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 6: Raw vs JPEG

When I got my first digital camera that could shoot in raw format, I faced the modern existential question: raw or JPEG? Raw offers more image data and higher dynamic range, but the files are large and require processing. JPEG throws away image data in-camera, but the JPEG algorithm itself, especially in modern cameras, can ...

PhotoActive Podcast Ep 5: Guest Wenmei Hill

This week's PhotoActive podcast features guest Wenmei Hill to talk about personal projects and inspiring women photographers.

PhotoActive Episode 4: iPhone Photography

You know how sometimes you think you know everything about something, and then you run into new surprises? Kirk and I both discovered some iPhone shooting shortcuts that we either didn’t know or had forgotten when we did the latest episode of our PhotoActive podcast. The episode is now out—give it a listen! And please ...

PhotoActive Episode 3: Black and White

Episode 3 of my new podcast features black and white photography, processing, and shooting.

Anthony Bourdain

My Anthony Bourdain story.

Introducing the PhotoActive Podcast

Subscribe and listen to PhotoActive, a new podcast from Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn.

Using Parental Controls in iOS

In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I look at some of the parental-control options available in iOS.

Using Lightroom Profiles

The latest updates to Lightroom CC (1.3), Lightroom Classic CC (7.3), and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR, 10.3) add profiles, an updated way to define colors in your photos. Profiles are a lot like presets, but they work at a more fundamental level. You can assign a profile as a starting point and then build adjustments ...

Back Issues of Photoshop Elements Techniques

The entire back issue archive of Photoshop Elements Techniques is now available for download.

Control Center Tips and More in The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I take a closer look at something that most of us probably use in the most limited way possible: Control Center on the iPhone and iPad. It’s the set of controls that appear when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or from the top-right ...