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.

NAS: What to Know Before Buying

My approach to storing all of my digital files—from documents to terabytes of digital photos—has been pretty straightforward over the years. I buy new hard drives when the old ones fill up. It’s helped that drive prices have steadily declined per-gigabyte. But that’s left me with a lot of unused drives lying around, and active ...

PhotoActive 13: The Importance of Aspect Ratios

When Kirk suggested we do a PhotoActive episode on aspect ratios, I admit my first thought was, “Well, that’s 10 minutes… what else?” Instead, we had a fascinating discussion of the topic, from the importance of aspect ratios historically to composition and reframing. Do check this one out: Episode 13: Aspect Ratios and Why They’re ...

How to Easily Share Lightroom Photos to a Group

Did you photograph a group event, family gathering, or client shoot and want to make those images available for just the participants? The sharing features in most photo applications let you either send pictures to a friend or two, or post them to social services such Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. If you use Adobe’s Lightroom ...

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 ...