Pet photography for a cause

August 10, 2017

John Wangelin is a pet photographer with a big heart. John sits down with us to discuss a variety of topics including his 2017 pet calendar to benefit a local animal shelter. The John Deere painter has turned his love of dogs and his passion for photography into a side business which helps shelter dogs.


‘That Tree’ Photographer: Mark Hirsch

August 10, 2017

The incomparable Mark Hirsch sits down with us to his discuss his book "That Tree : An iPhone Photo Journal Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak ” and his experience as a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist. Mark’s journey to “That Tree” and beyond is both fascinating and inspirational.


The airing of grievances

June 2, 2017

This week's episode was sparked by an anonymous complaint that our Pacesetter (athlete of the week) photos of female athletes make them look like "pin-up girls". We wholeheartedly disagree with the reader's thesis and discuss how each of our photographers approaches shooting Pacesetter images. We also examine some of the negative photographer stereotypes and how they effect us while on assignment. Go to to see the photo in question and the two months worth of Pacesetter images so you can judge them for yourself.


The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

April 22, 2017

We chat with Chicago freelancer Ting Shen about his quest for the perfect camera strap, shooting NBA basketball and his experience covering the Dallas police shootings. On July 7, 2016 four Dallas police officers and one DART officer were gunned down on the streets of Dallas, Texas. Ting, who was working as the photo intern for the Dallas Morning News, was sent to Baylor University Hospital. He recounts the events which led up to making the unforgettable image of a DART police officer comforting a colleague in the emergency room entrance. He also discusses the lessons learned in the wake of the tragic event.


From the land of sky blue waters

March 22, 2017

Former Chicago Sun-Times photojournalist and current Media Specialist, University Photographer, Adjunct Instructor for the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Brett Roseman, makes his long awaited debut on the podcast. Brett, a former Dispatch/Argus intern and Quad-Cities native, talks about the emotions of being one of the Sun-Times 28, how he bounced back and landed in Wisconsin. We also talk about internships and why they are so important for aspiring photojournalists.


Our gadget geek out

March 9, 2017

If you are a photo gadget geek like us you’ll love this week’s episode. We talk about our new gear and why we think you should know about these items. Paul Colletti makes a return to the podcast to talk about the new Sony a99ii along with the Sigma f1.4. Todd Welvaert just purchased a Fuji Xt2 and Todd Mizener talks about his amazingly affordable newly rebuilt portable lighting kit.


Returning to the scene of the crime

January 19, 2017

The hosts true crime podcast "Suspect Convictions", journalist Scott Reeder and WVIK producer Lacy Scarmana, talk about their new podcast which revisits the 1990 murder of Jennifer Lewis and the case against Stanley Liggins. Stanley Liggins has been twice convicted for the murder, but both convictions have been overturned. The locally produced podcast has gone viral and as of Jan 19, 2017, it was the #2 Podcast on iTunes.


Cubs Win!! Photographing history with Brian Cassella

November 21, 2016

Chicago Tribune photojournalist Brian Cassella talks about covering the Chicago Cubs historic playoff run and scoring the iconic front page image of the team celebrating the final out of the World Series. Cassella also explains how the Trib’s team of photographers and editors used the latest photo tech to make deadline and keep social media updated. While fans were on edge of their seats and emotions were running high, the 4-man team of photographers had to stay focused on their jobs.


The Twitter storm

October 10, 2016

It was a week that started with a fatal fire and ended with 6 high school football players taking a knee during the National Anthem. Our photos from both events garnered reaction on Twitter. In this week’s edition of the Talking Pictures Podcast we talk about what makes people react passionately on Social Media? We also discuss our reaction to people’s personal and professional attacks on our character and our images.


Kimmell comes home

September 14, 2016

Tom Kimmell, one of the paper’s most decorated photographer alumnus returns home for his 40th class reunion and sits down for a chat with Todd and Gary. He worked for The Daily Dispatch from 1980 to 1983 before moving to Colorado where he was as a member of a Pulitzer Prize winning team at The Gazette in Colorado Springs. Tom talks about his most famous photos from his Dispatch days, what it is like to win a Pulitzer prize and his work with Olympic athletes.