Picturing Success Blog

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

132 Don Komarechka Reveals His Macro Photography Magic Tricks

Rick Interviews Don Komarechka About Shooting Macro AND His New Book… “Macro Photography: The Universe At Our Feet”

Want to learn more about macro photography – lightings, lenses, techniques, tiny subjects and more? You’ve come to the right place!

Rick has long admired the work (and world) of Canadian photographer Don Komarechka. In this episode Rick and Don talk about a ton of stuff, ranging from close-up photography trips, tricks and techniques to Don’s latest – and Kickstarter-funded – book: Macro Photography: The Universe At Our Feet.

Don takes us through the magical journey of one-to-one photography (true macro photography) as well as the Kickstarter process of book publishing.

Tune in, as always for some photo learning and photo fun. Links:





131 Five Quick Tips for Using Neutral Density Filters

Just a quick show to help our photographer friends understand ND filters

Lately we’ve been releasing interview shows and longer topic shows on Mondays and we’ve started releasing tips and tricks style shows called Five Quick Tips on Thursdays. This time around we cover best practices with neutral density filters.

130 Alec Arons – The Seven Habits of a Successful Workshop Participant

Alec Arons is a loyal listener to the podcast and has attended several of Rick’s Workshops now he is giving back!

Photography was a long dormant hobby for Alec but over the past 2 plus years he has rekindled his passion and is developing into a fine photographer with a passion for, old cars, neon and landscapes.

Rick and Alec talk about his growth as a photographer and with homage to Stephen Covey the habits that Alec has developed to maximize his participation in workshops and local meet-up groups. Applying these principles have enabled Alec to learn and grow as a photographer. He has learned that being prepared, mindful and sharing his images with others have enabled him to maximize his experience and grow in confidence.

Alec credits Rick with curing his OCD – Obsessive Clicking Disorder through the One Picture Promise though he is slowly developing a case of Obsessive Cropping Disorder. One other thing about Alec ,as Rick has mentioned in the past, he is very familiar with all of our sponsors and for that we thank him with apologies to his very supportive wife Diane!





129 Five Quick Tips for Using Daylight Fill Flash

Our listener Alec Arons suggested this one

So far this is the QUICKEST Quick Tips episode and that’s the goal. Good info about photography without any extra fluff. Sure, we love our interview and deep dive topics, but Five Quick Tips are just QUICK!!

128 Jeff Leimbach talks with Rick

Jeff Leimbach and Rick have worked together on seminars, classes, photo shoots, and they talk about that and more

Rick sat down with our mutual friend, Jeff Leimbach, and talked about his new class on KelbyOne called “What to Shoot When There is Nothing to Shoot.” A class that is a bit different than most because it’s not about how to shoot but what to shoot. We discussed self assignments and how they can help you see things you wouldn’t have ordinarily seen. The class also talks about places, times and objects to shoot.

They also discussed workshops and some of the things to look for in choosing a workshop or instructor as well as how to act on one so that you get the most out of the experience.

126 Bob & Dawn Davis

International Wedding Husband and Wife team talk with Rick

Bob & Dawn Davis, are an international wedding photography and design, husband and wife team based in the Chicagoland area. They have had the privilege of covering celebrity weddings and speak at photography conferences/workshops around the world, but that’s not what defines them.

They are passionate about faith, their marriage, family and living their lives to the fullest. Bob & Dawn are blessed to have been given these talents and want to share them with the world.

Married in 1992, and working together since 2005. They have two kiddos, two cats, and a puppy. They find peace
in spending every waking moment with each other and never get on each others nerves… Ha! They are still working on finding the right balance to mange their busy lives, “it’s a work in progress.” They love what they do and love their clients! They have become the network of our brand.

They were married 10 years when their children came into their lives. Bobby was born in 1997 and Alli was born in 1998, both born in Chisinau, Moldova. They are biological siblings. The loves of their life. They adopted them in March of 2002. It was a looooooooong journey for them to become parents, but it was worth every tear and every moment.

As a family, they are silly and love to have fun. Since they run their business from home, they spend quite a bit of time together. Home is where they draw their strength and salvation. They attend Parkview Church and enjoy worshiping what’s most important in their life, they give it all to God.

Their kiddos have joined them on shoots and traveled the world as they document life. As a family they are involved
in donating their time to charities and to giving back to the world. Bob & Dawn have been on many mission trips, each one has changed their lives forever. They encourage everyone to challenge themselves to give back through your talents. “It will change you forever!”

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. ­1 Peter 4:10.”

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125 Five Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Tripod

Solid tripod advice from Rick and Larry

Gear advice and quick, helpful insights are what the shorter Five Quick Tips episodes are all about. This time we talk tripods.

124 Lauren Naylor talks nude photography from a female perspective and the importance of balancing creative vs paid projects

Lauren is a photographer & creative director that uses unique set design and cinematic motifs to create expressive visual stories

Rick met Lauren when she was working an office job in NYC in the marketing department of a reputable photography company. 5 years later, she’s living in Los Angeles working as a freelance photographer with no intentions on going back to the 9­5 life.

Lauren and Rick discuss the creativity involved in Lauren’s work, and the delicate, sometimes headache-­inducing balance between creative and (mundane) paid work that’s vital if you’re a freelance photographer. They talk about capturing emotion vs getting the perfect technical shot, and
the difference between tasteful nude photography and…not­-so-­tasteful. They also chat about Lauren’s side projects— including music, her production studio along side art director Claire Quest called Nightdove Studio, and Supervirgo— LA’s community for female creatives.

I Can’t Go for That (cover)

Website: www.lnaylor.com
Instagram: @lnaynay

Nightdove Studio: www.nightdove.com
Supervirgo: www.supervirgo.com

123 Bonus Episode to Announce June 18 event

Adorama’s Inspire Event in New York is on the way

There’s a special event for photographers happening mid June and it’s designed to Inspire photographers of every stripe.

This BONUS episode gives you some insights to the event from some of the presenters themselves.