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Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson gave up an opportunity to intern at a design firm during college because he suspected that they really just wanted someone tall to play on their volleyball team, and instead worked in the Whitworth publications office where he got to actually, you know, design stuff. In the intervening years, he's been a designer and writer, authoring best-selling books on the Macintosh, Web design, video editing, and Palm organizers. He's currently a columnist for the Seattle Times, contributing editor to the respected electronic newsletter TidBITS, and consumes almost too much coffee. Almost.

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Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X

We want photos on the Mac and on iOS devices to seamlessly find their ways into our photo libraries, but until recently that was essentially impossible. Apple’s Photos for OS X and Adobe’s Lightroom CC include cloud-based options for synchronizing photos among devices, but take different paths to reach that goal.

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Apple Dramatically Expands Edition Line

“Go for the gold” is no longer just about the Olympics, as Apple introduces 18-karat gold “Apple Edition” versions of a number of its popular products for the burgeoning luxury tech market.

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View iCloud Photo Stream Photos on Your Mac with MyPhotostream

If you want to view photos that are saved to iCloud’s My Photo Stream feature on your Mac, you need to do it in iPhoto or Aperture — two Apple applications that are scheduled to be retired. MyPhotostream is a new alternative that intentionally does just one thing: displays your My Photo Stream photos in a simple environment.

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Bring iPhone Slo-Mo Videos Back Up to Speed

If you accidentally recorded a video in Slo-Mo mode on an iPhone or iPad Air 2, you can’t easily save a real-time version. Jeff Carlson shares a couple of workarounds using either the free Slow Fast Slow app or iMovie for iOS.

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Why Apple Kept the 16 GB iPhone in Favor of 32 GB

Wondering why configurations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at a pathetic 16 GB instead of jumping to the more logical 32 GB? The answer is most certainly profit for Apple, and that higher profit comes from a bit of clever psychological marketing.

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Aperture’s Golden Hour

Apple is retiring Aperture, its professional photo software, in favor of the new Photos application for OS X. Jeff Carlson examines why the transition isn’t like most software and what Photos will need to do (and may fail at) in the future.

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Sit Up Straight for the Roost Laptop Stand

The Roost laptop stand resembles scaffolding more than the typical slabs available to raise your portable computer, but its light weight and compact storage hide a sturdy lift.

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OmniOutliner 4 Refines the Outlining Process

OmniOutliner users have waited a long time — since before Apple switched to powering Macs with Intel processors — for a major-version update of the versatile outlining application. Jeff Carlson looks at what’s new in OmniOutliner 4.

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Mysterious Mac Pro Posters Appear

Apple can be utterly mysterious. Jeff Carlson received a tube of Mac Pro posters with distinctive Apple touches, of course.

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Photos Get Renewed Focus in iOS 7

Not only did Apple add a few new features to the built-in Camera app under iOS 7, the company revamped how the Photos app works. Jeff Carlson explains what’s new and different with both photo apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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“Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Chapter 9

If you’ve been using iPhoto for years and want to switch up to either Aperture or Lightroom, this final chapter of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” is for you! In it, Jeff explains how to migrate your photos from iPhoto to Aperture, which is incredibly easy, before showing you how perform the same task with Lightroom, where the migration requires more effort if you want to retain all your metadata from iPhoto (which you do).

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“Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Chapter 8

An old printed photo is precious often because it’s the only copy that exists. In the digital age, that type of scarcity isn’t a problem. You can easily make copies of a photo or have inexpensive prints made. And yet, digital photos suffer from a different type of scarcity: one hard drive failure can wipe out your photos — all of your photos — in an instant. The solution is to ensure you have a solid backup system in place. You also want to make sure you can view your photos in the distant future. Unfortunately, as I discuss at the end of this chapter, that isn’t an easy guarantee given how software and hardware will change over the years.

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“Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Chapter 7

So much of the information about photography out there focuses (pun intended) on the art and practice of capturing images, but very little addresses what to do with the shots once they’re in captivity. This is where the work you’ve done so far in terms of shooting smart, assigning metadata at import, and applying keywords and other metadata later on pays off. Armed with a photo library chock-full of metadata, you can locate images in a fraction of the time it would take to scan through them visually. I’ll show you how to search for specific metadata — such as keywords and ratings, and even camera-generated data such as aperture, shutter speed, and camera model — to track down shots. Then I’ll cover how to make that search capability work in your favor by building smart albums whose contents can change based on criteria you specify.

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“Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Chapter 6

A previous chapter talked a lot about adding metadata during the import process because that’s the easiest way to apply it. Assigning keywords and other information during that initial stage takes some prep time, but when you click the Import button, the metadata is applied with a broad brush across all your incoming photos. After import, though, you still have some touch-up work to do. To make your photos easily searchable later — the ultimate goal in our organization project — you also need to apply more-specific metadata to individual photos. This might include identifying people and landmarks, or describing shots. In this chapter, I look at how to choose good keywords and how to apply them smartly. I also discuss how to fix incorrect dates and times, how to apply geolocation information, and why it may not be worth investing the time in your program’s facial-recognition tools.

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“Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Chapter 5

You need to be judgmental about your images. Why? Judging your photos achieves two goals. It sets up a practical workflow for later, so you know right away which shots you want to share with others and which ones need work in an image editor before being ready to be made public (and which should be deleted or hidden). Judging also helps you become a better photographer, because it helps you look at your shots critically to determine what you’re doing right or wrong, and in what areas you excel or need to improve. In this chapter, I offer a system for judging and flagging your photos to make them most useful in your library. I also discuss what to do with the shots that don’t make the cut.