Week 1 / Project 1

Photography FRESH START

Week 1 / Project 1

This week is about sharing your favorite photos from 2019. I think this is a really important practice to get in to, and you’ll be amazed at how taking some time to look back at last year’s photos will give you a creative boost going forward.

Click here to see my favorite Landscapes from 2019.

Click here to see my favorite Wildlife Photos from 2019. 

Watch the video below for some ideas on how to get your photos together in to a place to share them. Then post a comment below (with a link) if you have some photos to share, or want to comment on some one else’s as well.

Enjoy!

782 Comments

  1. Anne

    Finally, I have managed to get a few photos from 2019 together. They are my favourites, so far, I haven’t looked through all 2019 folders yet.

    I have never shared my images before and nearly didn’t after looking through everyone’s wonderful photos. But, the project was to share, so hear I go, https://annecomer.myportfolio.com

    I did have a bit of trouble setting up the website, didn’t quite turn out like I thought it would.

    Comments and Critique welcome.

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    • dbflynn

      I have finally gathered a few images. I’ve never shared photos before, so it seems very strange. But I can see how useful it might be, too. Thanks, Matt.
      https://adobe.ly/3blVdml

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    • dbflynn

      Anne–
      I especially liked your fungi image. Really good detail and I like the sun peaking through–Dale

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  2. Bob

    Better late than never. Here is a link to my favorite 2019 photos. Thanks for all the good ideas Matt.
    https://adobe.ly/2GD69xG

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    • Peter Constable

      Nice images!

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  3. Rick Malamed

    Hi Matt, Thanks for your Fresh Start 2020 class. Here are my favorite photos from 2019. https://adobe.ly/315SAR6. Rick

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  4. Dave Thompson

    Finally got a group of photos from 2019 together – dealing with recovery from rotator cuff surgery, so not at the top of my game. Anyway, better late than never: https://dcthompson.zenfolio.com/p671906432

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  5. Christel Stevens

    Thanks MattK for teaching me something new about Lightroom!

    These are my favourite photos https://adobe.ly/30UCn14

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  6. B9th

    I finally got this done. I had issues where the collection would not sync… I finally had to export it to a folder and import it back into light room and then I made smart previews… I exported pics as jpegs and smaller size… I have do idea what the issue was but finally got the pictures up…Thanks, probably would not have tried this had I not watched the video. Here is the link. https://adobe.ly/2ux6wXO

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  7. Mark Finke

    Hello, I finally got to do this. Here is the link to my 2019 Favorites: https://adobe.ly/2RIAtw5

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  8. Wendy McKinlay

    Well I finally got this first one done. Creating the portfolio was much more difficult for me than MattK will ever know. I got so frustrated that some of these are not my favourites but I took the time and there is something to show for it. At least I know how the portfolio works now. ;0) Thanks Matt.
    https://wendymckinlay.myportfolio.com/best-of-2019

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  9. Bianca Arnold

    This is a good idea. I take a lot of photos when I travel and do eventually share some of them, but it’s nice to revisit and choose ones that I like ‘just because’, rather than ones telling a story of where I’d been…Without further ado: https://photos.app.goo.gl/H9yNk7zAK1xzzwvz5

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  10. William Carlton

    Late posting, but here are my best/favorite 20 pictures from 2019

    https://adobe.ly/2saEXTF

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    • Sjoerd Woudstra

      Very nice set of pictures

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  11. Karen OShaughnessy

    I am starting late but am loving the program! These are my favorites from 2019

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  12. Kristi Hynes

    This was a great exercise for me to go back through the photos of 2019. While I have quite a few (and lightroom is taking forever to sync), I went ahead and used the Adobe portfolio platform to post some photos. This is a great way for me to get out of my comfort zone and start sharing my photos.

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  13. Christopher Taylor

    I’m a little late to the show. I took a lot of photos last year, mostly events, but haven’t had much time to review and edit many of my landscapes. This was a great exercise to get motivated and start working on a few of them and learn a some new things in Lightroom. Here is my link: https://adobe.ly/2tl4BFT

    -Chris

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  14. Kathy Brasby

    This was a very helpful exercise. My goal for 2020 is to shoot less snapshots and more creative images. I’m starting my Favorites 2020 collection now to see how I’m doing with that goal. I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time recently and realized the challenge there is not to take a beautiful shot but a unique one. Thanks, Matt, for this project! Here are my favorites:
    https://adobe.ly/2Rw10wD

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  15. Larry Myers

    This was a great exercise and took me longer than I anticipated. Looking at these photos I didn’t realize I hadn’t traveled as much as I thought I did last year. Being from Colorado, most of these are around the state. But I’ve already got a half dozen trips scheduled across the country for 2020. I think I’ll start making a favorites collection as I go along. And the link: https://adobe.ly/2RsQBBX

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  16. Kristy Willey

    I found it very difficult to choose favorites. I get too attached to my photos and can’t pick. Or I start second guessing if they are really good at all. I tried hard just to go with my gut here and not overthink. Also my goal for this year is to stop overshooting so that I don’t get overwhelmed by having to go through so many. So thinking through the process instead of trying to do it after the fact.

    https://adobe.ly/3anYi56

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  17. Gail Trunick

    It took me awhile to find my favorites of 2019, but I finally got through it! It was kind of a crazy year, a few ups and downs and didn’t shoot as much as I usually do but here they are…

    https://adobe.ly/2NzmszN

    Thanks, Matt for doing this!!

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  18. Caryl Sedushak

    Thanks for the great information, Matt! I’ve been taking macro shots for the last several years. I’ve been doing a bit of traveling so landscapes are capturing my attention. Here’s the link https://adobe.ly/2R6zdnH

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  19. Rosa Ellingson

    It has been several months since I picked up my camera. I am hoping this short course can get me motivated again. I changed my Adobe plan early last year to save some money, but never realized that I no longer had the desktop version of Lightroom. So when I watched this first video last week, I was completely lost as my Lightroom view no longer looked like Matt’s. In any event, Adobe Portfolio was the easiest way post my photos. https://abbeyroad87.myportfolio.com/2019

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    • David L Hall

      Kelly I would like to see your photos but when I use the link it just goes to the Flickr login page versus your photos.

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  20. David L Hall

    This was a very interesting project Matt, thank you. It was fun, and interesting, going back to see what I had done last year then pick out my favorites —- may not necessarily be my “best” photographs …. but my faves.

    To look at them: http://www.photographyofdlhall.smugmug.com/DlhPhotographs/2019-Faves/

    I am now going to do the same thing for 2018 then compare and see what I can learn from that. Combine that with the week 2.1 of What Kind of Photographer Do You Want To Be? should be a nice way to get a Fresh Star for 2020.

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  21. Barbara

    I had prepared a “my favorites of 2019” gallery for myself, but it took me a while to get it down to something a bit more manageable. I took a lot of photos last year… I don’t think I can use the Adobe sharing methods since I am not using the creative cloud but a standalone version of Lightroom 6. But I do have SmugMug, so here’s a link to my favorite photos there:
    As a slideshow: https://bfluegie.smugmug.com/frame/slideshow?key=6QHj9x&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&randomize=0&speed=3&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=2&clickable=1
    Gallery: https://bfluegie.smugmug.com/Other/Favorites-from-2019

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  22. Claudia Ramos

    Thanks Matt. I had no idea that I could share photos so easily.
    Here my favorites from 2019: https://adobe.ly/2QYlDCq

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  23. James Herrick

    Better late than never! It’s been a most interesting assignment with lots to think about including “why haven’t I been taking more photos?” But it still took several sessions to pick the ones I saw as the best!

    Last year’s Fresh Start was the right kick in the butt to get me going with plenty of excitement and anticipation. This course is just what I need to push aside all the distractions to explore what I can do. Matt, you take just the right approach to make it both fun and invigorating! Thank you.

    To make it easier for me to continue to see the value of my photography I’ve already created a Best of 2020 collection and key word tag so I can make decisions along the way rather than agonizing over a whole year’s worth of photos to select the best ones at the end of the year.

    Comments and suggestions are welcome!

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  24. Ludovic MONTAGNIER

    Hi,

    It’s never too late… It took me several days to choose the pictures: not the ones that most people would like to see, but the ones I personnaly like.
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKKgPBt

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  25. John Walton

    I guess your link should go in the comments (and not the website field 🙂 although you can click on the person’s name to get to their Adobe images.

    Just getting caught up. Milky Way…Commemorative Air Force and more. Enjoy. Comments welcomed.

    https://adobe.ly/36RYl70

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  26. John Walton

    Just getting caught up. My first assignment. Enjoy!

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  27. Teri Lapetino

    Thanks for the great information! I have always wanted to share but wanted to get away from Facebook with all the BS that is going on there with political ads…
    Here are my favorites at https://adobe.ly/36EiPzP

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    • David L Hall

      Nice selection, I particularly enjoyed your b&w photos!

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      • Peter Weckesser

        Thank you David, much appreciated.

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  28. Bob Barr

    My favorite images…
    rdbimages.net

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  29. Lawrie Robertson

    Really helpful, so glad you are getting us to share. It is a key part of enhancing our love for doing photography. I do an annual calendar which I share 13 of my more interesting photos taken over the course of the year — this year featured the Oregon coast, Australia and Morocco. Next year will be South American trips. My friends seem to like them and Vista print makes it affordable — both domestically and globally (printing and sending them within the country where that friend lives).

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  30. Pat Smith

    I am a bit late to this party, so I have been trying to catch up today and get the process working. I think that has been successful, (and a big learning curve too, thanks MattK)
    Here is my link

    https://adobe.ly/35OI0yr

    If anyone would like to add a comment please do so.

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    • Harald Koch

      Wow, great work.

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      • Patrick Smith

        Thank you Harald.

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    • Wendy Jacobs

      All wonderful. My personal favourite is #9 “poised for a drink”. But another great shot with a difficulty rating of 100% would have to be the eagle. You can even see the tip of his beak. Amazing.

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      • Patrick Smith

        Thanks Wendy.

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  31. Jonathan Pulling, Jr.

    At first after viewing several the shared favorite photos I felt a bit intimidated. I was blown away by so many great and artful photos. Then I thought about that this about sharing ones favorites out of your computer to be seen. This exercise got me to realise that I haven’t been very productive during the past year. Just maybe this “Fresh Start 2020” might help me to do more and better work. Thank you Matt making this available!
    https://adobe.ly/2taVw24

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    • Pat Smith

      Stunning Bob. The Milky Way, the Owls…………and some other super captures

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      • Bob Schmitt

        Thank you! That’s appreciated

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  32. Andrew Crane

    Great to look back over the year and realize how much fun I had photographing subjects I’ve not shot in the past, which in part came out of last year’s fresh start. I realized I need to get much better at organizing and rating my photos which would make this task much easier. Enjoy: https://adobe.ly/35KBcC8

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  33. Wendy Jacobs

    Thank you so much for all you do for the photography community and congratulations on having patience with us and all our questions. I have also learned for the first time how to share a link in Lightroom. At least I hope so, because here is my link https://adobe.ly/35BPhkZ 🙂 These are a few of my favourites for various reasons.

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    • Patrick Smith

      I loved your images Wendy. Your comments to Matt echoed my own too.

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  34. Jacqui Nye

    I had only 23 out of 4700 I’m just a beginner though and hope in 2020 I will have much better photos.

