All posts by Jeff Carlson

Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a contributing editor for TidBITS, and writes for outlets such as Macworld, DPReview, Creative Pro, and others. He is the author of Take Control of Lightroom CC; Take Control of Your Digital Photos; Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course; and The iPad for Photographers, among many other titles.

PhotoActive Episode 38: Levels and Curves with Nik Bhatt

The new episode of my PhotoActive podcast takes a detailed look at using Levels and Curves controls to adjust tones in photos. I first learned how to edit using levels, so for me, although I’ve written about them and used them, curves have never been intuitive. This episode was a real eye-opener. Kirk McElhearn and ...

Strategies to Free Storage on Your Mac

In my most recent Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I write about storage: what happens when your Mac starts to get filled up? You don’t have to reflexively start deleting files or find another location for them. With enough iCloud storage, the Mac can do a lot of the space-saving for you. I ...

Create a Short Video Using Premiere Rush CC

My latest article for CreativePro.com is a how-to piece. Have you ever been asked to whip together a video, but you don’t have any experience doing so? Or maybe you’re embarking on your own YouTube channel or video podcast. I share an overview of the process of creating a short video using Adobe’s new Premiere ...

Lightroom CC Mobile Review

When my editor at Download.com asked if I could write a review of Lightroom CC Mobile, I figured it would be an easy assignment. 2700 words later, here's my review.

A Look at Privacy Features at The Seattle Times

Apple has been in the news a lot lately regarding privacy, from the now-fixed Group FaceTime bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on audio before the other person picked up to tussles with Facebook and Google. You’ve probably also noticed that you need to click through more privacy-related dialogs lately. In my latest Practical Mac ...

How-to: Focus Stacking in Photoshop

Learn how to use focus stacking to get really sharp images.

Using iOS Shortcuts to Import Photos into Lightroom CC Mobile

Import photos into Lightroom CC for iPad without being stuck with duplicates in the Photos app, using an iOS Shortcut.

Recently, on PhotoActive…

I’ve been remiss in posting links to the latest PhotoActive episodes (holidays, work, etc., etc.), so here’s the most recent batch pointing to the podcast that Kirk McElhearn and I produce. Also, starting this week we’re shifting to a fortnightly (every two week) schedule, instead of publishing one episode every week. We both have a ...

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock at The Seattle Times

When I replaced my aging 2010 MacBook Pro with a new 2016 model, I had to go all-in on USB-C, because that’s the only type of connector the MacBook Pro offers. So I bought a dock into which I could plug everything—Ethernet, USB devices, video, audio—and used only one of the laptop’s four Thunderbolt ports. ...

Straighten Up with Lightroom’s Geometry Tools

Have people ever told you to "straighten up?" Maybe they think it's your attitude… or maybe it's your photos.