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On Taking Pictures

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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 & Jeffery Saddoris.

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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 & Jeffery Saddoris.

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Only the best photo podcast

By zdfghjkloiu - Mar 24 2018
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A perfect discussion about the philosophy of photography.

Frustrating

By the_wise_man_chooses_nachos - Jan 09 2018
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There's so much potential here but ultimately this comes down to hours of Jeffrey (who hardly makes pictures) complaining about lack of direction in his career and never really doing anything about it, and Bill (an editiorial/commercial photographer) getting over his head and making ill-informed statements whenever trying to discus art photography, and calling women girls like some mildly sexist boss. They sure do know a lot about computers, though.

iTunes Ratings

183 Ratings
Average Ratings
156
12
7
4
4

Only the best photo podcast

By zdfghjkloiu - Mar 24 2018
Read more
A perfect discussion about the philosophy of photography.

Frustrating

By the_wise_man_chooses_nachos - Jan 09 2018
Read more
There's so much potential here but ultimately this comes down to hours of Jeffrey (who hardly makes pictures) complaining about lack of direction in his career and never really doing anything about it, and Bill (an editiorial/commercial photographer) getting over his head and making ill-informed statements whenever trying to discus art photography, and calling women girls like some mildly sexist boss. They sure do know a lot about computers, though.
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On Taking Pictures

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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 & Jeffery Saddoris.

Rank #1: 39: The President and an Umbrella

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Presidential portraits, the 'cool kid camera club', why Bill uses prime lenses, and the importance of having Dreams on this week's show. Celebrity portrait and fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy is Photographer of the Week.

Jan 22 2013
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #2: 43: Artistic Monkhood

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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.

Feb 19 2013
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #3: 299: Another Word For Failure

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This week, we’re discussing “iterative ideation” — process whereby you course correct more often as a project develops — as a means of failing forward. Along the way, we wonder if “failure” is really the most productive way of thinking about our creative missteps. Also, we talk about some of the struggles of balancing our personal and professional lives on social media. Plus, 11 minutes for 3 setups with an icon. Emmet Gowin is our Photographer of the Week.

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Jan 16 2018
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #4: 285: The Composition Within the Chaos

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This week, how do you approach a new project or body of work? Is the making more important than the potential juice? Or is potential monetization always a component? Also, a discussion around creating work vs. seeing work, using photojournalism as an example. Plus, a spoiler-free discussion of the making of Blade Runner 2049 from the perspective of practical vs CG environments. Lynn Gilbert is our Photographer of the Week.

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Oct 10 2017
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #5: 288: An Iterative Process Like Everything Else

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This week, happy Halloween! What constitutes a cultural experience for you? A museum? A gallery? Going bowling? Also, what motivates you to look at art? Plus, we talk about managing expectations of creative endeavors when they are just outside of your comfort zone. Four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy is our Photographer of the Week.

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Oct 31 2017
1 hour 47 mins
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Rank #6: 38: Tug of War with the Muse

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Technical and creative limitations as inspiration, schtick vs style, and how the artistic process is what gives art it's humanity. Innovative fashion photographer Paolo Roversi is Photographer of the Week.

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Jan 15 2013
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #7: 291: It’s All About The Torque

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This week, we discuss a recent article talking about “capitalist realism,” an idea that suggests that the work of Annie Leibovitz and Gregory Crewdson are two sides of the same coin in terms of the worlds they represent. Also, we weigh in on a photographer who decided to make an editorial decision on a photograph that didn’t go well. Plus, Fuji is being sued by Polaroid over Instax. Robert ParkeHarrison is our Photographer of the Week.

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Nov 21 2017
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #8: 313: No One Wants To Be In A Cover Band Forever

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This week, we’re circling back to an earlier discussion around style and whether you choose your style (and maybe even overall aesthetic) or your style chooses you. Also, do you recognize the point at which emulating or being inspired by your artistic heroes became something more unique? Plus, planned obsolescence, photography in video games and do we really need a digital 8x10 camera? Ara Güler is our Photographer of the Week.

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Apr 25 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #9: 147: Artistic Post-It Note

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This week, should there be standards defining what is and isn’t considered photojournalism? Plus, are labels important, necessary or just noise? We also take a look at a potential alternative to Photoshop, the new Affinity Photo. Spencer Tunick is our Photographer of the Week.

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Feb 17 2015
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #10: 284: Time Is Your Only Currency

Oct 03 2017
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #11: 295: This Is Where I Was Right Here

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This week, we geek out a little over the new non-upgradeable iMacPro and talk about hardware and workflow. We also discuss how deadlines can affect how we define (or redefine) good. Affinity teases a new piece of software for publishers and we discuss the new Annie Leibovitz Masterclass, which leaves us asking “What do you expect from online training?”. Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber are our Photographers of the Week

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Dec 19 2017
1 hour 43 mins
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Rank #12: 296: Christmas Q&A 2017

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Questions, questions. Whose got the questions? Turns out, it’s YOU, the listeners! This week, we tackle conundrums about favorite museums, sources of inspiration, archiving strategies, finding the theme of your work, and a whole lot more. Brett Weston is our Photographer of the Week.

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Dec 26 2017
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #13: 140: An Official Knock-off

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We’re finishing off 2014 with one last listener Q&A show. But first, we’re talking about the idea of planned obsolescence. Is current gear as good as it was 20 years ago? Is anything? Then, Bill’s trip to a recent Saul Leiter show in NYC sparks some discussion around the idea of posthumous artist foundations and legacy. User submitted photojournalist Matt Black is our Photographer of the Week.

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Dec 31 2014
1 hour 38 mins
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Rank #14: 42: That’s Just Going to the Driving Range

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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.

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Feb 12 2013
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #16: 301: It’s Like Amway With A Camera

Jan 30 2018
1 hour 54 mins
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Rank #17: 281: Hidden Under Hair and Self-Doubt

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This week, we’re attempting to answer some of your questions that range from our desert island photo choices to whether or not ego affects how we take pictures. There are also questions on how to recognize when a project is done and whether or not it’s possible to change your photographic style. As usual, we got some questions that really stumped us, and some that we’re going to have to come back around to after thinking about them a bit. Pete Turner is our Photographer of the week.

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Sep 12 2017
2 hours 3 mins
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Rank #18: 300: When The Spirit Moves Me

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This week, we start with a discussion around the often finicky nature of inkjet printing—between random clogs and the cost of ink and paper, is it better to just job it out? Also, a talk around taking risks, inspired by an interview with Gail Bichler, Design Director of the New York Times Magazine who says that if your work is “consistently pretty good, but you don’t have anything great,” you may not be taking enough creative risks. TWO Photographers of the Week this week: FC Gundlach and Bert Hardy.

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Jan 23 2018
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #19: 49: Happiness is an Inside Job

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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.

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Apr 03 2013
1 hour 42 mins
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Rank #20: 181: You’re Gonna Get Paid, Son

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This week, we continue our platform discussion from last week and expand on it into areas of reach and archiving. Do you look at your website as long term storage of ideas or a snapshot of where you are in the moment? Also, an interesting story around whether art is personal property or a ward of the state. The Elizabeth Gilbert discussion has been moved until next week. Check the link in the show notes so you can follow along. Tatiana Gulenkina is our Photographer of the Week.

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Oct 13 2015
1 hour 27 mins
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