Category: Articles Published

Alien Skin Exposure X4 Review

It's fascinating to me how Adobe's switch to all-subscription pricing continues to ripple throughout the photo industry. I review Alien Skin Exposure X4 for DPReview.

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

How to Share Photos to Social Media from Lightroom

A friend who hasn’t done much photography in a while asked me last week, “Do you tone photos for exporting to screen, or do people still worry about color separations and paper stocks?” Although the latter are certainly important when printing images, I think most people now export images to be viewed on social media ...

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 ...