Podcast Episode

The Lensrentals Podcast Episode #17 – How Rick Sammon Creates Killer Travel Images

Published February 13, 2020

Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.


How Rick Sammon Creates Killer Travel Images

Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, joins Ryan and Joey to discuss his photo tour travels around the world, why you should be able to adjust your own camera in the dark, and why emotional intelligence is so important for photographers to possess. Rick was introduced to photography at a young age and has never lost interest in it. Between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances, his enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. Never one to be bored he also teaches guitar and has written over 40 books

In this episode, Ryan and Joey also talk about some of Rick’s favorite gear, including the Canon EOS R camera system. They also talk about all things travel, how to photograph a scene instead of just a subject, and how it’s important to know and understand your gear before shooting an assignment.



00:30 – Ryan Hill and Joey Miller introduce Rick Sammon

00:45 – Rick Sammon talks about his background in underwater photography and how it transitioned to photographing people

2:30 – Rick talks about how it’s important to diversify your skills to be successful in the photography world

4:15 – Rick Sammon talks about how teaching photography has helped improve his own photography

4:45 – Rick discusses his favorite places his photography has taken him

7:10 – Rick shares some of the dangers he was faced with during his adventures, and shares some wisdom he learned about emotional intelligence

9:15 – Rick shares some wisdom that he received from a fighter pilot friend, which translates perfectly to photography

10:30 – BREAK

10:45 – Rick talks about his love for Canon, and why he exclusively uses Canon for his photography

12:30 – Rick shares his love for the Canon EOS R system paired with the RF lenses

14:00 – Joey and Rick discuss the BLH rule for film photography

16:00 – Rick talks about his environmental portraiture and how he captures not just the subject, but the scene as well

18:00 – How our own mood and energy reflects within portrait photography

19:30 – The importance of knowing your gear, and what it’s capable of

22:00 – Discussing how to write a photography book

25:00 – We need to understand more about why we take photos, and less about how we take photos


The Lensrentals Podcast is a production of Lensrentals, founded by Roger Cicala. Our production staff includes Drew Cicala, Ryan Hill, Sarah McAlexander, SJ Smith, Julian Harper, John Tucker, and Zach Sutton. Other contributors include Roger Cicala, Joey Miller, Ally Aycock Patterson, Joshua Richardson, and Philip Robertson.

Thanks to Jacques Granger for our theme song.

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