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.

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.

How to Download Your Flickr Photos Before It Deletes Them

Soon after SmugMug bought Flickr from Yahoo last year, we knew there would be changes. Today, the most significant change for some people goes into effect. Previously, a Flickr Free account gave you 1 TB of storage for nothing (well, for the opportunity to expose you to other Yahoo services and likely sell your information ...

Adobe Capture CC Review

I’ve just published a review of Adobe’s Capture CC at Download.com. The app for iOS and Android bridges the real world with the digital, allowing designers and artists to sample textures, colors, fonts, and materials using a device’s camera, and then pass those to Adobe applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Capture CC is a ...

Backups for Busy Creatives at CreativePro

It may not be an exciting topic, but it’s a necessary one: backups. You know you need them, and maybe you have some pieces of a backup system in place, but it can take a lot of figuring to come up with a good plan, so you may have put it off. (Speaking from experience, ...

Revisiting the HomePod at the Seattle Times

My editors at The Seattle Times get me. In my latest Practical Mac column, I take another look at the Apple HomePod, and what made me decide to buy one for my living room after owning a Sonos for years (which isn’t being retired, just moved to my home office): Why I bought a HomePod ...