It is that time of year again. NAB is just around the corner. My inbox and social media have already been flooded with official announcements and "unofficial" leaks. What am I excited to see on the show floor? There is a lot to cover, so let's dive in. Lytro Cinema — Lytro's light field cameras caused quite a stir in the photography community a while back. And, while the consumer market was not ready for the Illium, Lytro has not been idle. I knew they had VR projects in the pipeline, but I did not see Lytro Cinema coming. … [Read more...] about What to Look For At NAB 2016
In what certainly counts as the least surprising Apple keynote in recent years, the company teased two new products on Monday that shrink existing products: a new 4-inch iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While the phone is aimed squarely at new customers, the iPad seems to answer many of the complaints existing Apple devotees had of their massive 12-inch iPad Pro which hit the streets six months ago. The new more svelte iPad Pro packs almost all of the processing punch of it's bigger sibling into the more hand-friendly 9.7-inch form factor 200 … [Read more...] about There’s a New, Smaller iPad Pro. Should You Care?
By now most of you have heard of Aurora HDR from Trey Ratcliff and the team at Macphun, and if you haven't, well it's a joint project by Trey and Macphun to create an application tailored to exactly what the most prolific HDR photographer in the world would want out of software. Over the course of an entire year they worked together to create an app for photographers of all skill levels that would produce incredible images. You can run it as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop Elements, OR you can run it as a complete … [Read more...] about Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro Update Has Me Impressed!
Have you tried to delete images or video on your iPhone to free up space, only to find out that you never seem to gain any free space? Apples Photos app has a built-in trash folder to save you from immediately deleting your photos or videos. Its set to auto-delete after 30 days, but its really easy to manually delete. Heres my quick tip: Step 1 Inside Settings > General > About, we can see how much space we have remaining on our phones. Step 2 Inside the Photos app, click on Albums in the lower-right corner. Step 3 Find the album … [Read more...] about Quick Tip to Free Up Space for Photos on Your iPhone
On Friday, September 25th, Apple released the next addition to their industry-shaking smartphone, the iPhone. Customers who were fast enough to preorder either the iPhone 6s and/or the iPhone 6s Plus either queued up in front of their local Apple Store or had a courier deliver their unit(s) to their doors. For the past year, I've used an unlocked 128Gb Silver iPhone 6 Plus and have been exceptionally pleased with it. So, when preorders for this next generation of smartphones went live, I stuck with what I knew and ordered an unlocked 128Gb … [Read more...] about A First Look: The Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple took the lid off their long-anticipated large-format iPad this week and as people line up for and against the new tablet I sat down with Jeff Carlson to discuss what the new technology means to photographers. Carlson is the author of the book, The iPad for Photographers, which is currently in its third edition with Peachpit Press. Key Features of the iPad Pro The iPad Pro is due to arrive in November, but at Wednesdays event, Apple gave us a long look at the new member of the incredibly popular iPad line. With its 12.9-inch screen … [Read more...] about Apple’s New iPad Pro – Laptop Killer or Just a Bigger iPad?
Apple just announced the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with a redesigned 12 megapixel camera. For those of us who rely on their phones as a behind the scenes camera or use this as our backup camera, this is a good thing. Processor and Physical Improvements Sure, many will pay attention to the megapixels, but it's what you do with them that matters. Apple promises that the new phone has a new image signal processor that works with iOS 9 to provide better temporal and spatial noise reduction. They also utilize an improved local tone mapping option … [Read more...] about What’s New with the iPhone 6s and Why Does it Matter to a Photographer?