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    • Patrick Smith

      Hi Jacqui. Don’t worry about low numbers. Even the long standing professionals will admit that they only get a handful from a years work. As part-time amateurs what chance do we stand? Continue to take the images that you enjoy and then consider minor ways that improvements might be made in the future. Perspective, composition, light. By considering and rethinking we can all learn through this wonderful hobby of photography. Make your goal for this year of 2020 to produce your best 10 for January 2021.

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  35. Michael Scanlan

    Wow. So much beautiful work here. It’s helpful to have this nudge.

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    • Dan Bateman

      I enjoyed looking! As to the cormorant with the fish, talk about biting off more than you might be able to chew!

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    • Patrick Smith

      Images with lots of impact…..lovely. Because of the thoughtful composition I particularly liked the canal scene ….(In Amsterdam?…maybe?)
      If this is last year…then where will this year take you?? Onwards & upwards!
      Regards Pat

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  36. Susan F Taylor

    This 1st project for week 1 is a great exercise to look back and reflect on what went well and what did not! I’m a photography hobbyist and do not have a website but appreciate all the info about other sites for sharing. I will check those out. I Iook forward to the next project…

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  37. Gail Scott

    First time I have done this. It is a great idea and I loved looking through images to pick favorites, it was hard to choose.
    hope the link works.
    https://adobe.ly/37TtZ3Y

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  38. Corby James

    Interesting exercise. I knew that I was a slacker last year, but doing this showed just how bad. I had to throw a couple of images in from the end of 2018 to get any of my underwater images in.

    https://adobe.ly/2RcJJZ1

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  39. Neal Abello

    This is a brand new experience for me. I love to take photos but am very hesitant about sharing. I guess I think they are not worthy. Your assignment set the fire under my butt and got me to do something. Your instructions on getting these on the web were super easy but I managed to make it complicated. It seems to have worked so here goes nothing.
    https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/9ca28a4dab694c61a0ebee02295a20dd

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    • Dan Bateman

      Totally worthy of sharing. I’m so glad I clicked over to look!

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  40. Tom Robson

    This into project has made me realise that I am overly critical of my own images, of 4500 images taken in 2019 I’m only happy with these 17. https://adobe.ly/30jW95F

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    • Patrick Smith

      Loved the images Tom There is a lot of atmosphere there.

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  41. Richard Deyoe

    Matt, It’s the middle of January and I have learned something already; this is no small feat for an 80 year old goat. Thank you very much. That is the reason I have followed you for about 17 years.

    We did have a conversation at one of your central Florida seminars. I look forward to someday having a longer conversation someday.

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  42. Randy Beihl

    Matt,

    Great project, finally got started on it and my link below is attached. I have some questions but will address in another email. https://adobe.ly/37WxYgc

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  43. Abe Birnbaum

    This includes work from a couple of years. I know its is beyond the assignment but I already had most of them onlinehttps://abe2842.myportfolio.com

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  44. Bert Jenkins

    Has anyone tried Behance as a display platform, perhaps of their best work only? It is included in the basic Adobe subscription.

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  45. lacewood

    Hello
    sorry just chasing my tail, but finally got organised – found some pictures , ..some surprised me , i would not have considered , but there mine .. love the challenge

    https://lacewood.myportfolio.com/2019-favourites

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  46. Cathy Bennington

    This is an exercise I have been going through the past number of years and I have noticed the process moves along quicker from year to year. I’m either producing fewer quality shots or I am getting better at my selections.

    I have three galleries to share this year, first is Landscapes at https://www.cjbenningtonphotography.ca/p91331678
    next up, Flora at https://www.cjbenningtonphotography.ca/p257669341 and last but not least Fur & Feathers, however this year they all seem to be Feathers at https://www.cjbenningtonphotography.ca/p148605572

    Hope this submission works – last try didn’t

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    • Cathy Bennington

      Sorry for the duplication – please delete one submission.

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  47. Kathie Ferguson

    Thank you so much for the new year nudge! I’m an amateur from Colorado and have loved photography my entire life. If people never appeared in my pictures, all the better! Now I’m working on composition, color, and humans! I had a difficult time culling down the best because they all feel like school projects right now because I’m also just learning post production with LR. Guidance and critique is always welcome. I love hearing how others see my pictures. You can take a look here: https://adobe.ly/2NjeyKD

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    • Kathie Ferguson

      Note: I added a couple of late 2018 pics as I purchased my a7iii in September.

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    • Dan Bateman

      I’m deeply impressed. I want to be like you when I grow up. 🙂

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    • Patrick Smith

      Fabulous. Such a good variety of subjects, and at the end…….some horses. Well you are in Colorado

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    • Dan Bateman

      I appreciate the toning on your color photos. It’s not “in your face” but the colors are quite intense. The highlights seemed squished in a very pleasing way. Very restful and beautiful.

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    • Laurie Capan

      Oh my goodness…. the woman on the bicycle! I immediately heard the Wizard of Oz song in my head! Great photos!

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  48. Peter Keller

    I found this to be actually really tough! My first pass netted over 700 photos!!! Second pass, 137. Third pass, and where I finally quite, 80. It’s somewhat difficult for me to separate emotion tied to personal experience that some other viewer would not see, from what the photo is presenting and saying without the background knowledge and emotion tied to that photo. Well, here it is. I used Flickr. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKE3RFE

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  49. Andreas Hitzig

    Going back to the photos of the previous year is a fun task I do since several years now. I usually made a slide show that I published on my website.
    This time, pushed by the task of fresh start, I did it in a different way, displaying my favourite image of 2019 followed by all other photos that made it on the short list in chronological order. For each photo I show the technical information and a short comment where and why I took the image and why I like it.
    You can check my 2019 review here

    https://desktop-images.com/2020-01-10-my-favourite-images-of-2019/

    There are many more images to see if you like in the trips section or in my journal on my website

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  50. David Lawson

    Thanks Matt for the tips on sharing images via Lightroom and Adobe Portfolio. I never realised that I could set up a personal website so easily! It’s a rough and ready start but the link is https://davidslawson.myportfolio.com/images

    It could be a really simple way to share images with friends, family and fellow photographers.

    It’s certainly an excellent idea to spend time review ones favourite images and has opened my eyes to a genre that I enjoy without really realising it.

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  51. TIm Hammar

    Matt, A wonderful idea and well presented, as always. As usual, I’m off to a late start but here are are my favorites from 2019. https://adobe.ly/2sZnspR

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  52. Julie Picardi

    I must say I am so impressed with all the photos everyone has posted! Kudos to everyone. There is a lot of talent and diversity in this group.

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  53. Skip Mundy

    Thanks, Matt, for the pleasure (reconnecting with images) and the pain (selecting out those which did not make the cut). A bit of an overachiever, I extended the assignment to include the best 10 from each of the past 10 years. Great fun, and keep the challenges coming!

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  54. Julie Picardi

    So, a learning curve already! I never understood syncing photos. This first project has given me cause to figure out how this applies to all my collections. Nor did I know one could send a link to others from LR to view a collection. Pretty cool – but to complete this first project in a timely manner, I have had to go in and remove “syncing” from a great number of collections already in my lightroom. If I hadn’t completed this task, my lightroom would have continued to sync thousands of photos and my new collection for this first project would have been delayed who knows how long! So I think I finally have my project ready for viewing here:
    https://adobe.ly/2uCSN1P
    I hope this works!

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  55. David Pickles

    A little late getting this posted, but here is the link to my 2019 favorites. 2019 is a difficult year photographically speaking. The first half of the year was spent getting our home of 35+ years ready to sell and moving to a new state. After getting settled in our new home, it took some time to find both the places and the time to go shoot. Looking forward to more planned outings in 2020.

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  56. Greg Bracco

    Hi, Finally got around to doing this. I love Matt’s comment about “sensor spots” I couldn’t resist taking them out. But here’s my favorites of 2019. Enjoy. Thanks Matt for all you do.
    https://adobe.ly/2FGjzJa

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  57. Jeffrey Griffiths

    Thanks Matt for the inspiration, my collection is in the link.

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    • Douglas Bowman

      Great idea. As a novice photographer, I am trying to learn as much as possible.

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  58. Andy Betts

    I finally got caught up with week 1 and got my favourite 12 images from 2019. Was a slow year for me photography wise, but I managed to get some images I’m pleased with.

    https://adobe.ly/30dt2kh

    I’ve left commenting turned on so please feel free to add any comments you think may be helpful.

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    • Patrick Smith

      Lovely range of images Andy. I am a little confused though about the Tick-Tock. Does that refer to the passage of time, the passage of life, the inevitable???? It creates reaction…..so that is a good thing?

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  59. Kathleen Muhle

    A good exercise to start the new year a review of my favorite photos. Hard to narrow them down but thought the selection was representative of the types of photos that I usually take. Hope you enjoy them.

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    • Terri-Lyn Love

      2019 was a good year for me photographically. I got out more this year than in many years and believe I’ve learned some things and improved a bit. Still a very long way to go in my journey, but I feel good about the year.

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  60. Toni Johnson

    Thanks Matt,
    I needed that little push from the “Fresh Start” project to review my 2019 photos and pick a few of my favorites. 2019 was a special year as I went on a photo safari to Kenya, Africa, but even so, I have some favorites from locations near my home.
    Here’s a link to the ones I picked: https://tljohnsonphotography.com/p556049086

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    • Sherry Icardi

      Toni, I too went to Kenya. Looks like pretty much the same locales we went to…….Samburu, Lake Elementetia, and Masai Mara. Certainly was a wonderful experience. Love your shots!

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      • Toni Johnson

        Thanks Sherry. Only difference in our trips seems to be Lake Nakuru for me, not Elementetia. I’ve found that since that trip, finding exciting things to photograph is a bit more challenging. Hoping Matt’s course will bring that spark back!

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    • Patrick Smith

      As Sherry has already said, you have some fabulous images from a wonderful country of Kenya.
      Each image a memory, what more you ask of a picture!! Well seen.

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      • Toni Johnson

        Thank you Patrick for the comments and encouragement. Definitely a trip of a life time for me!

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  61. Michele

    I feel slightly intimidated after viewing some of the amazing photos shared here! Lots of inspiration to nudge me to try harder to find the time to photograph and learn editing. Here are a few.of my faves. https://adobe.ly/35BioVU

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  62. Calogero

    Hello! I’m Calogero from Italy. Here’s the link to my 2019 best pics.
    Choosing this photos gave me a perspective of what I like and what I don’t like to shoot. And it really starts from here.
    Hope you like them.
    https://adobe.ly/2FCqDWS

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  63. Sharon Brownlow

    Put together some of my personal favorites. Last year I started getting a bit bored with what I was doing photographically. I started doing some macro work, and looking at things more abstractly. I took a class with Art Wolfe, Photography as Art, and went to a Scott Kelby class when he was in Seattle. This jump start with Matt K is the perfect start for me this year.
    https://bjsphotography.zenfolio.com/p241295566

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  64. Susan Kvale

    It took me awhile to go through all of my photos from last year but I had a lot of fun looking back at them and glad I did this exercise instead of skipping it. Here is the link to my favorite for 2019. https://photos.app.goo.gl/67oTSG3wzEW89hNi7

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  65. Robin K Martin

    Hi All, photo’s look amazing. I just opened a 1 yr trial offered by On1 with Smugmug. It’s not too hard to set up and it works easily with Photo Raw. I have a very old version of Lightroom which I use to upload images to Flickr, but I don’t think it’s supported by Adobe any longer.
    Here’s my link to Smugmug – https://robinmartin.smugmug.com/
    and to Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/133941141@N07/
    Many of the images may be the same. Also my camera indicates that most of these were taken in 2013 because it keeps defaulting back to the purchase date for what ever reason.

