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.



#152: The Stone is Noise

March 24, 2015 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

This week, a question sent in for last week’s Q&A show around deciding how to know when something just isn’t working sparks a terrific discussion on purpose, intent, cutting through the noise and even throwing in the towel. We also talk about how to give your own work value, when value is so subjective. Harold "Doc" Edgerton and Gjon Mili are our first dual Photographers of the Week.


#151: Perfectly Punctuated Piece On Absolutely Nothing

March 17, 2015 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

It’s Q&A time and we do our best to answer the questions you’ve sent in. We got a ton of great questions this time about gear, process, business and even a few that were too big to tackle, so we’ll get them in the mix for larger discussions next week. William Albert Allard is our Photographer of the Week.


#150: Who’s Pressing the Brakes

March 10, 2015 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

This week, a memo written by David Mamet sparks a discussion around the meaning and importance we give the things we make. Also a follow up on the Norman Seef video and how, for some photographers, the connection with the subject is the point and the photographs are merely a byproduct of the experience. Leonard Freed is our Photographer of the Week.


#149: It’s a Little Bit of a Ghost

March 3, 2015 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

This week, what a difference a week makes. We begin with some followup to last week’s show and discuss expectation, process vs product and how for some (me) Artist is not the same as artist. Also, iconic photographers don’t always make iconic photographs. Plus, we reflect a bit on the life of Leonard Nimoy both as an actor and as our Photographer of the Week.


#148: Idle Hands Problem

February 24, 2015 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

This week, what do you do when the motivation just isn't there? We may love what we do, but sometimes it’s hard to hold on to whether loving the process is enough. Also, are the rich kids taking over the arts? Photojournalist Melissa Lyttle is our Photographer of the Week.


#147: Artistic Post-It Note

February 17, 2015 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

This week, should there be standards defining what is and isn’t considered photojournalism? Plus, are labels important, necessary or just noise? We also take a look at a potential alternative to Photoshop, the new Affinity Photo. Spencer Tunick is our Photographer of the Week.


#146: Pattern Recognition Machine

February 10, 2015 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

This week, we’re going deep into discussing the power of a single photograph. Social or emotional impact notwithstanding, are photographs (or art for that matter) better with additional context? Also, you’ll never believe what Carol Armstrong found in her closet. Iconic sports shooter Neil Leifer is our Photographer of the Week.


#145: Priceless Gets A Price

February 3, 2015 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

This week, a bunch of recent articles around use and copyright have us discussing “Who really owns what, and for how long?” Also, should art be enjoyed or merely collected? Bill may have found the perfect camera...for him. Louise Dahl-Wolfe is our Photographer of the Week.


#144: Ronin Photographers

January 27, 2015 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

This week, a domestic worker wins a Magnum Fellowship, two Magnum icons try Google Glass and we discuss entertainment before the word “format.” Also, we discuss what happens when you stop trusting your gear? “Small Town Inertia” shooter Jim Mortram is our Photographer of the Week.


#143: Set For Life

January 20, 2015 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 23 minutes

This week, a conversation overheard on the train sparks a discussion around the need to create or not and whether we would trade a creative life (whatever that means) for a nine to five if we could. Also, is your personal value in the experience of making or in the resulting artifact/object? Obscure Romanian shooter Andre Pandele is our Photographer of the Week.