All posts by Jeff Carlson

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

PhotoActive Podcast 45: Photo Editing Apps

Maybe you’ve used Apple Photos and are looking for more editing features, or perhaps you’re in the Lightroom ecosystem and weary of subscription pricing. In the latest episode of the PhotoActive Podcast, Kirk and I talk about a handful of Adobe Lightroom alternatives you may not be aware of, from Affinity Photo to Picktorial and ...

Big Iron and More from WWDC

My latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times looks at some of the interesting news from last week’s Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference). The Mac Pro, and especially its price tag, got much of the attention—deservedly so—and I argue that this is a machine developed by teams that feel they have something to prove. ...

Bypass the Camera Roll in iOS 13

At Apple’s WWDC Keynote today, previews of iOS 13, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, and even a new iPadOS were shown to whet developers’ appetites and upcoming caffeine levels between now and fall, when these versions will be released. One thing in particular stood out for me, given my history with the iPad and photography: we ...

Lightroom in Black and White

Converting a photo from color to black and white isn’t just a matter of reducing the color saturation to zero. Lightroom and Lightroom Classic offer several ways to go gray, from easy one-click options to manipulating each color value for distinctly different looks. In my latest article for CreativePro, I walk through the options for ...

The Peak Design Travel Tripod

Updated: I switched my order from aluminum to carbon fiber! Read what prompted the shift.

Picktorial 4.0 Review

For Mac users who want more than the built-in Photos app, but aren’t wedded to the Lightroom ecosystem, there are now several photo editing application alternatives. One of those is Picktorial, a Mac-only app with sophisticated image editing and organization features. At Macworld, I review the latest version, Picktorial 4.0, paying attention to the search ...

Apple Watch Series 4 at The Seattle Times

Although I tend to stay up to date on new hardware for my job writing about it, I’ve owned only two Apple Watch models since the product’s introduction in 2015. I bought that first one as soon as it was available, since I was in the middle of writing my book Apple Watch: A Take ...

I’m Speaking at CreativePro Week 2019!

I’m excited to be part of the speaker lineup at the CreativePro Week 2019 conference happening June 10-14! I’ll be leading a photowalk on Friday near the event hotel, which just so happens to be in the same neighborhood as Pike Place Market, the Amazon Spheres, and other downtown photographic sights. After the photowalk, we’ll ...

It’s Time to Migrate from Aperture

We knew this time was coming, and now it’s upon us. Apple is officially announcing that Aperture, its sunsetted professional photography editing software, will no longer run under the next major version of macOS. It’s time to make a decision about where you want your Aperture libraries to live on: Photos, Lightroom Classic, or somewhere ...

PhotoActive Episode 41: Bird Photography with Marie Read

The latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast is up! We’re excited to welcome Marie Read, author of the book Mastering Bird Photography (Rocky Nook), to the podcast. She talks about getting started with bird photography, where to find interesting birds, and, yes, we necessarily talk a bit about gear, since a good telephoto lens is ...