On Taking Pictures

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.


326: Special Episode - Apple Announcement Oct 2018
Oct 30, 2018 • 37 min
They said it would never happen – that we were through, done for, washed up. Turns out, all it took was a new Mac Mini, Macbook Air, and an iPad Pro for us to dust off the mics and smash that record button. Is it a one off? Will there be more? Time will…
325: Closing The Loop
Jul 17, 2018 • 159 min
This week, we close the loop on 325 episodes of talking about photography, creativity, and sometimes just the ups and downs of life in general. It has been such a privilege to be a small part of your lives for the past six years. Speaking for myself, I am…
324: Another Stick in the Spokes
Jul 10, 2018 • 108 min
With only one more episode of OTP left, this week we actually start with a discussion around photography—specifically, focusing on the tools (either hardware or software) you need or will actually use in your creative workflow. Sometimes we get caught up…
323: There’s No Control Group in Life
Jul 3, 2018 • 109 min
This week, a discussion around knowing (or thinking we know) when it’s time to change directions, whether in a body of work, a relationship, where to live, etc. Also, what happens when the dream you wanted isn’t the reality you get? Plus, according to a…
322: Waiting For The Supersaturation Point
Jun 27, 2018 • 86 min
This week, a pre-show discussion spills over into the show as we dive into the idea of myth and reputation and wrestle with the evolving definition of success. Also, episode 324 will be the last episode of OTP. We are grateful for the time that we’ve…
321: And There It Hangs
Jun 19, 2018 • 107 min
This week, sometimes hardware fails or at least doesn’t perform the way you think or hope it should We start the show with a couple stories about dealing with what happens next. Also, at what point to upgrades no longer make sense. Plus, a fascinating…
320: Put This Robe On And Come With Me
Jun 12, 2018 • 99 min
This week, we go a little off the reservation talking about connecting to a process but not to outcome of what was ultimately produced. We cite examples from photography, cinema and music. Also, a discussion around the first time we felt like we were part…
319: Who Buys The Ink?
Jun 4, 2018 • 93 min
This week, if everyone is chasing the same aesthetic, how do you know when what you make is good? Also, where do you take your work if you feel you’ve peaked? Plus, is the old stuff really better than what’s new? Or is it just that it’s more familiar? Jim…
318: You Have To Go Further Back To Go Forward
May 29, 2018 • 89 min
This week, we’re talking about finding that type of photography that clicks with you, regardless of how broad or how niche it may be. One of the wonderful things about photography is that it’s both an art and a science and there’s room to deep dive one…
317: You’re Gonna Need A Bigger SIM
May 23, 2018 • 93 min
This week, what happens when you decide to get off of the hamster wheel of social media and rely on your own website? Are you leaving money on the table or controlling your brand? Also, getting out of your comfort zone via the great American road trip.…
316: Nice Sallah There
May 15, 2018 • 92 min
This week, a pre-show discussion about Tom Petty and crafting the perfect pop song leads into our sense memories around specific film stocks. It sounds strange, but there’s a throughline there if you give it a chance. Also, is Instagram just one big…
315: A New Branch On The Tree
May 9, 2018 • 66 min
This week, we talk about refining the scope of personal projects so that they can be more productive and less of just a time suck—sometimes, you just need to tweak the brief. Also, what happens when a portrait is not a portrait but is still manages to…
314: It’s Either Silence Or A Heart
May 1, 2018 • 92 min
This week, we discuss the potential value of critiques in a social media landscape where the conversation around the work is often not a conversation at all. Also, a terrific NYT article begins a conversation around a veteran using photography as therapy…
313: No One Wants To Be In A Cover Band Forever
Apr 25, 2018 • 75 min
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…
312: I’m Put Off By Such Comfort
Apr 18, 2018 • 84 min
This week marks the end of year six of OTP and we’re talking about style - specifically questions around whether or not our particular style of making (photographic, design, painting or otherwise) is “baked” into how we see. If we stray too far from what…
311: Poseidon Giveth and Poseidon Taketh Away
Apr 11, 2018 • 96 min
This week, a look inside four Instagram photographers who reveal the “contact sheets” behind some of their images. Turns out it can take quite a few shots to get that perfect selfie or lifestyle pic. Also, the start of a broader discussion around social…
310: Let Me Just Finish This Donut
Apr 3, 2018 • 95 min
This week, do individuals make the collective better? Do we have a responsibility to use whatever talents or gifts we may have (artistic or otherwise), or is it okay to simply walk away and do something else? Also, a recurring question from a listener…
309: Giant Bags of Stuff in the Car
Mar 27, 2018 • 92 min
This week, we talk a little about the upcoming relaunch of Ektachrome and wonder whether Kodak will be able to make a boutique film commercially successful. Also, some insight into exhibiting your work from three successful curators, courtesy of the…
308: Sixth Gen VHS Tape from a Prog Rock Convention
Mar 20, 2018 • 84 min
This week, a conversation with Joel Meyerowitz inspires a discussion around legacy and whether art of a specific time has a shelf life of relevancy, aesthetic or otherwise. Also, what’s more valuable as a photographer, being a generalist or focusing (no…
307: We’re All in the Optometrist’s Office
Mar 14, 2018 • 84 min
This week, a question from a listener around making photos “that have more meaning and heart” inspires a discussion around narrative and determining what we as makers are trying to say with our work versus what we want—or need—an audience to take away…
306: The Venn Diagram of You and Me
Mar 6, 2018 • 85 min
This week, we’re talking about context and meaning in the work we create using Sally Mann’s new show at the National Gallery as background. Within the discussion, we address changing creative directions, the relationship between process and outcome and,…
305: I Really Like The Deep Dives, Ted
Feb 27, 2018 • 83 min
This week, we’re talking about planning purchases — specifically, how do you determine what gear you want, versus what you need? Also, a recent gallery show inspires a discussion around editioning work and the value (or potential caveat) of arbitrary…
304: No Filters Named After Places
Feb 20, 2018 • 109 min
This week, we’re wrestling with the concepts of “good” vs “different” and whether one is better than the other, both as an end product and as a prime mover. What’s more important to you, good or different? Also, a couple interesting items around copyright…
303: Who The Hell Goes To Picasso’s House?
Feb 13, 2018 • 85 min
This week, making art because you have to and how context can elevate humble materials to something extraordinary. Also, connecting to the past through the tangential experiences of the present. Plus, why is serious subject matter taken more…seriously as…
302: The Audience Holds You Accountable
Feb 6, 2018 • 95 min
This week, we start with a question we missed on last week’s Q&A show around balancing available light and flash using speedlights. Also, a discussion around accepting not only who, but also where you are on your creative curve. Plus, what do you look for…
301: It’s Like Amway With A Camera
Jan 30, 2018 • 114 min
This week, questions and answers from YOU, the listeners. Topics range from the business side of photography — including social media and marketing — to how to approach subjects who may not “get” your vision on the shoot. We’re also talking about how art…
300: When The Spirit Moves Me
Jan 23, 2018 • 97 min
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,…
299: Another Word For Failure
Jan 16, 2018 • 101 min
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…
298: Jeffery Drifting
Jan 9, 2018 • 86 min
This week, we’re talking about the importance of mentors and how changing our focus can sometimes lead to incredible exchanges that would not have happened otherwise. Also, a discussion around workflow and the potential of using more of a mobile-first…
297: Dog On A Motorcycle
Jan 2, 2018 • 91 min
Happy New Year! This week, we’re talking about various ways to approach 365 (or any long term) projects, inspired by some questions from a listener. Topics include: approach, overall goals and how to mark your progress when single pieces may take longer…
296: Christmas Q&A 2017
Dec 26, 2017 • 85 min
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…
295: This Is Where I Was Right Here
Dec 19, 2017 • 103 min
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…
294: The Tide Went Out On My Skillset
Dec 12, 2017 • 102 min
This week, we’re talking about the question of “what comes next?” and how adapting your skills to something completely unexpected may be the difference between moving forward or being left behind. Also, getting out of our own ways and realizing that you…
293: Trying To Hug A Cloud
Dec 7, 2017 • 112 min
This week, Jeffery is back from Paris and is wrestling with whether seeing so much art is inspiring or depressing. Is there a point where experiencing the creativity of others is actually counterproductive? Also, we’ve said it many times…back up your…
292: When You Cry Authenticity Wolf
Nov 28, 2017 • 109 min
This week, we discuss walking the line between creativity and productivity. How do you approach getting your creative work done? Are you a planner, or do you fly by the seat of your pants and go where the muse leads? Also, what would prompt you to walk…
291: It’s All About The Torque
Nov 21, 2017 • 86 min
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…
290: That’s The Recipe For Me
Nov 14, 2017 • 96 min
This week, with the actual hardware making so many drastic changes and computational photography gaining more interest and capability, we discuss the potential future of photography, beginning with the question “what is a photograph?” Does that definition…
289: Brother Love Tut
Nov 7, 2017 • 97 min
This week, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If you could recreate any single photograph, which one would it be and why? Does everything in a museum really “deserve” to be there or was Sturgeon right and 90% of everything is just crap?…
288: An Iterative Process Like Everything Else
Oct 31, 2017 • 107 min
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…
287: If It Sounds Good Now, It’ll Sound Good Later
Oct 24, 2017 • 102 min
This week, when do great cameras (or any other tools for that matter) cease to be great? Many of us chase the latest and greatest, but even the older version was great once. Also, some thoughts on photos as objects, courtesy of Wim Wenders and his…
286: You Don’t Need To Make New Friends
Oct 20, 2017 • 110 min
This week, the amount of new post-production tools (including the newly announced Lightroom CC) inspires a discussion around workflow and the potential need for evolution in how we catalog and process our photographs. While some photographers (ourselves…
285: The Composition Within the Chaos
Oct 10, 2017 • 88 min
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…
284: Time Is Your Only Currency
Oct 3, 2017 • 95 min
This week, have improvements to the gear side of photography affected the overall craft of making pictures? Or are we now able to simply pick and choose the pieces of the craft that matter most to us? Also, a listener asks about what motivates us to make,…
283: Somewhere To Get A Cleat In
Sep 26, 2017 • 98 min
This week, we’re addressing some of your feedback from email and the Google+ group, including the impact that mobile photography has had on how we take and share pictures. Also, we talk about the iterative nature of creativity and how sometimes starting…
