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5 Harsh Realities of Photography Today (Hey, somebody had to say it!)

That was our topic this week on "The Grid" (our live weekly talk show about photography) and we talked about some realities that we don't see a lot of photographers talking about publicly these days. +RC Concepcion co-hosted the show with me, and he did an awesome job (with a very sticky topic). We got TONS of great feedback on the show, and I've embedded the episode right here (below). Hope you get a chance to watch (lots of interesting moments). :)
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Great book so far Scott, arrived on Wednesday!
 
Great episode. Just finshed watching it. Especially like the part when you and RC say that sometimes it is the equipment.
 
Got mine Wednesday, finished same night. Almost had 2 copies as my other half had ordered it for my birthday Thursday also lol

Next one? ;-)
 
Great episode of The Grid. Thought about it this morning when I drove into a field of cows for a shoot :) BTW, those shots of the Belleview Biltmore hotel can be seen on my stream.
 
Good work. I certainly agree that the equipment sometimes matters. Sometimes it matters a lot. But which will consistently bring the best images: a great composer with mediocre gear, or a poor composer with great gear? I'd put my money on the former every time. I think this is especially true for novice and intermediate shooters. After a shooter has developed a great eye and composing capability, then the high end gear can advance the image quality even further. Also there are clearly certain niches, such as professional sports photography, where you haven't got a hope without the best gear. But I still think shooters who are in the earlier stages of developing their seeing/composing skills, can get too hung up on having the best equipment. So, yes gear matters, but we can over-emphasize how much it matters. Also once you have the best of gear, you need to polish your skills at handling it well, otherwise you might be wasting it.
 
nicely done.. one of the best shows.
 
Great show. You can also control the composition in camera. Scott touched on glass quality etc. Zooming with your feet is the answer. "Border patrol"
 
Ansel Adams did what was needed to capture the great landscape (got out there where the great landscapes were, at the best time, waited patiently ... all the things you mentioned), and did it with gear that was much less advanced than what we have now. I'm no professional, but I think the equipment issue is dependent on what type of photography you're doing. The wedding photos you used as examples of "the equipment does matter" ... in wedding photography - most definitely. In landscape, art, abstract ... maybe not as much? Your thoughts?
 
+Laura Jinkins Ansel used cameras that were, for the time, the best that were available. Also, as I mentioned to a previous commenter, we specifically said "Sometimes" not "Always."
 
Also liked your comment about shooting for the output medium, which, in most cases, is going to be the web.
 
Sometimes it is the Equipment...that's why I have good equipment!!
 
+Dennis Minty being such an amateur I agree, especially regarding sports photography. I love freezing time: capturing the athlete's face during that moment when they are "in the zone" is priceless. Practice and learn, that's the improvement cycle.
 
+Scott Kelby, great watch. Tied in nicely with the book you just published. Some great tips and things to consider with photography.
 
re RC's confession ... print is still the best archival medium ... order up that wedding album!
 
Great show. It's kind of the opposite of what my Dad used to say about pilots: "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots... but there are no old/bold pilots". Well in photography it's kind of the other way around: get bold (enough with the flowers already) and get out there, and make (not take) great images.
 
And no one has commented on +RC Concepcion paying for an album he was promised but didn't get? The look on Scott's face...
 
Sorry if my comment sounded argumentative, +Scott Kelby - your response reiterating your earlier "sometimes, not always" comment sounds like I annoyed you. Not the intent - maybe my question would be better understood if reworded thusly: "Is it possible to get away with using less sophisticated equipment dependent upon the type of photography you are doing?" Or maybe this: "For a beginning photographer, who may not have the budget to start investing in more sophisticated equipment, is there a particular type of photography that they can aim towards wherein they'll achieve a level of success and personal growth without getting discouraged because all they have available at the time is an old XT with the 18-55mm kit lens?"
 
It's not easy to make remarkable images. Getting your camera somewhere different can help. Failing that you really have to dig deep and be creative to come up with something different. It is easy to photograph flowers but to make truly remarkable images of them is one of the most challenging photographic projects in the world. Here's an example of a great studio flower photographer who is getting over 10,000 views on her work per day http://www.magdaindigo.co.uk/flowers/#/0
 
Great show. Though I've moved away from taking pictures, to shooting more videos with my dslr. So camera matters. I still apply alot of the photography rules to shooting video. I find its all about the lens. Like +Scott Kelby said it's the glass inside the lens. But I will say this, when I first started shooting pictures I used a Nikon D-40. Alot of people thought I had a much more expense camera. So camera doesn't play to big of factor its how you use it. But these topics are the things that people need to hear to better themselfs.
 
I find it amazing how fast the hour goes by when watching the Grid... Pretty much agreed with the points... Though what's more important than the equipment itself, is the ability of the photographer to exploit his gear... and again, without the specific gear in question, be can only exploit his/her kit lens so much...
It's scary to realize truly how important post processing is and my guess is overprocessing will become standard eventually...
 
… the harsh reality of photography:

1. If it looks good, it's all good.
2. If not, invest in time, talent, vision, style, knowledge and gear (where required)
3. Shoot a few thousand more images
4. Go back to step 1
…
 
Enjoyed the show. I feel the need to remark about the 'you have to go after more interesting shots because your subjects are boring/have been done a gazillion times'. I believe the reason why many photograhpers have so many of the boring flowers/clouds/girl senior portraits is because those are very easy ones to get, and each photographer needs to develope past those points. I.E. someone remarks "i 've seen tons of pretty flower pictures, but none of them are MY pretty flower pictures." That is why I think there are an abundance of photos/photographers with good technique/composition but overused subjects. Its something that most photographers need to try and do themselves.
 
Sorry about this comment, Having a horrible day.
 
I see so many sunrise and sunset photos posted that were taken out someones backdoor of their house. Then all the ooh's and ahh's about how good they are. Drives me crazy.
 
+Scotty McAdam I'm sorry our free content wasn't delivered the exact way you'd like it, but I have good news for you --- you don't have to watch it. You can consider our show for everybody else and you can take this off your list of things to whine about. Have a great day. :)
 
Hey Scott. I actually like the product stuff. Two reasons: 1. I learn something about what is out there; 2. It means I get the value and enjoyment of the broadcast without a specific charge. I liked the broadcast, but I didn't really think any of the "realities" were that harsh - just REAL. I am enjoying my new NAPP membeship and my subscription to Kelby Training. Got your Part 4 book in the mail on Thursday and am enjoying the read. Great stuff! Keep up the good work!
 
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IMHO probably the best episode with no guests. A large dose of reality.
 
Probably watched this in the wrong mood. Sorry for the comment. Keep it up fellas.
 
can you use mpix in the uk and if not is there a alternative?
 
Also it is about the equipment, I have the d7000 and I had the back focusing issue, It was not out by alot just under 10mm but it made a huge diff in image quality, lucky the d7000 comes with fine tune and now I have it pin sharp by adding -3 to most my lenes and what a diff it has made.
 
What a fun, Truthful show. I'm going to make my wife watch the segment where you state "Gear does make the difference for some shots." Great Show!!
 
@ 21 min there are two photographers discussed can you please post their links in Google+ - thank you
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