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.



#20: Moment Much Bigger than that Photograph

September 11, 2012 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Different aspect ratios, photo projects based on teenage killers, and a long and somewhat heavy discussion about why we bother taking pictures at all and what they mean to us.


#19: Bare with a Snoot

February 14, 2012 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

When 5 lights are just right, why people bother to shoot with a 4x5, as well as who Berenice Abbott was and why her work still rocks.


#18: Fifty Dollars and an Ice Cream Cone

August 28, 2012 at 6:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Fielding work inquiries, moon photography, the impossible rebirth of 8x10 Polaroid, artists vs technicians, and the wonderful work of Greg Heisler.


#17: Still Lifes of People

August 22, 2012 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Deep follow-up discussion on seducing your subjects, exploiting them to make a buck, and why we want to be Dan Winters when we grow up.


#16: Portraiture is a Dance

August 14, 2012 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

Stephen Shore's tips for street photography, exploitative vs interesting, and what do we mean by portrait anyway?


#15: Salting the Steak

August 7, 2012 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

The Curiosity Mars rover, going on an internet diet, Canon service story, how everything is a trade-off, and Imogen Cunningham.


#14: Creativity Comes From Doing

July 31, 2012 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

Refinement vs change, novelty vs quality, the creative mindset, and composite pioneer William Notman as photographer of the week.


#13: Hand Gestures & Credit Cards

July 24, 2012 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 12 minutes

SI runs Instagram pictures, Fuji discontinues a bunch of Velvia, Canon releases a mirrorless EOS body, more talk about shooting outside your comfort zone, and Albert Watson as photographer of the week.


#12: Kaleidoscopic Changes

July 17, 2012 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Better examples of Olympic portraits, Jock Sturges vs Sally Mann, is Magnum Photo still relevant, plus strategies and failures of trying to get out of your comfort zone on this episode of On Taking Pictures.


#11: Workflow: From Camera to Paper

July 10, 2012 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

Skin tones color samples, multi-touch displays, and Bill walks through his workflow from camera to delivery on this episode of On Taking Pictures.