282: All Of This Shenanigans Over A Camera
Sep 19, 2017 • 98 min
This week, does having tools at the ready make you more likely to actually create? Or is preparing to create a necessary part of your process? Sometimes creativity shows up messy, if it comes at all. Also, is the perception/representation around women in…
281: Hidden Under Hair and Self-Doubt
Sep 12, 2017 • 123 min
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…
280: Tacking Left And Right Into The Wind
Sep 5, 2017 • 87 min
This week, can creatives have concrete long term goals or is the nature of making such that clarity beyond a certain point is elusive by design? Then again, if you can’t define a specific goal or end point, how do you know whether you are getting closer…
279: Letting It Go For A Better Offer
Aug 29, 2017 • 104 min
This week, does progress take the place of craft, or can things simultaneously move on while still staying the same? Or is the romance and nostalgia of “the way things used to be” just a manufactured memory? Also, how intentional are you about the colors…
278: One and A Quarter Step Forward
Aug 21, 2017 • 86 min
This week, how do you know when you’re making good work? There are so many factors that contribute to the success of a project that worrying about a subjective definition of good ends up getting lost. Is just doing the work — any work — more important…
277: We Both Work Great In Planned Chaos
Aug 15, 2017 • 100 min
This week, we’re discussing order vs chaos and how each of us feels most productive. We also talk about how some forms of chaos can actually act as a motivator to help you focus and get more done. Plus, a follow up on last week’s discussion around…
276: Gas Money and a New Alternator
Aug 8, 2017 • 86 min
This week, what is the purpose of your work? What does it mean to live with purpose? Is purpose a necessary component to making good work? Also, the web is filled with reviews of everything you can imagine, but how do you know the unbiased ones from the…
275: The Good, Fast, and Cheap of Photography
Aug 1, 2017 • 86 min
This week, we discuss the work of photographer Chris Killip, whose photographs of Northern England from the 1970s and 1980s manage to embody the spirit of the people as well as the landscape. Who are some of your favorite photographers who perfectly…
274: The Unatographer
Jul 25, 2017 • 89 min
We begin this week with a little tech talk around monitors. Is 4K the way to go, or is an ultrawide 1080 the better play? In the end it’s just pixels, but most photographers want as many as they can get. We also talk about elevating photography into an…
273: Kenneth Is Funded With Advice
Jul 18, 2017 • 93 min
This week, a listener asks for advice on how to fund a print project, which leads us on a discussion around potential solutions as well as options for compromise on what the end product looks like — something anyone who has made anything will likely be…
272: If I Stand Still, That’s When the Cobwebs Grow
Jul 11, 2017 • 101 min
This week, we discuss the possibilities of stepping outside our comfort zones. Sometimes, the beginning of a project seems too far out of reach — maybe even more than we can handle — but we find that the sweet spot in the Venn diagram between challenge…
271: Hanging Out With The Other Kids Drinking Cristal
Jul 5, 2017 • 88 min
This week, for all of the “improvements” in the creative tools we use — specifically around software — have they really gotten noticeably better? Faster, yes. But are we more productive and is the work we produce better because of the tools or is it…
270: The Luster Dulls Over Time
Jun 27, 2017 • 76 min
This week, we’re talking about inherited meaning, specifically related to last week’s discussion around using tintype to capture older blues musicians and how that process seemed to “fit” the subject matter. Does the process give the photographs more…
269: Breadcrumbs To Find Your Way Home
Jun 21, 2017 • 55 min
This week, a discussion around long term projects, inspired by the work and career of Ed Gold, a photographer who often spends years on a single body of work. Also, art and politics have had a long shared history, but has the current political climate…
268: The Similarities Are Too Similar
Jun 13, 2017 • 64 min
This week, we discuss what happens when the results of a project just don’t seem to match the effort we put into making it. Is “giving your best shot” really good enough? Also, a follow up on a previous discussion on how certain places seem to enable or…
267: What’s Left For Humans To Do?
Jun 6, 2017 • 101 min
This week, what happens when machines learn enough to not only sort pictures, but make them? Is creativity just an algorithm after all? Also, a discussion around self-publishing using a cookbook as an example as well as a reader who’s life was changed by…
266: Dance Monkey, Dance
May 30, 2017 • 85 min
This week, we begin with a talk about the idea of obsolescence, from the perspective of tools and hardware that for seemingly arbitrary reasons are no longer able to be used. Also, a discussion around being on (or off) a roll creatively and how sometimes…
265: Neuronic Connections
May 23, 2017 • 82 min
This week, a brief discussion around depression after the tragic loss of Chris Cornell leads us into a discussion of Basquiat and the recent sale that put him at the top of the heap of American artists (at least in terms of dollars paid for a single…
264: Advice Needs To Be Calibrated
May 16, 2017 • 94 min
This week, a discussion around music producers leads to wondering if the same producer-artist relationship to be productive for photographers. Would bringing in an outside - yet trusted - set of eyes help newer, better work emerge? Also, where does…
263: If There’s A Listicle About It It’s Too Late
May 9, 2017 • 107 min
This week, we discuss the value of surrounding yourself with different types of creative people and how happy accidents can end up sending you in a new direction. Also, stop trying to be different — find your tennis ball and just get to work. Plus, a…
262: No Whips Were Harmed In The Making of These Photographs
May 2, 2017 • 91 min
This week, how do you know when you’ve found your voice and aren’t simply emulating someone else? Also, have cameras become less like creative tools and more like computers that take pictures? Plus, a major museum clashes with Instagram over what is and…
261: Healing Salve On The Open Wound Of Doubt
Apr 25, 2017 • 95 min
Welcome to OTP year six! This week, are better and better cameras taking the craft out of photography, or does not having to worry about the technical free us to concentrate on the artistic? Is there more long term value in keeping your kit simple? Also,…
260: A Friendship Built On Skype
Apr 18, 2017 • 93 min
This week, we’re doing our best to answer your photo questions, which range from the technical to the obscure, from dream camera setup to whether or not you need an agent (spoiler: it depends). This episode marks the end of five years of OTP and we…
259: Chasing Expertise, and Amy
Apr 11, 2017 • 87 min
This week, tutorials, gear reviews, benchmarks and ratings. If everyone is an Expert, who do you trust? Ultimately, you need to use the tools and advice that works for you, regardless of what They say. Also, we geek out a little over video cards and the…
258: The Hottest Bell Pepper I’ve Ever Seen
Apr 4, 2017 • 86 min
This week, what’s the most iconic nude photo you’ve ever seen? Now, think about what makes it iconic. The human form is a blank canvas, but depending on how it’s lit, posed or seen by the artist, the resulting representation can be either beautiful or…
257: Turn the Hat Around
Mar 28, 2017 • 77 min
This week, a followup to our depression discussion from a couple episodes ago and a letter from a listener. Despite how it sometimes feels, you’re not alone. It’s dark sometimes - really dark - but it’s not empty. We, along with countless listeners, have…
256: Mash Potatoes In the Shape of the Hollywood Bowl
Mar 21, 2017 • 68 min
This week, prompted by a listener email, we talk about taking “those” photos that have been taken a million times before and why you should or shouldn’t take your version. Also, a discussion around being open to the process and giving yourself permission…
255: If It Says VIP, It’s Not VIP
Mar 14, 2017 • 84 min
This week, we discuss the paralyzing power of depression via a story of a Chinese photographer called Ren Hang, who recently took his own life. Also, a quick roundup of some of our current favorite photo apps. Plus, we tease a couple articles to discuss…
254: Bob Ross on Mute
Mar 7, 2017 • 97 min
This week, we’re starting out with a discussion around craft, inspired in part by the terrific Netflix series, Abstract. Also, we talk about two extremes of making work - at one end, we cite John Free and his 10 year photo essay project talking to people…
253: Imagineers Are Never Gonna Do South Park
Feb 28, 2017 • 96 min
This week, we respond to a couple listener emails — one involves questions around valuing work and the other is a followup to last week’s discussion around barriers. Also, what do you expect when you post your work online? Are you looking for constructive…
252: That’s Not What Cameras And Books Were Made For
Feb 21, 2017 • 97 min
This week, an email from a listener sparks a discussion about shipping - specifically around our own expectations over what comes next. This leads us into a broader discussion around self image, privilege and fears - both real and imagined. Also, is an…
251: I’m Just Gonna Shut Up And Sit Here
Feb 14, 2017 • 83 min
This week, we’re talking about film gear and answering some listener questions about our favorite film cameras. Also, a discussion around the challenges of becoming derivative of your own work, especially when you’ve done it for decades. We use Billy Joel…
250: Like the Whos in Whoville
Feb 7, 2017 • 77 min
This week, have the tools taken the mystery out of photography? When you no longer think about technical requirements to make photographs, have we gone too far or is that the point? Also, a couple terrific submissions from listeners — including one that…
249: Ancillary Collaboration
Jan 31, 2017 • 83 min
This week, we discuss the seemingly innate skills and abilities of our fathers and grandfathers and how somewhere along the way, that “folk wisdom” was either lost or perhaps no longer needed. Were the skills handed down to them, or simply a byproduct of…
248: Albatross Is On The Move
Jan 24, 2017 • 87 min
This week, a discussion around the historic worldwide Women’s March on Washington has us wondering “are we so used to things ‘being Photoshopped’ that we ignore actual photographic evidence?” Also, Jeffery gets a faux secret service detail. Plus, getting…
247: Keep the Nihilist in the Closet
Jan 17, 2017 • 87 min
This week, we discuss the connection between purpose and happiness. Are they connected? Does one precede the other? What happens to our work when we no longer feel any purpose in engaging in it? Does it merely become practice? If so, to what end? Also, a…
246: If I Start This, Then I’ll Have To Finish It
Jan 10, 2017 • 74 min
Sometimes, you need to take stock of the path you’re on to make sure you get where you’re trying to go. Other times, you may need to change the destination entirely. This week, we’re talking about looking at where we are and what to do if it’s just a…
245: A Higher Form of Noise
Jan 3, 2017 • 67 min
We’re starting out the new year discussing transformation — specifically, the transformation that seems to be an essential component to making art with a capital ‘A.’ To help with the discussion, we’re using a terrific Netflix documentary series that…
244: That’s the Arrow That Got Through
Dec 26, 2016 • 78 min
This week, trying to reconcile the highs and lows of the past year and how for some of us, when an artist dies, a little piece of our history or even the personal identity that we have associated with the person (or their body of work) dies as well. It’s…
243: Can You Make the Logo Bigger?
