Jeff L. Carlson
Writer, photographer, late-nighter.
Owner, Never Enough Coffee Creations
Author of dozens of how-to books covering a wide range of technology topics such as photography, video editing, general computing, and handheld devices. Recent titles include The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar AI (Rocky Nook), Take Control of Apple Watch, Take Control of Your Digital Storage, Take Control of Your Digital Photos and Take Control of Managing Your Files (Take Control Books); Adobe Photoshop Elements Visual QuickStart Guide (Pearson). Other recent titles can be found at jeffcarlson.com/my-books/. (Contact me for electronic or print examples.)
Prolific writer of articles on technology and other topics for outlets such as Popular Photography, Macworld, DPReview, Adobe Create, The Wirecutter, iMore, Lynda.com, TidBITS, and others. Columnist for The Seattle Times, publishing the “Practical Mac” column from 2003 to 2019 (st.news/practicalmac). Able to write and edit to assigned word count, short or long. Frequently balance several concurrent assignments. See jeffcarlson.com/category/articles-published/ for examples.
Contract writer for Adobe Systems, Inc., writing and editing tutorials in the company’s voice and tone about applications and services such as Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, and Creative Cloud. Worked with team members to identify brand objectives; researched strategies to engage readers and present friction-free instruction; balanced multiple projects simultaneously. (2016-2018, 2021)
Contract UX Copywriter for HTC Corporation, writing and editing text in the company’s voice, tone, and style for Android phones and Vive VR systems, articles about HTC products, entries for international design competitions, and other miscellaneous projects. Worked on-site in an agency setting that delivered assignments to separate stakeholders throughout the company. (2015-2016)
Proficient in modern office applications; able to write in Markdown or HTML.
Contributing editor to TidBITS (tidbits.com), a weekly newsletter and Web site covering the Mac, iOS, and other personal computing topics.
Editor of several books, including Not to Put Too Fine a Point on It (Aperiodical Press); Understanding Photography (No Starch Press, technical edit); A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy, and Security; Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network; Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac; Take Control of Recording with GarageBand (Take Control Books).
Publisher and author of Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide (Photoversity). Created the book design and wrote and composited book using Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Photoshop CC. photoversity.com
Packager of most of my books—I primarily work in InDesign to write and lay out all text and images, and deliver press-ready files to the publisher. I’m also fluent in Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat, and other modern publishing applications.
Longtime online publisher since the early days of the Web (including founding eScene, the world’s first anthology of Internet-published short fiction). Proficient in HTML/CSS.
Published photographer specializing in landscape and slice-of-life photography. My work has been featured in Adobe Create, appears on several book covers and interiors for Peachpit Press and Pearson, and has hung in the Art Wolfe Gallery in Seattle, WA. Also experienced in event photography and photographing interiors for real estate.
Leader or co-leader of several guided photography workshops since 2015.
Co-host of PhotoActive, a podcast about photography with an emphasis on the Apple ecosystem and teaching photographers of all skill levels.
Co-host of Photocombobulate, a podcast that explores everything that comes together to make the photographic process satisfying.
Speaker at CreativePro Week 2022 and CreativePro Week 2019. Frequent speaker at Macworld Expo, 2005-2013, leading sessions as varied as managing photo libraries, editing digital video, and using iPads and other devices. I also speak remotely to user groups, and appear often on podcasts and in interviews.
Whitworth University, Bachelor of Arts in English