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Adobe Lightroom 3 Available for Just $79 Today at

I just came across this offer and wanted to share it with you. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 (Full Edition, not the Student/Teacher Edition) is available today only (2/14/2012) for $79 at Lightroom 4 will probably be released sometime in the upcoming 8 weeks or so, but if you don’t have a full edition, you will need to pay for a full version. I assume any full edition of Lightroom to date (LR1, LR2 or LR3) will be eligible for the upgrade price, but I don’t know that for a fact. Having a full edition allows you to upgrade for less than the application’s retail price. In the past (as shown in the screen shot below from the Adobe Store), the upgrade from LR1 to LR3 and LR2 to LR3 has been $99 (it may be less elsewhere). It is both Mac and Windows compatible.


To go directly to the page on with the $79 offer, visit this Page.
(please note that this is an affiliate link. If you would prefer not to use my affiliate link, just enter “Lightroom 3” into the search box on the site)


Upcoming Full-Day Fine-Art Printing with Photoshop Workshop in NYC

Hello! This quick note is to let you know that some spaces are still available for my full day color management and fine-art printing workshop being held this Saturday 1/28/2012 at Calumet Photographic in New York City. In addition to a full day of color management and printing information, I will be showing more than 30 different fine-art paper types, as well as some metal prints.

The first 12 people to register will also have a print prepped and printed by me on a fine art paper of your choice. Below are two testimonials from recent attendees of the same workshop at Calumet Photo:

“Andrew gave a clear and detailed overview of printers, inks and most importantly settings that control the final quality of the prints.  I love knowing that there is such a vast range of papers to choose from and how to get the best results from them. I stayed up quite late last night experimenting with the settings discussed in the class and I ended up with a print that I am pleased with! This is great, thanks so much for unlocking this mystery! The workshop more than exceeded my expectations.” – Polly W.

“I am a platinum printer with the need to make enlarged digital negatives and have been contracting this work out because even though I have followed the various blogs, I didn’t understand the requirements of what it means to be a digital printer.  Andrew’s class gave me the framework to understand the process.  He discussed the various options for hardware (equipment AND papers) and software from an unbiased, user viewpoint. This is VERY important.  The week before I took Andrew’s class I went to the NY PhotoPlus Expo hoping to get a handle on my digital printing questions by talking to the various company reps and came away even more confused!

Andrew clarified all the sales hype and in a very straight forward manner showed what is needed to make great digital prints.  Using participant’s digital files, he printed the images on various papers demonstrating the strengths of each and he also demonstrated the power of using Photoshop in such a clear manner that it is no longer a scary, black box, but a tool to be used. I highly recommend this class for anyone wishing to make digital photographs, and for experienced digital printers who wish to make better digital photographs.” -Lyle Allan

For more information or to register, visit this page.

I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or if you’d like to inquire about one-on-one in-person, phone or online consulting, please send an e-mail through this page.


Happy New Year from Andrew Darlow and

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 © 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: . 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:
Most of the images, as well as some photos from the first exhibition of the work from 2009 can be viewed on this page: .

7. 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:

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:

  • A lot of updates and information directly from Adobe:
  • A fantastic Facebook page for those who want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom:
  • Many great Lightroom and Photoshop CS4/CS5 video tutorials at (requires a paid subscription, but many segments of their turorials can be viewed for free to get a sample of the content).
  • A Great Website Creator Plug-In:
  • An excellent workflow guide using Lightroom:
  • A must-have Lightroom plug-in if you are a Zenfolio and Lightroom user:
  • An outstanding website and e-book:
  • 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!

    Andrew Darlow
    Editor, The Imaging Buffet
    Author, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques:
    An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers –
    Pet Photography 101:
    Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat –
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