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 Podcast Ep 12: David duChemin

An unexpected perk of doing the PhotoActive podcast has been the opportunity to talk to great photographers about their craft and approach. In this week’s episode, Kirk and I chat with David duChemin about vision, the sometimes-long journey to discover it, and the importance of exposing yourself to other photographers’ work. If you’ve ever watched ...

App-Based Camera Triggers at DPReview

I write about two devices, the Alpine Labs Spark and Miops Mobile Dongle, that can trigger a camera shutter remotely.

PhotoActive Podcast Ep 11: Selective Editing

The latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast tackles an advanced photo editing technique that isn’t difficult and can create great results. Selective editing in apps such as Lightroom or Luminar enable you to make adjustments to specific areas—like a sky—without affecting the overall image. Listen to the episode, and view walkthrough screenshots, at the PhotoActive ...

Podcast and Audio Tools Article

I'm not an audio engineer, but I can do sophisticated audio recording using Audio Hijack on the Mac. I write about it in my latest Seattle Times column.

PhotoActive Interview with Quintin Lake

On the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast, we talk to Quintin Lake, who is walking the perimeter of the UK and photographing every stage.

Palette System Review

I review the Palette system for editing photos (and video) at DPReview.

What APFS Does for You, and What You Can Do with APFS

By necessity, a sizable chunk of my new book Take Control of Your Digital Storage talks about file systems, and Apple’s new APFS (Apple File System). APFS is installed automatically on Macs with solid-state storage (SSD) when upgrading to macOS High Sierra. But what does APFS do? Why would Apple change the fundamental technology behind ...

Take Control of Your Digital Storage

Now available! I've just published Take Control of Your Digital Storage, a new ebook that answers your questions about disks, NAS, RAIDs, Disk Utility, and more.

PhotoActive Podcast Ep 8: Gordon Laing Interview

We’re thrilled to welcome Gordon Laing, of Camera Labs fame, as our guest this week to talk about capturing photos in-camera—which is also the name of his book. Gordon was a joy to talk to, and just 30 minutes of discussion made me reevaluate some of my own shooting techniques. Listen to it here: Episode ...

PhotoActive Podcast Ep 7: Do You Need All that Gear?

We’ve sworn to not be a photo gear podcast, but it’s impossible to talk about photography without a little discussion of gear. In this case, we’re letting go. In episode 7 of the Photo Active podcast, we talk about the gear we’ve left behind—not during photo shoots (though I’m sure that’s happened), but the stuff ...