We’re going to wrap things up this in this “Best of the blog in 2012″ with some of the best and most popular episodes of live, free weekly talk show on photography, “The Grid” (hosted by Matt Kloskowski & me, and some very special in-studio guests): Here they are (in no particular order):

1. A woman’s Perspective on Street Photography (above)
This was an incredibly eye-opening episode as we had three female guests tell us how they feel and react when they wind up being the subject of a street photographer.

2. Blind Critiques of Portraits with in-studio guest Joe McNally (above)
The most insightful critiques of portraits I’ve ever seen. Period. He was brilliant, and if you take portraits you will learn, laugh, and look at things very differently after this episode. This is Joe at his very best.

3. Tough Love: 5 things people won’t tell you about your photography (above)
This one hurt, but somebody had to do it.

4. How to become a better photographers in 2013 (above)
I heard from so many people that are using this step-by-step plan as their goal for 2013. One of our most helpful episodes ever.

5. Our favorite Gear (above)
Matt and RC share their favorite gear; they take gear Q&As from viewers and have some great recommendations.

6. Reverse Critiques (above)
Instead of showing what’s wrong with submitted photos, we showed what the previous episode’s critiqued photos are supposed to look like. This is a fantastic learning experience and the examples make it all crystal clear. A killer episode from a learning perspective.

7. Five Harsh Realities about Photography Today (above)
Hey, somebody had to say it (but it’s actually very helpful, in a “somebody had to say it” kind of way).

8. How to tell if you suck at photography (above)
Don’t worry — we’ll tell you. (wink). Lots of straight talk here, plus a look at whether or not to get the D800 with the moire filter on or off (and I talk about which one I ordered). Kalebra’s our special in-studio guest.

9. Lindsay Adler: The Business of being a photographer (above)
Her fashion photography insights are fantastic, but even if you’re not into fashion photography, the savvy business advice for growing your business are pure gold. If you’re trying to make it as a photographer, this episode is for you.

10. Our First blind critique episode (above)
These brutally honest Blind critiques are an incredible learning tool (we show the images we critique but don’t reveal the photographer’s name) and these have become are so popular it is now a monthly feature on “The Grid” and this is the episode that started it all. This isn’t flickr — it’s time somebody told the truth.

FEATURED GUESTS:
I wanted to include a direct link to some of the best episodes featuring some  very special guests, so we’ll wrap up with these:

  • Tamara Lackey (link)
  • Frank Doorhof (link)
  • Jeremy Cowart (link)
  • Brian Matiash (link)
  • Moose Peterson (link)
  • Glyn Dewis (link)
  • Erik Valind (link)
  • Peter Hurley (link)
  • Scott Bourne (link)
  • Dave Black (link)
  • Joe McNally & Jeff Snyder (link)
  • Zack Arias (link)

Well, there ya have it folks — our best and favorite episodes from an entire year on “The Grid”

Programming Note:
We broadcast “The Grid” LIVE every Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) and then it rebroadcast for free the following day at http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid (but if it’s a really killer episode I re-run it here on the blog, too!).

Thanks to everybody who tuned-in, thanks to our sponsors, our in-studio guests, and our awesome video crew here at Kelby Media Group (Erik, Juan and Meredith) who make it all possible. Cheers to the new year (and see you next Wednesday for “Blind Critiques.” It’s gonna be rough — make sure you tune it. ;-)   Have a great weekend! :)