Episodes
Matthieu Paley is a French photographer who has traveled the world working for National Geographic magazine. Focusing his efforts on regions that are misrepresented and misunderstood, he is committed to issues relating to diminishing cultures and the environment. Matthieu is the the recipient of numerous awards and has published several books of his work and his fine art images have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including museums. He is regularly commissioned for commercial...
Published 04/18/24
Published 04/18/24
Rick Sammon is an American photographer of many decades. He's a tireless, prolific and inspirational image maker and one of the most active photographers working today. He divides his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, making personal appearances, and writing books - always educating, creating and inspiring people. He's also incorporated smartphone photography into his professional work, which is the primary topic of the conversation. Topics Richard and Rick discuss: •...
Published 04/03/24
Peter Gros and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant are hosts of the new Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom Protecting The Wild’ TV show airing on NBC, which is the successor to the classic Wild Kingdom that aired on the same network from 1963 – 1988. Peter Gros was a host from the original series during episodes in the 1980s and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a National Geographic Explorer and research faculty member at the University of California – Santa Barbara.  Wild Kingdom is one of the most beloved wildlife...
Published 03/20/24
John Stanmeyer is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and educator, dedicated to social, humanitarian, and political issues that define our times. For more than than 20 years, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic Magazine, producing more than 18 stories, resulting in more than 14 covers. Between the years of 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for TIME magazine. His years with TIME resulted in 18 cover images and 100 plus stories.  John is the...
Published 03/06/24
Dr. Tom Smith is  a professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he studies human-wildlife conflicts, particularly involving all three species of North American bears and mountain sheep.  He also worked with the United States government in southwestern Alaska where he served from 1992-2006 as a research biologist for the National Park Service  and USGS. Topics Richard and Dr. Smith discuss: • Precautions before entering bear country. • Bear Spray versus a gun • Grizzlies and...
Published 02/22/24
Mike Olbinski is a Phoenix, Arizona-based storm chasing and extreme weather photographer and cinematographer.  His passion is capturing extreme weather events like tornados, haboobs, supercells, and lightning events on camera and stunning cinematic time lapse videos.  Topics Richard and Mike discuss: A Texas tornado that was one of Mike's 2023 highlightsWhat is an haboob and how are they created?Mike's career-altering haboobSupercells and mesocyclonesStorm chasing and risk takingThe dangers...
Published 02/07/24
This episode was recorded with my friend, Matt Payne as we made a wild crossing of the Drake Passage last month.  We were returning to Ushuaia, Argentina after a 21-day voyage to Antarctica where we encountered amazing scenery and wildlife, including the "impossible" emperor penguin on ice flows in the Weddell Sea. This was an unscripted, unstructured conversation where we essentially interviewed each other. I was fighting seasickness and basically doing my best to stay upright during the...
Published 01/29/24
Ami Vitale is a National Geographic photographer, Nikon Ambassador, writer, speaker and documentary filmmaker. She's a traveler to more than 100 countries and the recipient of numerous awards for her photography, including Magazine Photographer & International Photographer of the Year, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and  a six-time award recipient from World Press Photos. Ami is also a founder of a non-profit called Vital Impacts, a women-led, non-profit which uses art...
Published 01/10/24
Hanne Strager is a Danish  biologist, whale researcher, and author of the award-winning book, The Killer Whale Journals: Our Love and Fear of Orcas and A Modest Genius: The Story of Darwin’s Life and How His Ideas Changed Everything. Hanne co-founded Norway's Andenes Whale Center and has served as the Director of Exhibitions at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. In this episode, Hanne and Richard talk about her newest book, Killer Whale Journals, and the relationships humans have had...
Published 12/28/23
William Neill is an American landscape and nature photographer, writer and teacher.  He’s been a resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977, and his award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints. For about 30 years, William wrote a monthly column in Outdoor Photographer magazine. The conversation this episode focuses on William's new book, Yosemite: Sanctuary in Stone, the wonder of Yosemite National...
Published 12/14/23
In this episode, we talk branding, influencers, gaining and working with corporate sponsors, marketing, and social media for photographers and artists. What is branding and what isn't?  How important is consistency and authenticity? What should photographers do and not do on social media? How to market yourself. Plus a lot more. Joey Lopez  is the Director of Brand Marketing at Lexar. He launched the Lexar Influencer Program, working with renowned photographers and videographers to increase...
Published 11/29/23
Will Burrard-Lucas is a British wildlife photographer, best known for innovative camera techniques and devices that allow him to capture unique perspectives on wildlife not usually seen otherwise. He's the founder of Camtraptions, a company specializing in creative technology and photographic contraptions, including the Beetlecam and his own camera traps. Will has published three books,  The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction, Top Wildlife Sites Of The World, Land of Giants, and...