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  66. Patricia

    Thanks Matt – I’ve followed you for literally years. Have your products. You have an authentic ability to educate. I’ve tried to study with “pro-photographers” but they are mostly interested in their own shots. Understandable! Here I included my 2019 photos after taking a full year off from learning from professionals and just going out and doing my own thing in photography. Thanks so very much for your work!!! thttps://adobe.ly/36IuNbJ

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  67. Bob Bomier

    Thanks Matt,first time I have used Lightroom to share Photos, didn’t realize it was that easy.Looking back was a good way to see if I would handle each photo in a differnt way

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  68. Jesse Barnett

    I shoot a mix of nature, landscape, and concert photography mostly. This is what 2019 looked like to me. Enjoy!

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  69. Mike Bowen

    So this was taken back in October. I like the fall colors and have taken similar pictures in the past at this location. I really like making my photos have a painterly look. In this case I just softened everything up by turning the clarity way down in Lightroom. It did a nice job of giving the photo a pastel/water color feel that I was quite happy with.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kzzG_HJBonyLBy5kv9HA54fZeyO7NfWR

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  70. Jason Kautz

    Hey there! Here’s my Top 20 favorite photos from 2019. Doing this made me realize I’m a sucker for sunrises and sunsets, both in shooting AND picking my favorites. I feel it’s almost to the point of needing a support group…. almost. So, if I learned anything by this lesson, it’s restraint. Perhaps 2020 will be the year of stepping out of my photography comfort zone?

    https://adobe.ly/2TcNjFs

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  71. Joe Hudspeth

    I am just a little bit late getting started, but i have two to share. I had already done the Best of thing and found it really fun, but I really liked a lot of photos, so these are pretty big. Here they are:

    Regular photography subjects: https://adobe.ly/2SGVVnj

    Cars + photography: https://adobe.ly/2MKqNQi

    Although I have the web site, it isn’t updated near as often as the Adobe site.

    Thanks for this Matt.

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  72. Christian Zürn

    Here is my selection from 2019. A trip to the far east, Hong Kong and Japan was definetly the highlight! Besides travelling I am interested in portrait and street photography…
    https://christianzrn.smugmug.com/2019-my-favs/
    Greetings from Vienna AUSTRIA (-:

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    • Christian Zürn

      Thank you fellow photographer. Like to watch your great selections! So much excellent stuff! Starts draining my web access – and we are only in week one!!!
      Thank you Matt for starting this (-:

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  73. John Wolfson

    Matt, I use Lightroom on two computers and manage the images via an external drive. if you utilize the Lightroom catalog method to share, does it lock to one computer?

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  74. Julie Picardi

    Hi Matt, I have questions about using sync on LR. I have it turned off as I have thousands of photos on LR. How much cloud storage is allowed? And how or does this impact my iCloud storage as I am an Apple girl to the core (lol..forgive the play on words). I didn’t know about the link one can share through LR – that’s pretty cool!

    Reply
    • Matt

      Hi Julie. Nothing will sync unless you tell it to.
      As for cloud storage you have to check with your Adobe account to see what you have. Most likely 20GB. Thanks!

      Reply
    • Joe Hudspeth

      Some beautiful photography Mr Bent.

      Reply
  75. Cindy G

    Thanks, Matt. I had no idea that I could share photos this way. I didn’t shoot as much as I’d hoped in 2019, but here are a few. https://adobe.ly/2R1Y9eB

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  76. Geoff Richmond

    Here are my favorites from 2019, a somewhat eclectic set of photos, hope you enjoy
    https://adobe.ly/2FBKxkU

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  77. Barbara

    Here are 10 of my favorite photos from 2019. I also included an iPhone shot of my 91 year old father I took in August. It’s special because we buried him today and as I looked though my 2019 photographs it made me smile.

    https://adobe.ly/35JwJQd

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  78. Paul Brewer

    Really good to go through my photos from 2019, I am a part time professional so it can be challenging to separate the shots I do for work and the shots I take for the love of photography, although I have only included shots for pleasure allot of my favourite work is taken for jobs. https://paulbrewerphotography.co.uk/my-favourite-2019

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  79. Cameron Weir

    My photography in 2019 was kind of on the slow side, so I don’t have many photos from last year to share, so what I was thinking of doing was showcasing some of my favourite photos from over a few years?

    The reason why I enrolled in your course was to kickstart my photography this year 🙂

    I don’t have an Adobe subscription to host my photos through Lightroom or Adobe Portfolio, can you suggest where I could host photos, other than Google Photos?

    Reply
    • Matt

      Hi Cameron – that’s totally okay. Hopefully we give you a little kickstart here.
      Did you watch the video? I showed non-Adobe options too.
      Good luck!

      Reply
  80. Daniel Douglas

    Thank Matt, this is just what the doctor ordered. I suffered with “shutter block” in 2019 so I don’t have many favorites to show. I did mostly events and some portrait work but nothing I want to show and can’t in some cases. So, I went on a quest to see what I wanted to do creatively and decided to give a try at food and product photography. So here are a couple, with one in a muesum that was just for inspiration.

    https://adobe.ly/3a4CDia

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  81. Helen Killingbeck

    This was an interesting exercise on a number of levels. First, I didn’t know about creating collections in Lightroom CC. Secondly, I have been in the habit of exporting my finished work to a JPEG and not saving in Lightroom…..mainly because i worry about storage space. So, when I do “Save” can I save it back to Lightroom as a JPEG?. Third, I shoot a heck of a lot of birds and animals!

    Because of points one and two above, I ended up created an album in Flickr. The link is here:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/21778997@N04/albums/72157712594346127

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    • Barbara

      Your bird photos are really wonderful. I love the owls.

      Reply
  82. mel

    For me, 2019 was not a great year for taking photos, but I’ve posted a handful (well, 3 handfuls). The biggest challenge for me has been sharing the work that I do. I hope this project will help me overcome that fear. I have taken Matt’s classes for many years and I look forward to supporting and participating in his projects going forward.

    Here’s my link: https://adobe.ly/36zexKa

    (hope the link works. It doesn’t look like others)

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    • Daniel Douglas

      I really liked your favs Mel, especially the bridge and landscapes. Very nice indeed.

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  83. Carol

    Not posted here, but every year I make calendars for family members with my favorites.

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  84. Joan Robins

    Well, you sure got this 82 yr old grandma off her duff! I pulled some of my favorites from this year into a gallery–too many, of course, but no excuses.

    https://www.joanrobins.com/2019-Favorite-Photos/

    Thanks for your great teaching style and words of wisdom and support.

    Joan

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    • Colin Bent

      Some amazing shots there Joan! Really enjoyed them!

      Reply
  85. Alan Wiggins

    I belong to a photo club and we have 2 competitions a month (just for bragging rights). One is print images and the other is digital images. I joined last year hoping it would improve my photography. I’m finding it to be a lot of fun and I’m enjoying photography a lot more. I tend to shoot a lot of different genres as you can tell from my link – https://adobe.ly/2tE0eVT

    Thanks Matt for the video on how to share from LR.

    Reply
    • Glenn

      I also post a photo along with a story to go with it on my Facebook Business page on a monthly basis. I enjoy the story writing as much as the images sometimes. Feel visit, follow, or like the page https://www.facebook.com/glennbarlowphoto/

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  86. John Wootton ( JT )

    Some great images on here from which I am hoping to get some inspiration in the coming year. I’m a pretty newly hobbyist but I’ve put together a few Pics of my own that I would like to share.
    https://adobe.ly/2QD86A3

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    • Glenn

      Nice work – some great expressions on your animals.

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      • JT

        Thanks 🙂

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  87. Sjoerd Woudstra

    I am new at publishing photos this way. Most pictures are located on my harddrive (just like the shoebox in the analog era) and some of them placed on my Instagram account. But I will certainly make a few samples visible by placing them the way Matt suggested on the lightroom.adobe.com website. I have to sort them out yet.
    Which leads to the following question: which format is best to publish (jpg, tiff or the raw files)? I see some of you use tiff, others the raw format. And if I use the raw format (in my case cr2 as a Canon user) are the postprocessing features still visible on the site? I would appreciate feedback and suggestions.

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    • Matt

      Hi. The best way to share online is JPG. We store files in TIFF or Raw format, but JPG is the way to share them.

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      • Sjoerd Woudstra

        Thanks. I already thought so, but wanted to be sure. They take also less space on my 20GB account

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  88. Michelle Jenkins

    I started doing something similar a few years ago at the end of each year and yes, it does bring inspiration for the new year. Throughout the year I share photos on Facebook and a Adobe Portfolio web site. At the end of each year I create a printed book, through Shutterfly, of all my favorites for that year and I also post those same photos on my web site in a Best of… page. Here is a link to my Best of 2019 page https://kmichellejenkins.myportfolio.com/2019

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  89. Brian Jones

    Hey Matt,
    Looking forward to the course! Thank you for allowing us to share, and for the inspiration & boost of motivation for the coming year.

    All the best in 2020!

    Feel free to visit the link for my 2019 favorites:
    https://soulgrand.com/gallery/

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      • Brian

        Thank you Michelle. I am glad you enjoyed them 😊

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    • Glenn

      Nice wide angle work

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      • Brian

        Thank you Glenn 😀

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  90. Sue Spielman

    My favorite personal selections from 2019. Mostly landscape & nature based.

    https://adobe.ly/39QV7Co

    Thanks Matt for putting this Fresh Start together…I did learn how to share LR albums for folks which I have not done before!

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    • Glenn

      Nicely done!

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  91. Tod McKenna

    Well, here are some I like in a Smugmug album. Thanks for the push to review.

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    • Keisha Holmes

      Nice Gallery! I enjoyed viewing your images.

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      • Leslie

        Thank you!

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    • Daniel Douglas

      K. I LOVE your food shots. I definately got some inspiration from them. Thank you for sharing!

      Reply
      • Daniel Douglas

        Definitely, fingers not typing well today. 🙂

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      • Leslie

        Thank you!

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      • Leslie

        Thank you very much!

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    • Keisha Holmes

      Your images are simply AMAZING!

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  92. Janice

    I’ve been working this past year on adding and deleting images from my website. The current images are at rosnerpics.com

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  93. Brett Binns

    This year has been interesting for me from a photography perspective. As I am still working off the images from our amazing 2018 Europe trip I have been shy of using my cameras much and adding to my workload. On the other hand I acquired a new camera, my Olympus TG-6, and felt that I needed to figure out what it could do (take macros is what it can do!). So the images I am sharing today are from a somewhat strange array of cameras (for me) including my phone. These are my favorites but not necessarily my best (most artistic) work.

    Find my 17 2019 Favorites at https://adobe.ly/2T2lcZg. (BTW, that is the first time I have used that feature and I like it. Mostly I am on Flickr.)

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  94. Dave Spillane

    Not too many opportunities to take good photos in 2019 mostly due to health related issues.
    The few that might be of interest are at https://adobe.ly/2N9XXsE

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  95. Cindy

    Matt, thanks for the nudge to review 2019. I’m a hobbyist so this is a bit intimidating sharing with all these talented photographers.
    https://adobe.ly/37IeITE

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    • Matt

      Thanks for sharing Cindy. Just so you know, my guess is that 98% of the people sharing on this page are enthusiasts and not working pros. That’s the only audience I talk to. Working pros are too busy… well… working 🙂

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    • Michelle Jenkins

      Cindy, I’m a hobbyist too and I think your photos are stunning.