Dec 20, 2016 • 92 min
This week, we’re starting off with a little about gear, specifically the new Microsoft Surface Studio and the uncertain future of desktop Macs. From there it’s on to David Hockney and a somewhat relativistic view of the “good” of art and whether or not…
242: Lack of Stasis
Dec 13, 2016 • 81 min
This week, we discuss TIME’s Person of the Year cover and portfolio, made by Nadav Kandar. Specifically, we unpack questions raised by the potentially subversive nature of the work and whether or not an artist has a responsibility to art before personal…
241: The Final Ten Percent Takes Ninety Percent of the Time
Dec 6, 2016 • 99 min
This week, details about the OTP Gift Exchange and some of our book suggestions. Also, how would what you make and release into the world — your art — be different if there were negative consequences to showing it? Plus, is it worth it to print all of…
240: The Reins Are Fear
Nov 29, 2016 • 102 min
This week, making decisions. Sometimes moving through fear means letting go of the reigns — emotionally, creatively, maybe even geographically. But once you do, how much control do you actually have to change course? Are you at the whim of inertia, or do…
239: True to the Show
Nov 22, 2016 • 84 min
This week, what would you do as an artist without the right to express yourself freely? Do you censor your work or do you use your voice and push harder to make your point of view known? Also, what would you give up creatively in order to immerse yourself…
238: There Will Always Be A Minority Report
Nov 15, 2016 • 95 min
This week, we discuss the recent election not from a political perspective, but rather from the standpoint of making art and how to translate the reactionary energy into something good. Also, what are some differences between good and great street…
237: The Flow of the Slinky
Nov 8, 2016 • 80 min
This week, with the proliferation of low cost gear and the barrier of entry so low, have the mechanics of making become too easy? Also, is there such a thing as “objectively good” and if so, how do you know it when you see it? Plus, has photo software…
236: The Next Switchback on the Plateau
Nov 1, 2016 • 96 min
This week, we’re talking about the ups and downs we go to when we just can’t seem to connect with what we make. How do you keep moving forward when it feels like your wheels are just spinning in the mud. It’s not the feeling of being stuck because energy…
235: Layering It Up Like a Cake
Oct 26, 2016 • 84 min
This week, how do you know — or can you know — when a piece of work will be more than what you thought it would be going into it? Can you predict greatness or is it only available in hindsight? At what point do you call the game if you’re not going to…
234: Measure Twice, Cut Once
Oct 17, 2016 • 83 min
This week, Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for literature and it inspires a discussion around boundaries as they pertain to art and creative pursuits. Does Dylan winning this re-define what qualifies as literature? How does this discussion pertain to…
233: Live Up To An Impossibility
Oct 11, 2016 • 87 min
This week, we’re discussing changing directions creatively inspired by both new gear and a new environment, which raises a couple questions for us that we’d like to also ask you. To what degree does what you use affect what you make? Aside from tools, how…
232: Solid Steel Walls of Reality
Oct 4, 2016 • 83 min
This week a few thoughts around the new National Museum of African American History & Culture and how photography was sourced and is used throughout the museum. Also, rock and roll photography — has increasingly limited access to the band and performances…
231: I Look Forward to Looking Back
Sep 27, 2016 • 88 min
This week, we’re in a few different directions and we begin with a discussion around the Smithsonian’s newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. Specifically, do you feel an obligation to visit places like these - places that…
230: Full-On Artistic Telephone
Sep 20, 2016 • 96 min
This week, we begin with a discussion around how we actually discuss art, including some of the collective meaning of the terms we use. Also, can concepts like “commentary” and “criticism” be as effective if they are non-verbal? For example, is a jazz…
229: Almost to the Shipping Point of Shipping
Sep 13, 2016 • 90 min
This week, we’re talking about getting work out the door, and some of the difficulties that can arise around trying to figure out how and why to make the changes necessary to do it. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to take a step back from the…
228: The Giant Pachinko Game in the Sky
Sep 5, 2016 • 98 min
This week, we’re doing another Q&A show and, as usual, you all sent in some terrific questions that we had a great time going through. Topics include: how often to update your website, whether or not to shoot DNG, how to get more engaging street shots,…
227: Psychologize That Up The Wazoo
Aug 30, 2016 • 84 min
This week, a discussion around photojournalism inspired by the Netflix series Conflict that raises a few questions for us to chew on. Would you ever put yourself in harm’s way for a photograph? If you already do, why? Is it for the photograph or the…
226: You Want The Pixie Dust
Aug 23, 2016 • 73 min
This week, we discuss the magic of things and the legacy of genius. Is Winogrand’s camera, Clapton’s Stratocaster, Picasso’s brush or Hemingway’s typewriter somehow imbued with greatness? In choosing the same tools as our heroes, do we secretly (or not so…
225: The Megapixel List of Life
Aug 16, 2016 • 91 min
This week, a discussion around printing (spoiler: be sure to use the correct profiles) leads to the start of a larger discussion around the perceived value of signatures. Do you sign your prints? If so, why? If you don’t, why not? Also, looking for the…
224: Blink Decision
Aug 9, 2016 • 84 min
This week, a discussion around the work and process of iconic Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama — specifically around the value of revisiting a place in order to refine your vision of it and how details often emerge through repetition. Also, how much…
223: Driving Backwards is a Bad Idea
Aug 2, 2016 • 89 min
This week, how do you know if you’re close to the target if the target hasn’t been clearly defined? We discuss the difficulty in embarking on a journey (creative or otherwise) without at least a direction. How to you calibrate your creative compass when…
222: Form of Stupidity, Shape of an Idiot
Jul 26, 2016 • 90 min
This week, a couple books about Saul Leiter show that great photography is not always about per pixel sharpness and bright, saturate color. The problem is, when do you know when it is and when it isn’t? Can a photographic style be plotted like a course on…
221: All the Salt in the World
Jul 19, 2016 • 99 min
This week, we talk about getting out of your own way and recognize that giving up control doesn’t mean giving up the wheel. Also, we discuss a fascinating article on Chuck Close and what we sometimes leave on the studio floor in the name of art. Plus,…
220: They Want Paul Bunyan
Jul 12, 2016 • 87 min
This week, we’re taking a look at the fact vs. the possible fiction around the myth of famed photojournalist Robert Capa — specifically, the photographs of the D-Day invasion in WWII. Also, a discussion around gear. What do you do when the camera is the…
219: Bell Curve of Adoption
Jul 5, 2016 • 78 min
This week, an article in the New York Times about Richard Avedon’s project “In the American West” has us discussing legacy. Who really owns your work after you’ve gone? Also, can you overshoot your own “creative sweet spot” only to end up in uncharted…
218: Moon Rocks Down Here Cost a Lot of Money
Jun 28, 2016 • 90 min
This week, a discussion around limited editions and perceived value. Does a false sense of scarcity make people want work more? And how does scarcity affect value if the demand isn’t there to begin with? Also, we talk about the notion of creative rivalry…
217: A Plus B Equals Jello
Jun 21, 2016 • 103 min
This week, you’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. Spoiler: Not all of the answers are good. Great questions about motivation, focus, growth, the business side, finding balance and more. Plus a new assignment and Josef Hoflehner is our Photographer of…
216: Unintentionally Intentional
Jun 14, 2016 • 100 min
This week, are 10,000 hours alone really enough to be great at anything? Maybe, but the real answer is likely more nuanced. Experience does not necessarily equal expertise. Intent and purpose — not to mention innate ability — also play a role in chasing…
215: Don’t Trust Experts
Jun 7, 2016 • 88 min
This week, a discussion around the work of painter Jeremy Mann, via the documentary A Solitary Mann by Loic Zimmermann. How much does happenstance figure into your creative output? Is your current style intentional or the result of a “happy accident” that…
214: The Oxygen and the Spark
May 31, 2016 • 97 min
This week, baseball and theater inspire a discussion around making things that can’t be made and how the conversation between maker and audience is sometimes the exact context that is lacking. Also, a discussion around landscape photography prompted by a…
213: You’re Not About the Craft If You Use Laser Triggers
May 24, 2016 • 90 min
This week, we’re talking about memories, specifically the culling of photographic memories. If forced to choose, how do you decide which memories to keep? What single shot best captures your childhood, your wedding, your parents or children? In the deluge…
212: Audience Inflation
May 16, 2016 • 86 min
We’re a day early and all over the map this week, with topics including rating photographs in a changing aesthetic, online vs offline creative communities, making vs. sharing and a continuation of last week’s discussion about post-processing —…
211: I Do Wanna Be A Person Eating Pancakes!
