In addition to the writing I’ve been doing lately, I’ve also spent a fair amount of time in front of a microphone. The PhotoActive podcast, which I co-host with Kirk McElhearn, turned one year old this fall, and we continue to release new 30-minute episodes every two weeks. I was also recently a guest on the MacVoices and Clockwise podcasts.
Coinciding with the release of the new version of Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Second Edition, I was interviewed by Chuck Joiner for the MacVoices podcast. We talked about what’s new in this version, and why it’s more important now that people develop a scheme for managing their photos, even if it just covers the basics.
Watch or listen to the episode here: MacVoices #19234 – Jeff Carlson Takes Control of Your Digital Photos Again.
I don’t talk entirely about photography. The Clockwise podcast, if you haven’t listened to it, throws together four people to talk about four tech topics in 30 minutes. It’s a great format that gets right to the point. In episode #319, we talk about “nerdy technical tasks, our upgrade decisions in a post-Catalina world, thoughts on Photoshop for iPad, and how we deal with new software features.”
Listen to it and subscribe to the podcast here: #319: I Find Comfort in Managing Assets.
Since the last time I posted about PhotoActive, we’ve released several interesting episodes:
- Episode 53: Focus Stacking. You can control depth of field in a photo using narrow apertures, but what do you do when that’s not enough to get everything in focus? For macro and some landscape photography, the answer is focus stacking, a technique that blends several images shot at different focal lengths. Kirk and Jeff talk about how it works and when you’d want to use it.
- Episode 54: Product Photography with Dan Bracaglia. How do you make product photos look fresh and interesting? Do you need a well-equipped studio? Dan Bracaglia shoots thousands of images of cameras and other accessories in his job as photo editor at DPReview. Dan joins Kirk and Jeff to answer those questions and more.
- Episode 55: Photos App in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. Now that iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina are out, Jeff and Kirk have some strong opinions on the changes made to the Photos app for each platform. It’s time to rant a little.