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159 Five Quick Tips — Beckerisms

Larry walks us through some quick tips for capturing great video

Rick came up with the idea that memorable phrases make learning easier. That’s the basis for many of his learning tools called Sammonisms. And during a recent Sammonisms show Larry added a couple tips and Rick suggested that there should be Beckerisms.

This show is a focus on Beckerisms for the first time ever. As you’re listening, just keep in mind that you’re a part of Beckerism and Sammonism history.

158 Jefferson Graham – Video Photo Walks and Photographer Discussions with Rick

USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham Talks with Rick About His YouTube Photo Walk Series and more!

In this episode, Rick talks with USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham about the videos Jefferson makes for his YouTube Photo Walk series.

You will learn about sound recording as well as video recording. All good info if you want to make your own videos.

Rick and Jefferson also talk about still photography, including taking photos with pro cameras and the iPhone.

These guys have a lot in common. They both play guitar, and in this episode they talk about the similarities between music and photography.

Here are the links to what Rick and Jefferson talk about on the show.

Website: http://www.jeffersongraham.net
Blog: http://blog.jeffersongraham.com
Photo walks: http://www.youtube.com/jeffersongraham
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jeffersongraham Newsletter: https://jeffersongraham.substack.com/

156 Rob Sylvan – Author, Photographer talks with Rick

Rob Sylvan Shines on the Picturing Success Podcast – and in Photoshop and Lightroom

Lightroom expert, and heck of a nice guy, Rob Sylvan talks about his #1 top selling (at the time of this writing) book Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic for Dummies. He also talks about printing from Lightroom, which is still a challenge for many photographers.

Rob, like Rick, has heard, “Lightroom lost my pictures!” In this episode, Rob explains how Lightroom does not lose your pictures, and gives some tips on how to avoid that experience.

Interested in stock photography? Rick and Rob talk about that, too. Rob is also a KelbyOne instructor at Photoshop World.
Visit with Rob at the links below:

Rob’s website



Rob’s latest book

157 Five Quick Tips for How To Be Successful & Comfortable On the Back 9

“The Back 9” is a golf term that Rick and Larry are using to describe retirement age and how to prep for it

When you’re working your way through life and looking toward distant (or near) retirement plans, there are things you can do to make those retirement years quite a bit better. 

More than just 5 tips, but keeping with the 5QT style, Rick and Larry talk about some smart things you can do to plan for retirement.

Rick and Larry record these podcast episodes in advance and Larry edits things together on the weekend for the upcoming week. The podcast hosting service we use, Libsyn, has the ability to put the podcast in a queue so it can be scheduled to come out later, but Libsyn screwed up on this one. The software erred like this once in the past, and we pulled the accidental early post and scheduled it for the proper release time. Unfortunately, because of the 3 minute long accidental post life, normal announcements didn’t happen and that episode had super low listenership. Rather than do that again and have our friends miss out on the show, this time when Libsyn screwed up, we decided to leave it posted and run with it. 

Have a nice weekend!

155 Five Quick Tips on Why You Should Consider Writing A How-To Book

Author of 40 books, Rick shares valuable insights and payoffs for writing a how-to book

Rick and Larry have both experienced the payoff that comes from writing a book and this time Larry interviews Rick about the topic in 5 Quick Tips style. Fast and to the point.

154 Derrick Story – Rick Gets the Story on The Nimble Photographer Podcast

Interesting insights from a pro photographer, podcaster, and a friend of Rick’s for more than 15 years

In this episode Derrick talks about his new podcast, The Nimble Photographer, on which he interviews not only photographers, but other creatives as well.

Derrick also talks about photographing what you love, being recognized as an artist, the highs and lows of being creative, problem solving, working for yourself and the business side of photography – and what success means means to different artists. Rick had a blast doing this interview, and we think you will love it, too!

153 Five Quick Tips About Printing

Printing Expert George Kondogianis shares 5 Quick Tips

The “Ansel Adams” of printing talks with Rick about how to get the best quality print.

Yes, Rick makes his own prints on his Canon Pro-1000. But when he needs the best archival print (as well as a big print), he goes to George Kondogianis – as do many of Rick’s professional photographer friends. If you make your own prints, or plan on making your own prints, this episode is for you!