Published 11/16/23
Terry White is a  27-year veteran at Adobe, Inc.  He currently holds the prestigious title of Principal Director, Creative Cloud Evangelist with a focus on photography. Terry’s an award winning portrait and travel photographer who in 2016, was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He’s delivered live keynote presentations at Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, and gave a TED talk titled AI Is Here. He has a very popular YouTube channel with 500K followers and a highly influential photography...
Published 11/02/23
Dr. Austin Gallagher is an American marine biologist, researcher, explorer, author and entrepreneur. He’s best known for his extensive research on sharks and hosting and producing content for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming. His shark research has taken him all across the globe on more than 50 scientific expeditions and he’s published more than 100 scientific papers. Austin founded “Beneath the Waves,” a non-profit organization focused on ocean conservation. He currently...
Published 10/19/23
Wayne Suggs is an immensely talented landscape photographer hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Wayne captures the beauty of the Southwest United States and shares his images not only for others to enjoy, but to help increase awareness of the necessity to preserve our precious surroundings.  Wayne is a professional photography instructor with Muench Workshops and his hardcover photography book, The Color of Dreams, is an instant classic and expresses some of Wayne's best work in...
Published 10/03/23
In this episode, Richard talks about  AI-proofing your photography as well as taking your creative work to the next level. That involves incorporating emotional engagement into your artwork, not "playing to the audience," and learning to create for yourself, not others, in order to find your true artistic voice. Notable Link: Art as Self Care by Katie Willard Virant, Psychology Today, June 2018 This episode is brought to you by Lexar. For more than 25 years, Lexar has  been trusted as a...
Published 09/24/23
Raabia Hawa abandoned a successful career in radio and TV to found the Ulinzi Africa Foundation, East Africa’s very first NGO to help Kenya rangers in their fight against wildlife poaching. Recorded in person during Richard’s recent trip to Nairobi, Raabia talks about her career, her personal and professional transformation from radio and TV personality to wildlife warrior, the evils of wildlife poaching, the dangers of working in Kenya’s Tana River Delta, trophy hunting, being underestimated...
Published 09/07/23
In this episode, I am joined by astrophotographer, Andrew McCarthy.  Andrew creates stunning images of the moon, sun, distant galaxies, the International Space Station moon and sun transits, and much more. Many of his photographs have gone viral and are instantly recognizable once you visit his website, Cosmic Background. He has more than 600,000 followers on Instagram and he generously shares how he captures many of the images featured all across  social media.  In this interview, Andrew...
Published 08/24/23
Steven McCurry is an American photographer who has captured some of the world's most iconic photographs of the 20th and 21st centuries. From the war-ravaged landscapes of Afghanistan to the vibrant, colorful streets of India, his ability to capture the raw emotions and the spirit of humanity over the course of five decades has made his work both timeless and universally revered. His most famous photograph, the  haunting portrait of the 'Afghan Girl,'  first graced the cover of National...
Published 08/11/23
Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, the online educational community for photographers, Photoshop & Lightroom users. He’s a travel photographer, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo; host of the photography talk show “The Grid,” founder of the annual “Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk” and author of several bestselling photography, Lightroom and Photoshop books, which includes the...
Published 07/28/23
Nevada Wier is an award-winning photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. USA, specializing in documenting the remote corners of the world, the people, and their cultures. She is especially recognized for her creative and intimate approach to people. She has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Geo, Islands, New York Times Magazine, Outside, and Smithsonian. Nevada’s...
Published 07/14/23
Talor Stone is a photographer, conservationist, and PhD researcher who specializes in Earth's  Arctic regions. Her summers in Greenland have inspired academic research projects on topics such as globalization and indigenous identity, mass tourism and peripheral communities, and climate-induced human migration among Inuit populations. in 2022, Talor partnered  with filmmaker Ashlei Payne to produce a documentary film about the modern changes of hunting culture in northern Greenland based on...
Published 06/28/23
On this episode of Beyond The Lens, I'm sharing my recent experience in Borneo, Indonesia: the rainforest, the photographic challenges the rainforest creates, and the "persons of the forest," the orangutans. I talk about the existential threats that orangutans face caused by deforestation and loss of habitat due to development and palm oil plantations. You can help keep orangutans from extinction by buying products using environmentally sustainable palm oil with the RSPO label or donating...
Published 06/23/23
Carlton Ward is a Florida conservation, wildlife, and nature photographer. His work is exhibited worldwide and featured in renowned publications such as National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, Nature Conservancy, and more. In partnership with the National Geographic Society, Carlton worked with scientists, conservationists, ranchers, veterinarians, and the local indigenous population to capture stunning images and videos of one of the most elusive animals on the planet, the Florida...
Published 06/16/23