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.

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 ...

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!