On Taking Pictures

On Taking Pictures

Every week, Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field's trends and legacy.

Hosted by Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris.



#80: It’s Something To Take Seriously

November 7, 2013 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

This week, synchronicity and the beauty of moments. Bill recaps his whirlwind trip to Italy and we discuss why seeing art in person is better than seeing it through a viewfinder. Model turned photographer, Lee Miller is our Photographer of the Week.


#79: Photography Without A Net

October 29, 2013 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 35 minutes

This week, the importance of heroes and how being inspired by one can make you feel like a kid again. Also, are you shooting for the present or for posterity? Plus, we talk about an interesting performance art piece and the intention behind it. Greg Heisler’s former boss, Arnold Newman, is our Photographer of the Week.


#78: Shutter Priority on Glass Plate

October 22, 2013 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

This week, we tackle some great questions from you, the listeners, about topics ranging from personal and professional goals to social media and where we find inspiration outside of photography. We also try to find the line between art and porn. Plus, National Geographic wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen is our Photographer of the Week.


#77: Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep

October 15, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 52 minutes

This week, we talk about the creative work we do and why we do it. What draws you to the art you make: love or fear? Where does social media fit into the new “sharing” (read:free) economy? Plus, iconic photojournalist W. Eugene Smith is our Photographer of the Week.


#76: Slamming Up Against the Walls (Like in an A-Ha Video)

October 8, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

This week, we discuss mentors and community. Whatever happened to someone taking you under their wing? Is learning from one person different, or better, than learning from a collective? Also, we talk a little about some of the fantastic projects you are posting to the Google+ group. Plus, as a nod to Bill’s new Fuji x100s, Henri Cartier-Bresson is our Photographer of the Week.


#75: Film comes in a can. Like soup.

October 1, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 50 minutes

We’ve got a big show this week, beginning with a little follow up on last week’s discussion about branding and websites, specifically writing. We also talk about practice...does practice really make perfect or just better? Plus, we answer several of your emails and questions from the G+ Community. Edward Burtynsky is our Photographer of the Week.


#74: Self-Deluding Defense Mechanism

September 24, 2013 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

This week, we’re chewing on the the idea of you as your brand and we’re talking blogs, logos, portfolios and more. What do you expect from your online presence and how do you know when you’ve got it right? We also gear out a little as Bill considers a new camera for his upcoming vacation. Plus, brilliant portrait photographer Nigel Parry is our Photographer of the Week.


#73: It's Not All Warm and Fuzzy

September 16, 2013 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

This week, we wrestle with creativity; is making something “good” a struggle? If it’s not, are you doing something wrong? Plus a listener sends in a great list of things to help you find your purpose. We also walk the line between art and pornography (and wonder whether the government should pay for it) with our Photographer of the Week, Robert Mapplethorpe.


#72: Get Behind the Train and Push

September 10, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

This week, we follow up on our previous discussion about location. We also look at making art (or content) as a lifestyle, rather than an end game. Plus, we tackle a great question for a listener: How do you know when to go pro and what does that really mean anyway? Dramatic black & white street photography, courtesy of Ray Metzger, our Photographer of the Week.


#71: Disruption

September 3, 2013 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Are you following a straight line or tacking an irregular course? Is one more effective than the other, providing you can see True North? What is the real value in a life spent making art? Plus, Russian photographer and graphic designer, Alexander Rodchenko is our Photographer of the Week.