The Grid: The Grid: Episode 46 – Five Harsh Realities About Photography Today


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RC Joins Scott in the studio for the "Five Harsh Realities About Photography Today." The New iPad is also discussed along with a bunch of news from the world of Kelby Media Group.

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  1. A good photography tip is to realize that you’re not always in control. Trying to be in control of everything can be extremely frustrating, especially when there are variables involved that are simply out of your control. Try to just relax and enjoy the act of taking photographs.

  2. Pay attention to your light. The lighting in a photograph can bring a subject into better focus or change the mood of the picture. Different lighting setups will result in very different photographs. Avoid harsh direct lighting on your subject’s face, as this will generally cause them to squint.

  3. Nat says:

    Thanks you guys. Best episode to date :)!

  4. slic says:

    RC – “If you walk out of your house and you see a wheat field, a cow and clouds you have some hustlin to do” hahahaha

  5. Skip Wolff says:

    Another great show.

  6. W Patrick Clements says:

    great show need more of you

  7. Donna Kirby says:

    Rock on oh GREAT ONES!!! Nancy you are the BEST!

  8. Prints … I’d like to print more, but I just don’t … actually I’m on scanning the old family pictures. I know is conflictive!

    About telling which camera was used … you can surely tell if it was a Nokia N97 with flash … it looks LOUSY! :-)

    Prizes for the rebroadcast, please!!!!!

  9. John Content says:

    Great show. What was the green/blue drink on Nancy’s desk?

  10. Lewis Johnston says:

    Thanks for the five reality checks. They will make great discussion topics for the next photography club meeting.

  11. Thanks for yet a great show guys!

  12. Miriam Rosenthal says:

    Great timing for me to be watching this show. I’ve been dealing with a client who has to submit work to a publisher who insists on NO Photoshopping. It’s ridiculous if shooting in raw…I have to comply but now I feel better. I’ve been questioning myself, my gear, etc.
    Thanks! Watching the show is always a good use of time.
    See you at Photoshop World!

  13. Great show! I am a big fan of the two of you. Here is a photog question I hope you can discuss in your next show: I put sneakpeak photos on Facebook for my clients. A B&B made a comment that they would like to use a few of my maternity portraits for advertising. How should I handle this? Charge them for usage? Let them use it for publicity? Other options?

  14. Rich Stopa says:

    Great Show Scots book #4 would be great to get

  15. Shawn Highfill says:

    I am so screwed. When I walk out my door, all I see is wheat fields and clouds, not even a cow. I have zero gear. The most interesting people I know are you guys. And it’s not likely I will walk out my door in the middle of Washington state and see RC in my wheat field. RC, does it help if some years it’s corn fields instead of wheat? And the Photo Shop around hear closed up about 4 1/2 years ago.
    Oh well, anybody want to go fishing?

    Floof and run.

    great show, Thank you

  16. Tom Mesick says:

    I really thought the 5 points were good. The only point I would re-think is the one where you are sending 1000s of photographers out west to get that interesting landscape shot. Now you have 1000s of pictures of Western Landscapes to the point that it is no longer interesting or new or refreshing. It has been over shot and by some of the best in the world. I think whatever a photographer shoots, not matter what or where has to be interesting, refreshing or new. That is what will be a killer image. Even if is in Orlando.

  17. Johnny Dao says:

    Like RC, I shoot and process as if I’m going to print.

    Great episode!

  18. Bob Shear says:

    Please enter me in the contesting for a copy of The Digital Photography Book, Part 4.

    Another great show!

  19. Roger says:

    It CAN be about the equipment but mostly it is about the eye and mind.

  20. Jim says:

    Just found the show about 3 weeks ago and I’m enjoying it overall. One bit of feedback: I subscribe to your show in iTunes, and I find that your audio seems quite low to me. I find myself cranking the audio up higher and higher to reach a comfortable listening level. Then, as soon as The Grid ends, and D-TownTV starts up, the audio is way too loud. All my Revision3 podcasts are louder still. Now, I’m no audio pro, but in my end user experience, the audio could stand to go a but higher… Maybe it’s just iTunes? iTunes is, after all, just about the worst piece of software out there.
    Keep up the great work!

  21. Tony says:

    Quite a depressing show this time for me. I guess reality checks usually are. Points 1-4 were especially depressing. As an amateur without a lot of money or time to throw at this, it made me feel like I was wasting my time and will never be able to get any better. Point 5 made me feel better though. It’s nice to hear somebody within the profession that knows how it really is say that everybody retouches and post-processes. I get so tired of everybody asking me, “Did you photoshop that?” Well, of course, duh! It’s a digital image. Of course I used Photoshop (or at least LR). Or others say, “How’d you get that sky so blue and pretty?” How do you think? With LR or Photoshop. The camera sure doesn’t do it. I have some friends just getting into photography and they just don’t get why their photos don’t look like they want and what they see from others. You answered it. Learn photoshop and Lightroom or something similar.

  22. Mike Spivey says:

    Another Elephant in the Room is Podcasters and bloggers talking about film. If they think their audience is made up of old film farts, fine. But I doubt it. Most of us who took up photography in the 2000s don’t want everything compared to the olden days. GET OVER IT.

  23. Sandy says:

    Another good show!

  24. Jerry says:

    Would love to get a copy of Scott’s Digital Photo book, Part 4.

    One of the best organized, least rambling, most informative episodes yet.

  25. Shaun white says:

    Cool show thanks to all.

  26. Tony Rouzer says:

    I love the process. That’s all. CS5 and Lightroom 4. Love it.

  27. George says:

    I wouldl love to see an RC course on using the iPad for photography. I love my iPads, but find them worthless to show portfolios because there are no good apps to organize pictures. You can’t even delete a photo on these things unless you hook up to iTunes – hardly convenient.

  28. Awesome topic from todays show! I’d like to win any of the books! :) you guys are amazing!

  29. DaniLew says:

    Yet another great show! I get the same “high” from Photoshop and all the plug-ins as I did from the darkroom chemicals back in the day. ;~D I’ll see you at PSW DC 2012.

  30. DAVID ROSAS says:

    I would like to win you part 4 book .Good topic TELLING IT LIKE IT IS .

  31. Luis says:

    Please!!!! Can I Have Alan Hess’ Book or the photoshop world pass?????? Scott’s book would be great too hehe,,.,, Awesome show guys!!!! Helped A LOT!!!!!

  32. Thomas Piepszak says:

    your point is well taken== but an artist can create with the most common items or scenes

  33. Andy says:

    Good show. As an amateur photographer and I was spoiled in the past shooting slide film because someone else did the post processing. Now in the digital world I have to do the post processing myself. I do not like doing the post processing or as Scott said the fun journey of processing the photo. Any advice to make it more fun for the people who do not like doing post processing but know it has to be done to get the best quality photos?

  34. Bill Araujo says:

    You guys Rock! With this episode, you’ve made me feel better about my photography. Thanks Guys!

  35. Daniel Smith says:

    Great show! I can’t stand it when people have the same picture from 40 different angles and times of the day. The worst is several different shots of water splashing on rocks. The best part about selling digital prints to a client is that they advertise your work to a hundred or more people on social media. I agree that you have to do some sharpening and enhancements to show your photos on the web. Would love to have one of those photoshop world passes if they are still up for grabs on the replay.

  36. james says:

    great show guys! love it! 😛

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