59 episodes

This photography podcast takes you ‘beyond the lens,’ exploring the arts, travel, conservation, entrepreneurship, creative culture, and more through deep-dive interviews with some of the world's most influential and inspiring people. Host Richard Bernabe is a renowned photographer, intrepid world traveller, explorer, author, and champion of wildlife and endangered species. He’s been hailed as one of the "Top 30 Influential Photographers on the Web" by the Huffington Post and Influence Digest's "20 Photographers Changing the World Through Social Media." He has travelled to more than 60 countries, capturing photographs and writing for clients including National Geographic, CNN, The New York Times and the BBC.

Beyond The Lens Richard Bernabe

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 950 Ratings

This photography podcast takes you ‘beyond the lens,’ exploring the arts, travel, conservation, entrepreneurship, creative culture, and more through deep-dive interviews with some of the world's most influential and inspiring people. Host Richard Bernabe is a renowned photographer, intrepid world traveller, explorer, author, and champion of wildlife and endangered species. He’s been hailed as one of the "Top 30 Influential Photographers on the Web" by the Huffington Post and Influence Digest's "20 Photographers Changing the World Through Social Media." He has travelled to more than 60 countries, capturing photographs and writing for clients including National Geographic, CNN, The New York Times and the BBC.

    59. Rick Sammon: Lessons from a Legend on Professional Smartphone Photography

    59. Rick Sammon: Lessons from a Legend on Professional Smartphone Photography

    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:


    • Embracing smartphone photography? The pros and cons.
    • Why the conversion? 
    • Rick's recent projects and travels exclusively using the phone as an imaging tool.
    • The stigma of a professional photographer using a phone as an imaging tool.
    • Image quality
    • The biggest problem with phone photography
    • Post processing with phone images. How is it different?
    • Phone apps and software.
    • Apple and Samsung are driving imaging innovation.
    • Elitist thinking
    • Phones and AI art
    And much more.


    Notable Links:


    Rick Sammon Photography Website
    Rick Sammon on Instagram
    Rick Sammon on Twitter/X
    Rick and Susan Sammon's iPhone Photo Experience
    Rick Sammon's Online Classes

    Rick's Phone Apps for Photography:


    Snapseed
    Distressed FX
    REEHELD - for hand-held long exposures
    EvenLonger - for even longer hand-held exposures
    PS Express
    PS Camera
    Dramatic BW
    Lightroom


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    • 54 min
    58. Meet The New Hosts of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Peter Gros and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

    58. Meet The New Hosts of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Peter Gros and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

    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 programs in the history of television.  The new series highlights stories of wildlife and wildlife conservation from around the world.
    Topics Richard, Peter and Dr. Rae discuss:
    • Contrasts and similarities between the new and old series
    • The ‘Wild Kingdom’ legacy
    • Peter’s relationship with Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler
    • Dr. Rae’s reaction to learning she was named the iconic show’s co-host
    • The show’s balance between entertainment and education.
    • The conservation message
    • The show’s lasting relationship to Mutual of Omaha
    • The challenge of appealing to a newer audience with more viewing options
    • Dr. Rae’s inspiring message to young black women
    • Dr Rae’s new book, ‘Wild Life: Finding My Purpose in an Untamed World’
    • Dream destinations for future episodes
    • A message of hope

    And much more.


    Notable Links:


    Wild Kingdom Website
    Wild Kingdom YouTube Channel
    NBC.com
    Streaming on Peacock


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    57. John Stanmeyer: National Geographic Photographer on the Power of 'I Don't Know' and the Beginner's Mind, Putting Down the Camera, and Perfect Travel Coffee

    57. John Stanmeyer: National Geographic Photographer on the Power of 'I Don't Know' and the Beginner's Mind, Putting Down the Camera, and Perfect Travel Coffee

    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 recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa Award, Magazine Photographer of the Year, and the World Press Photo of the year, among others. 
    Topics Richard and John discuss:
    • A start in fashion photography - a failure?
    • Biggest lesson learned while working with National Geographic
    • How much preparation and research is enough?
    • The power of "I Don't Know"
    • Seeing with a child's mind
    • "I'm bored with photography"
    • How to reset when not inspired
    • Putting down the camera
    • Meeting Mother Teresa
    • The perfect travel coffee
    • Travel accessories

    And much more.

