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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 observe… read more

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326: Special Episode - Apple Announcement Oct 2018

October 30th, 2018


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 …

325: Closing The Loop

July 17th, 2018


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 …

324: Another Stick in the Spokes

July 10th, 2018


With only one more episode of OTP left, this week we actually start with a discussion around photography—specifically, focusing on the tools (either …

323: There’s No Control Group in Life

July 3rd, 2018


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 …

322: Waiting For The Supersaturation Point

June 27th, 2018


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 …

321: And There It Hangs

June 19th, 2018


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 …

320: Put This Robe On And Come With Me

June 12th, 2018


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 …

319: Who Buys The Ink?

June 5th, 2018


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 …

318: You Have To Go Further Back To Go Forward

May 29th, 2018


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 …

317: You’re Gonna Need A Bigger SIM

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

316: Nice Sallah There

May 15th, 2018


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. …

315: A New Branch On The Tree

May 9th, 2018


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 …

314: It’s Either Silence Or A Heart

May 1st, 2018


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 …

313: No One Wants To Be In A Cover Band Forever

April 25th, 2018


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 …

312: I’m Put Off By Such Comfort

April 18th, 2018


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 …

311: Poseidon Giveth and Poseidon Taketh Away

April 11th, 2018


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 …

310: Let Me Just Finish This Donut

April 3rd, 2018


This week, do individuals make the collective better? Do we have a responsibility to use whatever talents or gifts we may have (artistic or …

309: Giant Bags of Stuff in the Car

March 27th, 2018


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 …

308: Sixth Gen VHS Tape from a Prog Rock Convention

March 20th, 2018


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, …

307: We’re All in the Optometrist's Office

March 14th, 2018


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 …

306: The Venn Diagram of You and Me

March 6th, 2018


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 …

305: I Really Like The Deep Dives, Ted

February 27th, 2018


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 …

304: No Filters Named After Places

February 20th, 2018


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 …

303: Who The Hell Goes To Picasso’s House?

February 13th, 2018


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 …

302: The Audience Holds You Accountable

February 6th, 2018


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 …

301: It’s Like Amway With A Camera

January 30th, 2018


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 …

300: When The Spirit Moves Me

January 23rd, 2018


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 …

299: Another Word For Failure

January 16th, 2018


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 …

298: Jeffery Drifting

January 9th, 2018


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 …

297: Dog On A Motorcycle

January 2nd, 2018


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 …

296: Christmas Q&A 2017

December 26th, 2017


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, …

295: This Is Where I Was Right Here

December 19th, 2017


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 …

294: The Tide Went Out On My Skillset

December 12th, 2017


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 …

293: Trying To Hug A Cloud

December 7th, 2017


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 …

292: When You Cry Authenticity Wolf

November 28th, 2017


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? …

291: It’s All About The Torque

November 21st, 2017


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 …

290: That’s The Recipe For Me

November 14th, 2017


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 …

289: Brother Love Tut

November 7th, 2017


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 …

288: An Iterative Process Like Everything Else

October 31st, 2017


This week, happy Halloween! What constitutes a cultural experience for you? A museum? A gallery? Going bowling? Also, what motivates you to look at …

287: If It Sounds Good Now, It’ll Sound Good Later

October 24th, 2017


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 …

286: You Don’t Need To Make New Friends

October 20th, 2017


This week, the amount of new post-production tools (including the newly announced Lightroom CC) inspires a discussion around workflow and the …

