Category: Macintosh

Fun with Depth Map Photos

When you shoot a Portrait Mode photo on an iPhone, the camera generates a depth map, which is a representation of which objects are closer or farther from the camera’s lens. Apple uses that depth map to identify the background in an image and add simulated blur to give the effect of a shallower depth ...

Guest on the EssentialApple Podcast

I had the great pleasure of being a guest on The Essential Apple podcast this week, where I chatted with Simon Parnell and Mark Chappell about Apple-related photography topics, the latest news about the company, and of course what’s on everyone’s mind: bagel-emoji-gate! It’s a fun conversation that I think you’ll enjoy. Go here: Essential ...

Photo Browser Utilities for Mac

I write often about photo tools such as Lightroom and Apple’s Photos (and soon, Luminar), but sometimes those big applications are overkill for photographers who just want a simple way to review and cull their photos. Perhaps you keep your images filed in folders on your computer. Or, like my PhotoActive Podcast co-host Kirk McElhearn, ...

Mojave Features that Stand Out

My previous Practical Mac column focused on features in iOS 12 that I recommend, and now that macOS 10.14 is out, my latest column looks at Mojave improvements to try first.

New iOS 12 and macOS Mojave Take Control Books

Get Take Control books about iOS 12 and macOS Mojave now.

NAS: What to Know Before Buying

My approach to storing all of my digital files—from documents to terabytes of digital photos—has been pretty straightforward over the years. I buy new hard drives when the old ones fill up. It’s helped that drive prices have steadily declined per-gigabyte. But that’s left me with a lot of unused drives lying around, and active ...

How to Easily Share Lightroom Photos to a Group

Did you photograph a group event, family gathering, or client shoot and want to make those images available for just the participants? The sharing features in most photo applications let you either send pictures to a friend or two, or post them to social services such Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. If you use Adobe’s Lightroom ...

Podcast and Audio Tools Article

I'm not an audio engineer, but I can do sophisticated audio recording using Audio Hijack on the Mac. I write about it in my latest Seattle Times column.

What APFS Does for You, and What You Can Do with APFS

By necessity, a sizable chunk of my new book Take Control of Your Digital Storage talks about file systems, and Apple’s new APFS (Apple File System). APFS is installed automatically on Macs with solid-state storage (SSD) when upgrading to macOS High Sierra. But what does APFS do? Why would Apple change the fundamental technology behind ...

Take Control of Your Digital Storage

Now available! I've just published Take Control of Your Digital Storage, a new ebook that answers your questions about disks, NAS, RAIDs, Disk Utility, and more.