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    • Gail

      I understand it is very intimidating, haven’t put my picks together yet.

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    • Dan Bateman

      Hi, Cindy. I felt I could see why you made those photos. I felt the tranquility of the vessel in the ocean sunset photo. I smiled at the splash of cheerful color in the shot of the young girl and the long scarf/shawl item. I shared your feelings for a long time. Then I saw an instructional video by Michael Melford who is a National Geographic photographer. He said he made photos he liked and if anyone else liked them, too, that was a bonus. Sure, you need some technical skills but it’s mostly about enjoying the process of expressing yourself. Thanks so deeply for working up the courage to share you work!!

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  96. Ken Moore

    Thanks Matt for the push. I take photos because I enjoy it and share normally only with friends and family through Facebook or email. I just got Smugmug account through ON1 and like you said “learning curve”. Hope this link works. https://kenmoore-photography.smugmug.com/2019-best/

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  97. warren d. mosier

    Thanks Matt for the inspiration and great photos. Here are my favorites of my landscape shots from 2019.

    https://adobe.ly/39SSK2b

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  98. Barbara Sepples

    Here are a few photos from this past year. Have been away from photography this year and hope this program jump starts my mojo.

    https://adobe.ly/309dez9

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  99. Eileen Morgan

    I couldn’t really figure out how to flag and gather my photos so this is the best I can do. I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s great work https://adobe.ly/2tD5rgR

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    • Rory

      Love the Mt Hood pic. Tried to get that same shot but not as good as yours. Were you on the dock at the campground?

      Reply
  100. Erich Rau

    Since I have a 2020 goal to share my photos much more frequently, this project is very timely. Thanks Matt!

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    • Erich Rau

      Let’s try this again. I put the website address in the form field titled “Website”, but I can’t tell if it’s showing up or not. Therefore, I’m including it here:

      https://adobe.ly/37SESTx

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      • Marilyn Owen

        Erich, I think you forgot to set your album to Public. I was not allowed to view it when I clicked on your link.

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  101. David Frank

    Here is the link to my photos. Thanks Matt. I have tried several online training courses and your’s is by far my favorite. I have used many of your techniques on my photos. I have definitely not mastered them yet, but your training makes it easy to learn.
    https://davidfrank.myportfolio.com

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    • David Travis

      There are some stunning photos in that collection David. I particularly liked your night time shots.

      Reply
    • Jacinthe Brault

      I really like your photos: the light, the composition, the mood & the post-treatment. Great work!

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    • Sjoerd Woudstra

      Very nice and moody set of pictures. Most of them are HDR?

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  102. Eleanor McCain

    I have done a group of “favorites” and “best” for 2019 on eleanormccain.smugmug.com

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  103. Joel Chaplin

    Here are some of my favorites from 2019: https://adobe.ly/39PNnAI. I really enjoyed the Fresh Start program in 2019 and am looking forward to the challenges this year!

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  104. Patricia Cale

    Here are some of my favorites from 2019. I didn’t realize I had shot so many photos since my husband was sick a lot this year. Because of his illness, I have had to stay close to home. But, because I spent so much time visiting and revisiting some of my favorite shooting spots, it surprised me that I always found different compositions at these spots. I was able to use different lenses, f/stops, etc., to make new compositions. Here is the link to my photos: https://adobe.ly/36DEOH4.

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    • Harald Koch

      Very beautiful photos, keep it up!

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  105. David Beal

    We did a ton of travel in 2019, and I had the chance to take a couple of Matt’s excellent classes. From the full blue moon with a total eclipse to a Caribbean cruise, there was so much to see. It was fun going back and picking some favorites. I hope you enjoy these images as well.

    https://dsmjbeal170c.myportfolio.com/

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  106. Jill Armentrout

    Hi Matt – You inspired me and I decided I needed to see if I could even find 20 photos I wasn’t ashamed to share. First, I actually went through the 10,000 shots in Lightroom I took and deleted about 80% of them. I did actually find some that I hadn’t even edited at all but I included them as is. Then I went back and find 36 of what I call the my best of 2019.
    I don’t know that I will share them anywhere else but here’s my link.
    https://adobe.ly/2QAmrND

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  107. Gary Simms - Gars

    I’m lucky. Our local photography club encourages group activities and image sharing so that’s common for me. Here’s my contributions for a joint effort between a local philanthropic organization and out camera club.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/136258899@N02/

    Also a Shutterfly account for Holiday Expediton’s river raft trip of Desolation Canyon on the Green River in Utah I enjoyed back in May of 2019.

    https://holidayriverexpeditions.shutterfly.com/holiday-2019season/1433

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  108. Shawn Mac Phail

    Wow, Matt I’m a picture hoarder. I think you wrote this one for me. Thousands of pictures all on my computer and I find it super difficult to share. Sounds silly, don’t know why, it just is. I was going to skip over this lesson but glad I didn’t. Thanks!
    https://adobe.ly/2FtMPmf

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  109. Judi LeCompte

    Great exercise, Matt! And who new about the public link in Lightroom?!?! Looking forward to the next project.

    https://adobe.ly/2T5oKu4

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    • David Travis

      Those ICM/wave images are exquisite. Great work!

      Reply
      • Judi LeCompte

        Many thanks, David! Coming from you that’s an amazing compliment!

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Nice work! I especially like the cityscape and the two moving-camera wave shots. Well done!

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      • Judi

        Thanks so much, Lawrence!

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  110. Cynthia O'Connell

    I joined a small photography club a year ago and have been learning so much from sharing and exhibiting my work, but, until now, never published any of it on the web, in social media, or anywhere else on the internet. Thanks, Matt, for helping me over that hurdle! Ten of my 2019 favorites (fox, birds, trees, ocean/mountain sunsets) are now at https://adobe.ly/35vVEGx. Shooting and post-processing suggestions are welcome as I eagerly await our next “Fresh Start” project!

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  111. Lawrence Bickford

    Great idea. I know I don’t share my work enough, so this assignment gets me out of my shell. The web site will take you to a slide show of images.

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  112. Dick Salmon

    A few photos from 2019….still learning but having a lot of fun!

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  113. Rory Shannon

    Ok….here are my favs for 2019. This exercise really fits into my plan for improving in 2020. Doing this showed me I am not shooting enough or being intentional about what I am shooting. 2020 here I come. https://spark.adobe.com/page/i5F4IR6MH1P3b/

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Nice work and good variety. Love that first image (mountain and lake). Great work.

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      • Rory Shannon

        Thank you!!

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    • Jean Stout

      Enjoyed your best of Rory, very nice images and I like the variety.

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      • Rory Shannon

        Thanks!!

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    • Harald Koch

      Fantastic photos! Great work!

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    • David Horne

      Great selection of shots Rory. I especially the full screen shot of the UP #4014 Big Boy!!! Wow. I wanted so much to see that awesome locomotive but I was on the east coast the whole time the UP was showing her off. 🙁 Where did you actually catch that shot and were you one of a thousand other photogs?

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      • Rory

        I got that shot in Victorille CA as the train came out of the Mojave Narrows. Just a couple other people there and all very polite. Thanks for liking!

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    • Deborah L Kolesar

      Wanted to view your photos but an app was required so I couldn’t proceed.

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  114. Wally Schmerheim

    sent this earlier but it didn’t appear to work properly. Hopefully this will open to the photos

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  115. Marilyn Owen

    I tried both the LR link to a synced album https://adobe.ly/2QCrCgd
    and then a portfolio mlowen24.myportfolio.com
    I would like for others to be able to see the camera metadata, but couldn’t figure out how to do that. I also would like to have been able to put a small amount of information (place, my thoughts, etc.) on each photo, but again that was beyond me. Hopefully when I figure it out, I can update both of these.

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Interesting collection. I like #4 best, the block pattern.

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      • Marilyn

        Thank you, Lawrence. That is a shot from inside the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. I have now managed to add captions to my photos.

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  116. Jane Pittenger

    I tried sending link to my 365 album but it didn’t seem to work. So now I’m trying my Flickr page https://flic.kr/p/2ic8xtV. I enjoyed doing this challenge and found it interesting to choose as my favorites a couple that are not artistically favorites, purely memorable moments.

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Nice work. I liked the two B&Ws especially. (I tried to leave a comment at flickr, but it wouldn’t let me because I don’t have an account. Grrr.)

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  117. Jane Pittenger

    This was fun to do. I like that you suggested we choose our own favorites rather than ones we think others would like best. Two of these I picked because of them being memorable moments rather than them having any artistic value.

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  118. Wally Schmerheim

    My normal method of sharing has been via email to friends and/or to my local camera club. I just set up a shutterfly site to hopefully send these 5 photos from my 2019 gallery.

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  119. Nancy

    These are my favorites for 2019. Looking forward to the rest of this Fresh Start! I’ve really enjoyed looking at everyone’s photos. They are all amazing! https://adobe.ly/36CrYsE

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  120. Marilyn Martin

    I loved taking a look back at the year! Need to step back and do this more often! I have an eclectic group to share from 2019. Some shots are from client portraits, while others are personal work that I typically share via Facebook.

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  121. Sandy Geiger

    Thanks again Matt for your inspirational videos, beautiful photos and for getting us off to a great start in 2020. Every Christmas I make calendars for our family featuring many of my photos and theirs from that year, so I had a head start in finding my favorite photos from 2019 because they were already in a LR collection.
    On the other hand, I had a major learning curve when it came to putting them in Adobe Portfolio. I think I’ve got it now???

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  122. Mike McWilliams

    Here are a pick of 16 shoots that I like from last year. Two young pups took up a a lot of spare time last year but the Labrador (Trek) is a now a year old and starting to get used to standing around while I take photos. As a keen amateur I joined this course to help me decide the direction I wanted to take my hobby in what I hope is a more photographic year. I am putting the Norway photos into Adobe Spark and probably a photobook to get them out of my hard drive. https://adobe.ly/2N6cUvS

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  123. Mandy Shaw

    Here are a few of my favourites for 2019 – thank you Matt for the inspiration

    https://adobe.ly/2FuLQSz

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Stunning work! I felt like Alice going down the rabbit-hole!

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    • Sherry L.

      Stunning!

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    • Judi

      All I can say is WOW. What magnificent, artistic work!

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  124. Johan ter Harmsel

    Hi Matt,
    Here’s my quick glance over my 2019 pictures.
    http://img.gg/VVNZin7
    A mix of landscape (mostly during holidays) and macro. Any comments and suggestions welcome!

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  125. Jacinthe Brault

    Great video Matt!

    As you suggested, I took the time to look at my photos from 2019 and to choose my favourite.

    Here is the link to look at them:

    https://adobe.ly/37ODpOk

    Would really like to get comments!

    Happy New Year everyone!

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    • Johan ter Harmsel

      Nice photo’s Jacinthe. Like specially the l’eau qui file.

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Wow, Jacinthe! What range! Everything from tomato soup to a towering cairn. I’m very impressed with the quality.

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      • Jacinthe Brault

        Thank you Lawrence. The soup is from a photo project I started: I received a soup recipe book. I prepare each recipe and photograph it in different settings 😉

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        • Lawrence Bickford

          Great idea to photograph the food you make. I bake bread, but it never occurred to me to photograph the loaves. Must set up some lights!