285: The Composition Within the Chaos

October 10th, 2017


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 …

284: Time Is Your Only Currency

October 3rd, 2017


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 …

283: Somewhere To Get A Cleat In

September 27th, 2017


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 …

282: All Of This Shenanigans Over A Camera

September 19th, 2017


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? …

281: Hidden Under Hair and Self-Doubt

September 12th, 2017


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 …

280: Tacking Left And Right Into The Wind

September 5th, 2017


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 …

279: Letting It Go For A Better Offer

August 29th, 2017


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 …

278: One and A Quarter Step Forward

August 21st, 2017


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 …

277: We Both Work Great In Planned Chaos

August 15th, 2017


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 …

276: Gas Money and a New Alternator

August 9th, 2017


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 …

275: The Good, Fast, and Cheap of Photography

August 1st, 2017


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 …

274: The Unatographer

July 25th, 2017


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 …

273: Kenneth Is Funded With Advice

July 18th, 2017


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 …

272: If I Stand Still, That’s When the Cobwebs Grow

July 11th, 2017


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 …

271: Hanging Out With The Other Kids Drinking Cristal

July 5th, 2017


This week, for all of the “improvements” in the creative tools we use — specifically around software — have they really gotten noticeably better? …

270: The Luster Dulls Over Time

June 27th, 2017


This week, we’re talking about inherited meaning, specifically related to last week’s discussion around using tintype to capture older blues …

269: Breadcrumbs To Find Your Way Home

June 21st, 2017


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 …

268: The Similarities Are Too Similar

June 13th, 2017


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 …

267: What’s Left For Humans To Do?

June 6th, 2017


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 …

266: Dance Monkey, Dance

May 30th, 2017


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 …

265: Neuronic Connections

May 23rd, 2017


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 …

264: Advice Needs To Be Calibrated

May 16th, 2017


This week, a discussion around music producers leads to wondering if the same producer-artist relationship to be productive for photographers. Would …

263: If There’s A Listicle About It It’s Too Late

May 9th, 2017


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 …

262: No Whips Were Harmed In The Making of These Photographs

May 2nd, 2017


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 …

261: Healing Salve On The Open Wound Of Doubt

April 25th, 2017


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 …

260: A Friendship Built On Skype

April 18th, 2017


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 …

259: Chasing Expertise, and Amy

April 11th, 2017


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 …

258: The Hottest Bell Pepper I’ve Ever Seen

April 4th, 2017


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 …

257: Turn the Hat Around

March 28th, 2017


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 …

256: Mash Potatoes In the Shape of the Hollywood Bowl

March 22nd, 2017


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 …

255: If It Says VIP, It’s Not VIP

March 14th, 2017


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 …

254: Bob Ross on Mute

March 7th, 2017


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 …

253: Imagineers Are Never Gonna Do South Park

February 28th, 2017


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 …

252: That’s Not What Cameras And Books Were Made For

February 21st, 2017


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 - …

251: I’m Just Gonna Shut Up And Sit Here

February 14th, 2017


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 …

250: Like the Whos in Whoville

February 7th, 2017


This week, have the tools taken the mystery out of photography? When you no longer think about technical requirements to make photographs, have we …

249: Ancillary Collaboration

January 31st, 2017


This week, we discuss the seemingly innate skills and abilities of our fathers and grandfathers and how somewhere along the way, that “folk wisdom” …

248: Albatross Is On The Move

January 24th, 2017


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 …

247: Keep the Nihilist in the Closet

January 17th, 2017


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 …

246: If I Start This, Then I’ll Have To Finish It

January 10th, 2017


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 …

245: A Higher Form of Noise

January 3rd, 2017


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 …

244: That’s the Arrow That Got Through

December 26th, 2016


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 …

243: Can You Make the Logo Bigger?

