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.



#50: Tortured Plateau

April 9, 2013 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

To tag or not to tag? Folder structure, naming conventions, file formats and overall workflow ideas in this week’s show. Why do filmmakers get all of the cool stuff lately? Plus, photographic icon Alfred Eisenstadt is Photographer of the Week.


#49: Happiness is an Inside Job

April 3, 2013 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 42 minutes

Things get a little heavy as Bill and Jeffery discuss the importance of dreams and what often keeps us from chasing them. Plus, standing up for the value of your work, just how limited are limited editions and pioneering female photographer Margaret Bourke-White as Photographer of the Week.


#48: $500 and a Lollipop

March 26, 2013 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Bill and Jeffery try to iron out the intricacies of copyright and usage, photography as part of a larger, happier life. Photographer and film director Gordon Parks as Photographer of the Week.


#47: Inspiration Is Like Tinkerbell

March 19, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Knowing when to stop, how sometimes quantity leads to quality, backup follow-up, and more. Photographer and Filmmaker Anton Corbijn is Photographer of the Week.


#46: 151 Lights and a News Desk

March 12, 2013 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

Bill gets fancy at the news desk, the importance of backups and technique vs gear. Plus, influential documentary photographer, Robert Frank as Photographer of the Week.


#45: True North On Your Creative Compass

March 5, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

Light looking like lights, the long-term view of your portfolio, science vs alchemy of film, and more. Stéphane Lavoué is Photographer of the Week.


#44: Sensor Verite

February 26, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

How much change is too much change for the sake of commerce? Why portraits are different than other types of photography, and who is copyright really protecting? Classic sports magazine shooter Ozzie Sweet is Photographer of the Week


#43: Artistic Monkhood

February 19, 2013 at 5:30AM • 1 hour 36 minutes

Safe vs Experimental, to get good you need to stop trying to get good, and Jeffery's monologue at 42:20 which is among the best things ever spoken on our show. Iconic war photograph Robert Capa is Photographer of the Week.


#42: That’s Just Going to the Driving Range

February 12, 2013 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Style vs Fashion and How do you develop a style anyway? The influence of luck, snow angels, and listener Q&A. Michael Light is Photographer of the Week.


#41: Our Microscopes Got More Powerful

February 5, 2013 at 9:15PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

Decaying Americana, taking being uncomfortable one small step at a time, and some talk about starting a flickr group on this week's show. Modernist Paul Strand is Photographer of the Week.