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    • David Horne

      Wow very nice work Jacinthe. The extra wide shots of the doors were absolutely fabulous!!!

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    • David Travis

      What a diverse collection Jacinthe! I loved your “doors” collection and the abstract vertical colours.

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    • Helen Killingbeck

      Jacinthe — amazing photos. I especially liked the Inukshuk.

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    • Stephanie

      Great variety of photos here, really like the series of doors and porches.

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      • Jacinthe Brault

        Thank you very much Stephanie!

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    • Patrick Smith

      Hi Jacinthe,
      I noticed your lovely comments for other people images, so I thought that I should check you out.
      I am so glad that I did.
      You have an excellent eye for a super image.
      I hope that we can do this sequence again next year when I will be looking out for whatever you might have seen and captured in 2020. Thank you for sharing

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  126. Trey Foerster

    My website is at trey-foerster.fineartamerica.com. I just pared down the images on the site. I spent 50 years in publishing and photojournalism (now retired) so I’m venting my creative urges by taking good photography and creating painted images, some minor touches with others being more adapted. I had too much b&w photography in newspaper journalism and want color, though I do use b&w on occasion. Right now I’m chasing the light. Top 5 favorites: Charlevois Lighthouse, White Orchid, John Deere 193.33, Car Show at Iola Mill 1, and Allen Lake Abstract 1.

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    • Sherry L.

      Love the painterly look of the antique cars. Very nice presentation!

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  127. Gracene Peluso

    Thanks Matt. I’ve got my Collection/album together. I share on Facebook and make photo books on Shutterfly often. but this is something new. Hope it works!
    https://adobe.ly/300TGgc

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      • Philip Grehan

        Some stunning photos Gracene!

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Wow. Nice collection. Love the hummingbird shots. And the autumn mill with waterfall.

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  128. Sherry L.

    This pushed me to get my adobe portfolio up. Thanks for the helpful video, Matt. I use lightroom all the time, but never sinc with the cloud. So here is my first attempt at a portfolio: http://slaflamme.photography/

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    • Trey Foerster

      My website is at trey-foerster.fineartamerica.com. I just pared down the images on the site. I spent 50 years in publishing and photojournalism (now retired) so I’m venting my creative urges by taking good photography and creating painted images, some minor touches with others being more adapted. I had too much b&w photography in newspaper journalism and want color, though I do use b&w on occasion. Right now I’m chasing the light. Top 5 favorites: Charlevois Lighthouse, White Orchid, John Deere 193.33, Car Show at Iola Mill 1, and Allen Lake Abstract 1.

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    • Trey Foerster

      Sorry for previous comment. I love what you’ve done with the cars/trucks. Texture backgrounds on some really make the images unique. I live in Iola, Wisconsin, and we have a major car show every year. Cars are my most popular photos.

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      • Sherry L.

        Hi Trey, thanks for visiting. Some of those are from a huge car show in Hiawassee GA. I couldn’t stop drooling. LOL

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  129. Silvina

    Happy New Year! Thanks Matt for this amazing excercise. I learn a lot from you and your community.

    I’m so grateful I could travel and visit incredible places to photograph during 2019…

    I played with some reflexes, I dared myself to take some night shots and some panoramas too… and let people be in the frame, includind me. I’m really shy… lol!

    https://adobe.ly/2FICy5T

    Hope you like them! I’m having a great time seeing all your photos!

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      • Silvina

        Thank you! 🙂

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      • Lawrence Bickford

        Nice work, Silvina. I especially like the two from Paris and the evening shot with reflected streetlights.

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  130. Valdimar SAEMUNDSSON

    Great idea for sharing images for 2020. I never seem get around to sharing my images. Attached is a link to some photographs I took in Tuscany last spring

    https://adobe.ly/301X5eM

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    • Matt

      Great shots from Tuscany! If I may, one thing that would take them from Great to Super Great would be to spend just a minute or so on each photo and remove some of the wires and electrical poles/structures. I think it would add to the overall impact. Very nice though!

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      • Sherry L.

        So beautiful and there is a quiet peace to them. Nicely done.

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  131. David T

    I found this a really useful activity. One discovery I made is that the majority of my “best” images — i.e. the ones that made my top 20 — were taken on days when I specifically went out to photograph, rather than on days when I just had my camera with me. Here’s the link to my images: http://davidtravisphotography.com/blog/twenty-for-2019.html

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    • Matt

      Wow Wow Wow David! Great shots and amazing eye for composition. You “get” composition on a different level, and it was inspiring to look at your photos.
      Seriously… great work! And yes, you stumbled on to the concept of photographing with “intent”!. I’m not saying just carrying your camera with you is bad, but it leads to snapshots… photos that had no intent behind them. They can sometimes lead to a nice photo, but more often than not, just remain a snapshot. But adding “intent” to the mix, changes things significantly. Thanks for sharing!

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      • David Travis

        Thanks for the feedback Matt. Coming from you those comments are much appreciated!

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    • Silvina

      Love your selection!!! really amazing! Thanks for sharing

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      • David Travis

        Thanks Silvina, I’m glad you enjoyed the images.

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    • Jacinthe Brault

      Wow! I love your work. Wonderful composition & light: just fantastic!

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      • David Travis

        I’m glad you enjoyed the light. All those early mornings were worth it!

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    • Johan ter Harmsel

      Amazing set of photo’s. This inspires. Thanks for sharing

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      David — What a wonderful collection of images! Too many good ones to name, but the gannet is stunning and the early light on Lindisfarne took my breath away. Great work!

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      • David Travis

        I literally took a couple of thousand shots that day to get a handful of keepers. That’s bird photography for you!

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    • Judi

      David, LOVED your shots! I took the time to scroll down your page and was happy to come upon your “What Does Good Look Like to a Photography Club Judge?” post. Helpful thoughts.

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      • David Travis

        I’m still not enirely sure that I’ve got to the bottom of what a photography judge is looking for, but I’m glad you found it interesting.

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    • Craig Wollman

      Thank you for sharing! Not only were your images very interesting I found your blog very informative and interesting.

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      • David Travis

        Thanks for taking the time to look around my blog Craig.

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    • Bruce K Blaylock

      Simply incredible! Really enjoyed these…

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    • lacewood

      Incredible Shots , amazing ” so beautiful …thank you for sharing

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    • Dianne Arnold

      What they all said!! Beautiful work – the light, the composition, the post-processing. Thank you for the descriptions also.

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Nice range of work. For me, the window-light portrait and the industrial tanks were faves.

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  132. Susan Piper

    This was a good exercise to go through. I’m not sure my site is set up properly because I can’t get the options Matt shows in his video after going on line and logging in. I only get a drop down message “report abuse.” Anyway, here are a few photos from the year.

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  133. Stephanie

    Here are my favorites from 2019. This is a great exercise encouraging another look at what I took and leads to tidying up photo folder/file organization.

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  134. Ólafur K. Ólafsson

    Pictures from Iceland where I live – and one from Brussels.
    https://adobe.ly/2tDtQmq

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  135. Sal LoVecchio

    It is not SmugMugg but as already mentioned Flickr is a related company. I would welcome any comments from the group on My Photostream as I am now retired and a project for my retirement is to take my photography up a notch.

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  136. Margot Dahl

    Thanks so much! What a wonderful way to learn. I’ve gone through my photos and selected favorites. Next I will go through your steps. We are brand new to adobe so have LOTS to learn. I will post ASAP.

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  137. Richard Duckworth

    My Best of 2019. Most from trip to Iceland in May, but some are local shots of birds and flowers
    https://adobe.ly/37R3oo3

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  138. Laurie

    Matt, thanks for the push to share my favorites. It’s not something I’m usually comfortable with. I’ve taken many of your classes and they’ve really help me improve my skills. Although I still have a long way to go. Here are my best for 2019.

    https://adobe.ly/2T3Odnx

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  139. Jane Sokolow

    I make boxed photo card sets to give as gifts at Christmas and throughout the year.

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    • Jane Sokolow

      Not sure why the adobe link to my photos did not come through….

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      The two art gallery shots stood out for me, especially the first one. Lighting and exposure are just perfect, and I was drawn right into the scene.

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  140. Lee Fuller

    After reviewing the great photos posted here, I almost decided not to post at all. The landscapes and nature photos are great. I am primarily a people photographer but make it a habit not to share photos of others on public sites – I leave that up to the subjects. Finally decided to go for it anyway. All of the people shared are family so they have no choice.

    https://adobe.ly/2QWwU51

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Nice work. The two head-and-shoulders portraits stood out for me.

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  141. Karen Johnson

    Thanks for Fresh Start Matt, I need inspiring, especially in these damp cold English winters. Since I retired, I’ve taken to creating a photo book each year to celebrate photographic life in retirement but always find it a chore to choose what to use so this is a good time to review and choose favourites. Sadly, though I heed your advice Matt on not making this into a big project, I have to be honest and say that looking at some of the photos taken earlier in the year, I want to edit them again and put into practice what I have since learnt from your Lightroom and Art of Landscape courses, but that’s for another day!

    These may not be the best photos from a composition point of view but they all mean something to me. Here’s my link.

    https://adobe.ly/2QxG60M

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    • Judi LeCompte

      Really great shots, Karen! Loved the subjects and framing!

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  142. BL Wild

    https://adobe.ly/37JfDDb

    Hello, I am not a “photographer”. I do take a lot of pictures (over 6,000 last year). I scrapbook my pictures and journals. This was very hard for me to remember that these are MY “favorite pictures”, not particularly ones that others will appreciate. I do really like learning so have several of Matt’s classes. My initial favorites were 122, so getting it down to 20 was a real challenge. I do think I will follow Matt’s lead and make a favorites of several categories.

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    • Judi LeCompte

      Great wildlife shots, Frank!

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    • Bruno

      Very nice Work Stephanie, and I liked the presentation of the photos as well. I took a peak to your website and liked the layout, simple and to the point.

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Nice work. I was impressed with the Bangkok skyline shot and with the shot of Slieve League.

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  143. Ian Wade

    Thanks Matt. this was a very interesting exercise and prompted me to get started on setting up a Smugmug page that was offered through my ON1 membership. One thing that became evident to me as I went through my 2019 images was that I need to get out more and take images in our local area. These images cover my local area on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales Australia as well as Christchurch and Canterbury NZ.

    https://ianwade.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/n-M88fGM

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  144. Graham Ibbetson

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for the inspiration to do this – great 1st video, keep it up

    https://adobe.ly/2Qv49NM

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    • Judy Murphy

      Wonderful set! Thanks for sharing.

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      • Lawrence Bickford

        Graham — Nice work. We share an interest in moving water! I also loved your zebra shot.

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  145. Catherine Reading

    Thanks Matt for offering this Fresh Start program. Choosing my favorites for 2019 has made me realize how few photos I shot in my local area last year. Hoping this will change that in 2020. Here is the link to my favorites –
    https://cathyr1.myportfolio.com/2019-favourites

    I’m enjoying having a look at everyone’s choices – thanks for sharing. I’ll view the rest in the next couple of days.

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  146. Paula Eyre

    To everyone already that have posted your work is outstanding. Which is making me feel a little intimidated. My aim has always been to publish some of my images but have always fallen short.

    My photography is to help me focus on something other then my health. I mainly shoot wildlife / nature images but will shoot anything I fine interesting. The only editing I have done is crop a few images as to scared to do anything else. Here are my favours from 2019. Hope your enjoy viewing them. https://adobe.ly/2FqGSXc

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  147. Bruno

    Kudos to everyone that posted their work. It is always my intention to do it, but most of the time fell short.

