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Sorry to interrupt Guest Blog Wednesday, but I know a lot of you have been waiting for the next “Live Blind Critique” episode of “The Grid” and well, it’s been just over a month since the last one, so it’s today.

If you’d like to have your work considered for today’s blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your portfolio right here:, or to some images you’ve posted online, and we’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work to go over on the show (not based on who posted first — we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers).

Then, we’ll see you at 4:00 pm today at (by the way, I’m holding a note in the photo above. Not really, but it sounds better than catching flies).

….don’t worry — I’ve got the free rebroadcast right here! :-)

This week we had our friend, and social media magnate, Scott Bourne (of, as our in-studio guest, along with my totally awesome (and hilarious) wife Kalebra, and the whole show is about Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest for photographers.

As it turned out, we wound up with some really great information on Pinterest, so if you’re wondering what it’s all about (now that it has mushroomed into the 3rd largest social media network), you’ll learn a lot in this episode (we’re getting all kinds of emails, comments, and notes about people who joined Pinterest after watching this episode).

Hope you guys enjoy the show, and hope you have a kick-butt weekend.

P.S. Monday, we have some really HUGE news, so make sure you here for the big announcement. Mmmm. Announcement. ;-)

I’m not sure if it’s the best, but based on the feedback we’ve been getting,it certainly may be one of our most helpful ever.

Wednesday’s “Reverse Critiques” were a bigger hit than any of us imagined, and I think it’s been one of the best learning techniques for photographers we’ve even shown on the show, because seeing these images side-by-side visually brings it home in a way that really struck a chord with people.

We also kick things off with “The Five Images You Should NEVER Have In Your Portfolio” and exactly why.

I really hope you enjoy it, and get something out of it you can use in your own photography. And best of all — you can watch the show right here. :-)

Wow — we are getting just wonderful feedback from this episode, and we’re now going to be making these blind critiques a regular feature each month. It’s only our second one, and we’ll continue to tweak the process and hopefully improve in our delivery and advice each time.

I saw a comment yesterday from a viewer on Google+ (+Amy Johnson) and she so gets it. She wrote:

“Thanks so much for another great episode this week! Never new that watching critiques of other peoples’ photos could be so educational!”

Matt and I do these blind critiques with our class at our hands-on workshops, and invariably we read in our workshop evaluations that it was one of the most valuable learning experiences of the entire week.

I posted the full episode here, and I’ll do a post here next month before we do the next one so you guys will have a chance to submit some images for consideration. Thanks to everyone who participated in our show this week. :)

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” (our weekly talk show about photography, broadcast live each Wednesdays), I took some time at the end of the show to answer a lot of the questions people had here on the blog about how I post processed the images seen in my photo book from my recent trip to India (link to my “Four Days in India Part 1, and Part 2 from earlier this week).

The video clip above shows the Lightroom [Camera Raw] and Photoshop tweaks I did to the image, but there’s also some talk about shooting portraits on the streets, including a great street shooting tip from Zack Arias who was our in-studio guest. Lots of fun on the show (our topic was our Predictions for 2012 for the photo industry), and if want to catch the full episode (Zack was an awesome guest), you can watch it free online right here.

Have a great weekend everybody, and join me here Monday for my annual “Best of 2011” post.