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These are just some of the comments we’ve received about this past week’s episode of “The Grid” with Joe McNally as our in-studio guest. I know I mentioned this yesterday here on the blog (among six other topics), but the rave reviews just keep pouring in over social media. If you haven’t had a chance to catch this episode, I promise it will be more than worth your time. (I’m posting the episode again here on the blog, just below the quotes). If you photograph people, you will learn a ton. Here’s a few sample comments:

“â¦Grid interview with Joe McNally was the best 80 min of instruction I’ve seen.”

“Rewatching cuz what Scott Kelby has Joe McNally explain is more important than anything I’ve learned, period.”

 “Just finished TheGridLive show with Joe McNally – best ever Grid. Amazing insight. Thanks @Scott Kelby & Joe!”

“JUST finished watching it. Best 80mins I’ve spent in a while.”

“Just watched it last night and I loved it! The guy is just amazing! What a show!”

“Finally watched this weeks The Grid with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby last night.  Joe is just awesome!”

“Prepare to have a very thought provoking experience :)”

“Joe..loved the message…get into the experience and capture the essence!  Thank you!”

“Wow. Great interview. I learned so much. Thanks for posting it.”

“Every time I watch a program with Joe it reminds me that it’s not about a piece of paper with chemicals on it or about a paycheck, it’s about telling the story of your subject and bring that story to life in a picture. Thank you Scott and Joe for reigniting my passion for photography even after 19 years of shooting and getting burnt out several times.”

“Yes. He did! Joe nailed it!!”

“Awesome episode! Thanks, Scott, for having Joe answer my question. And, boy, did he answer it, with pictures for examples to boot! The man is a treasure.”

“Just watched it and it was better than great. Thank-you Joe and Scott.”

“This was the first Grid show I’ve been able to watch live in months and it couldn’t have been better. Thanks Joe!”

“Definitely cut through a lot of hand-wringing and doubt about what it takes to really capture a subject.”

“Thanks for the show. It really was eye opening.His personality is just amazing. That’s what makes him one of the greatest photographer.”

“That is the best description and teaching I’ve seen to get into someones world, to bring out the best in them. I can’t wait to put Joe’s process into action.”

“Say that you’ll do it again next week! The man is a master!”

If you missed it, here it is (the free rebroadcast):

Tomorrow, February 13 is Blind Critique day on The Grid! Matt and I will be joined by landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer Colby Brown, so those are the types of images we’ll be choosing to critique tomorrow.

If you’d like to have your travel and landscape photos considered for tomorrow’s blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS:

That’s the only place we’ll be picking images from, so don’t leave a comment here to submit your photos. Go there and pay close attention to the instructions at the top of the page for the best chance at being picked for critique.

We’ll pick 20 or so photographers’ work to go over on the show, and the live show is broadcast tomorrow at 4:00 pm ET. (Here’s a world time-zone calculator: — use New York City as our time zone). See you on The Grid!

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.

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 (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! :)

During the live broadcast of this episode we had over 1,200 comments from viewers (which is just amazing in itself), but since then we’ve heard from so many people who said last week’s episode of “The Grid” was our most helpful episode ever!

In it, Matt and I shared a real-world, step-by-step plan for really improving your photography in the coming year and a lot of folks have let us know it’s already changed the way they think about their photography.

Make sure you watch the episode all the way to the end — we wrap-up with some really important stuff. I hope you find the episode useful, and thanks to everyone who has supported us on “The Grid” this year.

Last week on ‘The Grid” (our weekly photography show), we had Joe McNally as our in-studio guest, and we had Joe do blind-critiques of portraits submitted by our viewers, and I have to say, I learned more about portrait photography in that one show that I have in a year.

People are absolutely raving about Joe’s critiques, as they were, hands down the most insightful, informative, and just plain brilliant I’ve ever seen. Period. I’m running the free broadcast right here, so if you really want to see portrait photography in a new light, you have got to watch this class. I promise, you will be amazed.

Want to have Joe McNally personally review your portrait work? Today’s the day — he’s our guest LIVE on “The Grid.”

If you’d like to have your PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY considered for today’s blind critiques by Joe McNally (we’ll show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS:  (the deadline is 3:00 pm today).

We’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work for Joe to review on the show (not based on who posted first — Joe will choose images based on showing variety and images he thinks can help our viewers), and the live show is TODAY at 4:00 pm ET. (Here’s a world time-zone calculator: — use New York City as our time zone)

Reminder: Joe will ONLY be reviewing portrait images.