May 10, 2016 • 92 min
This week, we talk about the continuing evolution of photography from the perspective of seeing how genres are blending into one another and how so much of contemporary photography can fall under “lifestyle.” Also, two sides of a Photoshop discussion…
210: I’m Over Here in Sharpshooter’s Corner
May 3, 2016 • 114 min
This week, after a quick teaser of next week’s show, we’re taking your questions and attempting to answer them. Topics range from gear to legacy to what makes a great photographer. We love doing these shows and if you didn’t get a question in this time,…
209: Oddly Fascinating
Apr 26, 2016 • 93 min
This week, the unexpected passing of Prince has us starting the show discussing art from the perspective of both ownership and influence. We talk about priorities (artistic and otherwise) and to what degree our presence in the world allows us to…
208: Echoes of Memories
Apr 19, 2016 • 98 min
This week, Happy Anniversary to us! We talk a bit about four years of On Taking Pictures, which leads to a discussion on the value of output. There’s the idea of getting better with practice, which we’ve talked about several times, but also the value of…
207: Emojis Don’t Count
Apr 12, 2016 • 106 min
This week, we start out talking about how as our creative goals change, our gear needs often change along with them and how the concept of “good enough” is nothing if not fluid. Also, The Next Rembrandt has us wondering how connected to your work do you…
206: It’s Hard to Juggle Slowly
Apr 5, 2016 • 93 min
This week, are you a multitasker? Or is multitasking merely a buzzword to make us feel like we’re actually getting things done? A voicemail from a listener has us discussing our approaches to managing multiple projects. Also, it’s not always about the…
205: Somebody Has To Be A Dictator
Mar 29, 2016 • 93 min
This week, Instagram’s change from a time-based feed to an algorithmic one has us discussing the value of platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, etc. as viable means of sharing work, especially when it’s got a commercial component to it. We also talk…
204: Dog Paddle Motion in the Air
Mar 22, 2016 • 102 min
This week, we discuss what happens when you can no longer do what you love. What do you do if you can’t shake feeling that your best work is behind you? Malcolm McLaren’s son Joe Corré wants to burn his £5m collection of punk memorabilia. Here’s a…
203: Shrimp et tu, Brute?
Mar 15, 2016 • 76 min
This week, a follow up from a listener about our “what makes a professional?” discussion from last week, specifically the idea of professionalism in behavior vs gear/appearance, etc. We also talk a little about regional aesthetics in art and photography…
202: Jeffery and Bill Meet the Swamp Monster
Mar 8, 2016 • 98 min
This week, what does it mean to be a professional? Is it merely making a living from one’s endeavor or is there something else? Is photography something you need to do to achieve some greater sense of fulfillment, or is it simply a vocation? And is one…
201: No Such Thing as Never or Always
Mar 1, 2016 • 89 min
This week, how digital technology helped Emmanuel Lubezki shape the natural light on The Revenant. Also, we discuss the often cryptic presentation of online tutorials and ask: “How do you learn something new?” Plus, letting what you know affect what do…
200: Learn To Do It Without the Crutch
Feb 23, 2016 • 90 min
This week, we’re discussing the good and the bad of habits—making them, breaking them and learning how to recognize when you may need one over the other. Also, a follow up on last week’s audiophile/photography discussion, particularly around street…
199: Claustrophobia In All the Control
Feb 16, 2016 • 88 min
Paris Photo LA is cancelled permanently and what that means to collectors and fans of photography. Where do you fall when it comes to awards and competitions? Are they worthwhile endeavors and potentially valuable experiences or simply distracting…
198: Ghost of Familiarity
Feb 9, 2016 • 72 min
This week, we’re starting off with Cindy Crawford—she’s worked with some of the top photographers in the world and in her new book, Becoming, she shares what she’s learned from them. Also, we discuss the seesaw that is balances humility and confidence and…
197: House Elf of Genius
Feb 2, 2016 • 89 min
This week, we talk a little about the recent Gregory Crewdson show at the Gagosian in NYC and how seeing a photograph in person can be vastly different than seeing it on a screen. Also, how you feel about meeting your heroes? Would you like a one-on-one,…
196: Mind-field of Obstacles
Jan 26, 2016 • 87 min
This week, an experiment we proposed on the show a year ago yields some terrific results for a listener. Also, is the bigger problem getting beyond a plateau, or realizing that you’ve reached one in the first place? Plus, Instagram has grown beyond food…
195: Everybody’s Eating Oreos for Breakfast
Jan 19, 2016 • 88 min
This week, is art just a shell game of semantics? Do the names and labels matter at all as long as you’re making mistakes, making work and moving forward? Why do we get so spun up over something so nebulous? Also, do you buy photobooks to enjoy, or simply…
194: Asking for Real Estate
Jan 12, 2016 • 72 min
This week, a discussion partially prompted by the passing of David Bowie on living your art. Does the work/art you create exist apart from you or is one an intrinsic part of the other? Also, a conversation with Gregory Crewdson about his new body of work.…
193: Not Starting From Zero
Jan 5, 2016 • 109 min
This week, we’re taking a look back on 2015 and discussing what worked, what didn’t and what we’d like our respective 2016s to look like. We’re also responding to a listener question around changes in the industry and what the career of a maker may look…
192: Find Another Cliff
Dec 29, 2015 • 104 min
For the last show of the year, we’re doing a Q&A show and taking a stab at answering some of your questions. We can’t thank you enough for not only listening week in and week out, but also for helping to build a community of makers that we are both…
191: Gardiner Used All the Saturation
Dec 22, 2015 • 89 min
This week, is boring art bad? Then again, who is to say whether any art is either good or bad? That said, do we miss part of the conversation if we don’t “get” a piece of art from the start? Or, should expecting to connect aesthetically to a particular…
190: One Big Bundle of Bias
Dec 15, 2015 • 83 min
This week, we’re discussing a letter from a listener who offers observations on the intellectualizing of modern art and how we tend to find it difficult to relate when we look at it emotionally. Also, another letter from a listener sparks a discussion…
189: An Analytical Gamble
Dec 8, 2015 • 97 min
This week, we discuss what to do when you feel like you’ve said all you want to (or can) say creatively, including some recent examples of creators who have decided to make dramatic changes to both what and how they create. Also, TIME has updated their…
188: A Facsimile of a Facsimile
Dec 1, 2015 • 86 min
This week, we discuss a terrific NPR article on how people prefer to consume and contextualize information. It may offer some insights into how we as creators present our own work and how and to what degree a given audience may respond. Also, what do you…
187: A Cultivated Fantasy
Nov 24, 2015 • 74 min
This week, we’re talking about leaps—not leaps of faith, but rather those unconscious leaps in process, technique or vision that serve as lines of demarcation for the work that came before and after them. Also, a listener writes in for advice about how to…
186: Little Blips of Satisfaction
Nov 17, 2015 • 82 min
This week, we begin with a warm thank you to everyone who made it out to the DC meetup. It was really terrific to get to meet you all and we will definitely be doing more of these. The big discussion centers around a question from a listener who asked…
185: What Keeps You Falling Back Into It?
Nov 10, 2015 • 74 min
This week, the dangers of letting yourself become defined by what you produce or how much (or how little) it is worth. Also, you can’t make iconic work, but you might be able to make it good. The problem is, is good good enough? Plus, Instagram as a…
184: A Somewhat Liberal Political Predilection
Nov 3, 2015 • 80 min
This week, do creatives always have a responsibility to practice their craft? Or, should we get to choose when and how we let inspiration move us into action? Also, do you work better alone, or when surrounded by others who may be on a similar creative…
183: We’re Playing It Blue Today
Oct 27, 2015 • 102 min
This week, Bill is on his honeymoon in Europe, so we’re doing another Q&A show that we actually recorded last week before he left. Ironically, we did the show on Back to the Future Day, which means that while we were recording it for the future, you’re…
182: Trading on the Hype
Oct 20, 2015 • 94 min
This week, we start with a terrific discussion around self-promotion. How do you decide how to best represent yourself and to whom? Is there a difference between the “personal” you and your public brand? Should there be? Also, some final thoughts on the…
181: You’re Gonna Get Paid, Son
Oct 13, 2015 • 87 min
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…
180: Holding a Leica, In Her Underwear
Oct 6, 2015 • 95 min
This week, we’re talking about influences, using the terrific Keith Richards Netflix documentary Under the Influence as a starting point. How do we want to be influenced and to what extent should we allow our work (or art) to change because of it? Too…
179: The Timeline of that Osmosis
Sep 29, 2015 • 95 min
This week, we talk a little about the iPhone 6s and the iPhone’s impact on photography for both amateurs and professionals. Also, we discuss the Bruce Gilden photos that have been making the rounds lately from his recently released book, Face. Should…
178: Circles for Sixty Years
Sep 21, 2015 • 90 min
This week, we’re back in our respective cities and begin with a bit of follow up on the discussion around tools and process started in last week’s “walk and talk” episode. We also ask ourselves and each other “what’s my creative hurdle or bottleneck?”…
177: The Reflection Isn’t Perfecto
Sep 16, 2015 • 67 min
This week, we’re going West Wing and doing a walk and talk LIVE from the National Mall in Washington DC. We’re talking about the connection between tools and process and their effect on the work we produce and we wonder whether it’s better to just keep…
176: Creativity is a Line Item
Sep 8, 2015 • 96 min
This week, are film shooters just better photographers? Also, we discuss a TIME article that suggests the idea that traditional photographs will soon become relics, out of time with the future of photography. Plus, a listener asks what we think of the…
175: Very Little Time For the Present
Sep 1, 2015 • 81 min
This week, we unpack some of the challenges around deciding that something is not art, just because you don’t agree with it or understand it. Does making art an “ism” stifle growth and innovation? Also, long before drones surveilled us, there…
174: A Reality Distortion Field of Pixels
Aug 25, 2015 • 99 min
This week, we talk a little about gear and the ongoing debate over megapixels, using the new Sony A7R II as an example. We also talk about film and why it’s ultimately pointless to keep having the “film v digital” discussions. Spoiler: they’re just…
173: Where Do You Put the Chisel?
