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Following the publication of my guide to The Best 360 Degree Camera at The Wirecutter, I sat down with Chuck Joiner at MacVoices to talk all about it. We cover why someone would want a 360-degree camera in the first place, some background on how I went about making the final selections, and more.

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apple_watch_cc_cover_shadow.pngThe Apple Watch is now a year and a half old, and on its second hardware revision. (Technically, it’s on the third revision, since you can buy a Series 1 model that is identical to the original but with a better processor.) And watchOS 3 brings several enhancements and refinements to Apple’s wearable that show the company was listening to feedback from the first versions.

What better way to take advantage of those than with the latest 1.3 version of my book, Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course! If you bought a previous edition, you can get the update for free. If you don’t yet own it, grab it now while the Take Control Winterfest sale is going on to get 25% off the $10 cover price.

So what’s new in this version? That turns out to be an interesting question.

For this time around, my schedule didn’t allow me to work on this update to release it in the window we wanted, so Take Control enlisted the most prolific wordsmith Joe Kissell to do it in my place. I’ve worked with Joe on many projects over the years, and I couldn’t ask for a steadier hand to tackle the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3 information. And with Scholle McFarland as editor, I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything.

The update is great, and covers the new hardware, new features in watchOS 3 such as easily swiping to change watch faces and the new Dock, and contains 85 pages of densely-packed information and full-color illustrations.

For more on what’s to be found in the book, and some background on how it came about, check out this interview that Joe and I did with Chuck Joiner for MacVoices.

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Low light iphone 7

Following up my appearance in Adobe Create with tips for holiday low-light shooting, I’m happy to share… another tip for low-light shooting! In a total coincidence, Jackie Dove contacted me the other day wondering if I had any advice for shooting with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. You can read my tip in this article for Tom’s Guide: 6 Pro Tips for Taking Better Pictures With Your iPhone 7 Plus.

I opted to buy the iPhone 7 instead of the Plus, even though the Plus has a cool dual-camera system and Portrait Mode, because I find its size to be just too much for everyday use. But I’m loving my 7 so far.

Ellie holiday downtown

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The holidays offer a ton of prime photo-making opportunities, and many of those can be challenging. Shooting groups of people? Capturing Christmas morning? Getting details in low-light situations? Yep, I’ve been there, and I’m sure you have too.

Adobe Create contacted me and a few other photographers recently to ask for some holiday photo tips, which are now published in a new article at Adobe Create: How to Shoot Great Holiday Photos. My contributions include lighting for Christmas morning (a technique I learned from David Hobby’s Strobist blog), shooting outdoors in low light, and getting good (and spontaneous surprise) reactions in group shots.

Happy holiday shooting!

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The ever-gracious Chuck Joiner and I sat down to talk about Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course v1.2 recently, covering topics such as the strengths and weaknesses of the Apple Watch almost a year in, which important changes are in watchOS 2, and why I updated the book. Watch or listen to it here: MacVoices #16059: Jeff Carlson Updates His Apple Watch Crash Course.

The Committed Podcast

Speaking of my Photos for OS X and iOS book, one of the highlights of my week so far was talking to Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and Kirk McElhearn this morning for The Committed podcast about Photos for OS X. We cover the strengths and weaknesses of Photos for OS X and Photos for iOS, handling photos, and a great stretch about working with photo edits among all your devices.

Go listen here: Episode 92: “Foolish Consistency”. And subscribe to the podcast!

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Macvoices watch

This week I had an excellent talk with Chuck Joiner for his MacVoices podcast about the Apple Watch and my new book Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course. We discussed several topics in the interview, but one of the most interesting was how continued use of the Apple Watch shaped how we treat our devices and the flood of incoming data, and also how that affected the way I wrote the book. I think we covered some great ground.

Watch or listen to the episode here: MacVoices #15153: Jeff Carlson Talks Apple Watch and His Take Control Crash Course.

Flickr ipad air stats

Rob Walker at Yahoo Tech interviewed me last week for an article that went live today about iPad photography: iPad Photography: Should We Take It Seriously?

The article mostly focuses on using the iPad as a camera, dispelling the stigma of shooting with an iPad and recognizing that, like it or not, a lot of people use their iPads as cameras. Walker points to Flickr (also owned by Yahoo) and its page for the iPad Air—last year’s model—to discover that 6,254 photos captured with the Air’s camera were uploaded the day before the article appeared; that number is 8,667 for yesterday, October 28.

I also have to admit it’s still fun to be introduced as the person “who literally wrote the book on the subject.”

MacVoicesWhen Chuck Joiner interviewed me for his MacVoices show last week, we spent part of the time talking about The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition (see here) and the rest of the session talking about my current Take Control of Your Digital Photos ebook. Watch or listen to the episode here: MacVoices #13166: Jeff Carlson Takes Control of Your Digital Photos, One Step At A Time. Here’s a description:

Jeff Carlson has yet another digital photography project going, with a Take Control twist. His newest book will be Take Control of Your Digital Photos, but what makes it different is that he’s writing it online, one chapter at a time, and you can watch him do it if you’re a TidBITS member. Jeff talks about how the project has developed and how it is changing based on reader feedback as he goes. With approximately one article/chapter per week, the book can be enjoyed a little at a time. More importantly, you can use Jeff’s advice to take control of the mass of unorganized digital photos that you are sure to have sitting on a hard drive somewhere. Jeff feels that digital photos should be fun, and will help you take some of the drudgery out of tagging, organizing and sharing them.

MacVoicesLast week I had the pleasure to talk to Chuck Joiner for his MacVoices show about The iPad for Photographers. In this discussion, we talk about why the iPad makes a good photographer’s companion and plenty of tools and apps that can help in the field and in the studio. Audio and video versions of the interview are available: MacVoices #13164: Jeff Carlson Talks About The iPad for Photographers.