Category: Books


Photos Crash Course for macOS Sierra

Sometimes, it feels as if I’m a lone defender of Apple’s Photos app under macOS. Many people find it too different from iPhoto, or think it’s too basic (even though it’s actually quite sophisticated), or… I don’t know, they just don’t like change. Except for Aperture users who were abandoned by Apple—their discontent is understandable. ...


Aurora HDR 2017 Is Coming in September

[Aurora HDR 2017 is now out! Pricing updated below.] Macphun has announced the next version of Aurora HDR, and it looks like a great update! New features of Aurora HDR 2017 include: Improved tone mapping New tools, including an adjustable polarize filter and a radial masking tool Batch processing An updated interface Take a look ...


Take Control of Slack

If you’re not using Slack, there’s a good chance you will soon. Slack is a service for exchanging messages and data among groups. It’s not the first attempt at this type of software, but it’s certainly one of the most popular. Small businesses use it so employees can stay in touch no matter where they ...


Get My Free Aurora HDR Ebook from Macphun

The great folks at Macphun are currently including a short ebook I wrote for them with every Aurora HDR purchase: 10 Simple Steps to Make Amazing HDR Photos…but anyone can get it for free! It covers a few fundamentals, like tips for capturing good brackets in the first place, and points to features in Aurora ...


Take Control Books 50%-off Spring Sale

Take Control Books is having a 50%-off sale through March 21! This is a great opportunity to pick up my latest Take Control books as well as titles from some of the best writers covering the Apple and technology fields. Select any of the titles below, and then browse the Take Control catalog for more: Take Control ...


Apple Watch Crash Course 1.2 Update Now Available!

I’m excited to announce that Take Control Books has just published my update to Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course. Version 1.2 is now fully updated to cover watchOS 2 and the various improvements rolled into the watch’s operating system (see below). Although the book required a fairly substantial refresh, we’re offering it as ...


Aurora HDR Photoversity Guide Excerpt at iMore

The good folks at iMore have just published an excerpt from my book, Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide! If you’re looking for a good overview of the software, and a more in-depth taste of what the ebook offers, go read it now: How to create HDR photos with Aurora HDR [book ...


25% Off Take Control Books for WinterFest 2015

I know, I’ve been heavy on the deals lately, but that’s the way it is at the end of the year when so many folks are offering special prices on things. And I absolutely want to help you save money on books and products that I and people I know create. The latest is WinterFest ...


Buy Aurora HDR Pro, Get My Book for Free!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve teamed up with Macphun to present a special holiday deal for Aurora HDR Professional. For a limited time, buy Aurora HDR Professional for just $99 and get my Photoversity Guide for free! Also included is a Pro Training package by Trey Ratcliff, a pack of holiday textures, and a ...


Aurora HDR 1.1 Update Released

That was quick: Just a couple weeks after the initial release, MacPhun has released Aurora HDR 1.1 and Aurora HDR Pro 1.1, which fine tunes many features and adds a few, too. Read all about it (and pick up a copy of my new book about Aurora HDR!) at the Photoversity blog.