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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.



#326: Special Episode - Apple Announcement Oct 2018

October 30, 2018 at 11:00AM • 37 minutes

They said it would never happen – that we were through, done for, washed up. Turns out, all it took was a new Mac Mini, Macbook Air, and an iPad Pro for us to dust off the mics and smash that record button. Is it a one off? Will there be more? Time will tell...


#325: Closing The Loop

July 17, 2018 at 2:15PM • 2 hours 39 minutes

This week, we close the loop on 325 episodes of talking about photography, creativity, and sometimes just the ups and downs of life in general. It has been such a privilege to be a small part of your lives for the past six years. Speaking for myself, I am a better person for having done this show, though I would imagine Bill feels the same. This show has—in no uncertain terms—changed my life and whether you have listened to one episode or all of them, thank you for making time in your lives for us each and every week. I don’t think either one of us know what’s next, but I do know that we would love to keep the conversations going. Thank you again for six amazing years.


#324: Another Stick in the Spokes

July 10, 2018 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

With only one more episode of OTP left, this week we actually start with a discussion around photography—specifically, focusing on the tools (either hardware or software) you need or will actually use in your creative workflow. Sometimes we get caught up in looking at all of what a camera or piece of software does or is capable of doing without looking at what we actually need it to do. Also, a continuation of last week’s discussion where we talk about Don McCullin’s view that at least some of his professional life was wasted documenting the human suffering associated with war. Alfred Stanley Johnson is our Photographer of the Week.


#323: There’s No Control Group in Life

July 3, 2018 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 49 minutes

This week, a discussion around knowing (or thinking we know) when it’s time to change directions, whether in a body of work, a relationship, where to live, etc. Also, what happens when the dream you wanted isn’t the reality you get? Plus, according to a federal judge, photos on the internet are fair use...yes, even yours. Don McCullin is our Photographer of the Week.


#322: Waiting For The Supersaturation Point

June 27, 2018 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

This week, a pre-show discussion spills over into the show as we dive into the idea of myth and reputation and wrestle with the evolving definition of success. Also, episode 324 will be the last episode of OTP. We are grateful for the time that we’ve spent with you and with each other—logging well over 600 hours talking about photography and creativity—but we both feel like it’s time to explore some other areas. We’ll do one more regular show and then the final episode will be a Q&A, so send us your questions! Girma Berta is our Photographer of the Week.


#321: And There It Hangs

June 19, 2018 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

This week, sometimes hardware fails or at least doesn’t perform the way you think or hope it should We start the show with a couple stories about dealing with what happens next. Also, at what point to upgrades no longer make sense. Plus, a fascinating body of work from a very unexpected source. Kenji Toma is our Photographer of the Week.


#320: Put This Robe On And Come With Me

June 12, 2018 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 39 minutes

This week, we go a little off the reservation talking about connecting to a process but not to outcome of what was ultimately produced. We cite examples from photography, cinema and music. Also, a discussion around the first time we felt like we were part of a tribe and how we sometimes are still able to tap into how that felt. Vivian Cherry is our Photographer of the Week.


#319: Who Buys The Ink?

June 4, 2018 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

This week, if everyone is chasing the same aesthetic, how do you know when what you make is good? Also, where do you take your work if you feel you’ve peaked? Plus, is the old stuff really better than what’s new? Or is it just that it’s more familiar? Jim Reed is our Photographer of the Week.


#318: You Have To Go Further Back To Go Forward

May 29, 2018 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

This week, we’re talking about finding that type of photography that clicks with you, regardless of how broad or how niche it may be. One of the wonderful things about photography is that it’s both an art and a science and there’s room to deep dive one without necessarily losing the other. Also, self-printing seems to be a common source of confusion and anxiety - between finding the “right” printer, to then finding out that the ink will cost your more than the device itself, to having to test multiple paper types to see what works best on a given photograph. But is giving up control worth making the decision to outsource it? Francesco Cito and Gianni Berengo-Gardin are our Photographers of the Week.


#317: You’re Gonna Need A Bigger SIM

May 23, 2018 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

This week, what happens when you decide to get off of the hamster wheel of social media and rely on your own website? Are you leaving money on the table or controlling your brand? Also, getting out of your comfort zone via the great American road trip. Plus, finding meaning in what you do beyond just what you make and share. Vanessa Winship is our Photographer of the Week.