December 20th, 2016


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 …

242: Lack of Stasis

December 13th, 2016


This week, we discuss TIME’s Person of the Year cover and portfolio, made by Nadav Kandar. Specifically, we unpack questions raised by the …

241: The Final Ten Percent Takes Ninety Percent of the Time

December 6th, 2016


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 …

240: The Reins Are Fear

November 29th, 2016


This week, making decisions. Sometimes moving through fear means letting go of the reigns — emotionally, creatively, maybe even geographically. But …

239: True to the Show

November 22nd, 2016


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 …

238: There Will Always Be A Minority Report

November 15th, 2016


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 …

237: The Flow of the Slinky

November 8th, 2016


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 …

236: The Next Switchback on the Plateau

November 1st, 2016


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 …

235: Layering It Up Like a Cake

October 26th, 2016


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 …

234: Measure Twice, Cut Once

October 17th, 2016


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 …

233: Live Up To An Impossibility

October 11th, 2016


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 …

232: Solid Steel Walls of Reality

October 4th, 2016


This week a few thoughts around the new National Museum of African American History & Culture and how photography was sourced and is used …

231: I Look Forward to Looking Back

September 27th, 2016


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 …

230: Full-On Artistic Telephone

September 20th, 2016


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 …

229: Almost to the Shipping Point of Shipping

September 13th, 2016


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 …

228: The Giant Pachinko Game in the Sky

September 6th, 2016


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, …

227: Psychologize That Up The Wazoo

August 30th, 2016


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 …

226: You Want The Pixie Dust

August 23rd, 2016


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 …

225: The Megapixel List of Life

August 16th, 2016


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 …

224: Blink Decision

August 9th, 2016


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 …

223: Driving Backwards is a Bad Idea

August 2nd, 2016


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 …

222: Form of Stupidity, Shape of an Idiot

July 26th, 2016


This week, a couple books about Saul Leiter show that great photography is not always about per pixel sharpness and bright, saturate color. The …

221: All the Salt in the World

July 19th, 2016


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 …

220: They Want Paul Bunyan

July 12th, 2016


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. …

219: Bell Curve of Adoption

July 5th, 2016


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 …

218: Moon Rocks Down Here Cost a Lot of Money

June 28th, 2016


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 …

217: A Plus B Equals Jello

June 21st, 2016


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 …

216: Unintentionally Intentional

June 14th, 2016


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 …

215: Don’t Trust Experts

June 7th, 2016


This week, a discussion around the work of painter Jeremy Mann, via the documentary A Solitary Mann by Loic Zimmermann. How much does happenstance …

214: The Oxygen and the Spark

May 31st, 2016


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 …

213: You’re Not About the Craft If You Use Laser Triggers

May 24th, 2016


This week, we’re talking about memories, specifically the culling of photographic memories. If forced to choose, how do you decide which memories to …

212: Audience Inflation

May 17th, 2016


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 …

211: I Do Wanna Be A Person Eating Pancakes!

May 10th, 2016


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 …

210: I’m Over Here in Sharpshooter’s Corner

May 3rd, 2016


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 …

209: Oddly Fascinating

April 26th, 2016


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 …

208: Echoes of Memories

April 19th, 2016


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 …

207: Emojis Don’t Count

April 12th, 2016


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 …

206: It’s Hard to Juggle Slowly

April 5th, 2016


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 …

205: Somebody Has To Be A Dictator

March 29th, 2016


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 …

204: Dog Paddle Motion in the Air

March 22nd, 2016


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 …

203: Shrimp et tu, Brute?

March 15th, 2016


This week, a follow up from a listener about our “what makes a professional?” discussion from last week, specifically the idea of professionalism in …

202: Jeffery and Bill Meet the Swamp Monster

March 8th, 2016


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 …

201: No Such Thing as Never or Always

March 1st, 2016


This week, how digital technology helped Emmanuel Lubezki shape the natural light on The Revenant. Also, we discuss the often cryptic presentation of …

