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.



#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.


#23: Everyone’s Job to be Everything

October 1, 2012 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Bill and Jeffery respond to a bit more feedback about workshops & websites, Jeffery's thinking about taking up senior portraits, Bill can't stand photographers who don't know what they're talking about. Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt is our photographer of the week.


#22: Ann Curry is a Better Photographer than You

September 24, 2012 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Bill and Jeffery respond to feedback about workshops & websites, famous people buying Leicas, and why taking less pictures is better. Then Bill recounts being ignored by Philip Glass and his methodology behind a group shot of 10 people. Of course Edward Steichen, our photographer of the week, could have done a better job I'm sure.


#21: Vanity Fairy

September 18, 2012 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Bill is nervous for the first time in a while and it's not about the latest crop of cameras coming out at Photokina. Also, your portfolio site might just suck, but Jeffery's diatribe on the subject might just help. All this plus the century old amazing work of Karl Blossfeldt on this week's On Taking Pictures.


#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?