152 Juan Pons — the “King of the Yellowstone in Winter Workshops”

Wildlife and nature photographer Juan Pons joins Rick

Juan Pons and Rick Sammon talk about the challenges of running photo workshops in Yellowstone – in the dead of winter . . . when the photo opportunities are awesome.

Juan offers advice on clothing, gear and of the utmost importance, working with a good guide.

Juan and Rick also talk about photographing in Alaska, where they have photographed aboard the M/V Northern Song.

As usual, Rick adds some non-photo info to the podcast, too. This week it’s about bison burgers and the Impossible Whopper.

Visit Juan’s website

151 Five Quick Tips on How To Write A Book

Rick has written more than 40 books and today he shares how to write a book

Today’s 5 QT episode covers how to write a book and in a future 5QT episode, Rick and Larry discuss the WHY of book writing. Definitely worthwhile to MANY photographers who want to have more credibility, clients, and so many more benefits that come with writing your own book.

1 – Study and know your subject – inside and out. Old saying: If you want to become an expert on something, write a book about it. Hey! you can even write your own e-book on the subject, which is relatively easy these days.

As well as you may know a subject, hire (or have the publisher hire) a technical editor. He or she will probably catch stuff you miss and mistakes you make.

2 – Know where you are going. Before you start, have a detailed outline (which may change). If you don’t know where you are going, how are you going to get there?

3 – Respect the reader. This might be the most important tip. When writing each sentence, respect the reader. Remember, you are not writing the book for yourself, you are writing it for the reader.

Speaking of reviews, totally disregard 1-star rating. They are posted by people who have a chip on their shoulder – and who hide behind fake names.

4 – Leave no question unanswered. Don’t leave the reader asking asking the question: Why did the author not complete that line of thought? Go the extra mile when talking about a topic.

5 – Know your competition. Go on-line and see what other authors are doing on the same subject. Ask yourself: How can I make my book, better/different . . . the best?

6 – Have more material than you think you need. You need a lot of material to write a how-to book: photos, illustrations and text. In planning your book, plan on having more material than you think you need.

7 – Make it easy and fun for the publisher/editor to work with you. Be flexible. I am not the best photographer or author on the planet, but I do pride myself on being perhaps one of the easiest when it comes to working together.ep Amazon.com reviews in mind. You want as many 5-star ratings as possible, and you have a better chance of getting those rating if you respect the reader and do you very, very best.

8 – Give your editor specific instructions. For example, when I submit photographs, I tell my editor: “Crop my pictures and you’re a dead man!” After which I add this symbol: 🙂

9 – Plan ahead. Never miss a deadline. Give yourself plenty of time to write . . . and edit and rewrite and rewrite and edit, etc. Remember: Dates in your rear view mirror are closer than you think.

10 – Let your personality show/shine though. In reality, many other authors know what you know. What makes your book different? Your personality, your style. Write like you talk and don’t try to write too fancy. Tell a few (just a few) jokes and personal stories. Let people get to know you.

11 – Have fun! If you are not having fun writing your book, that will probably come though to your audience. Even if you are not having fun, write as though you are having fun. As I tell folks at book signings: “It’s sometimes not fun writing a book, but it’s always fun autographing one!”

12 – PR your book. After your book is completed, it’s really up to you to promote the book, though social media and on your web site. You are the best PR agent your book can have. Get your friends to help you promote your book, too.


150 Dave Loebig Helps Rick and Larry with Websites for Photographers

Photographers need websites for everything from portfolios to sales and even image reviews

Rick recently needed help with a website update and Dave Loebig fixed everything in no time. Dave is a long time friend of Larry’s and runs the company that hosts the Picturing Success website, so when Rick needed help updating his site to a secure one for better visibility, Dave handled everything. 

Rick and Larry know the importance of a good website for photographers (and any business) so Larry sat down with Dave to discuss the stuff that photographers should know and do with their website.

Dave’s website

Dave’s recent blog post about verifying domain registration

Google’s push for encrypted sites (HTTPS).