for years and years and happily call him a friend. Then again, just about everybody who meets Vanelli is his friend instantly. He’s a powerful personal networking expert.

And he’s on this episode because he’s an accomplished, popular photographer and photography trainer, who’s willing to share and teach what he knows. Have a listen and you’re sure to learn even more!