Category: Photography

PhotoActive Episode 49: Panoramas

The latest PhotoActive podcast episode is live, in which Kirk and I talk about creating panoramas to get the widest scope of any scene. We start with making panoramas in the iPhone’s Camera app, which is revolutionary to folks who’ve been stitching images from traditional cameras together. In the second half of the show, we ...

Albums in Lightroom, Part 2

My latest article at CreativePro is up, which wraps up a how-to discussion of using albums and collections in Lightroom. In Part 2, I cover smart collections, which are wonderful containers that update their contents automatically based on various criteria. Want to see which photos you shot a year ago this week? A smart collection ...

PhotoActive Episode 48: Adventures with Dan Bailey

In the latest episode of my podcast PhotoActive, I talk to photographer Dan Bailey about his book FUJIFILM X Series Unlimited: Mastering Techniques and Maximizing Creativity with Your FUJIFILM Camera—though we don’t focus on Fujifilm cameras. We’re more interested in questions such as how many of your camera’s features you should understand, whether technical details ...

PhotoActive Episode 47: Jeff Shoots an Event

The latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast is all about my experience as the event photographer at the CreativePro Week 2019 conference in Seattle.

Albums in Lightroom and Classic, Part 1

Lightroom and Lightroom Classic can store your entire photo library, but often they become mass containers for all the images. There must be better ways of organizing those shots to make them easy to find later. In my latest article for CreativePro, I explain how to use albums (Lightroom) and collections (Lightroom Classic). Read it ...

PhotoActive Episode 46: Pet Photography with Norah Levine

In the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk McElhearn and I chat with Norah Levine about her book Pet Photography: The Secrets to Creating Authentic Pet Portraits. We discussed not only how to get pets to do what you want (ha ha, says every cat), but also working with pet owners, who are often ...

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.

PhotoActive Podcast 45: Photo Editing Apps

Maybe you’ve used Apple Photos and are looking for more editing features, or perhaps you’re in the Lightroom ecosystem and weary of subscription pricing. In the latest episode of the PhotoActive Podcast, Kirk and I talk about a handful of Adobe Lightroom alternatives you may not be aware of, from Affinity Photo to Picktorial and ...

Bypass the Camera Roll in iOS 13

At Apple’s WWDC Keynote today, previews of iOS 13, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, and even a new iPadOS were shown to whet developers’ appetites and upcoming caffeine levels between now and fall, when these versions will be released. One thing in particular stood out for me, given my history with the iPad and photography: we ...

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 ...