Aug 18, 2015 • 95 min
This week, inspired by a recent NPR story, we talk about the idea of art as an experience, where the mechanics of viewing objects become almost more important than the objects themselves. We also discuss some of the opportunities that young people have…
172: Creative Fiefdoms
Aug 11, 2015 • 106 min
This week, on our first all east coast edition of the show, we’re taking a stab at answering some of your questions. You have asked some really great questions this time around - around process, gear, where we think art is going, even asking about some of…
171: Big Subterranean Factor
Aug 4, 2015 • 72 min
This week, we talk about the temporal nature of the things we make. Should they be preserved for the future or allowed to decay to a natural end, whatever that means? We also discuss transitions and how making the decision to leap can come from a variety…
170: We All Want To Be Steve McCurry
Jul 28, 2015 • 83 min
This week, prompted by a member of the OTP G+ Community, we begin with a bit of follow up on the discussion from last week about the influence of Robert Frank. Also, there is no best, but there just might be a best for you. Plus, a terrific photographer…
169: I’ll Make a Burger for the Next Guy
Jul 21, 2015 • 86 min
This week, we’re discussing a recent New York Times article about Robert Frank, specifically the breadth of his influence on photography and the degree to which he either pursued or avoided fame and celebrity. We also discuss a few news items sent in by…
168: This Is Not How We Play Bridge
Jul 14, 2015 • 87 min
This week, we geek out a little over the New Horizons images of Pluto. Think about this: it will take four months to receive all of the data from nearly 4 billion miles away. We also discuss Chris Arnade’s photos from Hunt’s Point and whether or not being…
167: The Activity of Non-Activity
Jul 7, 2015 • 92 min
This week, we talk about change and some of the things that means for photographers in a market that never seems to stop. How do you view your own work and are there ways that viewing it differently could lead in new or exciting directions? Also, an…
166: Less Bill & Ted’s, More British
Jun 30, 2015 • 76 min
This week, we discuss the TED talk we mentioned last week by Jimmy Nelson and how things aren’t always as they seem or as we want them to be. Also, we’re all making stuff and it’s okay to want it to be liked. Plus, generational changes in the art market:…
165: Our Piece of Cheese Keeps Getting Smaller
Jun 23, 2015 • 74 min
This week, an article sent in by a listener gets us discussing the idea of doing what you love. Is it a fantasy or can you really love doing something and still call it work? If everyone does only what they love, who does the work that nobody loves? Also,…
164: Photographic Baseball Cards
Jun 16, 2015 • 78 min
This week, where do the lines of completionism, perfectionism and obsession intersect? Can you be one and not the other? Also, we talk about compromise—what can come out of it and how much is too much. Plus, we chime in on a couple entries from the Crit…
163: A Generational Byproduct
Jun 9, 2015 • 75 min
This week, do the memories imprinted on us in our youth define the experiences of maturity? Are we somehow aesthetically tethered to our past? Also, visiting a museum with the co-curator of the show is a good thing. “The photographer of Paris par…
162: I Grow Chickens, The Chickens Lay the Eggs
Jun 2, 2015 • 78 min
This week, a brief follow up on the Atlantic article about creative entrepreneurs. Also, how a single photograph (in this case, a magazine cover) can still be a cultural watershed moment. Plus, a clever response to the recent Richard Prince fiasco.…
161: It’s Not Patrons, It’s Patronizing
May 26, 2015 • 77 min
This week, we discuss an article from the Atlantic on the changing role of the artist and the rise of “creative entrepreneurs.” Have you ever thought about taking a year off? We talk about Stefan Sagmeister’s creative sabbaticals. Also, get ready for Mad…
160: Each Generation Forgets
May 19, 2015 • 75 min
This week, we do some follow up on last week’s show, including a bit about chasing perfection, happiness, normality, etc. We also discuss the Radiolab episode we mentioned last week involving the photojournalist and the fallen soldier and who should have…
159: It’s a Crowded Place, My Head
May 12, 2015 • 74 min
This week’s discussion goes a little off the reservation. Should the idea of making a living from your creative endeavors factor into whether or not you pursue them? How do you decide between should and must? Also, it’s hard to live in the present when…
158: The Mayor of Fujitown
May 5, 2015 • 78 min
This week, standout work from last weekend’s Paris Photo LA and some observations on the growing trend of really big prints and really banal subject matter. Also, abstraction and alternative processes in mainstream photography. Plus, a revision on the…
157: The Cossacks of Organization
Apr 28, 2015 • 64 min
This week, we’re testing Mixlr for doing live episodes of OTP. We begin the first episode of Year Four (can you believe it?) with an email from a listener talking about the relative value of “formal” groups and associations with regard to photography and…
156: The Great Men Theory of Art
Apr 21, 2015 • 69 min
This week marks the end of three years of bringing you OTP every week. We start out the episode discussing your poll responses to last week’s court ruling around photography and privacy. We also talk about the DUFFY documentary and wonder about impact and…
155: It’s All a Barometer
Apr 14, 2015 • 77 min
This week, we discuss a recent ruling around privacy and art—what that could mean to you not only as a photographer, but also as a citizen. Also, we attempt to weigh in on some ideas around content vs. curation, using a recent MoMA show as an example.…
154: 500k Followers or 100 Followers
Apr 7, 2015 • 80 min
This week, we’re talking footprints…social footprints and how, for some types of photography, being a good (or even great) photographer is no longer enough. It’s also about how many eyes you bring along with you. Bill shares his recent experience judging…
153: The Community Is Getting Inside My Head
Mar 31, 2015 • 95 min
This week, we talk a bit about the democratization of photography vs demonetization, not from the point of view of making money but from simply making pictures. Also, how can social media impact photography as an individual pursuit? When did photography…
152: The Stone is Noise
Mar 24, 2015 • 73 min
This week, a question sent in for last week’s Q&A show around deciding how to know when something just isn’t working sparks a terrific discussion on purpose, intent, cutting through the noise and even throwing in the towel. We also talk about how to give…
151: Perfectly Punctuated Piece On Absolutely Nothing
Mar 17, 2015 • 97 min
It’s Q&A time and we do our best to answer the questions you’ve sent in. We got a ton of great questions this time about gear, process, business and even a few that were too big to tackle, so we’ll get them in the mix for larger discussions next week.…
150: Who’s Pressing the Brakes
Mar 10, 2015 • 70 min
This week, a memo written by David Mamet sparks a discussion around the meaning and importance we give the things we make. Also a follow up on the Norman Seef video and how, for some photographers, the connection with the subject is the point and the…
149: It’s a Little Bit of a Ghost
Mar 3, 2015 • 84 min
This week, what a difference a week makes. We begin with some followup to last week’s show and discuss expectation, process vs product and how for some (me) Artist is not the same as artist. Also, iconic photographers don’t always make iconic photographs.…
148: Idle Hands Problem
Feb 24, 2015 • 85 min
This week, what do you do when the motivation just isn’t there? We may love what we do, but sometimes it’s hard to hold on to whether loving the process is enough. Also, are the rich kids taking over the arts? Photojournalist Melissa Lyttle is our…
147: Artistic Post-It Note
Feb 17, 2015 • 90 min
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…
146: Pattern Recognition Machine
Feb 10, 2015 • 80 min
This week, we’re going deep into discussing the power of a single photograph. Social or emotional impact notwithstanding, are photographs (or art for that matter) better with additional context? Also, you’ll never believe what Carol Armstrong found in her…
145: Priceless Gets A Price
Feb 3, 2015 • 75 min
This week, a bunch of recent articles around use and copyright have us discussing “Who really owns what, and for how long?” Also, should art be enjoyed or merely collected? Bill may have found the perfect camera…for him. Louise Dahl-Wolfe is our…
144: Ronin Photographers
Jan 27, 2015 • 73 min
This week, a domestic worker wins a Magnum Fellowship, two Magnum icons try Google Glass and we discuss entertainment before the word “format.” Also, we discuss what happens when you stop trusting your gear? “Small Town Inertia” shooter Jim Mortram is our…
143: Set For Life
Jan 20, 2015 • 83 min
This week, a conversation overheard on the train sparks a discussion around the need to create or not and whether we would trade a creative life (whatever that means) for a nine to five if we could. Also, is your personal value in the experience of making…
142: Time Capsule Effect
Jan 13, 2015 • 84 min
This week, a few shorter discussions around work for hire vs licensing your work, work that becomes relevant years after it was produced and whether or not your work should continue after you are no longer the one producing it. Deborah Parkin is our…
141: Frayved Peegan
Jan 7, 2015 • 77 min
Welcome to 2015! In this week’s show, we talk about how sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t get you very far and how copyright and the web still has a long way to go. Also, a terrific email from a listener raises the question “What would you do?”…
140: An Official Knock-off
Dec 30, 2014 • 98 min
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…
139: Nothing But A Mirror
Dec 23, 2014 • 93 min
This week, we discuss a documentary on last week’s Photographer of the Week, Jane Bown, who recently passed away at 89. Can photography be “just” a job and still be important? Or do we have to approach it as art (whatever that means to you) for it to have…
138: A Little Obsessive That Way
Dec 16, 2014 • 86 min
This week, does “most expensive” always equate to best? SPOILER: No. Also, does finding an emotional connection to photographs (or any creative endeavor) mean finding an anchor you can relate to from your own life experience or can art have meaning in a…
137: Good is a Moving Target
Dec 9, 2014 • 96 min
This week, what makes a “good” photograph (or painting, sculpture, film, etc.)? Are there checkboxes that need to be hit or is good something more intangible, more ephemeral - maybe even exclusively personal? Also, once you do make something good, what do…
