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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.



#75: Film comes in a can. Like soup.

October 1, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 50 minutes

We’ve got a big show this week, beginning with a little follow up on last week’s discussion about branding and websites, specifically writing. We also talk about practice...does practice really make perfect or just better? Plus, we answer several of your emails and questions from the G+ Community. Edward Burtynsky is our Photographer of the Week.


#74: Self-Deluding Defense Mechanism

September 24, 2013 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

This week, we’re chewing on the the idea of you as your brand and we’re talking blogs, logos, portfolios and more. What do you expect from your online presence and how do you know when you’ve got it right? We also gear out a little as Bill considers a new camera for his upcoming vacation. Plus, brilliant portrait photographer Nigel Parry is our Photographer of the Week.


#73: It's Not All Warm and Fuzzy

September 16, 2013 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

This week, we wrestle with creativity; is making something “good” a struggle? If it’s not, are you doing something wrong? Plus a listener sends in a great list of things to help you find your purpose. We also walk the line between art and pornography (and wonder whether the government should pay for it) with our Photographer of the Week, Robert Mapplethorpe.


#72: Get Behind the Train and Push

September 10, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

This week, we follow up on our previous discussion about location. We also look at making art (or content) as a lifestyle, rather than an end game. Plus, we tackle a great question for a listener: How do you know when to go pro and what does that really mean anyway? Dramatic black & white street photography, courtesy of Ray Metzger, our Photographer of the Week.


#71: Disruption

September 3, 2013 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Are you following a straight line or tacking an irregular course? Is one more effective than the other, providing you can see True North? What is the real value in a life spent making art? Plus, Russian photographer and graphic designer, Alexander Rodchenko is our Photographer of the Week.


#70: The Gaia Argument

August 27, 2013 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

This week, we’re talking film; both the technical side and the aesthetics. Is film as close as we’ll get to alchemy, or is it merely a placebo to look back on happier times? Also, cameras are better than they’ve ever been, so why isn’t there more great work? If you’re a fan of Art Deco and Fritz Lang, you’re going to love the work of our Photographer of the Week, Czech shooter, Frantisek Drtikol.


#69: Play With Your Deckled Edges

August 20, 2013 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

The week, who are you presenting to the world, you, or a manufactured version of you? Also, all roads lead to film when Bill borrows a Leica M7. Plus, what’s the difference between collecting and curating? Artist-slash-photographer, Vic Muniz sparks some interesting discussion on the nature of art as our Photographer of the Week.


#68: An Incorrect Perspective

August 13, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

This week, we celebrate looking at work through the eyes of an amateur. Also towards the end of the show, we hit upon a somewhat profound revelation about art and bicycling. Plus, Art Streiber is our Photographer of the Week.


#67: Far Enough Along Your Curve

August 6, 2013 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

This week, how do you gauge whether or not the work you do is authentic? What do you do when good isn’t good enough or how much to you chalk up to timing? Also, should you be held accountable for the consistency of the art you create? Plus, brilliant fashion and fine art photographer, Lillian Bassman is our Photographer of the Week.


#66: You Don’t Want To See Me When I’m Bored

July 30, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

This week, we talk about image; both the images you take as photographers as well as the image you present of yourself as the photographer. Do better shoes make you a better photographer and, if so, when did being cool trump being good? We also tackle some listener Q&A and profile Horst P. Horst as our Photographer of the Week.