200: Learn To Do It Without the Crutch

February 23rd, 2016


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 …

199: Claustrophobia In All the Control

February 16th, 2016


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 …

198: Ghost of Familiarity

February 9th, 2016


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 …

197: House Elf of Genius

February 2nd, 2016


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 …

196: Mind-field of Obstacles

January 26th, 2016


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 …

195: Everybody’s Eating Oreos for Breakfast

January 19th, 2016


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 …

194: Asking for Real Estate

January 12th, 2016


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 …

193: Not Starting From Zero

January 5th, 2016


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 …

192: Find Another Cliff

December 29th, 2015


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 …

191: Gardiner Used All the Saturation

December 22nd, 2015


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 …

190: One Big Bundle of Bias

December 15th, 2015


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 …

189: An Analytical Gamble

December 8th, 2015


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 …

188: A Facsimile of a Facsimile

December 1st, 2015


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 …

187: A Cultivated Fantasy

November 24th, 2015


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 …

186: Little Blips of Satisfaction

November 17th, 2015


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 …

185: What Keeps You Falling Back Into It?

November 10th, 2015


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 …

184: A Somewhat Liberal Political Predilection

November 3rd, 2015


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 …

183: We’re Playing It Blue Today

October 27th, 2015


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 …

182: Trading on the Hype

October 20th, 2015


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 …

181: You’re Gonna Get Paid, Son

October 13th, 2015


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? …

180: Holding a Leica, In Her Underwear

October 6th, 2015


This week, we’re talking about influences, using the terrific Keith Richards Netflix documentary Under the Influence as a starting point. How do we …

179: The Timeline of that Osmosis

September 29th, 2015


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 …

178: Circles for Sixty Years

September 22nd, 2015


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 …

177: The Reflection Isn't Perfecto

September 16th, 2015


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 …

176: Creativity is a Line Item

September 8th, 2015


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 …

175: Very Little Time For the Present

September 1st, 2015


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 …

174: A Reality Distortion Field of Pixels

August 25th, 2015


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 …

173: Where Do You Put the Chisel?

August 18th, 2015


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 …

172: Creative Fiefdoms

August 11th, 2015


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 …

171: Big Subterranean Factor

August 4th, 2015


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, …

170: We All Want To Be Steve McCurry

July 28th, 2015


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 …

169: I’ll Make a Burger for the Next Guy

July 21st, 2015


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 …

168: This Is Not How We Play Bridge

July 14th, 2015


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 …

167: The Activity of Non-Activity

July 7th, 2015


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 …

166: Less Bill & Ted’s, More British

June 30th, 2015


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, …

165: Our Piece of Cheese Keeps Getting Smaller

June 23rd, 2015


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 …

164: Photographic Baseball Cards

June 16th, 2015


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 …

163: A Generational Byproduct

June 9th, 2015


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. …

162: I Grow Chickens, The Chickens Lay the Eggs

June 2nd, 2015


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 …

161: It’s Not Patrons, It’s Patronizing

May 26th, 2015


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 …

160: Each Generation Forgets

May 19th, 2015


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 …

159: It’s a Crowded Place, My Head

May 12th, 2015


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 …

158: The Mayor of Fujitown

May 5th, 2015


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 …

157: The Cossacks of Organization

April 28th, 2015


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 …

156: The Great Men Theory of Art

April 21st, 2015


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 …

155: It’s All a Barometer

April 14th, 2015


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 …

154: 500k Followers or 100 Followers

April 7th, 2015


This week, we’re talking 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 …

153: The Community Is Getting Inside My Head

March 31st, 2015


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 …

152: The Stone is Noise

March 24th, 2015


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 …

151: Perfectly Punctuated Piece On Absolutely Nothing

March 17th, 2015


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 …

150: Who’s Pressing the Brakes

March 10th, 2015


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 …

149: It’s a Little Bit of a Ghost

March 3rd, 2015


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 …

148: Idle Hands Problem

February 24th, 2015


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 …

147: Artistic Post-It Note

February 17th, 2015


This week, should there be standards defining what is and isn’t considered photojournalism? Plus, are labels important, necessary or just noise? We …