    Below is the link to my favourite images from 2019. A lot of action/sports photography, with a few landscapes and pet portraits. It was a somewhat “quiet” year photographically speaking, but we’ll change that in 2020 🙂 This is Adobe Spark so probably the pics will look better on a desktop or iPad (viewing them on the phone I get mixed results).
    https://spark.adobe.com/page/CtXmvmnKZUXUn/

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    • Judy Murphy

      Wonderful collection Bruno!

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      • Bruno

        Thank you, Judy

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    • Elwira Kotowska

      Wow, very, very good work Bruno! If those are from some “quiet” year then I wonder how it can be the other years?

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      • Bruno Doddoli

        Thank you, Elwira. Haha.. most of my fav. images were taken while on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m was fortunate to go to these places. Probably what I meant by “quiet” year is that I did not do many “photo-outings” were my only purpose is photography. However, this year we have a “Fresh Start”, right? So this year it won’t be a “quiet” year, photography-wise 🙂

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        • Elwira Kotowska

          “Photography-wise 🙂” I like that…I think it will be similar with my 2020.. Thank you again for sharing!

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    • Silvina

      Great shots! Love your cat shots! 🙂

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      • Bruno

        Thanks, Silvina, I guess they are my most photographed subjects. I could do an entire collection of those two 🙂

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  148. Sabine Lommatzsch

    Hello Matt,
    thank you for Fresh Start 2020!
    It’s my first time here and I already have a lot of fun with the first week!
    Here are my currently favorite photos 2019 of my favorite place: the garden spot: https://adobe.ly/2SZhJuF
    Best wishes,
    Sabine

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  149. David Schmidt

    Great start Matt. I collect my Favorites throughout the year in a Lightroom collection. At the end of year I review it, rate all pics from 1 to 5 stars (I yet to have what I consider a 5-star), and then remove those that don’t have any stars. For sharing publicly I create a Google Photos shared Album…
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/8kvt5M5zfuHzXKRW7

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    • Bruno Doddoli

      Wow!! Amazing work David. Your images are truly spectacular.

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    • Harald Koch

      Spectacular photos, awesome!

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    • Richard Duckworth

      Superb shots, David. Thx for sharing

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    • Silvina

      Amazing album!!!!

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Wow. Superb set of images, David. I especially like the evening and night shots. Well done!

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  150. Lyle Johnson

    It was a busy year with not a ton of time for photography, however, here are my 2019 favorites
    https://adobe.ly/39QiwnK

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  151. Joe Owen

    I have already learned something new. How to share images with others. It was fun doing a retrospective of the years work.

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  152. Stephen Coffman

    Very interesting and helpful exercise Matt! As I reviewed my 2019 images I realized all of my favorites are travel photos.
    That’s good insight that I wouldn’t have noticed if not for this exercise. https://adobe.ly/37BZAHo

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    • Bruno

      Beautiful photos Stephen, I recognized Peru and Cuba(?), amazing places, right?

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      • Steve Coffman

        That’s right! I’ve been fortunate to photograph in Peru a couple of times now and it never disappoints. We had just one day in Havana and I really want to go back. It’s FULL of great photo opportunities.

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    • Richard Duckworth

      Love your shots, Stephen. The people shots capture a moment.

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    • Judy Murphy

      Love your work Bruce!

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      • Bruce K Blaylock

        You are very kind.

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  153. Ron Ballard

    This is just what I needed to get me back to my photography. After I retired we began travelling the country in our motorhome full-time for about 4 years. I have always been an avid photographer and enjoyed taking photos of all the beautiful places we visited in our travels. Two years ago we quit travelling and settled back into our home I seemed to lose my motivation to male the effort to go out and take photos. In 2019 I started getting out more but it still seemed I really wasn’t as motivated to do so as I once once. I think this class will be the catalyst that gets me back out in nature again with my camera. I enjoy looking at everyone’s great photos from 2019. Here is the link to my sampling of 2019 photos ,,,,, https://adobe.ly/37O85zk

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  154. Justine Kirby

    Thanks for a great first video. I didn’t know about Lightroom’s sharing function, which will come in very useful. Most of my photography is travel photography. Even the photos I take at home (New York) tend to be in a similar style to those taken elsewhere. I am sharing some 2019 photos from Benin, Canada, the Central African Republic, Dominica, Nigeria, São Tomé, Houston and New York. I still have 2019 photos to sort through from many other countries. It all takes time! In the past, I wasn’t satisfied with the number of people shots I got, so have been focusing on this over the last 18 months or so – both posed and candid shots.

    https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/b7157ae08da34235b6658534435e3489

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    • Justine Kirby

      A couple of technical matters, in case these are helpful to others:
      (1) To be able to sync, create a “Collection,” not a “Smart Collection.”
      (2) If a few photos don’t sync the first time around after the sync process has ended, try removing them from the collection and then adding them back again.

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      • Elwira Kotowska

        Wow, I love your photos. Every singel one, thank you for sharing, e.

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      • Nancy Allen

        Wish I’d seen your post earlier…couldn’t figure out why my smart collection wouldn’t sync!

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      • Lawrence Bickford

        Wow, Justine. I love the two industrial shots. And the close up of some street (?) kids. And the B&W of the man in the river. Great collection!

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    • David Horne

      Justine, WOW!!! your gallery is fantastic. I get the sense that I’m looking at the photos of a seasoned Photojournalist. Nat Geo-ish style. Steve McCurry like. Great work. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Claudia Ramos

      Beautiful collection!

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  155. Anne Sandler

    I publish my photos on my blog: http://www.annegeephoto.com. I started the blog when I first ventured into photography to journal my own journey. As I look back, I can see progress. It’s a great feeling. Matt, I’ve purchased your Lightroom and Photoshop courses to better edit my images, but need prodding to get into them! I guess I’d rather shoot than edit!!

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  156. David Horne

    Matt, what a great idea for a fresh start to a new year. I really had a busy year and I enjoyed going through my photos. I plan to go back and do the same for each year that I have collections for in Lightroom. Thank you for putting this together and for all you do for the Photographic Community. Here is my gallery for my best of 2019. https://adobe.ly/36Cmcr6

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    • Terrie

      Great collection! I enjoy the variety — colors, geometries, and subjects!

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      • Justine Kirby

        Great work! As well as everything Terrie mentions, I also like how you’ve grouped shots of similar subjects, so that the photos work well together as a portfolio. Do you mind sharing your settings for the Brooklyn Bridge photo in the middle of the row (horizontal B&W shot)? Thanks

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        • David Horne

          Justine, I really appreciate your compliments. I don’t mind sharing my settings at all. I shot that with my 12-24m at 12m. 1/500 at f/14, ISO 200. Thanks again.

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          • Justine Kirby

            Thanks for this info. Much appreciated.

      • David Horne

        Terrie, Thank you for your kind words. I’m very glad you like the gallery.

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  157. R David Parker

    I guess I did not understand that a person is only allowed one comment. My first one disappeared when I posted the second one. Tried to view all exhibitors and some are marked “private” or “access required”. My site is flickr.com/photos/rdavidparker and the 1st 30-35 images are 2019.

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    • Matt

      Hi. Your first comment is below. It didn’t disappear.

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Moonrise over Hernandez, New Mexico?? That was my favorite of the ones I saw, but the site was very slow to load and I only saw a half dozen images.

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    • Matt

      It worked great Peter. Love the cloudy mountain shots toward the bottom.

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  158. Jack Gosnell

    Hi Matt:

    It’s great to be back working with your community. Spent most of last year getting settled in Wyoming did take a few test shots with new camera. Right now doing a study of Heart Mountain the sky’s here are fantastic.

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  159. Nancy E Buffery

    Hi Matt, I think this is a great way to start out a new year! I haven’t done this before but I will definitely remember to do this again.
    The tutorial on how to create the Lightroom /cloud album was great and I have created a link for my favorite photos of 2019. Some were actually taken in 2018 but I finished them in 2019. https://adobe.ly/2T1TwE4

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    • Terrie

      I really enjoyed your wildlife photos especially! nice work

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  160. R David Parker

    I tried to look at all the photos here however some are marked “private” or “access required” so I could not see them.

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  161. Fredy Salzmann

    It was not easy to decide which picture are gonna be my favorite ones. But now I have created an album according to my belly feeling and I guess that this is a really good start the new year with new pictures. Thanks Matt.
    https://adobe.ly/36tpP2x

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    • LINDA DEVENOW

      Beautiful work!

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  162. Deanna K Swauger

    2019 was a busy year for me. It was difficult to narrow down my favorites but here they are

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  163. Jeff

    Here it goes… very nervous about sharing my photos. Just getting back into photography and plan to do more in 2020. Meanwhile I continue to work on post processing. Thanks Matt for your videos and for sharing your knowledge with us.

    https://adobe.ly/2T0V69d

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    • Nancy Brindisi

      I really liked your landscape photos- very pretty

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      • Jeff

        Thank you.

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    • David Horne

      Jeff, you should not be nervous about sharing these images. You have an excellent gallery of photographs. Well done.

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      • Jeffdag

        Thanks you.

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  164. Steve Schneider

    Matt, How do I put a watermark on my photo before I sync them? I know how do do it when I export but not to sync in the cloud.

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  165. Judy Preston

    Matt Thank you so much for the inspiration. It got me to collect all my favorites into the Best of 2019 https://adobe.ly/2unidQU

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    • Dan Proskauer

      Wow! Great work there, Judy!

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    • Martin Tomes

      Gorgeous monochromes, an excellent collection of photographs.

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    • David Horne

      Fantastic gallery of photographs, Judy. I love the textures in your composite images. The Black and White (monochromes) are absolutely stunning!!!

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    • Barb Thrall

      Great photos! I saw some from the Palouse!! I live just a couple hours away.

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    • Richard Duckworth

      Excellent set, Judy. Thx for sharing

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    • Lawrence Bickford

      Wow! Beautiful work, Judy. I love the sunflower image, the white sands images, the snow shots, the portraiture … Terrific set!

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  166. Rob Duncalf

    Hi Matt

    A big thank you from me here in the UK (Workington) to you for doing this Fresh Start. A handful of pictures taken in 2019 on iPhones, DJI Mavic 2 Pro and my Fuji X-T2 (or upgraded X-T3). Nice to see so many fab drone shots from other contributors. I am retired so plenty of time to get inspired for 2020 with your enthusiasm and advice.

    Link: https://adobe.ly/35zqs9m

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  167. Judy Murphy

    Hi Matt,
    After a long slog with tech to get LR to make the Gallery without syncing my entire library it’s done! Here’s the link: file:///private/var/folders/nd/j3zl81y158zc8dy8qzlb_bpw0000gn/T/AgWPGExport-18/index.html

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  168. loretta franklin

    Hi Matt, I’ve been in a slump for some time and just trying to get back. So this course fits right in. Consequently, don’t have many good photos. Here’s the ones I chose:
    https://adobe.ly/2FvEz5e

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    • lee

      very nice, great pics

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      • lorettaf42

        Thanks, Lee

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  169. sarah perreten (Sally)

    Life interfered with my photography this year, but I’ve posted a few. I try to make images that will either tell a story or raise a question and usually try to make a photograph about something, rather than of something.
    https://adobe.ly/300cMDt

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    • David Horne

      Great photos. I burst out laughing when I saw your capture of the “Trophy Wife!” Wonderful capture.

