I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.
So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you that follow me here know that’s going to take some doin’). I didn’t tell RC what the story was in advance, so his reaction is real, and priceless â” just the look on his face alone is worth watching the clip.
All I ask is two words: Be kind. ;-)
Hope you have a less embarrassing weekend than I probably will.
-Scott “SC” Kelby
P.S.Thanks so much to everybody who watched our Photoshop World-a-thon last night. What a blast! If you missed it, it’s streaming continuously at this link. Plus, we’ll have it up on YouTube later today.
Our buddy, French photographer and Photoshop guru Serge Ramelli was our in-studio guest this week on “The Grid” (our weekly photography talk show) and he shared seem really helpful tips — here’s the episode (above) if you’re into travel (plus, he shared some tips on the business side in response to some of our viewers live questions — definitely worth checking out).
Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)
First, our Quote of the Week (which has already made it’s way around Twitter).
So, Peter was our in-studio guest for our “Blind Photo Critiques” episode of “The Grid” this week, and during the show we brought up one particular set of submitted portraits that had a lot of problems and Peter is trying to be as kind as possible with his comments but you can see he’s really struggling with it.
We ask him on the show, “If you had to give this photographer one bit of advice, what would it be?” and he’s really trying to be nice, so he tells them they need to take a “Beginner’s portrait class,” and Matt is trying to help Peter pin down what the problem is, so he asks Peter, “Lighting? Expression?” and this sets up our “QUOTE OF THE WEEK” (it’s the 2nd line ahead), “so Peter says “I don’t know what to say about those picturesâ¦reallyâ¦I just don’tâ¦” (wait, here it comes):
“I take pictures people would want to look at, and I guess theyâ¦”
and he stopped right there…and we all just lost it knowing that what he just said would surely be our Quote of the Week.
You gotta see it, though, to appreciate it — it starts around 33:15 mark in the video (above). Despite his inner-struggle not to say what he’s really thinking (and people commenting that he’s being too kind), Peter was really great on the episode (as always) and there’s a lot to learn from him during the show, so I hope you get a chance to check it out.
Peter Just Wrapped His First Book, and It Rocks! Peter was down here literally finishing the final chapters for his first book which we’re producing for Peachpit Press, and it’s called “PETER HURLEY: THE HEADSHOT” and we are super-psyched about it. I’m the Editor for Peter’s book and I cannot tell you what an amazing learning experience this has been for me. In fact, I learned stuff just yesterday that made me want to go back and reshoot my last shoot — it’s just that good. The book is heading into production and layout now with our in-house team (all the writing is done), and I just cannot wait until it’s released (early summer) because I can tell you right now, it’s going to be an absolute smash hit. Congratulations to Peter for literally knocking it out of the park.
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.”
“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: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/
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: http://bit.ly/JUuYUj — 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.
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:
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! :)