All posts by Jeff Carlson

Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson writes for outlets such as Popular Photography, DPReview, Creative Pro, and others, and is a contributing editor for TidBITS. He is the author of Take Control of Your Digital Photos; The Photographer's Guide to Luminar AI, Take Control of Apple Watch, and Take Control of Your Digital Storage, among many other titles.

Unlock Your Smartphone Camera’s Hidden Features

My awesome editor at Popular Photography, Dan Bracaglia, reached out with an idea: what sort of photo fundamentals could be covered that related to the computational photography space? The first thing that came to mind was the AI-boosted cameras we all carry around these days. iOS and Android devices can do amazing things, but many ...

PhotoActive #124: Food Photography with Lauren Caris Short

How do you make mouth-watering photos of food? In the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast, we’re joined by Lauren Caris Short, author of the beautiful new book The Complete Guide to Food Photography to talk about what it takes to be a food photographer. Lighting, food styling, composition… photographing food is a multi-disciplined photo ...

Photocombobulate #24 – Photographing Strangers with Valérie Jardin

In the latest Photocombobulate episode, Mason and I talk to the wonderful Valérie Jardin about street photography and making photos of strangers.

AI Photo Software Is Converging

Companies are consolidating AI photo tools. What does this mean for you? I explore this move in my latest Smarter Image column.

Bring the Noise: AI De-Noise Software

In my latest Smarter Image column for Popular Photography, I look at how AI-assisted de-noising tools can make you a better photographer while you're shooting.

Photographing Grief

It’s unfortunate that this comes up in the saddest of circumstances, but I was reminded again recently of why it’s better to make photos even when I might feel hesitant about doing so.

One Year of Photocombobulate!

For our one-year anniversary of the Photocombobulate podcast, we tackle a big topic: where do you find joy in photography?

Presets Don’t Have to Be Lame

Good old-fashion presets are more powerful when combined with AI-assisted subject masking.

Una Mattinata Frustrante a Roma

Dealing with photographic frustration in Rome, from unexpectedly closed vantage points to run-ins with Italian military.

Is Bird AF Really Cool AF?

Popular Photography is running a bird-photography theme this week, so my contribution with my Smarter Image column is a look at the Bird AF (autofocus) features in some of the newest camera models. The big question is: does it really make a difference? I don’t own a camera with the feature, so I reached out ...