#114: Creativity On A Wire


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 Aperture has us musing on our reliance on software and what to do when the tool(s) you love are no longer available. Conceptual fine art photographer Brooke Shaden is our Photographer of the Week.

This week’s assignment on the On Taking Pictures Google+ Community: #onthejob

Process Driven #01: David duChemin
What Beauty Looks Like, From Argentina to Vietnam – Megan Garber – The Atlantic
Nikon D810 | Go behind the scenes of a fantasy fashion shoot with Miss Aniela – YouTube
Instagram and Art Theory
Apple to replace Aperture and iPhoto with Photos for OS X early next year | 9to5Mac
Adobe makes photography program price permanent, unveils 14 new apps | Digital Camera World
Shutter by StreamNation on the App Store on iTunes
What is craft? What is art? Does it matter? — Minutia

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Photographer of the Week

Brooke Shaden
Brooke Shaden – YouTube
The Candid Frame #175 – Brooke Shaden

#113: A Day Late & A Dollar Short



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 borrowed life. This week we’ve got two Photographers of the Week – Robb Kendrick and David Stoecklein – both shoot similar subject matter, yet their results are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

This week’s assignment on the On Taking Pictures Google+ Community: #typography

Sony A7s First Impressions
Process Driven #01: David duChemin
Film photography still popular at Boston-area schools
Avedon on the App Store on iTunes
BBC News – New chemical iris for tiny phone cameras
AnandTech | Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8
Bernard Voïta – an album on Flickr
Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones – YouTube

Photographers of the Week

Robb Kendrick
David R. Stoecklein

Books We Recommend

Still: Cowboys at the Start of the Twenty-First Century
Cowboy Horse
Faded + Blurred Bookshelf

#112: You Wanted A Do-Over


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 as not only an obstacle, but also as a motivator to get you “living above the 45.” Randy Scott Slavin is our Photographer of the Week. Oh, and happy 71st birthday to The Man Who Writes the Songs (even though he didn’t write that one), Barry Manilow.

Show Notes

This week’s assignment on the On Taking Pictures Google+ Community: #symmetry

A Beautiful Anarchy
Highlights: Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation – YouTube
Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator? – The Cut
Everything Wrong With New York Magazine’s Terry Richardson Cover Story
Samsung 28″ 4K $600 on Amazon
Dell 28 Ultra HD 4K Monitor – P2815Q
How the New Google Images is Changing Traffic to Your SitePhotoShelter Blog
Created in Brooklyn Series II: A Series of Conversations | Brooklyn Public Library
Created In Brooklyn: A Conversation With Randy Duchaine – Faded + Blurred
DiMenna Center Mary Flagler Cary Hall
Polly Chandler Photography: Austin, TX

Photographer of the Week

Randy Scott Slavin
Randy Scott Slavin extends Alternative Perspectives photo series
Tiny Planet Photos on the App Store on iTunes

#111: Desert Island Book Choices


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 your work is important. Someone even asked for our desert island book choices. Listener-suggested Australian Magnum photographer Trent Parke is our Photographer of the Week.

This week’s assignment on the On Taking Pictures Google+ Community: #architecture
GIJENS: The most epic self-promotion ever
iN-PUBLiC | Narelle Autio
Beneath the Roses by Gregory Crewdson
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Photographer of the Week

RH Contemporary Art – Browse Artwork
Trent Parke – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Magnum Photos Photographer Portfolio
Stills Gallery – Trent Parke
iN-PUBLiC | The home of street photography
“Minutes to Midnight” by Trent Parke

#110: The ‘Why’ is Much More Interesting


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 an interview with Cartier-Bresson and wonder if he would embrace modern changes in photography such as Instagram. Andreas Gursky (Rhein II) is our Photographer of the Week.

This week’s assignment on the On Taking Pictures Google+ Community: #splash
Tim’s Vermeer on Amazon
Henri Cartier-Bresson: ‘There Are No Maybes’
The Online Photographer: My Somber Day Yesterday
Instagram Develops Into Career Path For Photographers – Forbes
Apple announces OS X 10.10 Yosemite
iOS 8 adds third-party access to camera data via an API
The Death of Film Is Felt Hardest In the City Built on Kodak’s Reign
File:Kodak Instamatic 104.jpg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Leica T review: form minus function
Julian Wasser’s Photographs of the California Dream, and its Underbelly
Manufactured Landscapes – Wikipedia

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Photographer of the Week

Andreas Gursky – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
MoMA | The Collection | Andreas Gursky (German, born 1955)
Gursky – Selected Works
Andreas Gursky on artnet
Why is Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II the most expensive photograph? – Telegraph

Books We Recommend

Andreas Gursky
Andreas Gursky
Andreas Gursky: Works 80-08 (English and German Edition)