Category: How-to

Control Center Tips and More in The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I take a closer look at something that most of us probably use in the most limited way possible: Control Center on the iPhone and iPad. It’s the set of controls that appear when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or from the top-right ...

Long Exposure Photos in iOS 11

At TidBITS, I write about how to use the Long Exposure effect in iPhone photos to get silky waterfall photos.

How to Safely Clean iMovie Files from iPhone or iPad

Are old iMovie projects taking up too much storage on your iPhone or iPad? Learn how to safely remove them and be able to edit them later.

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New Book! Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide

For years when I’ve been out photographing landscapes, I’ve dutifully shot bracketed exposures: three or more images that represent light, dark, and balanced views of a scene. The advantage of brackets is to combine them later into a single HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo that includes more detail than what a camera sensor by itself ...

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How to Use Home and Lock Screens on iPhone 6s

Are you enjoying your new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Or perhaps you or a friend are new to iOS? I’ve just published my first article for iMore, a how-to primer on everything related to the Home screen and Lock screen under iOS 9. Did you know that when you’re viewing the new Search ...

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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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How to Remove Duplicate Events on Apple Watch

Yesterday my Apple Watch started showing duplicate events in the Calendar app and on the watch face (when events overlap, an exclamation point icon appears before the next event on the face). I’m not sure what spurred the issue, but for some reason this week my iPhone stopped updating iCloud information until I re-entered my ...

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Fourth of July, 2015

  For the Fourth of July this year, our neighbors invited us to join them at an office overlooking Lake Union here in Seattle. At first I wasn’t going to bring a camera. I’ve just finished six weeks of constant work to deliver back-to-back book manuscripts, and toting a camera with me felt like work. ...

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An Impromptu Lightning Photo Opportunity

Seattle experienced a record-setting high temperature of 96 degrees (F) yesterday, and with it came an unexpected lightning and thunder show. We don’t often see lightning here, so I was thrilled to sit in my living room with all the windows open and watch the display. And then I realized I should try to take ...