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Interview with Pro Photographer Brian Ach

This one has some history. I bumped into professional photographer Brian Ach at a photo conference in Seattle in 2015, and we bonded over a display of early digital cameras. Brian was a featured speaker at the event, and I was struck by his expertise and experience as a full-time professional photographer. Brian shoots celebrities, ...

How to Be Smart about Applying Apple Updates

After two friends were bit hard by Apple updates, I wrote about best practices to help ensure iOS and macOS updates go smoothly in my latest Seattle Times column.

How to Use Lightroom Mobile while Traveling

One of my photo workshop participants wrote with a question: She’s going on a trip and wants to use her iPad and Lightroom Mobile just for the trip, without syncing her existing photo library to the device. Is it possible? In my latest article for CreativePro, I explain how to use the iPad as a ...

Strategies to Free Storage on Your Mac

In my most recent Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I write about storage: what happens when your Mac starts to get filled up? You don’t have to reflexively start deleting files or find another location for them. With enough iCloud storage, the Mac can do a lot of the space-saving for you. I ...

Create a Short Video Using Premiere Rush CC

My latest article for CreativePro.com is a how-to piece. Have you ever been asked to whip together a video, but you don’t have any experience doing so? Or maybe you’re embarking on your own YouTube channel or video podcast. I share an overview of the process of creating a short video using Adobe’s new Premiere ...

Lightroom CC Mobile Review

When my editor at Download.com asked if I could write a review of Lightroom CC Mobile, I figured it would be an easy assignment. 2700 words later, here's my review.

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.

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.