146: Pattern Recognition Machine

February 10th, 2015


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 …

145: Priceless Gets A Price

February 3rd, 2015


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 …

144: Ronin Photographers

January 27th, 2015


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 …

143: Set For Life

January 20th, 2015


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 …

142: Time Capsule Effect

January 13th, 2015


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 …

141: Frayved Peegan

January 7th, 2015


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 …

140: An Official Knock-off

December 31st, 2014


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 …

139: Nothing But A Mirror

December 23rd, 2014


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 …

138: A Little Obsessive That Way

December 16th, 2014


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 …

137: Good is a Moving Target

December 9th, 2014


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 …

136: Destiny or Resignation

December 2nd, 2014


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 …

135: No Touchdowns In Photography

November 25th, 2014


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: …

134: A Couple Dozen Eye Rolls

November 18th, 2014


This week, a discussion around a documentary about Polaroid, called Time Zero, gets us wondering about objects versus process and whether there is …

133: No Way Out But Through

November 11th, 2014


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 …

132: Some Kind Of Sublimation

November 6th, 2014


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 …

131: Fuddy Duddy Hall of Fame

October 28th, 2014


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 …

130: So Many Topics, So Little Time

October 21st, 2014


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 …

129: Shake Some Streusel For Your Homie

October 14th, 2014


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 …

128: A Baked Aesthetic

October 7th, 2014


This week, we begin with a listener question around passion and purpose. What drives the “why” behind your work? Should public perception/reception …

127: The Rabbit Always Moves

September 30th, 2014


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 …

126: Flying Trapeze

September 23rd, 2014


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.” …

125: Creative Swagger

September 16th, 2014


This week, we wrestle with confidence, momentum and the differences between passion and curiosity. We also talk about finding the stuff that fills …

124: Just Another Point on the Curve

September 9th, 2014


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 …

123: The Weegee of the Modern World Doesn’t Exist

September 2nd, 2014


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 …

122: Disrupting the Familiar

August 26th, 2014


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 …

121: Not Enough Room For Romance

August 19th, 2014


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 …

120: You’re Not Moving Cannonballs

August 12th, 2014


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 …

119: Glacial Evolution

August 5th, 2014


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 …

118: Savings Bond of Memories

July 29th, 2014


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. …

117: Reset The Mechanism

July 22nd, 2014


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 …

116: Freefalling

July 15th, 2014


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 …

115: Doing It For Love Not Money

July 8th, 2014


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 …

114: Creativity On A Wire

July 1st, 2014


This week, we’re discussing the difficulties in making decisions - creative or otherwise - without first knowing the outcome. Also, beyond likes and …

113: A Day Late & A Dollar Short

June 25th, 2014


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 …

112: You Wanted A Do-Over

June 17th, 2014


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 …

111: Desert Island Book Choices

June 10th, 2014


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 …

110: The ‘Why’ is Much More Interesting

June 3rd, 2014


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 …

109: Cause and Effect Issue

May 27th, 2014


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 …

108: Capital “P” Picasso

May 20th, 2014


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 …

107: Backwards To Go Forwards

May 13th, 2014


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 …

106: The Story Is In The Risk

May 6th, 2014


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 …

105: More of the Crazy Juice

April 29th, 2014


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 …

104: Happy Doing What You’re Doing Right Now

April 22nd, 2014


This week, we discuss experience versus results and how process sometimes trumps outcome. Also, do photographers, particularly photojournalists, have …

103: A Lifetime of Rehearsal

April 15th, 2014


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, …

102: Rigging the Roulette Wheel

April 8th, 2014


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 …

101: Cookie Cutter Wisdom

April 1st, 2014


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 …

100: Discovering Something New

March 25th, 2014


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 …

99: Authenticity Complex

March 18th, 2014


For this last double-digit episode, we talk about the entitlement of an artistic life. Should society reward creativity? Also, more on the seemingly …

98: Signal to Noise

March 11th, 2014


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? …

97: The Best Version Of Me

March 4th, 2014


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? …

96: Pencil Marks

February 25th, 2014


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 …

95: Finding The New

February 18th, 2014


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 …

94: The Custodian Ideal

February 11th, 2014


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 …

93: Listen to Yourself

February 4th, 2014


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 …

92: The Analogy of the Sphere

January 28th, 2014


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 …

91: Isn’t That The Fun Of It?

