2012: A Year in Review

2012 has been an interesting year with plenty of opportunities for photography. The biggest news stories from this year were the US Presidential election, Hurricane Sandy hitting the northeast, the Syrian civil war, and the riots in Greece and Spain over austerity measures. Other major stories include the gradual draw-down of NATO troops in Afghanistan as the Afghan government prepares to take over security for itself and its citizens. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th year of her rule this year, marking the second time in history that a British monarch has lived to see their diamond jubilee. The Olympics were also a big event this year in London. To see the photos of the year in review, head over to the Boston.com’s 2012 Year in Pictures Part I, Part II, and Part III.

In camera news, Samsung released the first of its Smart Cameras this year. With on-board WiFi, these cameras can easily share, upload, or email images. Not to be outdone, other camera manufacturers followed Samsung’s lead and now many cameras come with on-board WiFi and the ability to use a smartphone as a remote control as well as a simple app that allows you to share images over the Internet. Sony released a rugged and durable Action Camera in the late summer. Canon and Nikon continue to duke it out in the big leagues as they compete for the professional photographer market in high-end DSLRs.

Advances in technology continue to make smaller cameras more powerful with greater and greater resolutions. Smartphones are getting better lenses and camera sensors in them but still do not beat out even the lowest-end point-and-shoot camera. In 2013, we can expect to see this trend continue.

What major events did you photograph this year? What news impacted you the most? Let us know in the comments below. And, if you have any images you want to share with us, feel free to do so over on our Facebook wall.

— da Bird