If you need to contact me in a hurry and don't want to read all this bio stuff: email me. Phone: 914 271 6132.
My specialty is not
specializing. I say that because I like to do it all: people, travel,
wildlife, nature, studio photography and so on.
Thanks to some good luck and hard work, I've photographed in almost 100 countries, taking photographs for my books, apps, seminars, blog and on-line training classes.
Speaking of 100 countries and hard work, people often say, "Rick you are so lucky to have traveled to almost 100 countries." Each time I reply, "The harder I work, the luckier I become." :-)
I'm honored to be a Canon Explorer of Light, a member of the Explorers Club, a Lexar Elite Pro and a Westcott Top Pro. I've also been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame, I'm in the DEMA Hall of Fame and a NOGI winner.
A few years back I co-founded The Digital Photo Experience
podcast with my friend Juan Pons. This bi-monthly podcast is free on
iTunes. Juan and I are there to help you make better pictures.
I share my experiences and photo
know-how with photo enthusiasts all over the world on my workshops and
in my seminars - teaching photographers how to see the light and how to
compose carefully, as well as how to work with people, from strangers in
strange lands to models in a studio.
After writing 36 books, I now do iPad and iPhone apps which you'll find on my apps page.
my four biggest accomplishments are: 1) survived Catholic
grammar school; 2) attended Woodstock in 1969; 3) had a sushi roll
named after me: and 4) Dived under the ice in Lake Baikal, Siberia.
Some photographers know me as "The Godfather," an endearing term bestowed on me by Trey Ratcliff because I have been around a lot longer that most photographers, including Trey.
You may have hard of my Sammonisms. Here they are!
The name of the game is to fill the frame.
Dead center is deadly.
When you think you are close, get closer.
The camera looks both ways.
Expose for the highlights.
Use your camera like a spaceship.
Light illuminates, shadows define.
Backlight = shoot tight.
Make pictures, just don't take pictures.
See eye to eye - shoot eye to eye.
Take the darn flash off the camera.