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.

First Look: Luminar 3 with Libraries

After more than a year of promising a digital asset manager (DAM) in Luminar, Skylum is about to release Luminar 3 with Libraries, an update that starts the application on the road to the DAM, but isn't quite there yet.

Premiere Rush Review at Download.com

Do you look at YouTube videos and think, "Jeez, I could do that!" Adobe thinks you can, too, using its new Premiere Rush application for Mac, Windows, and iOS.

PhotoActive Episodes 26 and 27

We’ve been so busy creating PhotoActive episodes that I almost missed that last week’s episode marks half a year of podcasting the show! I love how they’re turning out, and the great feedback we’ve been getting from listeners. From the PhotoActive reviews on iTunes: This is the only photography podcast I can think of that ...

Fixing Dust and Artifacts in Lightroom

There’s a unique feeling in your gut when you come back from a great photo shoot, basking in the beauty of a glorious sunrise or sunset, and then you view your photos onscreen and…spots. Dust spots. They’re everywhere. You couldn’t see them on the camera’s LCD, but now they’re all you can see. What to ...

PhotoActive Episode 25: iCloud Photo Library

If you use Apple’s Photos app on your Mac or iOS device, are you also synchronizing your images via iCloud Photo Library? In this week’s episode, Kirk and I talk about the pros and cons of Apple’s cloud service for photos. Why should you consider it? What are the downsides? And if your images are ...

New Photo Workshop: Dec. 1

Join me for a one-day photo workshop enjoying the holiday splendor of downtown Seattle on December 1!

Fun with Depth Map Photos

When you shoot a Portrait Mode photo on an iPhone, the camera generates a depth map, which is a representation of which objects are closer or farther from the camera’s lens. Apple uses that depth map to identify the background in an image and add simulated blur to give the effect of a shallower depth ...

PhotoActive Episode 23: Printing with Rick LePage

I know I should print my photos, but I rarely do. I don’t own an inkjet printer, for one thing, but the other impediment is that I just don’t know as much about printing as I’d like. On this week’s episode of the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk and I welcome Rick LePage, a great photographer and ...

Guest on the EssentialApple Podcast

I had the great pleasure of being a guest on The Essential Apple podcast this week, where I chatted with Simon Parnell and Mark Chappell about Apple-related photography topics, the latest news about the company, and of course what’s on everyone’s mind: bagel-emoji-gate! It’s a fun conversation that I think you’ll enjoy. Go here: Essential ...

PhotoActive Episode 22: Photo Editing Apps

Do you edit photos on an iPad or iPhone? You’ll be surprised (not) that I use my iPad Pro quite often when editing photos. It’s the best way to do it on the couch instead of trudging up to my home office. On the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk and I talk about ...