On Taking Pictures #89: 42 Puppies And A Snow Cone Machine


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 take on a new project. Master vs. Mentor – one is about status while the other is about a relationship. Stephen Shore is our Photographer of the Week.

Show Notes

What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2014?
Full Frame Myth
Picturing Portraits: An Afternoon with Bill Wadman
21-gun salute – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Polaroid Socialmatic retro insta-print camera slated for reality | CES 2014: Gadgets – CNET Blogs

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Photographer of the Week

Stephen Shore, Photographer

Books We Recommend

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Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places
The Nature of Photographs: A Primer

On Taking Pictures #88: Didn’t You Hear My Inner Monologue?


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 will. Also, we look at ways to refine/expand the OTP G+ Group, which has now crossed 800! Iconic photojournalist Steve McCurry is our Photographer of the Week. Thank you so much for your time, your energy and your willingness to let us wrestle with the things we do week after week. We couldn’t do it without you.

Show Notes

“Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” on Amazon
John Mayer | Life In Music | Oxford Union – YouTube
“Secret Knowledge” David Hockney on Amazon
Century-old photo negatives found in Antarctic explorer’s hut – CNN.com
‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Review: Penn & Teller’s Doc a Magic Mix of Art and Science – TheWrap

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Photographer of the Week

Steve McCurry
OTP #41: Our Microscopes Got More Powerful
The Last Roll of Kodachrome—Frame by Frame! | Vanity Fair
National Geographic Search for the Afghan Girl Part One – YouTube
Part Two | Part Three | Part Four
The Sartorialist: The Steve McCurry Interview, Part One – YouTube
Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Books We Recommend

Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs
Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs: Standard Edition
Steve McCurry: Portraits
Steve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment
Steve McCurry: Looking East: Portraits by Steve McCurry

On Taking Pictures #87: I’m Wearing Tap Shoes?


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 Aniela is our Photographer of the Week.

Show Notes

Yogaglo Patent Issued | Yoga International
Official website of Vivian Maier
How Ted Koppel and ABC TV Tried to Steal my Life Work | natethayer
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: It’s possible to use social media mindfully.
Apple Mac Pro review (2013) | The Verge
Photoshop Lab Color on Amazon
The Fizzle Show — a podcast for online business builders

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Photographer of the Week

Flickr: Miss Aniela’s Photostream
Miss Aniela on Vimeo

Books We Recommend

Creative Portrait Photography
Self-Portrait Photography: The Ultimate in Personal Expression

On Taking Pictures #85: Good Art Doesn’t Have a Shelf Life


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 “good art” (whatever that means) define the current culture or reflect it? Plus, 19th century French photographer Charles Marville is our Photographer of the Week.

Show Notes

Created In Brooklyn: A Conversation With Randy Duchaine – Faded + Blurred
Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster | Marvelous
Hello – Exposure
This Photo Is (Probably) The World’s First Selfie
Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor – UP2414Q | Dell Belize

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Photographer of the Week
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
Charles Marville – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An Insider’s View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) : The Picture Show : NPR

Books We Recommend

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012

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On Taking Pictures #84: Your Definition of Yourself


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 on the horizon. Ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples Edward Curtis is our PotW.

Show Notes

Saul Leiter, Photographer Who Captured New York’s Palette, Dies at 89 – NYTimes.com
“In No Great Hurry” 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter
Here’s The Thing: Chris Rock and Herb Alpert – WNYC
Learn From Joey L. · Learn From Joey L.
TidBITS: Can You Replace Photoshop with Pixelmator?
Dell UP2414Q: The 24-inch 4K monitor that finally brings 4K to the desktop PC, for $1400 | ExtremeTech
Where Children Sleep by James Mollison is a Photography Project That’ll Shock You
Watch the Rolling Stones Write “Sympathy for the Devil”: A Highlight in Godard’s ’68 Film One Plus One | Open Culture
Vermeer’s Secret Tool: Testing Whether The Artist Used Mirrors and Lenses to Create His Realistic Images | Vanity Fair

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Photographer of the Week
Edward S. Curtis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A portrait of the American Indian – CNN Photos – CNN.com Blogs
Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian

Books We Recommend
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Native Nations: First North Americans as Seen by Edward Curtis