136: Destiny or Resignation
Dec 2, 2014 • 94 min
This week, we’re talking about the friction of creativity, getting out of your own way and how often the only way out is through. Also, finding help with the work that isn’t in your wheelhouse and using process to overcome technical limitations. Anne…
135: No Touchdowns In Photography
Nov 25, 2014 • 95 min
This week, Inspired by an email exchange Bill and I had with a listener, we ask each other as well as all of you: “What makes a good photographer?” Is it the work? Is it ONLY the work? Or is making interesting (read: good) work merely a byproduct of being…
134: A Couple Dozen Eye Rolls
Nov 18, 2014 • 84 min
This week, a discussion around a documentary about Polaroid, called Time Zero, gets us wondering about objects versus process and whether there is more intrinsic value in the artifact or the content. We also look at a few “link-baity” news items around…
133: No Way Out But Through
Nov 11, 2014 • 71 min
This week, are you an artist or an entrepreneur? While on the surface they may seem similar, each offers a unique set of challenges that often require very different approaches to overcome. It’s an important question that many of us wrestle with as we try…
132: Some Kind Of Sublimation
Nov 6, 2014 • 87 min
This week, a wrap up of our terrific OTP meetup in Philly sparks an interesting discussion. Should art - both the making and the viewing - be a privilege or a right, regardless of ethnicity or economic standing? Are humans better with a healthy serving of…
131: Fuddy Duddy Hall of Fame
Oct 28, 2014 • 115 min
This week, is your image your own? Should photographers be able to use photographs of you without your permission - or even your knowledge? Also, an interesting discussion around when the idea for a project is more interesting than the execution. Plus,…
130: So Many Topics, So Little Time
Oct 21, 2014 • 98 min
This week, we turn the show over to you, the listeners. It’s not so much a Q&A show as it is taking deeper look at previous topics that you’ve written in about. Topics include sources of inspiration, whether video is a “must”, how to improve, what not to…
129: Shake Some Streusel For Your Homie
Oct 14, 2014 • 98 min
This week, with such great gear at our disposal, why does Program mode get such a bad wrap? Also should you be take a more serious look at Instagram as a delivery platform for your work? Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks is our…
128: A Baked Aesthetic
Oct 7, 2014 • 107 min
This week, we begin with a listener question around passion and purpose. What drives the “why” behind your work? Should public perception/reception play a role in what or why you create or should accolades be merely a byproduct? Nicholas Nixon is our…
127: The Rabbit Always Moves
Sep 30, 2014 • 122 min
This week, we try to tackle more of your questions and there are some terrific ones. Topics are all over the map and provide a great deal to think about not only for photography, but for anyone trying to make things and live a creative life.…
126: Flying Trapeze
Sep 23, 2014 • 107 min
This week, we talk about leaping into the unknown and how empowering it can be to make the transition from “whether to move” into “how to move.” Also, how much editorial control would you give up for money? Monster celebrity shooter Sam Jones is our…
125: Creative Swagger
Sep 16, 2014 • 123 min
This week, we wrestle with confidence, momentum and the differences between passion and curiosity. We also talk about finding the stuff that fills your cup, regardless of whether or not it happens to be your full time job. He documented WWI and was aboard…
124: Just Another Point on the Curve
Sep 9, 2014 • 118 min
This week, we talk about when to begin and when it might be time to throw in the towel and move on to something else. Also, we discuss Seth Godin’s idea of living somewhere between comfort and danger and ask, “where do you live?” User-suggested Jon Wyatt…
123: The Weegee of the Modern World Doesn’t Exist
Sep 2, 2014 • 108 min
This week, we discuss the terrific documentary on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Topics include getting lost in your work and questions like is art an act of total attention? Also, Bill raises the question of whether models should have a say as to…
122: Disrupting the Familiar
Aug 26, 2014 • 111 min
If this week’s show has a theme, it’s change. Try as you might, you can’t avoid it forever and even if you could, sometimes it’s exactly what you need. We also discuss censorship and intent in a couple recent news articles. David Bailey is our…
121: Not Enough Room For Romance
Aug 19, 2014 • 105 min
Do you find yourself looking for signs? Not Stop or Yield, but signs from God, the Universe, or what have you telling you what to do? This week, we talk about signs and how waiting for them can often be an excuse for not taking action. We also talk about…
120: You’re Not Moving Cannonballs
Aug 12, 2014 • 141 min
This week’s show is a bit of a monster. We do our best to answer your questions and there were tons of them - some on gear, others on process and technique. There’s a little something for everyone, but you had best grab a bottle of water and some snacks…
119: Glacial Evolution
Aug 5, 2014 • 115 min
This week, for some people making lists and setting goals are the only way to feel like progress is being made. For others, “goal” is just a four letter word. How do you gauge your creative progress? Inspired by last week’s discussion, paparazzi…
118: Savings Bond of Memories
Jul 29, 2014 • 104 min
This week, we talk about photographs as a sort of time machine and how often embarrassing snapshots over time become the things you treasure most. Also, should the arts be co-opted by academia or is getting out and doing the work the way to go? How would…
117: Reset The Mechanism
Jul 22, 2014 • 100 min
This week, using Garry Winogrand’s current retrospective as an example, we discuss what happens when practice means different, not necessarily better. Also, in a submission from a listener, we look at a list of 10 ways we may be making our lives harder…
116: Freefalling
Jul 15, 2014 • 101 min
This week, we begin with a follow up to last week’s discussion about direction and confidence (or lack thereof, as the case may be). All you really control is when you begin and when you ship. Recognizing those things that truly are beyond your control…
115: Doing It For Love Not Money
Jul 8, 2014 • 107 min
This week, interviews with Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa beg the question, is there such a thing as being past your creative prime? Also, where do the great ideas come from and what do you do when they stop? Daido Moriyama is our Photographer of the Week.
114: Creativity On A Wire
Jul 1, 2014 • 97 min
This week, we’re discussing the difficulties in making decisions - creative or otherwise - without first knowing the outcome. Also, beyond likes and hit counters, what’s the real value in going viral? Plus, Apple’s recent announcement about the future of…
113: A Day Late & A Dollar Short
Jun 25, 2014 • 93 min
This week, we begin with a discussion about gear - specifically how newer crop-sensor cameras compare to full frame and why more megapixels leads to bigger, but not always better images. Plus Tom Cruise as a metaphor for refining yourself away from a…
112: You Wanted A Do-Over
Jun 17, 2014 • 99 min
This week, what happens when creativity doesn’t go the way you want it to? Sometimes there’s “good enough,” while other times, you get the opportunity to take another pass at it. How do you know when to choose one over the other? Also, we talk about fear…
111: Desert Island Book Choices
Jun 10, 2014 • 118 min
This week, you’ve got questions and we do our best to answer them on topics ranging from choosing to shoot in color or black & white and best practices for deliverables to getting your work in front of art buyers and whether or not a signature “look” to…
110: The ‘Why’ is Much More Interesting
Jun 3, 2014 • 102 min
This week, Bill’s recent viewing of Tim’s Vermeer inspires a discussion around the technical nature of creating art. If we allow the process to be augmented by technology, at what point is the art in the making and not in the end result? Also, we discuss…
109: Cause and Effect Issue
May 27, 2014 • 103 min
This week we’re talking about intent. Whether how you shoot, how you practice or what tools you use, intent seems to be directly proportional to outcome. Also, what makes a curator? Does accreditation automatically mean better or more valid or can you…
108: Capital “P” Picasso
May 20, 2014 • 103 min
A big discussion on the differences between art and craft lead off this week’s show, inspired in part by a listener email. We also talk about obstacles, both personal and professional and how they can sometimes relegate Making Things to the back burner,…
107: Backwards To Go Forwards
May 13, 2014 • 110 min
This week, a big discussion about creativity - how sometimes you need to put down the todo list and just focus on making the work that makes you happy and let the chips fall where they may. Also, some thoughts from Picasso on why you shouldn’t compromise…
106: The Story Is In The Risk
May 6, 2014 • 112 min
This week, a new book from photographer Danny Lyon sparks a great discussion about intent and we unpack the idea of creating a body of work versus living your way through it. We also ask the question: “Is art a part of our lives or are our lives a part of…
105: More of the Crazy Juice
Apr 29, 2014 • 103 min
On the heels of Paris Photo, this week we’re talking about inspiration and how art is too often priced for collectors, rather than fans. Is taking great pictures enough to be a great photographer? Also, making art doesn’t always have to be a painful…
104: Happy Doing What You’re Doing Right Now
Apr 22, 2014 • 109 min
This week, we discuss experience versus results and how process sometimes trumps outcome. Also, do photographers, particularly photojournalists, have a responsibility to filter what not to show? A listener question about placing a value on our work - why…
103: A Lifetime of Rehearsal
Apr 15, 2014 • 118 min
This week, we discuss obsession as both a motivator and a meditation and whether or not photography might be just one big performance. Also, do you worry about what you’re not shooting as much as what you are? Plus, living for your resume vs. your eulogy.…
102: Rigging the Roulette Wheel
Apr 8, 2014 • 112 min
Big Q&A show this week as we attempt to tackle some of your questions from the Google+ Community. We got some great questions on process, intent and even the business side of creativity. Danny Lyon is our Photographer of the Week.
