Portrait Photographer Bill Wadman Talks Conceptual Imagery, Retouching and Backup Strategies, and Being a Creative Geek — The Busy Creator Podcast 6

The Busy Creator 6 w/guest Bill Wadman

Bill Wadman (@BillWadman) is a portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. This conversation discusses his portrait work, how he got started in photography to begin with, and how he processes photos. We also talk about computers — a mutual interest of ours — monitors, hard drives, and how to build a Hackintosh.

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  • Be more involved with the subject than with lighting
  • Research your subject before photographing them
  • Push Back against frustrated subjects
  • Explore the PSB file format (Photoshop Big)
  • Use the star-ratings, for a first cut especially
  • Share, don’t merge, photo libraries with your partner or family members
  • Go for quality over quantity; show less work but make it better
  • Shoot only 24 pictures, as if it’s a roll of film


  • Keep folders for different categories (clients, etc.)
  • Convert to DNG
  • Import, process, backup
  • Swap backup drives and sync once a month
  • Export full-res JPG to Dropbox as a backup of the final
  • Do part of your craft every day, but not the entire piece
  • Go to the gym daily, but not for very long
  • Delete photos you’re not going to use

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About Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 15+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.