Tag: iphone

PhotoActive Episode 38: Levels and Curves with Nik Bhatt

The new episode of my PhotoActive podcast takes a detailed look at using Levels and Curves controls to adjust tones in photos. I first learned how to edit using levels, so for me, although I’ve written about them and used them, curves have never been intuitive. This episode was a real eye-opener. Kirk McElhearn and ...

A Look at Privacy Features at The Seattle Times

Apple has been in the news a lot lately regarding privacy, from the now-fixed Group FaceTime bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on audio before the other person picked up to tussles with Facebook and Google. You’ve probably also noticed that you need to click through more privacy-related dialogs lately. In my latest Practical Mac ...

Recently, on PhotoActive…

I’ve been remiss in posting links to the latest PhotoActive episodes (holidays, work, etc., etc.), so here’s the most recent batch pointing to the podcast that Kirk McElhearn and I produce. Also, starting this week we’re shifting to a fortnightly (every two week) schedule, instead of publishing one episode every week. We both have a ...

Adobe Capture CC Review

I’ve just published a review of Adobe’s Capture CC at Download.com. The app for iOS and Android bridges the real world with the digital, allowing designers and artists to sample textures, colors, fonts, and materials using a device’s camera, and then pass those to Adobe applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Capture CC is a ...

PhotoActive Episodes 26 and 27

We’ve been so busy creating PhotoActive episodes that I almost missed that last week’s episode marks half a year of podcasting the show! I love how they’re turning out, and the great feedback we’ve been getting from listeners. From the PhotoActive reviews on iTunes: This is the only photography podcast I can think of that ...

PhotoActive Episode 25: iCloud Photo Library

If you use Apple’s Photos app on your Mac or iOS device, are you also synchronizing your images via iCloud Photo Library? In this week’s episode, Kirk and I talk about the pros and cons of Apple’s cloud service for photos. Why should you consider it? What are the downsides? And if your images are ...

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 ...

PhotoActive Episode 23: Printing with Rick LePage

I know I should print my photos, but I rarely do. I don’t own an inkjet printer, for one thing, but the other impediment is that I just don’t know as much about printing as I’d like. On this week’s episode of the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk and I welcome Rick LePage, a great photographer and ...

PhotoActive Episode 22: Photo Editing Apps

Do you edit photos on an iPad or iPhone? You’ll be surprised (not) that I use my iPad Pro quite often when editing photos. It’s the best way to do it on the couch instead of trudging up to my home office. On the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk and I talk about ...

PhotoActive Episode 21: HDR

The latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast is out, and this week we’re talking HDR. “HDR” used to bring to mind surreal landscapes with garish colors and very few shadows. Fortunately, high-dynamic range photography has matured beyond those early days, and is a useful technique for getting more detail out of any scene. In fact, ...