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  170. Poch Lor

    Hi everyone. I’m absolutely new to this. I’ve never shared my photos publicly so far. I am an amateur and started this hobby this year. I mainly get to take photos I when I am on holiday as my dayjob does not really spare me much time. I’m always glad to hear some feedback. I’d really like to learn more.

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  171. Bernd Kircher

    Hello Matt,

    great idea to search for my best photographs of 2019. Also nice to see how easy (as long as you don’t want anything special) this can be published with LR.

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  172. Carol Huczek

    I didn’t expect to enjoy selecting photos from 2019 as I didn’t take as many as I had hoped. To my surprise, I did enjoy It! The process was a good one for me! Thanks, Matt.
    Here’s my link: https://adobe.ly/2N3P1oF

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  173. Rebecca Proskauer

    Link to my best of 2019 – these were all taken with my phone with no editing, but after Costa Rica in June with Matt, I will have a whole new body of work!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/n4xqpKsgrFadRWwUA

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  174. Russ Glindmeier

    Hi Matt. I always enjoy your videos and your courses that I’ve purchased from Creative live. Your communication style just works for me. I’m a landscape and occasional wildlife shooter from Arizona. Many of my photos are taken from the vantage point of a boat (yes, Arizona does have water). I find the juxtaposition of water and the desert offers interesting opportunities, and using a boat as a platform provides composition opportunities and challenges that are significantly different than those available from shore. To add a new dimension to my landscape photography for 2020, I purchased a DJI Mavic 2 drone over the holidays. I’m excited about the new perspectives a flying camera will offer. Huge learning curve for aerial photography and videography, but that’s part of the process and challenge of expanding my horizons. I invite you and your followers to visit my SmugMug website: http://www.wishyouwereherephotos.com.

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    • Rob Duncalf

      Some lovely pics on your website Russ

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    • Nancy Allen

      This was a great exercise. I star my photos but have been lax at doing it this year. Looking at them all at once allowed me to weed out a few and add the missing ratings.

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  175. Elwira Kotowska

    Hi, and thank for “Fresh Start 2020”. It was not easy to work with selection at all. I work with real estate and with every-day- pictures project on Instagram for my company. So it was over 6000 photos in 2019. But att least I made it: please take a look on (my lord) only 29 my best from 2019 https://adobe.ly/2QwFqbV

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    • Kathy O'Brien

      Beautiful job. I love your photos

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      • Elwira Kotowska

        Thank you so much! Although I share my photos daily on Instagram (company account for our items in Greece), it felt in a completely different way to share them with you all. So many incredible photographers here! So thank you again for your encouraging words!

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    • Justine Kirby

      Hi Elwira – Quick question: How did you add your profile photo so that it appears with your comment? By the way, I particularly like your cat photos, especially the one in the second row.

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      • Elwira Kotowska

        Hi Justine! So you are a cats lovers too? Haha, I made mosaic course in Greece, nearly our home, and he just “take over” my and others mosaic work:). And about profile photo: try two way. One: if you use Adobe just make your profil with some pictures of you. Second (and better one if you ask me): use Gravatar: https://bit.ly/2T4oxHA. You can made your avatar for differents email. Good luck! Looking forward to “see” you soon. /e.

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        • Justine Kirby

          Yes, I also love cats! Thanks for the info on the profile pic. I added one using Gravatar.

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    • Bruno Doddoli

      You have some beautiful work Elwira, my favourite is the big coastal landscape (DSC_0024). This weekend we’re expecting -30 C in my corner of the world, so I’d gladly swap places for a few weeks 🙂

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  176. Jack Winter

    The Three Dots in the upper left of the web page generated from my LigtroomCC, (I’m up to date), don’t have any of these options in your vide, just “Report Abuse.” What’s up with that?

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    • Doris

      He is using Lightroom Classic

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    • Rob Duncalf

      You need to log in to your Lightroom (not Classic) account – a cloud-based photo service included with your subscription. You will not be the first to be confused by Adobe changing Lightroom names….adobe.com will explain the service.

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      • Matt

        Hi. You actually don’t need to log in to Lightroom. Lightroom Classic will allow you to share as well.

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  177. paula van every

    I signed up for this because 2019 was such a dull year for my photography work for a number of reasons, and I needed to find some way to reboot and find my muse. This was a start, and I’ve spent the day updating my Adobe portfolio with 3 new sections and additions to some other sections. https://pvanevery.myportfolio.com/. My 2019 photos were not very inspired but it was good practice to at least select some I liked better than others.

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    • Dennis G Wiese

      Wow!!! I love your work.

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      • paula van every

        thank you!

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    • Bruce K Blaylock

      Great Stuff. Loved seeing these…

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      • paula van every

        Thank you!

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    • Kathy O'Brien

      Very Impressive! I love your work

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      • paula van every

        Thank you. Hope to get back on track this year.

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    • Catherine Reading

      Great selection

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      • paula van every

        Thanks!

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    • Bruno Doddoli

      Second what other said. Great work Paula!

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      • paula van every

        Thanks so much!

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  178. Peter de Hallé

    Just started the Fresh Start Matt K. Great idea, I had a month long trip to the USA December 2018, but I think they can be my first images of 2019, if that’s OK with Matt?. All the rocky’s images where shot on the Amtrak California Zephyr San Fran to Chicago part of my trip, mostly through the window, when the train was moving…..
    https://adobe.ly/39PeJHi

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  179. Bernie Auger

    On most tutorial I learn something new. This time I learned how to share with Adobe share. Always enjoy your teaching which is adding new tools to my photography. Here is my best of 2019 and wishing a great 2020 to all.

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  180. Mike Moffat

    Hi everyone. I am not a pro and don’t plan to be this is a hobby for me. Ass well I am a birder which is evident in some of my photos. You`ll have to forgive me the first photo I have up is a 2018 but hey who’s counting. I am brave and if anyone would like to critique or make a suggestion you are welcome too!

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  181. Terri

    My favorites are a mix of personal meaning and ‘good’ photography. https://bit.ly/2T2JnH2

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  182. Joseph V Schneider

    Would like to try the posting but unclear on how I attach them to a message as I do not have or use lightroom..

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    • Tracey Clarke

      Hi me neither I created a public gallery in my face book page…might work.

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  183. Kathleen Sacry

    Thanks for getting me to really look at some of my photos! I needed some jump starting.

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  184. Gary Sindell

    Hey, Matt, Very nice of you to do this. I do mostly travel photography, although wildlife has been important for me as well, both in Africa several times, and Costa Rica. Last year, I was fortunate enough to get to New Zealand, the Oregon Coast, and Central Europe. Enjoy! Comments appreciated.
    Link up: https://adobe.ly/2SZAL44

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    • Justine Kirby

      Hi Gary,

      I’m a New Zealander. I really liked your album!

      Justine

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      • gary sindell

        Hi, Justine,
        Thanks a lot. We had such a great time in your wonderful country. I don’t know if or when I’ll make it back there, but I’m gonna try.

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    • Traci Bodette

      Beautiful images! They are all so vibrant.

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  185. Fiona

    I picked up a camera with intent for the first time in June 2019, and I’ve loved learning what I have so far. I also love how much more I know there still is to learn – I have a feeling this is something that gets more and more addictive the more you go down the path. Thanks for all the education, Matt. I love your presentation 🙂

    https://adobe.ly/37H1Ahu

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    • Jeff Ross

      Off to a great start; I would say!

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    • Tracey Clarke

      Lovely photos

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    • Catherine Reading

      Nice! I like the minimalist look of some of your images.

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  186. Traci Bodette

    Thank you Matt for the great 1st project. It forced me to take time and look back photos I had taken. I find myself always looking for the next thing to photograph. This was good. I’ve completed a couple of 365 projects and I am looking to make my photography more intentional. I have not been super confident about sharing my images, but I want to improve that in this year. Looking forward to your program. Below is the link to my selection of favorite images.

    https://adobe.ly/2SYe4gF

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  187. Alfredo

    Thank you Matt for this video.

    I have to say that 2019 was not a great year for me and I did not make photography my priority (this is all on me)

    Here is a link to my favorite 2019 pictures https://adobe.ly/2QScydm

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    • Jakki Morgan

      Great photos!

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  188. Nick Khan

    I pretty much just started embracing photography last year and looking forward to any feedback or tips you might have to help me in my journey 🙂

    Here’s a link to my selection of photographs I’d like to share with you (as you can see I do mostly street): https://adobe.ly/37LWU9Y

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    • Jeff Ross

      Embrace away! Good shots…keep on going!

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      • Nick Khan

        Thanks for your kind words Jeff!

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  189. Jakki Morgan

    Great first project Matt – thank you.

    I’ll have to make time to review my 2019 images but have made a start with Lightroom here https://adobe.ly/2uu89WB

    There seems to be an issue in that 3 images won’t sync – can’t think why. Is there a standard upload/sync error which may cause this?

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    • Tamara Rodrigues

      Your album is private. For us to see you need to make it public. 🙂

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      • Justine Kirby

        Have you tried removing the non-synced photos and then adding them back? I had problems with a couple not syncing, but that solved it.

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        • Jakki Morgan

          Thank you Justine – I’ll try that. Oh how I hate being a newbie!

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        • Jakki Morgan

          Thank you again Justine – that worked and the three non-synced are now visible. Just as well to get these things working early before upsizing!

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      • Jakki Morgan

        Thank you Tamara – I thought I’d made it public. I’ll check again.

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  190. Art Norton

    Like Edward, I am retired and trying to have fun with photography. I hit a bump in the road and thought this course might get me going again.

    Right now I have my photos in so many different places (Instagram, Flickr, FB, Photoshelter) and I dumped Lightroom for ACDSee a while ago, that I have had fun trying to pick my best shots. I also have a website (in progress), but haven’t figured out how to set up a decent looking gallery yet so I grabbed 10 shots and put them in a folder in Photoshelter. Here is the link:

    https://artnortonphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/2019-Favorites/G00005vEa4SK.gu8/

    The password, if requested, is mattk

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  191. Ed Lambright

    I’ve chosen 20 of my favorites from 2019. I’m an amateur photographer and a bit of a perfectionist. As a result I always struggle prints that aren’t sharp enough or saturated enough or too dark or too light and on and on. I know a good photograph when I see it but…. I use a Nikon 810 and spend most of my time shooting wildlife. Although I use my telephoto to shoot landscapes as well. Brings a different perspective to the landscape photos.

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  192. Ian Clark

    As we move into and start photographing stuff in 2020 don’t forget to update your copyright marking on all the new photos you import into Lightroom (Matt did a short piece on this last year).

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  193. Margaret Chilinski

    These are my favourites from 2019. I use Olympus OM-D EM10 mk 2 and Nikon D7100. I also love to use Lensbaby lenses.

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  194. Jean-Maurice

    Thank you Matt, Awesome as usual. I am posting a few images from this year. They include a bit of everything including a sequence of 5 pics documenting an Amish Tobacco harvest from Lancaster County in PA. Besides that some from rural France, and a few from Paris. I love photographing Animals (planet companions) as I call them 🙂 I also find a renewed passion fo black and white. I hope you enjoy them. Again thanks for all your help. I have ben a fan since the first adobe videos you and Scott used to do.
    Find the pics here: https://j-mphotos.smugmug.com/Best-of-2019/

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  195. Bill Reeves

    My 2019 favorites: https://adobe.ly/2s0Xf9G . Last year I shot over 10,000 photos including a trip to the British Isles and I’ve only found 15 images to include here. And that’s why I need this course. Thank you Matt.

