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.



#33: Troubleshooting in Real Time

December 11, 2012 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

An update and discussion about how Bill's December portrait project is going, does pre-visualization suck creativity, and where is the line between photography and photo-illustration anyway? Darkroom artist Jerry Uelsmann is our Photographer of the Week.


#32: Screw Those People

December 5, 2012 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 27 minutes

Should you retire of you're no longer doing good work? What skateboarding has in common with photography and why Bill will never get asked to shoot the Pirelli calendar. Portraitist William Coupon is our Photographer of the Week.


#31: Too Much Information

November 27, 2012 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Coercion vs connection in portrait photography , making it through the fear of failure or even fear of success, and what? Bill is shooing video now? The world must be ending, so we might as well start at the beginning with 19th century French portrait photographer Nadar as PotW.


#30: Entrances Confused with Dead Ends

November 21, 2012 at 10:30AM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Our thoughts on the HBO series 'Witness', classic Hollywood portraits, tips for making your composites look more real, and a deep delve into the mind of photographer of the week Joel Meyerowitz.


#29: Richard Scarry Book on Acid

November 13, 2012 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

How do you know when you've got it right? Are trends in art supposed to be chased or ridden, and is there is a location which really is the 'place to be' at any particular time? Parisian street photographer Brassai is this week's photographer.


#28: Ability to Recognize...Maybe

November 7, 2012 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

How do we know when art 'works' or doesn't? Is it intuition or knowledge? Bill and Jeffery also tackle some listener mail about b/w conversion, hype in the art world, and a rebuttal of a listener who thinks Bill is a little too cranky. Master portraitist Irving Penn is this week's photographer.


#27: A Body of Work Only in Hindsight

October 31, 2012 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

A serious episode this week as Jeffery and Bill discuss whether a body of work is retrospective in origin or whether it's built masterpiece by masterpiece. Also David Hockney's article on perspective, scanning slides with your dslr, and asking why photography is ever a crime. The wonderful Alfred Sieglitz is this week's photographer.


#26: Brain Calibration Issue

October 26, 2012 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Extra bonus episode so that Jeffery and Bill could get caught up on and answer all the listen feedback they've been getting lately. We talk about the worth of process, light source color, framing, photo books, and the new Faking It exhibit at the Met in NYC. Get on board!


#25: The Weather Is What You're Photographing

October 23, 2012 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

This week Bill tells all about his trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks while Jeffery gives him a hard time about it. Do you need to leave where you are to see where you've been? And of course it's fitting that Ansel Adams is our photographer of the week.


#24: Negative Space of Technique

February 9, 2012 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

This week is all about who deserves to get paid, whether craft has inherent value, and why Bill would like to take more than one photograph with an iPhone even with a purple fringed lens flare. Amateur savant Vivian Meier is our photographer of the week.