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How Pro is the iPad Pro?

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I speculate just how “pro” the upcoming iPad Pro will be. The hardware looks impressive, but will superior hardware be constrained by an operating system designed for consumers? Part of the issue is that loaded term “pro,” which means different things for different people. I’m looking forward ...

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and watchOS 2 Coverage at TidBITS

Today was a busy day: Apple introduced the iPad Pro, a new Apple TV, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and announced release dates for iOS 9 and watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch (both September 16), and for OS X El Capitan (September 30). You can watch the keynote video here. I followed ...

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6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X

My publisher Peachpit Press has posted an article I wrote that exposes six features that aren’t immediately apparent in the new Photos for OS X app: 6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X If you already own my new book, these won’t come as a surprise, but if you’re just coming from iPhoto ...

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Epic Photography Fails…Can Be Awesome

My latest article for Lynda.com is now posted, wherein I rebel against good photo settings and make the point that even mistakes are better than nothing. Go see the errors I made and how I compensated for them: Epic Photography Fails…Can Be Awesome (The headline is a little hyperbolic, but hey, it gets your attention, ...

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Dealing with Safari Adware that Won’t Go Away

My column in today’s Seattle Times was inspired by two separate reports of readers who found themselves locked out of Safari due to scummy adware. I talk about how to get back into Safari and offer advice on how to avoid the scams in the future. Read it here: Dealing with Safari adware that won’t ...

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Lightroom Mobile Article Featured in Adobe Mailing

If you subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan (which includes Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC, plus Creative Cloud syncing and Lightroom mobile for $10 a month), you probably received an email today containing a familiar name: me! One of the highlights is a pointer (shown above) to the article that I published in Adobe ...

The Hidden Editing Power of Photos for OS X

Photos for OS X is a consumer application, replacing iPhoto, but you’ll be surprised at how capable it is as a photo editor. In my latest article for Macworld, I look at several unexpected ways the editing features are more powerful than it appears, from keyboard shortcuts to the sophisticated Levels tool. Read it here: ...

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Review: Capture One Pro

When I wrote the Macworld review of Adobe Lightroom CC 2015, several people in the comments brought up Capture One Pro, another photo manager and editor with a loyal following. Macworld hadn’t ever reviewed it, so I pitched it to my great editors and they said yes. Read it here: Capture One Pro 8.3 review: ...

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TripMode Keeps You Under Your Data Cap While Traveling

When I was co-leading a photo workshop in May, we spent several days at a hotel that had meager (to be polite) Internet access. Fortunately, my cellular-equipped iPad picked up an LTE signal easily. So, using the iOS Personal Hotspot feature, I connected my MacBook Pro to the iPad… …and swiftly burned through my cellular ...

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How to Tell Photos to Buzz Off for Now

I like the new Photos for OS X application on the Mac (I just finished writing a book about it!), but not everyone is ready to switch from iPhoto or Aperture. However, Apple is certainly ready, because it opens Photos automatically whenever you connect a camera or a memory card. In my most recent column ...