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. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Lindsay Adler Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous … [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
The weekend is a great time to get organized. Here's a quick tip for Apple iPhoto users. Learn how to add your photos to a Smart Album automatically using parameters like ratings, keywords, locations, or even facial recognition profiles. This makes it a snap to find things and keeps things organized. ______ … [Read more...] about Get Organized with Smart Albums in Apple iPhoto
If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have recently shipped. OS X Mountain Lion 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 4.07* Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 Sony Alpha SLT-A58 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06* Canon EOS-1D C Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss … [Read more...] about New Raw Support for Mac Users
Follow Rich on If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion 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 4.06* Canon EOS-1D C Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss X7 Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / Kiss X7i Hasselblad Lunar Nikon COOLPIX A Nikon D7100 Nikon 1 J3 Nikon 1 S1 Sony Alpha … [Read more...] about On a Mac? Time to Update Your Raw Support
A few readers have asked for some Apple oriented tutorials... and I'd like to oblige. I'm actually a big fan of iPhoto as a great tool for emerging photographers and hobbyists (and yes I like Photoshop Elements for the same reason). Here is a short excerpt from a Lynda.com class I worked on. Let me know if you'd like to see more. This iPhoto tutorial shows how to improve an overexposed or washed out image with the Saturation control. The amount of saturation you use is very subjective, but consider pairing it with the Definition … [Read more...] about iPhoto Tutorial: How To Use The Saturation Control To Improve a Washed-out Photo
A few readers have asked for some Apple oriented tutorials... and I'd like to oblige. I'm actually a big fan of iPhoto as a great tool for emerging photographers and hobbyists (and yes I like Photoshop Elements for the same reason). Here is a short excerpt from a Lynda.com class I worked on. Let me know if you'd like to see more. This iPhoto tutorial shows how to improve black and white conversions by enhancing Definition and Contrast before applying the B&W effect, and refining the results with the Temperature slider. ____ … [Read more...] about iPhoto tutorial: Refining the Black and White effect with Temperature
If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion 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 4.05* Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm X100S Fujifilm X-E1 Fujifilm X-Pro1 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04* Leica D-Lux 6 Leica V-Lux 4 Leica X2 Nikon D5200 Pentax K-5 II Pentax … [Read more...] about New Mac Support for Fuji, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony Cameras
Guest Post & Photos by (Did you miss parts 1 and 2? Start here. then read this. Now that youve determined your strategy and structure, and youve been organizing old photos (and importing new ones) following your new system, you may want to get more granular on your organizationfor some photos, at least. ALBUMS The easiest way to break a big project into bite-sized chunks it to create albums. Lets say you took a long holiday and visited the beach, a museum, took a neighborhood tour, etc. It can be handy to separate those events, but not … [Read more...] about Organizing your Aperture Library, Part 3 of 3
Guest Post & Photos by (Did you miss part 1? Start here.) Once youve devised what your strategy is going to be, youre ready to sort out your old mess. Actually, first Id recommend that you live with the new structure for a little while, to make sure its to your liking. You may find that you want to make tweaks to it when you first start living with it, and theres no sense in organizing a decade of photos today to find out in a month that you wish youd done things slightly differently. So, once youve devised your structure, import all new … [Read more...] about Organizing your Aperture Library, Part 2 of 3
Guest Post & Photos by One of the most common requests I get for personalized help on ApertureExpert is to assist in organizing a library thats suffered years of neglect. When youre staring at a veritable rats nest of images, getting them sorted out can be a very daunting task! But the old adage applies perfectly well here How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. DETERMINING A STRATEGY Before moving anything, first devise an organizational strategy; a structure that makes sense to you now, and that you will follow for the future. … [Read more...] about Organizing your Aperture Library, Part 1 of 3
By If you're using a Mac, you need to fire up the software update engine.... Apple Menu > Software Update. There's been a trio of recent Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Updates. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04* Leica D-Lux 6 Leica V-Lux 4 Leica X2 Nikon D5200 Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-5 IIs Pentax K-30 Pentax Q Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.03* Canon EOS 6D Nikon 1 V2 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02* Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Olympus … [Read more...] about Got a New Camera and a Mac? It’s Time to Update
And Why It's Now Official - I Am Permanently Switching To Lightroom 4x Since dropping out of MacWorld and most of the other big electronics/computer shows, WWDC (The World Wide Developer's Conference) in San Francisco has become Apple's most important venue for product announcements. What used to be all about code and SDKs is now about that and hardware. This week's WWDC Keynote brought lots of hardware. A few surprises and a few things that I predicted. Let's start with the new MacBook laptop line. The big news is a 15.4" 2880x1880, 4.46 … [Read more...] about WWDC – Apple’s Latest Announcements From A Professional Photographer’s Point-of-View
Here's a quick little tip that will save you time in Aperture. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto or any other post-prodcessing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. ____________________ … [Read more...] about Free Video Tutorial – Apple Aperture Time Saving Tip
Apple officially unveiled iBooks this week. Apple also announced a free tool to make these books called iBooks Author, which is available now. The free iBooks Author program is available in the iTunes App Store. The books can be distributed free or at a cost of up to $14.99 each. Apple's new digital books feature a much more rich and interactive components than existing, consumer-focused e-books. You can include photos of course, but you can also include galleries, pages with video, rich 3D graphics, multitouch support, HTML support, … [Read more...] about A New Way For Photographers To Self-Publish
UPDATE: Lion has stabilized a bit - and when I bought computers that came with Lion installed - they were very stable. But I would not upgrade to Lion unless and until it becomes even more stable. Executive Summary - Lion Sucks! I waited to buy Lion to make sure all the software plugins and drivers I depend on had been upgraded. I got IOS5 on my iPhone and decided - what the heck - I'll bite the bullet and upgrade my MacBook Pro running a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8GB memory. Wow - I wish I hadn't. I usually embrace most Apple system … [Read more...] about My Mini-Review on Mac OSX Lion – Version 10.7.2 – A Photographer’s POV
NOTE: I wrote this post the day before Steve Jobs died. I wasn't going to run it but decided that a story about the success of the iPhone is the perfect way to celebrate his life. This post is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011 If you look at this strictly from the number of photos taken, the iPhone wins the distinction of being the most popular camera in the world. You can see it on Flickr for instance, or at any number of other photo sharing sites. The iPhone is downright ubiquitous! More people upload pictures from iPhones … [Read more...] about The iPhone Is One Of The Most Popular Cameras In The World & A Tribute To Steve Jobs
UPDATE: Today Apple issued an update to iPhoto (This update addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4431) Apple's iPhoto is one of the most popular photo editing and sorting programs in the world. After all, it's free with every new Mac. Not everyone wants or needs the power of Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. Still others simply can't justify the cost of those programs. In steps iPhoto. iPhoto hadn't seen any major … [Read more...] about Apple Updates iLife Suite to Version 11 – iPhoto Makeover