    Notable Links:

    John Stanmeyer Website
    John Stanmeyer Instagram

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    Luminar uses generative AI to intelligently analyze your photos and erase distracting elements in your compositions, add realistic objects that seamlessly blend into the background, or expand the frame in any direction. If that's not your thing, Luminar is still one of the most powerful photo editors for natural and realistic images too. Luminar Neo has all the features you need to enhance your images with precision and ease. 
    You can use Luminar Neo as a standalone app on your PC or Mac computer or as a plugin for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, so you can keep your existing workflow.
    Learn more about Luminar Neo and how it can amplify your creative vision for your photos  by visiting skylum.com.
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    Kase filters are made with premium materials, HD optical glass, shockproof, with zero color cast, round and square filter designs, magnetic systems, filter holders, adapters, step-up rings, and everything I need so I never miss a moment.

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    • 58 min
    56. Dr. Tom Smith: How Not To Get Mauled By a Bear, Defensive Strategies, Safety, and Peaceful Coexistence

    56. Dr. Tom Smith: How Not To Get Mauled By a Bear, Defensive Strategies, Safety, and Peaceful Coexistence

    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 brown bears
    • Black bears
    • Polar bears
    • A fed bear is a dead bear
    • How  to avoid a bear attack
    • What to do if you're being mauled
    • Why you should never take a dog into bear country
    • Timothy Treadwell and Alaska
    • The importance of a peaceful coexistence with bears

    And much more.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    55. Mike Olbinski: Storm Chasing Photographer and Cinematographer on Tornado Encounters, Haboobs, Supercells, and Risk Taking

    55. Mike Olbinski: Storm Chasing Photographer and Cinematographer on Tornado Encounters, Haboobs, Supercells, and Risk Taking

    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 of wet roadsDo storm chasers root for storms?Weather apps for storm chasersTime lapse videosNot your typical storm-chasing wedding photographerAnd much more.
    Notable Links:

    Mike Olbinski Website
    Mike Olbinski Instagram
    Mike Olbinski You Tube Channel
    Storm Photos of the Year
    RadarScope Weather App
    RadarOmega
    GR Level 3
    LR Timelapse

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    54. Matt Payne: Richard and Matt's Wild Ride Across The Drake Passage

    54. Matt Payne: Richard and Matt's Wild Ride Across The Drake Passage

    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 conversation. It was a rollicking good time and a fun listen.

    Matt Payne is a mountain climber and fine art nature and landscape photographer living in Durango, Colorado, as well as a fellow Muench Workshops pro.

    Topics includes:
    Stories from AntarcticaSeasickness and getting sickThe AvalancheHow does exhaustion effect creativity?Matt's epic Colorado Trail thru-hikeDiscussion on photography workshopsIntroverts and extrovertsAdditional skills needed to be a photography proLearning compositionAnd more...
    Notable Links:

    Matt Payne's Website
    Matt's Colorado Trail Gallery
    F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
    Muench Workshops
    The Polar Pioneer

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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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950 Ratings

Nurse listener ,

Magical Interview. Don’t miss!!

A magical, entertaining interview with
prestigious, award wining National
Geographic photographer, John
Stanmeyer. John spoke on his philosophies
In regard to his work and photography in
general.

ShutterSpeak ,

A Riveting Dive into Photography, Wildlife, Nature and More!!

My favorite! This podcast consistently delivers a fascinating wealth of knowledge on nature, wildlife, photography, the creative process and so much more. It’s always an exceptional listen that educates, inspires, entertains, and spurs curiosity. What sets it apart is its diverse roster of intriguing guests, making every episode an enriching experience!! Richards ability to seamlessly weave valuable insights with a pleasant delivery is continual throughout every episode. Beyond The Lens beautifully exhibits true wisdom and passion for the world around us!!

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Great Podcast

Very informative and great podcast. Information is top notch across all forms of creative arts. Guests bring a wealth of knowledge.

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