101: Cookie Cutter Wisdom
Apr 1, 2014 • 107 min
This week, we discuss authenticity - is the quest for authenticity real or just a hoax perpetuated by hipsters and organic farmers? Also, thoughts on Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art - realizing what you are and getting down to business. Could this book…
100: Discovering Something New
Mar 25, 2014 • 92 min
Episode 100! Thank you so much for coming along with us each week. This week, we discuss how a place can (and should) get under your skin to help fuel creativity. Also, is technology killing creativity and prosperity? Would you pay real money to increase…
99: Authenticity Complex
Mar 18, 2014 • 108 min
For this last double-digit episode, we talk about the entitlement of an artistic life. Should society reward creativity? Also, more on the seemingly endless question of whether social media works or is simply a distraction. Plus, we question whether…
98: Signal to Noise
Mar 11, 2014 • 105 min
Big show this week as we take a look at some of the latest art and photography news and how the stories may affect making a living as a creative. Content may be the new black, but who really wins if all of it is free? With no roadmap to navigate, we raise…
97: The Best Version Of Me
Mar 4, 2014 • 91 min
This week, we talk about how technology is affecting branding and marketing. With so much noise and so many choices, how do you know what works? Also, can your future self be your present hero? Plus, transformation - how much is enough? Fantastic dance…
96: Pencil Marks
Feb 25, 2014 • 106 min
Is your photography business your own? We discuss one interesting case where the answer was no. We also talk about image, not the one you’re making but the one you’re living, which helps set the stage for next week’s discussion on branding. Plus, surf…
95: Finding The New
Feb 18, 2014 • 101 min
This week, when is enough really enough? How do you know when it’s time to make subtle corrections versus charting an entirely new course? We also discuss the potential of collaboration and how narrative is changing the way we view photography. Portrait…
94: The Custodian Ideal
Feb 11, 2014 • 108 min
This week is a Q&A show where we take a bunch of listener questions and try to answer them without sounding like idiots. But first, do you miss the good ol’ days of analog? We discuss Bill’s recent (and expensive) foray into large-format film on an 8x10…
93: Listen to Yourself
Feb 4, 2014 • 97 min
This week, we discuss the little voice - the gnawing (knowing) inside all of us that pushes us forward. How do you choose what to listen to and what to dismiss? Where do you draw the line between what you can do and what you will do? Plus, where has the…
92: The Analogy of the Sphere
Jan 28, 2014 • 107 min
This week, we chime in on a recent NY Times article that questions the new definition of photography. Should using a camera somewhere in the process be a prerequisite to calling something a photograph? Are curators simply throwing stuff at the wall and…
91: Isn’t That The Fun Of It?
Jan 21, 2014 • 101 min
This week, a discussion about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty gets us talking about art, specifically whether or not we tend to romanticize the life and work of the artist (spoiler: Penn should have taken the shot!). Also, with so many resources…
90: Uncharted Territory
Jan 14, 2014 • 105 min
This week, we go further down the rabbit hole of Mentorship and discuss our most important mentors as well as what type of mentor each of us could benefit from now. We also talk about how AI may affect or even remove the choices we make in the…
89: 42 Puppies and a Snow Cone Machine
Jan 7, 2014 • 102 min
For the first episode of 2014, we discuss how the tools that we use shape the way we use them. We also talk about the photographer/subject relationship and discuss how to better connect with the people you are photographing, which may even inspire Bill to…
88: Didn’t You Hear My Inner Monologue?
Dec 31, 2013 • 98 min
For the last episode of OTP in 2013, we discuss looking back to look forward. We look not at creating resolutions as much as mantras, concepts to drive us ahead and allow some wiggle room for the things that don’t work out exactly the way you think they…
87: I’m Wearing Tap Shoes?
Dec 24, 2013 • 115 min
This week is all about you, the listeners, as we try to answer some of the questions you’ve asked via email, twitter and the Google+ group. We also talk through some camera and photo related news. Conceptual portrait slash fashion photographer, Miss…
86: Sing Me What You’re Going To Play
Dec 17, 2013 • 99 min
This week, Bill’s recent musical interlude inspires a discussion around how embarrassment and fear can paralyze us, more than just creatively. Also, the practice of practice and who owns your likeness and for how long? Iconic fashion shooter Mario Testino…
85: Good Art Doesn’t Have a Shelf Life
Dec 10, 2013 • 106 min
This week, we talk about projects, specifically long-term projects and how the full value of them (on both sides) often isn’t fully realized until you’re well down the timeline. Also, who decides what art is important, or even good for that matter? Should…
84: Your Definition of Yourself
Dec 3, 2013 • 102 min
This week, we remember icon Saul Leiter and discuss not only legacy but intent and what it means to live and create with purpose. Who gets to decide what work (if any) is important? Plus, we talk a little about tools, including the new crop of 4K displays…
83: It’s Not A Pendulum, It’s A Kaleidoscope
Nov 26, 2013 • 101 min
This week, we gear out a little (just a little) and talk about light, specifically the subtleties and how much they may or may not affect your end product. Also, we talk about funding projects. Should you pony up the cash, or is crowd-funding a possible…
82: Going ‘All In’ On Yourself
Nov 19, 2013 • 94 min
This week, should exceptional talent be a gift or a chore? Does what you do have to feed your soul to be important, or is just doing the work enough? Also, when are too many options not a good thing? Plus, we discuss the new documentary “Everybody Street”…
81: An Artistic Vacation
Nov 12, 2013 • 101 min
This week, thank yous and follow up to last week’s episode. How do we decide what we do and don’t want creatively? Is a hard-coded trajectory helpful, or merely another distraction you need to adhere to? Also, we talk about an interesting article by Kirk…
80: It’s Something To Take Seriously
Nov 7, 2013 • 103 min
This week, synchronicity and the beauty of moments. Bill recaps his whirlwind trip to Italy and we discuss why seeing art in person is better than seeing it through a viewfinder. Model turned photographer, Lee Miller is our Photographer of the Week.
79: Photography Without A Net
Oct 29, 2013 • 95 min
This week, the importance of heroes and how being inspired by one can make you feel like a kid again. Also, are you shooting for the present or for posterity? Plus, we talk about an interesting performance art piece and the intention behind it. Greg…
78: Shutter Priority on Glass Plate
Oct 22, 2013 • 108 min
This week, we tackle some great questions from you, the listeners, about topics ranging from personal and professional goals to social media and where we find inspiration outside of photography. We also try to find the line between art and porn. Plus,…
77: Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep
Oct 15, 2013 • 112 min
This week, we talk about the creative work we do and why we do it. What draws you to the art you make: love or fear? Where does social media fit into the new “sharing” (read:free) economy? Plus, iconic photojournalist W. Eugene Smith is our Photographer…
76: Slamming Up Against the Walls (Like in an A-Ha Video)
Oct 8, 2013 • 98 min
This week, we discuss mentors and community. Whatever happened to someone taking you under their wing? Is learning from one person different, or better, than learning from a collective? Also, we talk a little about some of the fantastic projects you are…
75: Film comes in a can. Like soup.
Oct 1, 2013 • 110 min
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…
74: Self-Deluding Defense Mechanism
Sep 24, 2013 • 104 min
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…
73: It’s Not All Warm and Fuzzy
Sep 16, 2013 • 105 min
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…
72: Get Behind the Train and Push
Sep 10, 2013 • 102 min
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…
71: Disruption
Sep 3, 2013 • 107 min
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…
70: The Gaia Argument
Aug 27, 2013 • 94 min
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…
69: Play With Your Deckled Edges
Aug 20, 2013 • 102 min
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…
68: An Incorrect Perspective
Aug 13, 2013 • 100 min
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
Aug 6, 2013 • 97 min
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…
66: You Don’t Want To See Me When I’m Bored
Jul 30, 2013 • 104 min
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…
65: Doing Nothing is the Enemy
Jul 23, 2013 • 96 min
This week, we talk reinvention. Sometimes you choose, while other times, the choice is made for you. Do you go willingly, or kicking and screaming? Also, how do you take your work (or yourself) to the next level? Plus, you may not know the name, but you…
64: Goldilocks Camera Phenomenon
Jul 16, 2013 • 108 min
We lighten things up this week and talk about gear, specifically cameras and why what’s right for you may not be right for someone else…and that’s okay. Also, sometimes your photos really don’t matter… just enjoy the moment. Plus, Ellen von Unwerth brings…
63: The Core of the Struggle
Jul 9, 2013 • 108 min
Last week, we talked about valuing your work. This week, we take on the idea of defining artistic goals and how a journey without a destination can have a dramatic impact on the work you create. Also, how do you decide just how much creative capital to…
62: Artists Aren’t Plumbers
Jul 2, 2013 • 94 min
This week, we do a bit of follow up on last week’s episode, which really seems to have touched a nerve with listeners. At what point does worrying about putting a value on your work keep you from doing your work? Also, Bill contemplates going big for a…
61: Happenstance Threw It Over The Line
Jun 25, 2013 • 95 min
This week, we wrestle with “good enough”; what does it really mean, and who gets to decide? Where do we draw the line between homage and just plain thievery? Plus, documentary photographer Martin Parr is our Photographer of the Week.
