Happy New Year!
About this image: While looking through my collection of photos from 2011, I thought that this one would be appropriate. I was in New York City one day and drove by a few carriages parked on the side of the street. After being very impressed by this one in particular, I decided to park for a moment and capture what I saw through my rain-drenched window. I think the photo represents many of my thoughts on 2011: It was a bright and colorful year, with some tears mixed in. Photo Â© Andrew Darlow
2011 was quite a year. As I look back at 2011, here are a few things that come to mind both personally and professionally (I apologize in advance if you receive this note twice-you may if you receive my newsletter and blog post updates )
1. Throughout 2011 I was fortunate to have conducted many lectures and workshops, sharing my images, experiences and tips with people of all ages and skill levels on the subjects of photography, printing, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc., in settings that included public libraries, camera club meetings, radio, online podcasts and international trade shows.
2. In 2011 I also photographed many families and their pets, which is a real joy (especially when I receive wonderful feedback about what the photos mean to them).
3. Throughout the year I also wrote many articles, including buyers’ guides for various inkjet printer categories. You can read five of the articles here: http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=1541375 . I’m happy that after spending many hours testing and using different printers, I’m able to help people choose the right printer for their home, studio or office.
4. In 2011 I also conducted many private consultation sessions, in person and via phone and internet. It is very rewarding to be able to help people solve long-standing problems, including helping them organize their images, find new and better quality papers, get their screens and printers to closely match, etc.
5. A close family member had some serious health issues in 2011, but thankfully, things have improved dramatically, and every moment I have a chance to spend with this important person in my life is even more special.
6. In July, 2011 I had a solo exhibition of my work in New York City. The work is entitled GRANDmarks – NYC, and you can see an installation photo and a photo from the opening here: http://imagingbuffet.com/2011/07/25/free-lecture-and-exhibition-tour-of-grandmarks-nyc-7272011/
Most of the images, as well as some photos from the first exhibition of the work from 2009 can be viewed on this page: http://www.andrewdarlow.com/GrandMarks6 .
7.Â In 2011 I also had the honor of curating a solo exhibition of photographs from China by my friend Ron Wyatt. To see some of the photos from the show, visit this page: http://www.ronwyattphotos.com/#/ron-wyatts-china/RonWyattPoster
Some Lightroom Tips & Info
Much of my private consulting and many of my workshops this year, including one at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, were related in some way to Adobe Photoshop Lightoom. I use the program extensively, and I thought I’d share some links to Lightroom resources for those who use the software or who are thinking of testing it out:
Closing Thoughts on 2011
On a more somber note, my sincere condolences go out to all those who lost their lives in 2011. Due to my time spent in Japan as an exchange student just after high school and during college, I feel a particular connection to the people of Japan, who suffered greatly after the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011. The country appears to be recovering well, and I hope for the best as the months and years progress.
All the best for a Happy and Healthy 2012!
Editor, The Imaging Buffet
Author, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques:
An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers – http://www.inkjettips.com
Pet Photography 101:
Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat – http://www.PhotoPetTips.com