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With so much focus on the iPhone 7, which started trickling into customers’ hands today, more people are thinking about mobile photography. Jill Waterman at B&H Photo wrote an article containing tips that go beyond the typical rules of composition and lighting. I’m quoted talking about the software behind the lens (a topic I’ve found myself discussing in a few situations this week), and two of my mobile photos are included. Read it here: 8 Tips from Mobile Photography Professionals, plus their Favorite Apps.

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Valley of Light

My wife and I spent the weekend near Leavenworth, Washington at a cozy cabin with this as the view. Although I didn’t know if there would be much of a sunset the first night, the sun shone horizontally down a nearby valley for a wonderful show. Having a glass of wine at hand didn’t hurt, either. (Click to view the image larger.)

About the photo: I merged three exposures using Lightroom’s built-in HDR tool and then edited it further in Lightroom.

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Sunflower Sunset

Usually when I visit my mom at the farm, I take it real easy. And I certainly did that on this week’s visit. But I also told myself I would try to do some photographing while here. One evening, my mom and I headed to a field of sunflowers in time to catch the sunset. Except for almost losing a shoe in a muddy stretch of irrigation at the edge of the field, it was a nice little excursion.

About the photo: Single shot captured on a tripod, 12mm at 1/30 second at f/2.8. Normally I’d use a narrower aperture to get more detail in focus in the background, but the light was fading pretty quickly, so I left this lens wide open. I exposed for the sunset so it wouldn’t be blown out, and brought up the detail in the field using a graduated filter in Lightroom.

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Dockside, Downtown Seattle

A pause while unloading trucks at a dock in downtown Seattle. (Click the image to view it larger.)

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The Wirecutter just published two enormous guides about photo accessories, which includes a couple of pieces I wrote for them. The guides cover a huge range of topics, from flashes to storage to camera straps and more.

It was great to work with the Wirecutter editors, a truly top-notch bunch of professionals who know their audience well. I contributed the Lens Filters (UV, ND, and circular polarizers) and Direct Backup for Photographers sections of The Best Camera Lens Filters, Flashes, and Accessories for Taking Great Photos piece.

You’ll also like the other piece, The Best Camera Bags, Straps, and Accessories to Carry With You, in which I’m quoted speaking favorably about the Peak Design Everyday Messenger.

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Your photos and videos are valuable, irreplaceable…and fragile. Digital photography makes it possible to capture and store thousands of photos, but a malfunctioning disk or power surge can rip them all away in a moment.

But that’s not going to happen to you. Not because the heavens favor your computer over all others (they don’t), but because you will have an easy backup system in place! Over at Peachpit, I share strategies for making sure your photos—and all your other data—remain secure even in the face of disaster.

Read it here: 5 Easy Steps to Back Up Your Photos and Videos

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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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Photos for OS X is a consumer application, replacing iPhoto, but you’ll be surprised at how capable it is as a photo editor. In my latest article for Macworld, I look at several unexpected ways the editing features are more powerful than it appears, from keyboard shortcuts to the sophisticated Levels tool.

Read it here: The Hidden Editing Power of Photos for OS X

(Fair warning: the Macworld page includes an annoying auto-playing video. In fact, as I write this, all the comments in the article are about the video. Macworld’s editors can’t do anything about it, unfortunately: it’s a business decision made higher up. I know first-hand that the editors have tried for years to get rid of the autoplay videos.)

Speaking of Photos for OS X, my new book is now available!

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Apple is in the middle of a dramatic overhaul of its photo software, discontinuing iPhoto and Aperture and replacing them with the new Photos for OS X. Since iPhoto was the pre-installed, easy-to-use application for managing digital photos on the Mac, millions of people use it for their photo libraries. But Photos for OS X isn’t just an update to iPhoto—it’s a complete rewrite that often looks and behaves differently than its predecessor, designed to work with the Photos app on iPhones and iPads and with the new iCloud Photo Library.

This is where my new book comes in! The full title is Photos for OS X and iOS: Take, edit, and share photos in the Apple photography ecosystem, and it covers the whole shebang, such as:

  • How to capture photos and videos using an iPhone or iPad (even the Apple Watch!)
  • Smart strategies for converting iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and what changes when you switch to Photos for OS X
  • Importing photos from any camera
  • How to set up and use iCloud Photo Library, and understand its occasional quirks
  • How to edit photos on the Mac (which is more capable than you might think!) and on iOS devices
  • Creating prints, photo books, calendars, and slideshows

I’ve packed a lot of information into 200 pages, along with full-color photos, lots of screenshots, and plenty of answers. The book is now available in stores and from online retailers for as little as $18. (If you order the print or ebook versions from Amazon.com or directly from Peachpit, I get a small commission that helps to support the work I do. Peachpit also offers a bundle that includes the print book and ebook files—PDF, EPUB, and MOBI.)

To celebrate the launch, I’m giving away five copies of the ebook version! To be eligible, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter. You’re welcome to unsubscribe after the drawing if you’d like; the newsletter is a way for me to get to know my readers better, announce new projects, and do giveaways like this. I’ll pick the five winners randomly on Monday, August 10, 2015.

Congratulations to Elsa, Marc, Dawn, Andrew, and (someone who left only an email address), who should be receiving emails soon with a code for their free copies of the ebook version! I regularly do giveaways like this, so I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter for upcoming giveaways and to stay up to date with the projects I’m working on.

Here’s a selection of pages from the book to give you an idea of what you’ll find. I really like how it turned out:

I like the new Photos for OS X application on the Mac (I just finished writing a book about it!), but not everyone is ready to switch from iPhoto or Aperture. However, Apple is certainly ready, because it opens Photos automatically whenever you connect a camera or a memory card.

In my most recent column for The Seattle Times, I explain how to make Photos take the hint if you’re not ready to use it yet: Apple dumps iPhoto and Aperture, but you don’t have to.

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