If youre a business professional, content creator, gamer, or just want to simplify your 4K workspace, your world is about to get faster and simpler. - Thunderbolt Technology Intel just announced Thunderbolt 3 with a USB-C connector supporting single-cable support for dual 4K displays. Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while also supplying power. USB-C is the new industry-standard connector and cable used for connectivity and power. It was developed by the … [Read more...] about Just Announced Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C Connector
As a long-time Aperture user, and one of the original proponents of Aperture, I was very disappointed when Apple pulled the plug. But I saw this coming a couple of years ago and already switched to Lightroom. That doesn't take the sting away. And when Apple announced that it had a new app to replace both iPhoto and Aperture, I had the slightest hope there might be something there for me and other serious photographers. My First Impressions I had beta access and frankly, my initial impressions were not good, but I held out hope that the final … [Read more...] about Why Apple’s New Photos App Is Not For Me
Apple just released its long-awaited Photos app to the public (a beta was available recently that people could sign up for). You can get the application by simply updating your copy of your OS to OS 10.10.3 (use the Apple menu and choose App Store). You can also find the update here. What's Available Apple Photos is a streamlined tool that allows users to work with their images. Here's the official core feature list from Apple. Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views Navigate your library using … [Read more...] about Apple Photos Now Available (And Aperture Isn’t)
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. They say everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But there are steps I can take to … [Read more...] about Recover Files from a Corrupt Memory Card Using Mac Disk Utility
Apple just announced the availability of its new photo application, Apple Photos. While its not shipping yet, there is a public beta program available. Apple also released more details about the application. Migration from Aperture Aperture libraries can be moved to Photos for OS X. This includes photographs, their adjustments, keywords and albums. The Aperture library will remain intact after migration. Aperture and Photos do not share a library. Any changes made to the same photo in Photos will not appear in Aperture. Remember, Aperture … [Read more...] about Apple Photos Beta for OS X Available Now
Geotagging, or the act of applying detailed geographic coordinates, to my photos is exceptionally important to me. I do a lot of traveling and am often photographing in remote areas. So, being able to remember exactly where I took a particular photo has saved my bacon a number of times. Additionally, it just makes things so much easier if/when I want to return to a particular spot to have another crack at a photo. Finally, when I'm out shooting, it's important to me that I don't keep my feet planted in one place. I want to know that I was … [Read more...] about Easy Photo Geotagging Using Your Smartphone
Last July, Apple announced that development on Aperture would cease. Last October, Adobe announced an Aperture Import Plugin for Lightroom. Both announcements garnered groans from me. The writing was on the wall. It was time for me to finally become an Adobe switcher. To explain, I have to share a bit of background. I come from video production. Specifically, I cut my editing teeth on Apple's Final Cut. So naturally, I gravitated to Aperture to manage stills. For the most part, I was content in my Apple bubble. Then, at NAB 2011, as part of … [Read more...] about Why I Am (Finally) Migrating to Lightroom
Before I start this article, let's set the record straight. I'm a long time Aperture user... I started with Aperture the first day it was released. My Aperture library tracks my evolution with digital photography and it was one of my favorite tools for years. A while back I decided to switch from Aperture to Lightroom. I've always used Photoshop in conjunction with Aperture for my Panoramic work and advanced retouching. Recently, Ive been absolutely inundated with people asking me how to move their libraries from Aperture into Lightroom. … [Read more...] about The Essential Guide to Moving an Aperture Library to Adobe Lightroom
Back in the day, Instagram photos used to show up in our Twitter feed. That changed several months after Instagram was bought by Facebook in April of 2012, and . Instead, if a photo is shared through Twitter, it is linked to the photo on Instagram instead of being embedded into your tweet. Instagram is the number one way that I (and millions of other people) share mobile photos. For those of us with linked Twitter accounts, the bottom line is that more people are less likely to see the photo if they have to click a link to view it. But alas! … [Read more...] about How to Post Instagram Photos Directly to Twitter
Breaking up is hard to do. No one likes coming to the realization that a once blossoming relationship is now dwindling, leaving you less than fulfilled and perhaps jaded. When Apple dealt the blow back in June that it was killing my beloved Aperture, I was heartbroken. I was an early adopter of Aperture. Actually, because I was working for Apple at the time of the release (November 2005), I was glued to the demo on the sales floor the day it came out and took home a copy that night. At the time there was nothing like it. Apple's iPhoto … [Read more...] about Breaking up with Aperture
Finally! Its been forever, but Apple has given us a dark mode in their new release of OS 10.10 Yosemite, bringing a black menu bar and a whole bunch of new features. Its surprising how much nicer the black menu bar is once you try it. When I first installed Yosemite, my eyes were always drawn to the stark-white bar on the top of my screen. With the black menu bar, it fits perfectly with the black bezel on my laptop, and looks great with my Adobe applications. Adobe launched dark versions of Photoshop in the CS6 collection and Ive since wanted a … [Read more...] about The Black Menu Bar is Finally Here!