January 21st, 2014


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 …

90: Uncharted Territory

January 14th, 2014


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 …

89: 42 Puppies and a Snow Cone Machine

January 7th, 2014


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 …

88: Didn’t You Hear My Inner Monologue?

December 31st, 2013


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 …

87: I’m Wearing Tap Shoes?

December 24th, 2013


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 …

86: Sing Me What You’re Going To Play

December 17th, 2013


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? …

85: Good Art Doesn’t Have a Shelf Life

December 10th, 2013


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 …

84: Your Definition of Yourself

December 3rd, 2013


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 …

83: It’s Not A Pendulum, It’s A Kaleidoscope

November 26th, 2013


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 …

82: Going ‘All In’ On Yourself

November 20th, 2013


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? …

81: An Artistic Vacation

November 12th, 2013


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 …

80: It’s Something To Take Seriously

November 7th, 2013


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 …

79: Photography Without A Net

October 29th, 2013


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 …

78: Shutter Priority on Glass Plate

October 22nd, 2013


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 …

77: Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep

October 15th, 2013


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 …

76: Slamming Up Against the Walls (Like in an A-Ha Video)

October 8th, 2013


This week, we discuss mentors and community. Whatever happened to someone taking you under their wing? Is learning from one person different, or …

75: Film comes in a can. Like soup.

October 1st, 2013


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 …

74: Self-Deluding Defense Mechanism

September 24th, 2013


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 …

73: It's Not All Warm and Fuzzy

September 16th, 2013


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 …

72: Get Behind the Train and Push

September 10th, 2013


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. …

71: Disruption

September 3rd, 2013


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 …

70: The Gaia Argument

August 27th, 2013


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 …

69: Play With Your Deckled Edges

August 20th, 2013


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. …

68: An Incorrect Perspective

August 13th, 2013


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 …

67: Far Enough Along Your Curve

August 6th, 2013


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 …

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

July 30th, 2013


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 …

65: Doing Nothing is the Enemy

July 23rd, 2013


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, …

64: Goldilocks Camera Phenomenon

July 16th, 2013


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 …

63: The Core of the Struggle

July 9th, 2013


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 …

62: Artists Aren’t Plumbers

July 2nd, 2013


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 …

61: Happenstance Threw It Over The Line

June 26th, 2013


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 …

60: The Problem is Always Me

June 18th, 2013


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 …

59: Food Doesn’t Talk Back

June 11th, 2013


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 …

58: Art is Exposure

June 4th, 2013


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 …

57: A Big Pool of Hustle

May 28th, 2013


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 …

56: Then It Becomes RoboCop

May 21st, 2013


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, …

55: When Life Gives You Lemmings

May 14th, 2013


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 …

54: Where’s Joseph Campbell When You Need Him?

May 7th, 2013


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 …

53: Dig Down To Make More Room

April 30th, 2013


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.

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52: Backfill Reasoning

April 23rd, 2013


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 …

51: No Secret Sauce

April 16th, 2013


Does it really take village to succeed as a photographer today, and should technology dictate where your career-compass guides you? Despite the …

50: Tortured Plateau

April 9th, 2013


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 …

49: Happiness is an Inside Job

April 3rd, 2013


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 …

48: $500 and a Lollipop

March 26th, 2013


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

47: Inspiration Is Like Tinkerbell

March 19th, 2013


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

46: 151 Lights and a News Desk

March 12th, 2013


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

45: True North On Your Creative Compass

March 5th, 2013


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

44: Sensor Verite

February 26th, 2013


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 …

43: Artistic Monkhood

February 19th, 2013


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 …

42: That’s Just Going to the Driving Range

February 12th, 2013


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

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41: Our Microscopes Got More Powerful

