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.

Take Control of Your Digital Storage

Now available! I've just published Take Control of Your Digital Storage, a new ebook that answers your questions about disks, NAS, RAIDs, Disk Utility, and more.

PhotoActive Podcast Ep 8: Gordon Laing Interview

We’re thrilled to welcome Gordon Laing, of Camera Labs fame, as our guest this week to talk about capturing photos in-camera—which is also the name of his book. Gordon was a joy to talk to, and just 30 minutes of discussion made me reevaluate some of my own shooting techniques. Listen to it here: Episode ...

PhotoActive Podcast Ep 7: Do You Need All that Gear?

We’ve sworn to not be a photo gear podcast, but it’s impossible to talk about photography without a little discussion of gear. In this case, we’re letting go. In episode 7 of the Photo Active podcast, we talk about the gear we’ve left behind—not during photo shoots (though I’m sure that’s happened), but the stuff ...

New MacBook Pro and Menu Bar Sanity at Seattle Times

The newest update to the MacBook Pro looks like the model I wanted in 2016—even though I’m happy with mine. It answers the main limitations of the 2016 model, and tosses in a True Tone display. In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I look at what’s new this time around. I ...

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.