Picturing Success Blog

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

077 Levi Sim — Rick Interviews Levi Sim ­ a talented part of the Photo Focus team &­ a dude who is big on education and inspiration

Levi shares his thoughts on the importance of a personal project, running a small business, networking and developing a style

Levi stands out from the crowd at Photoshop World ­ not only because he is super talented, but because he is one of the best­ dressed instructors. It may sound funny, but Levi feels, as Rick does, that dressing up and showing up is half the battle. Rick and Levi talk about famed photographers Karsh of Ottawa and Ansel Adams. This dynamic duo also discuss photo processing and the art and science of pulilometrics ­ the study of how the size of the subject’s pupil affects the viewer’s perception of the subject in a photograph.


076 Troy Plota – The Man Behind Plotaverse Motion Art, Is Our Guest Today

Troy sits down with Larry for a conversation about really standing out from the crowd with motion art

Troy Christopher Plota is the person behind the motion art software called Plotaverse and Plotagraph. 

Photographers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and that’s getting harder and harder to do. From his home base in Maui, Troy joins Larry for a conversation about the software and some of the experiences people are having when it comes to using this new approach to motion art.


Troy’s portfolio 

075 Quil Lemons – Rick interviews the youngest – and one of the most talented and original guests we’ve had on the podcast

Today, many photographers try their hardest to be like other photographers. Quil Lemons is an exception.

Quil follows his heart and creates images that actually come from the heart. Learn how this up and coming photographer uses his film, yes film, camera to create his art.

Many photographers strive to get discovered, copying the work of others. Quil Lemons, who Rick learned about from Linda Marshall, one of Rick’s photo workshop participants and a guest on our show, does the opposite. He comes up with creative ideas and executes them exquisitely.

Quil’s social media is all

074 Brian Worley, working in the United Kingdom, is a Canon guru

Brian knows just about everything there is to know about Canon cameras, lenses and accessories

Even if you use another brand of camera, you’ll learn a lot from this interview with this high-tech photo maven. Brian trained with the late Chuck Westfall of Canon USA, and like Rick, thinks of Chuck to be one of the best of the best in our industry.

Afraid of speedlites? Fear not! Brian has some easy to follow tips for you. Need advice on choosing a lens. Brian helps there, too. He also talks about how newer lenses talk to newer cameras better than older cameras and lenses communicated. And, if you have a dog, Brian share some tips on dog photography, too!

Website: https://www.p4pictures.com

Instagram – @p4pictures : https://www.instagram.com/p4pictures

Twitter – @p4pictures : https://www.twitter.com/p4pictures

073 Nick Page is fast becoming one of the top landscape photographers in the country – and the world

Nick Page is at the top of his game, sharing his knowledge on his uber-popular YouTube channel, on his podcast and on his workshops. He shoots from dawn well into the night, making images with impact

Rick sat down with Nick during Rick’s Oregon Coast Photo Caravan photo workshop. These two pros discuss how to make images with impact by selecting an interesting subject and by choosing the best camera settings. Rick and Nick also talk about why they use Photoshop more than Lightroom. Good fun and good info for sure!






072 Fresh from a trip to Angola, pro photographer Piper Mackay talks about how to get great wildlife and people pictures while on safari in Africa

If you are a woman traveling alone, a guy traveling alone, or someone who likes to travel with a group, you will enjoy hearing Piper share her insights on traveling and running workshops in Africa

Too far away? Piper also runs workshops in California.

Yes, Piper is known for her awesome wildlife photographs. In addition, she is also a wonderful cultural photographer. In this interview Piper talks about cultural sensitivity and connection with a subject. Some listeners may be surprised that Piper uses a speedlite for some of her wildlife photography – a technique that Rick uses, too. Piper also talks about the need to follow a country’s politics before leaving home.

Web: www.pipermackayphotography.com

Follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/piper_mackay/

Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Piper-Mackay-Photography-279147408763321/

071 Live from Portugal, Rick Interviews photographer, and KelbyOne Community moderator, Fernando Santos

Fernando shares his thoughts on how he stays motivated – and the need for change. Plus, he offers advice of choosing gear

Fernando talks about his love for landscape photography, long exposures, and a personal project inspired by the #MeToo movement. He also teases Rick about being on of the few photographers on the planet who actually uses Photoshop more than Lightroom.

Website: www.fernandosantos.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/fernandoferreirasantos 
 @ fernandoferreirasantos

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chickynando @chickynando

070 Rock on David Bergman! Keep sharing those photo tips with music fans, like Rick!

Canon Explorer of Light David Bergman shares some photo tips and experiences from his photo shoots with some of today’s top rockers, like Bon Jovi.

David has so much energy – and talent – that Rick had to get him on the show. Before turning his efforts to music photography, David was a press photographer. In this interview, this photo pro shares his tips on how you can get concert images. David also talks about making a picture and about speedlight photography. Rock on David!

TW/IG: @davidbergman
FB: DavidBergmanPhoto

David Bergman • Canon Explorer of Light • http://www.DavidBergman.net

Live Concert Photography Workshops: http://www.ShootFromThePit.com

Host of “Two Minute Tips with David Bergman” • http://TwoMinuteTips.photo

Bon Jovi tour photographer • http://www.TourPhotographer.com

Gigapixel photography • http://www.ObamaGigapan.com

069 Rick interviews Daniel Gregory about critiquing one’s own work – important for photographers at all levels & at all ages

Critiquing is one of Daniel Gregory’s passions. It’s also the topic of his latest KelbyOne class: The Craft of Photo Critiques. Rick and Daniel also talk about black and white photography and platinum printing.

What makes a good picture? Is it color, subject, lighting and so on? In Rick’s interview, these two pros discuss how all the elements in a scene are important to making a good photograph. You will learn about the language of picture, that is, reading a photograph.

Here’s a link to the trailer for Daniel’s class on KelbyOne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6XvxB0_Gf0 .





Daniel’s Podcast on iTunes


068 Jonathan Scott, the Big Cat Man, talks with Rick for the second time on our podcast

These two accomplished pros talk about everything from making pictures to understanding myths.

Jonathan Scott – host of Tales By Light on Netflix, artist, author, photographer, and more – is one of Rick’s photo heroes. In this interview these two pros talk about getting great pictures on safari and making the most out of one’s life. The interview goes behind just tech talk.

Rick met Jonathan and Angela in Antarctica, and they became friends immediately. Three years later, Rick and Susan Sammon were on safari in Kenya with the Scotts, making pictures, talking about life, enjoying The Mara, and having fun. In this interview you’ll see that Rick and Jonathan have a lot in common – stuff that they share in the hopes of you making better pictures . . . and making the most of your life.

The contest: https://www.winaphototrip.com/en/

And be sure to visit: https://www.bigcatpeople.com/