Tips and Tricks

Tamron Recipes with Rick Friedman


by Skip Cohen

​When we first started this series, comparing photographers to chefs seemed like a fun way to present the work of some of the most respected artists in the industry. With each new chef, the analogy gets more on point.

Rick Friedman joins us in the Tamron Kitchen this month, and he’s no stranger to so many of you. He’s an artist, photojournalist, and educator with an ongoing presence at many events nationwide. And as a leading “chef,” he is one of the most diverse in our industry, with a skill set that covers “cuisines” like photojournalism, portraiture, wildlife, and light painting, to name a few.  
I had a hard time deciding which images to feature this month when I saw the full-page spread from The Boston Guardian, covering the Boston Marathon a couple of weeks ago. All the images were captured with only two Tamron lenses, the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD.   


“The Winner at the Finish Line”

Camera: Nikon Z2
​Lens:  100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
Focal Length: 180mm
Exposure: 1/1000 @ f8 ISO 2500
Location: Boston Marathon
Runner: Evans Chebet

Note: All of Rick’s images in today’s post were captured with Tamron lenses. His portrait work below is with Tamron’s 35-150mm lens, currently available for Sony (​35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD).

Rick needs to be on your radar. From individual workshops around the country to demonstrations on the trade show floor at a convention or, just following him on Facebook, he’s always sharing great images and content that makes you appreciate his skill set. Click on any image in today’s post to link to Rick’s website.

While the cuisine for this month is photojournalism, I wanted to share a few more of Rick’s images when his “cooking” style changes to portrait and light painting. Both photographs were captured with Tamron lenses. 

And while you’re following what Rick is up to, start tracking Tamron. Today they manufacture some of the finest optics in imaging. But just as impressive is their focus on education and the never-ending effort they put into helping artists raise the bar on the quality of their images. Education is a significant focus at Tamron – check out all the programs they have scheduled throughout North America.

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