Like many of you, I had the Apple product announcement playing in the background at the studio recently. I was excited by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but what I really wanted to see was the Apple Watch. There are so many possible applications for wearable computing devices and, until Apple, no manufacturer had come close to realizing that potential. Why Does Apple Watch Matter to Photographers? What makes the Apple Watch a potential game changer? A combination of form factor, Bluetooth, WiFi and apps that take advantage of all three. … [Read more...] about Apple Watch | The Photographer’s New Best Friend?
iPhone Day! Yesterday, I woke up at 6AM morning to head over to the Apple Store at Pioneer Place in Portland, OR. It was "iPhone Day" after all and there was a 128GB silver iPhone 6 Plus with my name on it somewhere in that store. Fortunately, I successfully preordered mine last Friday and somehow managed to be the very first person in the Reservations line, whereas the line for the day-of purchasers literally wrapped around the entire city block. But based on the global news reporting on this launch, no one should be surprised. The Face Off … [Read more...] about Photo Face Off: iPhone 6 vs Android
The beta for Apple OS X Yosemite is expected to drop tomorrow (Thursday, July 24). This is a public beta program that allows the first 1 million users signed up to test drive the next release of OS X. The goal is to try it out and submit your feedback to Apple. Some official details... What is the OS X Beta Program? OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac … [Read more...] about Want to Get OSX Yosemite First (And Free)?
Apple announced today that it will no longer add features to its professional imaging application Aperture. Apple will continue to update camera formats for the foreseeable future. Apple is folding iPhoto and Aperture into its new release of the Photos app included in the recently announced Mac OSX Yosemite operating system coming this fall. The announcement quoted below from The Loop's Jim Dalrymple says in part that "With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in … [Read more...] about Apple Discontinues Aperture
This week's podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152934578" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a … [Read more...] about Lindsay Adler, Apple News & Hot Gear | Photofocus Podcast 6/5/14
When you are first learning Photoshop, layer masks can seem overwhelming and confusing. It's ok, photoshop itself can be overwhelming and confusing. I promise, once you understand the basics of Layer Masks, you'll be glad to utilize this skill in your post processing workflow. In fact, you will find that using layer masks is one of the most essential parts of Photoshop. What is a Layer Mask? Mask might be a deceiving term. Think of Transparency instead. If you think of it as Layer Transparency, that often will make a difference in understanding … [Read more...] about Working with Layer Masks
Before I begin, let me state that my shop is cross platform. We use both Mac and Windows. The Mac just celebrated it's 30th birthday. I've been using them for that long and owned one for 24 years (no, not the same one). Apple recently released an interactive survey where which built a cool interactive timeline about Mac customers. Here it is. http://www.apple.com/30-years/your-first-mac/. You can choose which Mac was your first and why you bought it. I was really intrigued by which market segments drive purchases. Some REAL surprises … [Read more...] about Where Does Photography on the Mac Rate as a Reason to Buy?
If you're a Mac user, a new camera update has recently shipped (version 5.03). OS X Mavericks provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.03 Canon EOS M2 Resolved an issues that prevented lens correction from working properly with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 images Addresses a color cast issue with some OM-D E-M1 … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (5.03)
If you're a Mac user, a new camera update has recently shipped (version 5.02). OS X Mavericks provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. In good news, Apple seems to be picking up the pace of support (although I still wish they'd get as fast as other companies). Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.02 Nikon D5300 Nikon Df Olympus OM-D E-M1 Sony Alpha … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (5.02)
Apple has recently released a bug fix update for Aperture. Version 3.5.1 is a free update for all Aperture 3 users. You can get the update here. Here's what fixed: White Balance now works as expected when using the Temperature & Tint eyedropper tool Fixes an issue that could cause the rectangles indicating detected faces to appear incorrectly When a metadata field is selected, the cursor now remains active in that field when using the Command and arrow keys to move between photos Includes stability improvements In case you missed it, … [Read more...] about Aperture Updated with Bug Fixes
My colleague Scott Bourne took a recent look at the iPhone 5S from the point of view of a photographer. Lets turn to the other features the camera supports and look at it from a video point of view. Let's get the necessary Apple clarifications out of the way first. I own an iPhone 4S (didn't feel compelled to upgrade to the 5 at full price thanks AT&T) I will be ordering an iPhone 5S I currently use my iPhone 4S as a behind the scenes and point of view camera for some of my professional projects I only have access to the published … [Read more...] about How Does The iPhone 5S Stack Up as a Video Camera?
Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera. This is a simple fact that even Apple's competition hasn't tried to dispute. With the announcement of the new iPhone 5S and a beefier camera, it's probable that there is less chance of that fact changing any time soon. I was honored to be invited by my old friend Leo Laporte to be a guest on his popular This Week in Tech (TWIT) show yesterday to discuss and critique the iPhone 5S announcement. We did the show live and like the rest of you, got bit by bit, the details of … [Read more...] about Apple Announces The iPhone 5S – It May Become The Most Popular Smartphone Camera Ever