60: The Problem is Always Me
Jun 18, 2013 • 98 min
Big discussions this week as we talk about different facets of collaboration and look to dispel The Myth of the Lone Artist. A short film by Eric Becker prompts us to wonder whether or not the world is for want of inspirational material. Plus, classic…
59: Food Doesn’t Talk Back
Jun 11, 2013 • 100 min
This week we talk about getting through a shoot when you feel like a truck ran over you. Also, do retouchers deserve credit? If so, when and how much? Plus, abstract photographer and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Uta Barth is our Photographer of the week.
58: Art is Exposure
Jun 4, 2013 • 104 min
This week, we wrestle with whether or not you can be an artist, without locking your own self worth/self image to your art. What does it mean to live a creative life anyway? We weigh in on the firing of the photo staff by the Chicago Sun Times. Plus, we…
57: A Big Pool of Hustle
May 28, 2013 • 102 min
We discuss why it is that we bother to create anything. What are we looking for, praise or just a body of work? Bill takes the plunge into filmmaking (sort of) and we get some great questions from listeners. Magnum photographer, Josef Koudelka is our…
56: Then It Becomes RoboCop
May 21, 2013 • 103 min
Big show this week as Bill and Jeffery question what happens when it’s the process used to create the art that’s interesting, not the result. Also, where do we draw the line between photo manipulation and photo journalism? Plus, questions from the Google+…
55: When Life Gives You Lemmings
May 14, 2013 • 103 min
Bill battles severe back pain to discuss whether or not people know good from bad and how Steven Soderbergh’s observations on the state of cinema may also reflect the state of art. We also wonder how we should go about judging our own growth. Plus,…
54: Where’s Joseph Campbell When You Need Him?
May 7, 2013 • 102 min
Bill and Jeffery discuss why content is no longer king and how you should focus on making (read: doing) something that’s important to you. Adobe kills individual licenses. Are they doing the right thing with the new Creative Cloud? Plus, “Tulsa”…
53: Dig Down To Make More Room
Apr 30, 2013 • 103 min
Heroes aren’t just for children, especially when you meet them in person. Art for art’s sake, rather than investment. Plus, listener emails and Vancouver street shooter, Fred Herzog as Photographer of the Week.
52: Backfill Reasoning
Apr 23, 2013 • 96 min
Once you realize that everything you do leads to the next thing, and that the journey is the reward, you’ll be fine. Do clients want your work or your juice? Plus, controversial photographer and art world darling, Cindy Sherman is our Photographer of the…
51: No Secret Sauce
Apr 16, 2013 • 105 min
Does it really take village to succeed as a photographer today, and should technology dictate where your career-compass guides you? Despite the changes to photography as a business, clients and art buyers are still looking for talent; but are they looking…
50: Tortured Plateau
Apr 9, 2013 • 96 min
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
Apr 3, 2013 • 102 min
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…
48: $500 and a Lollipop
Mar 26, 2013 • 91 min
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
Mar 19, 2013 • 91 min
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
Mar 12, 2013 • 95 min
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
Mar 5, 2013 • 88 min
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
Feb 26, 2013 • 88 min
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
Feb 19, 2013 • 96 min
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
Feb 12, 2013 • 90 min
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
Feb 5, 2013 • 95 min
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.
40: I’m Buying a Smoke Machine
Jan 29, 2013 • 101 min
The new Gregory Crewdson Documentary, the morality of Photoshop, and Q&A from a pile of listener emails. Master of masters Richard Avedon is Photographer of the Week.
39: The President and an Umbrella
Jan 22, 2013 • 101 min
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.
38: Tug of War with the Muse
Jan 15, 2013 • 89 min
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.
37: Jump in the River
Jan 8, 2013 • 109 min
Photographers not known for their pictures, popularity contests, and trying to be a nice guy in a divisive world. Listener emails about exploitation, education, and ‘Meditation’ are answered. Classic agressive street photographer and filmmaker William…
36: The Schrodinger Moment
Jan 2, 2013 • 96 min
An epic show this week wherein Bill and Jeffery tear into legacy, life, death, and being remembered. It’s deep and heavy and well worth the time. B&W conversion, photography movies, and photo education also make an appearance. Portraitist Platon is our…
35: Justification After the Fact
Dec 26, 2012 • 89 min
It’s the last episode of 2012 so we conquer comment trolls, Fuji’s lack of auto-focus, and whether historical artistic perspective matters at all anyway. Artistic portrait man Philip-Lorca diCorcia is our Photographer of the Week.
34: Learning Everything All the Time
Dec 18, 2012 • 91 min
The plateaus of getting better, why change is scary, why Jeffery can’t decide what camera to buy and it’s not because there are no good cameras available. Modern surrealist photographer Man Ray is our Photographer of the Week.
33: Troubleshooting in Real Time
Dec 11, 2012 • 89 min
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
Dec 5, 2012 • 87 min
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
Nov 27, 2012 • 86 min
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…
30: Entrances Confused with Dead Ends
Nov 21, 2012 • 89 min
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
Nov 13, 2012 • 88 min
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
Nov 7, 2012 • 88 min
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…
27: A Body of Work Only in Hindsight
Oct 31, 2012 • 91 min
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…
26: Brain Calibration Issue
Oct 26, 2012 • 75 min
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…
25: The Weather Is What You’re Photographing
Oct 23, 2012 • 92 min
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…
23: Everyone’s Job to be Everything
Oct 1, 2012 • 90 min
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…
22: Ann Curry is a Better Photographer than You
Sep 24, 2012 • 90 min
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…
21: Vanity Fairy
Sep 18, 2012 • 81 min
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…
20: Moment Much Bigger than that Photograph
Sep 11, 2012 • 83 min
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.
18: Fifty Dollars and an Ice Cream Cone
Aug 28, 2012 • 78 min
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
Aug 22, 2012 • 76 min
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
Aug 14, 2012 • 82 min
Stephen Shore’s tips for street photography, exploitative vs interesting, and what do we mean by portrait anyway?
15: Salting the Steak
Aug 7, 2012 • 75 min
The Curiosity Mars rover, going on an internet diet, Canon service story, how everything is a trade-off, and Imogen Cunningham.
14: Creativity Comes From Doing
Jul 31, 2012 • 70 min
Refinement vs change, novelty vs quality, the creative mindset, and composite pioneer William Notman as photographer of the week.
13: Hand Gestures & Credit Cards
Jul 24, 2012 • 72 min
SI runs Instagram pictures, Fuji discontinues a bunch of Velvia, Canon releases a mirrorless EOS body, more talk about shooting outside your comfort zone, and Albert Watson as photographer of the week.
12: Kaleidoscopic Changes
Jul 17, 2012 • 81 min
Better examples of Olympic portraits, Jock Sturges vs Sally Mann, is Magnum Photo still relevant, plus strategies and failures of trying to get out of your comfort zone on this episode of On Taking Pictures.
11: Workflow: From Camera to Paper
Jul 10, 2012 • 70 min
Skin tones color samples, multi-touch displays, and Bill walks through his workflow from camera to delivery on this episode of On Taking Pictures.
10: Feels Like a Sunday
Jul 4, 2012 • 64 min
Lot’s of user feedback, bad US Olympic portraits, contact sheet website design, and Bill Eggleston on this special holiday episode of On Taking Pictures.
9: Making the Cut
Jun 26, 2012 • 68 min
How to choose the images in your portfolio, and how to show them to people. The advantages of prints, book, web, or iPad.
8: The Amateur Professional
Jun 19, 2012 • 75 min
Amateur vs Professional, what’s the difference and does it matter? Does intent weigh in on the quality of your work? Why Bill hates the phrase ‘spray and pray’, and well as the news that Jeffery has started watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning.
7: Creepy Kids at Retina Resolution
Jun 12, 2012 • 63 min
Time lapse movies, Asian doppelgangers of American celebrities, why you probably don’t need the new Macbook Pro, photorealistic paintings, Jeffery wants a 4x5, and Sony makes the perfect professional walk-around camera since the Leica.
5: Apple Software Exodus
May 29, 2012 • 77 min
iPhone camera apps, Facebook vs G+, why Scott Bourne is moving to Lightroom, getting sued for protecting your copyright, the genius of Saul Leiter, and more.
4: Printing Objects
May 22, 2012 • 70 min
Scanning with your dSLR, HCM interview on Charlie Rose, and a discussion of Annie Liebovitz’s Olympic photos. André Kertész is Photographer of the Week.
3: The Future of Film
May 14, 2012 • 71 min
Model sues retoucher, PDN talks about the future of film, and the 2.8 Million dollar Leica. Edward Weston is Photographer of the Week.
2: 3.6 Million Dollar Photograph
May 10, 2012 • 57 min
Copyright claims, the Nikon D800, and the 3.6 Million dollar battlefield photo. Portraitist Yousuf Karsh is Photographer of the Week.
1: Falling Bears
May 10, 2012 • 58 min
In their pilot episode, Jeffery and Bill take on photographer’s rights, the limits of more megapixels, and the contents of New York City’s photographic archive. Parisian street photographer from the turn of the last century, Eugene Atget is Photographer…
19: Bare with a Snoot
Feb 14, 2012 • 73 min
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.
24: Negative Space of Technique
Feb 9, 2012 • 94 min
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.
6: Inspiration & Criticism
Feb 5, 2012 • 75 min
Does seeing the work of Saul Leiter or Herb Ritts hurt or help? What kinds of criticism can you handle and which tear you down? Less news and lots of philosophy, opinion, and deep conversation on this week’s show.