    Note: the 10,000 is more than a little exaggerated since most of my work was 5 shot, raw brackets that were then converted to HDR jpegs for real estate listings. Also, I never saw the need for Lightroom CC until Matt’s first instructions on sharing our photos. I’m excited to learn more about how to take advantage of this.

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  196. Mary-Lynne Alberry

    Question Matt…when I hit View on Web, I do not get the mini LR interface and the only thing under the three dots is Report Abuse. Any idea what I did wrong?

    Did get the link…here’s my favs

    https://adobe.ly/2T7ixgS

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  197. Philip Zwick

    Great advertisement for Adobe, which I no longer use as I switched to On1 Raw partly due to your tutorials. Any idea if the On1 2020 mobile capability supposedly coming is close ot as capable as the Adobe systems you describe? If not, I may switch back to Adobe.

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  198. Ed McCaffrey

    Here is a link to my photos for 2019: https://essexed.smugmug.com/Best-of-Year-Photos/Best-of-2019/
    I do real estate photography and purchased a drone in February 2019 so a huge amount of photos for last year were in these two areas. I also do a lot of events. I hope to get back to bird photography this year. I’ve also been exploring video which is a totally different (and time consuming) media.

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    • Matt

      Nice stuff Ed. I like the aerial work!

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    • Matt

      Love the eagle on the rocks!

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  199. Anatol Kark

    I am very much an amateur, and by now retired old man, but I was taking pictures for years – mostly to document our travels. Since I was in computer business, I created a website of my own and maintain it for years. It is meant for family and friends and is normally password protected, which I took out for this exercise. I did not, for many reasons, took a lot of pictures last year. If you wish you can comment … and it will be appreciated and if need be taken into the account in the future 🙂

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    • Anatol Kark

      hmm – I thought the website in the form will be attached to my post – so here it is.

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      • Art Norton

        Hi Anatol,
        I tried clicking on “here” to see your photos, but nothing happened. Also, just curious, “retired” and “computer business” – what company, if you don’t mind me asking?

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  200. Jim Furphy

    Here are a few of my favorites, I actually post a photo a day of FB along with a quote.

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  201. Nicky McGuire

    Just learning how to attach a link! Here are my favourite photos from 2019: https://adobe.ly/2QxkcLb

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  202. Nicky McGuire

    Thank you for creating this Fresh Start, I am already doing things I have never done before……Looking forward to learning lots more.

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    • Art Norton

      Love the Puffins! I haven’t gone far enough north to see them here in the US. I’m also hanging on to Flickr Pro for the time being. 🙂

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      • Mike Woolley

        Thanks Art.

        I think it’s hard to take a bad shot of a puffin as they’re so photogenic 🙂

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  203. Robert Van Maele

    Hello Matt,

    Thank you for the opportunity to show and share our work with the increasing group of member photographers.
    As member and webmaster of photoclub FODIFI Wondelgem (Belgium – Ghent – http://www.fodifi.be) I started a blog-website in the past year. The site contains a Portfolio-page where I started to post some of my photo’s. The link to this site is: https://maevar.blog/

    Please feel free to add comments on the site and photo’s.

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  204. Martin Tomes

    I have looked through all of the selections posted here and have very much enjoyed the experience. Thank you all for putting your images ‘out there’ for us to enjoy.

    Here is my selection: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKxUBiT

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    • Judy Murphy

      Love the fish boat and the fisheye shot.

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  205. Dany Nakhoul

    I only started shooting watches in October of 2019, so my collection is limited. Here are the top ones so far:
    https://adobe.ly/2QuQK8z

    Great pictures everyone!

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    • Dany Nakhoul

      Permissions fixed. Now available publicly (was previously invite only)

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  206. Peter Haworth

    Hey there, Here’s my best of 2019. https://adobe.ly/301zquX
    Enthusiastic amateur, so I’d appreciate any feedback, so I can move forwards>
    Thanks 🙏🏻

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  207. Jack Skibo

    As you can see I like sports photography the most, but not just the action, the emotion, the looks on the faces and most of all the thrill in there eyes when they see a 12×18 Poster I have made up. Doing this with a old Sony Alpha A77 for the last 10 years was not easy but I just got a used A9 that should give me a lot more keepers. I wish I could do landscapes like some of you guys but I have a lot to learn. Keep up the good work Matt, I have learned a lot from you.

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  208. Kathryn Horn

    What a fun project… and much more fun than working on my “to-do” list around the house.

    https://adobe.ly/2upGB4y

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    • Peter Haworth

      Love your dog shots 💞

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  209. Martin Z Hull

    I try to keep an annual page updated. Stopped near end of October due to an illness and then weather and other photography obligations took me away from nature type images (and a few other nuggets).

    I did get into Infrared photography which is intermixed with the images.
    https://www.zhullfamily.net/Public/2019/

    The year 2019 seemed to be an explosion of me taking images like crazy, but after October the interest died away. Probably because since that time I have taken over 20,000 images that I culled and post processed to 1,000 as a volunteer service. Think I’m worn out – photography is a hobby and doing the culling and post makes me happy it is just a hobby. 🙂

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    • richard

      Nice variety of excellent shots. thanks

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  210. Donna J Murphy

    Here are my favorites from 2019.

    Thanks Matt for creating this program. It allows amature photographers like myself to learn from very talented and creative people.

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  211. Barry Ritter

    Most of these images were shot in 2019; some go back about 10 years. Most were posted on my FaceBook, Instagram or Flickr accounts: https://adobe.ly/36x1F79.

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  212. Michael Ingler

    From our August 2019 trip to the Galapagos Islands….an amazing adventure. https://adobe.ly/37IITdn

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    • Martin Tomes

      A good set of images, I particularly like the third one.

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  213. Rod Smith

    I, too, have had a lean year — hence my participation. I take photographs mostly for myself, but do some family sharing.

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    • Richard Feaster

      I was thoroughly enhanced by your images. You have a gift.
      Growing up in the Northwest, I recognize many of your vistas but you make them come
      alive for me. ( I am now an 85 year old guy living in California shooting with a Nikon D500
      and playing around with Lightroom and Photoshop.)
      Thanks for sharing this wonderful photos.

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      • Rod Smith

        Thank you Richard. I really appreciate the feedback. Didn’t shoot much in 2019. Wish I could share more. You could look at my SmugMug site to see more of the NW: https://photocalvi.smugmug.com/

        Every day is a learning experience!

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    • Martin Tomes

      I particularly like the last one (beachscape).

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      • Rod Smith

        Thanks Martin. It’s at Ft. Stevens State Park, OR

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  214. Bill

    Using Nikon Image Space I uploaded 29 pictures. Tomorrow if all goes well I will whittle it down to my favorites of 2019.

    Let’s see … http://img.gg/Xj499aK

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    • Martin Tomes

      I really like the fourth one (the seascape), very atmospheric.

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      • Keisha

        Thank You. Shot was taken on the Oregon Coast. A very beautiful place.

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    • Catherine Reading

      Gorgeous gallery

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      • Keisha

        Thank you for the comment and viewing my pictures.

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  215. Keisha Holmes

    Hello…I didn’t take that many pictures in 2019 (hoping to change that in 2020). However, here are a few favorites that I “personally” liked for 2019.

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    • Terrie

      I really like the waterfall image!

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      • Keisha Holmes

        Thank you!

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  216. Ron Colemamn

    I enjoyed Week 1 / Project 1. Your discussion of various ways to share online was very helpful. I selected the easy way, and this is the link: https://adobe.ly/2Ngwvtt . These are some images from December cruise we took celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary.

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    • Terrie

      I like the snake photos best — and Congrats on reaching 55!!

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  217. Brad Balfour

    Thanks Matt. Here’s the LR album: https://adobe.ly/39LaSuH

    In the spirit of your video I didn’t spend too much time trying to decide which photos to include or not as the “best” of 2019.

    Would love to know what you and other think. Deciding which, if any, to put in the portfolio is becoming way too hard.

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    • Terrie

      I really like the flag reflection image. Btw. how did you get the captions on ?

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      • Brad Balfour

        Terrie: the captions happen automatically if you fill in the description field in the Lightroom library view. I usually do that and title for my “best” ones

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        • Terrie

          Thanks for the info!

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    • Peter

      Love the red in your first sunset and the purple of the lightning image

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      • Brad Balfour

        Thanks. The red is pretty much exactly what the colors looked like that night.
        The lightning shot was totally dark, so I made virtual copies with different white balances and liked the purple one better than my orange variant

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    • Catherine Reading

      Nice work Brad

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  218. Robert Richardson

    Matt – Thanks for the tips and pointers. Last year was a crazy year and didnt get a great chance to take too many pictures. However, here is a link to my new smugmug site with a few pictures. https://robert-richardson.smugmug.com/Fresh-Start-2020

    I am working at a fresh start and to refocus my passion for my photography. First real test will be my Cruise in the beginning of February. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    • Terrie

      Cedar Waxwings! my favorites!!

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    • Peter

      Nice ! Like your astros.

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  219. Michel Kirchner

    Thanks Matt for all you do for our community. You inspire me with all your teaching and training. My goal for 2020 was to get a web sight were I can display some of my work. You just pushed me in the right direction. Here is some of my 2019 favorite images. https://pizzakirch.myportfolio.com/

    God Bless, Mike.

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  220. peter Meyler

    Matt, I gather that On1 doesnt work the same way? its the only program

    i use at this point.

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    • Terrie

      I put captions in the comment area for each photo so you’d know where it was taken, fyi.

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    • Peter

      Some nice ones here. Really like the horses in action

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      • Terrie

        Thanks — Those are the most fun to get, too!

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    • Keisha

      You take BEAUTIFUL IMAGES!…..Love the interactions you’ve captured of the animals with one another. I take pictures from time to time of animals at the zoo 🙂 But your work is simply inspiring…..Thanks for sharing!

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  221. Lou Joseph

    Some shots from Iceland this past February. First time I’ve posted my photos. Put the family to sleep.

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      • Bill Schindel

        Very nice shots, we didn’t sleep viewing them.

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      • Terrie

        Gorgeous shots!

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      • Peter

        Nice! Some creative angles happening here 🙂

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    • Catherine Reading

      Lovely photos. I was in Iceland in autumn so its nice to see some of the same locations in winter.

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    • Catherine Reading

      Nice shots George

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    • Martin Tomes

      I particularly like ‘Ghost Trees #1’.

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    • Catherine Reading

      Very nice Lisa

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    • Matt

      Nice. A few is better than none 🙂

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    • Lisa Erdberg

      You have some incredible images here!

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  222. Edna Barron

    I have a blog, so I made two new pages on my blog for “My Favorite Photos 2019 A & B. There are two pages because I’m learning how to do this. Upper right side of my blog lists the pages. When you click on a photo page, click on the first photo and they will all get much bigger and easier to see.

    My blog address is: https://missednasplace.blogspot.com

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  223. Roger Robertson

    Thank you for taking time to enlighten all of us. Suggesting for us to review and reflect on our own collection from 2019 is something I would not have thought of on my own and is of real value. Seeking to improve my way of photography needs to include learning from my own past in addition to study of other’s success. Thank very much.

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    • Terrie

      A very enjoyable collection!

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    • Catherine Reading

      Good work Craig

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    • David Travis

      The ‘Arc of Dreams’ shot was very special as was the abstract Christmas shot. How did you do that?

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