February 6th, 2013


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 …

40: I’m Buying a Smoke Machine

January 29th, 2013


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

January 22nd, 2013


Presidential portraits, the 'cool kid camera club', why Bill uses prime lenses, and the importance of having Dreams on this week's show. Celebrity …

38: Tug of War with the Muse

January 15th, 2013


Technical and creative limitations as inspiration, schtick vs style, and how the artistic process is what gives art it's humanity. Innovative fashion …

37: Jump in the River

January 8th, 2013


Photographers not known for their pictures, popularity contests, and trying to be a nice guy in a divisive world. Listener emails about exploitation, …

36: The Schrodinger Moment

January 2nd, 2013


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 …

35: Justification After the Fact

December 26th, 2012


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 …

34: Learning Everything All the Time

December 18th, 2012


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 …

33: Troubleshooting in Real Time

December 11th, 2012


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 …

32: Screw Those People

December 5th, 2012


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 …

31: Too Much Information

November 27th, 2012


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 …

30: Entrances Confused with Dead Ends

November 21st, 2012


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 …

29: Richard Scarry Book on Acid

November 13th, 2012


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 …

28: Ability to Recognize...Maybe

November 7th, 2012


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 …

27: A Body of Work Only in Hindsight

October 31st, 2012


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 …

26: Brain Calibration Issue

October 26th, 2012


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 …

25: The Weather Is What You're Photographing

October 23rd, 2012


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 …

24: Negative Space of Technique

February 10th, 2012


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 …

23: Everyone’s Job to be Everything

October 1st, 2012


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 …

22: Ann Curry is a Better Photographer than You

September 24th, 2012


Bill and Jeffery respond to feedback about workshops & websites, famous people buying Leicas, and why taking less pictures is better. Then Bill …

21: Vanity Fairy

September 18th, 2012


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 …

20: Moment Much Bigger than that Photograph

September 11th, 2012


Different aspect ratios, photo projects based on teenage killers, and a long and somewhat heavy discussion about why we bother taking pictures at all and what they mean to us.

19: Bare with a Snoot

February 14th, 2012


When 5 lights are just right, why people bother to shoot with a 4x5, as well as who Berenice Abbott was and why her work still rocks.

18: Fifty Dollars and an Ice Cream Cone

August 28th, 2012


Fielding work inquiries, moon photography, the impossible rebirth of 8x10 Polaroid, artists vs technicians, and the wonderful work of Greg Heisler.

17: Still Lifes of People

August 22nd, 2012


Deep follow-up discussion on seducing your subjects, exploiting them to make a buck, and why we want to be Dan Winters when we grow up.

16: Portraiture is a Dance

August 14th, 2012


Stephen Shore's tips for street photography, exploitative vs interesting, and what do we mean by portrait anyway?

15: Salting the Steak

August 7th, 2012


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

July 31st, 2012


Refinement vs change, novelty vs quality, the creative mindset, and composite pioneer William Notman as photographer of the week.

13: Hand Gestures & Credit Cards

July 24th, 2012


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

July 17th, 2012


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

July 10th, 2012


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

July 4th, 2012


Lot's of user feedback, bad US Olympic portraits, contact sheet website design, and Bill Eggleston on this special holiday episode of On Taking …

9: Making the Cut

June 26th, 2012


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

June 19th, 2012


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 …

7: Creepy Kids at Retina Resolution

June 12th, 2012


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 …

6: Inspiration & Criticism

February 5th, 2012


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 …

5: Apple Software Exodus

May 29th, 2012


iPhone camera apps, Facebook vs G+, why Scott Bourne is moving to Lightroom, getting sued for protecting your copyright, the genius of Saul Leiter, …

4: Printing Objects

May 22nd, 2012


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 14th, 2012


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 10th, 2012


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 10th, 2012


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 …

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