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Photography Workshop Tour w/ Matthew Jordan Smith Comes to New York 5/24, Plus Many Other Cities

A few weeks ago I posted information about the Next Level Photography Workshop Tour w/ Matthew Jordan Smith on two of the Meetup Groups I run (links to the groups can be found at the end of this article).

I wanted to send a quick note out here on as well because I think this would be an ideal workshop for many of our readers. Matthew Jordan Smith is one of the most accomplished portrait photographers in the world, and he will be sharing many of his lighting and posing “secrets” during his talks, which include about 30 cities worldwide, including Philadelphia on 5/23/17 and New York City on 5/24/17. There will also be an opportunity to photograph models at the event. I should also note that a digital course will also be available for those who are interested in the content but who can’t attend a live event.

I’ve copied a few of the attendee testimonials below from social media to give you a feeling for what people are saying about the tour:


The workshop organizers have created a special $25 discount code for photo groups and sites like ours, which can be entered on the checkout page. The code is PhotoGroup25. The fee for the full-day event is US$219 before the $25 discount, for an adjusted total of $194 (that pricing may be slightly different in countries other than the USA).

For more information, including the full schedule and list of cities, VISIT THIS PAGE.

Please note: Andrew Darlow and receive no direct compensation for sharing this event. We were offered a media pass to attend the event, and we may have a table at the New York City event where we can share information about ImagingBuffet, our Meetup Groups, etc. 

I hope to see you at the New York City event on 5/24!   -Andrew


Matthew Jordan Smith’s Main Website

Andrew Darlow’s three Meetup Groups are listed below (all are free to join, and even though most Meetups are held in the NY/NJ metro-area, some events are online and in other locations.

The Art of Photography and Photoshop Meetup Group
The NY/NJ Photoshoot Club Meetup Group
The NJ Shore Shooters Meetup Group




Artwork as Far as the Eye Can See! Artexpo, Solo and Photo Solo Shows at Pier 94, New York City, 4/21-24, 2017

If you like looking at art (and/or if you are a collector looking for something to add to your walls or collection), I think you will love Artexpo and the two other shows being hosted under the same roof from 4/21-24, 2017 at Pier 94 in New York City. The other two shows I just mentioned are named [solo] and [photo solo], and what I like most about the “solo” shows is that most of the people who exhibit there are independent artists showing new work, or work that has yet to be exhibited publicly. Many of the artists who exhibit in the Artexpo show are also independent artists, but many exhibitors are galleries who represent a number of different artists. I also noticed that a photo lab (Bay Photo Lab), will be exhibiting in Booth F331. Based on previous show floor layouts, you may not really notice when you move from one show to another.

Here is an overview from the Artexpo website that describes the Artexpo portion of the show:

Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to Artexpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 25,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, we’re the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers—including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art & framing retailers.


Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes, because the event is HUGE!

For more information and to register, visit the Artexpo website HERE.

Happy New Year and a Winter Product Review of NuTouch Touchscreen-Compatible Gloves

HAPPY NEW YEAR, and all the best to you and yours for a Happy and Healthy 2017 and beyond!

I thought it would be fitting, as we enter 2017, to share a photo from about a dozen years ago. It’s a photo of our son Tyler with my Dad (his Grandpa Mark) when Tyler was just two months old. It’s my version of “Father Time w/ Baby New Year!” Below the photo is the image info.

Image Info: The lighting was entirely from a table lamp and a halogen torch lamp. Both of those lights had the same color temperature, so it was easy to balance them in Lightroom when I prepared the final image. Camera Data: Camera: Fuji FinePix S3 Pro; Lens: Tamron 28-300mm XR Di f/3.5-6.3 @ 60mm; F-stop: f/4.8; Exposure: 1/250 Sec.; ISO: 200.

I have a lot to be thankful for this past year. I was able to work with many new and longtime clients and workshop participants, and I was able spend quite a lot of time with family in 2016, especially Tyler, who just turned 13 (oh my!). My wife and I (and his teachers at school and at a weekly social class he attends) have been helping Tyler to become more independent and outgoing each day. If you haven’t seen the special GoFundMe page I set up recently about our upcoming week-long intensive therapy for Tyler, which I believe will have very positive results based on the techniques we are already implementing, you can take a look at it here. In the photo below, I included a photo of Tyler at 10 months old with a photo of me, Tyler and my wife, Belinda a few months ago at my wife’s Mom and Dad’s 50th Anniversary.

We are extremely thankful to everyone who contributed and shared the information. I generally don’t share such personal family matters, and I’ve never requested assistance in this way, but I had a feeling that our story would help others who are experiencing similar family situations, and I was right. The outpouring of love and thoughtful comments have been very heartwarming.


Cold weather in many parts of the world brings cold hands and fingers when outside (or in a cold car), and that can pretty easily be solved with gloves. However, most gloves are useless on touch-screen devices, and if you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you may have noticed that the home button is even more finicky when using gloves (assuming you are not using Touch ID, which recognizes your fingerprints on the home button).

That being said, I found an inexpensive and comfortable set of gloves that work very well (even while pressing the often difficult to press buttons on DSLRs when using many different gloves). They are called NewerTech NuTouch Gloves, and they are currently priced at under $10 at Other World Computing (see above). You can find them in a few different sizes here. You can also find them for about $14 on here. The Other World Computing links are not affiliate links, but the one to is, which helps to support our publishing efforts.

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