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. 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?
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