By Jeff Carlson | Friday, February 13, 2015
Last week, Apple re-revealed Photos for OS X, the Mac counterpart to the Photos app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Available now as a preview for developers, Photos for OS X will be included with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 in the spring.
Apple first teased Photos for OS X at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last June, and a month later announced that iPhoto and Aperture were being retired. In the interim, we’ve been left wondering what the replacement will be like:
Will it open existing iPhoto and Aperture libraries? Will Photos replace all of Aperture’s professional organizing and editing features?
Now we have a better idea of what’s coming. The Photos for OS X app will be immediately familiar, as it echoes (but doesn’t completely duplicate) the Photos for iOS app. It does open iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and even does so without duplicating your images.
However, that’s about as far as Photos goes when it comes to Aperture. The new application is a clear message—the latest in a string of messages over the years, really—that Apple is no longer pursuing the professional photographer market.
If you currently use iPhoto or Aperture to manage and edit your photo library, it’s time to start thinking about how Photos will fit into your workflow—which may involve migrating to a non-Apple application.
By Jeff Carlson | Friday, February 06, 2015
Have you exhausted the patience of friends and family members to act as subjects for your photo shoots?
Or maybe you’re looking to improve your portrait photography skills, experiment with new looks for your portfolio, or break into the fashion business.
If so, it might be time to hire a model.
Finding and hiring a model for the first time can be daunting. Do you go straight to a modeling agency, or reach out over social media? What can you expect to pay?
As with so many things in photography, the answer depends on scale, scope, and budget.
By Steve Simon | Sunday, January 25, 2015
I’m a street photographer. What I most love about my profession is that it allows me to shoot anytime, anywhere. From big-city streets to rural dirt roads, there are great images waiting to be found at every turn. I liken it to a treasure hunt; the treasures are everywhere if we choose to see them.
Since triggering the shutter at the right moment is so important to the success of my work, I tend to put the odds in my favor by shooting more. The more I shoot, the “luckier” I get; it can mean the difference between capturing an average picture or a five-star masterpiece.
But shooting is only half the battle. The secret to success is in the editing.
How do you choose “the best” of the many images you’ve captured?
By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, January 20, 2015
These days, photographers often find their images used by others without permission. When confronted, the user likely will claim that it’s a “fair use,” rather than an infringement.
While only a judge or jury can ultimately decide whether the use is a fair use, understanding the differences will help you protect your work.
By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, January 18, 2015
You’ve set a goal to become a better photographer this year. Now, where to start?
The easy route is to buy new camera gear, but that can quickly turn into a trap. Throwing a few thousand dollars into a high-end DSLR will no doubt get you technical improvements such as higher resolution images and faster autofocus—but it’s not a magic shortcut that levels up your skills just by unboxing the camera.
By Justin Reznick | Friday, January 16, 2015
Winter landscapes are stunning to behold—and to shoot. But cold-weather photography comes with a unique set of challenges.
It’s important for photographers to have the proper equipment and using smart techniques when shooting in the bitter cold.
Follow these strategies and gear tips to ensure that winter conditions don’t slow you down on your next photographic outing.
By Brian Matiash | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
One of the hallmarks of true growth as a photographer is learning to appreciate not only the what and how of creating photos, but also exploring the why. Once you understand what your camera and lenses can offer and how you can put them to use, the next step is to evaluate why you might use a particular lens or focal length over another.
I’m going to show you the importance of the lens you choose to use, specifically focusing on your actual focal length.
By Jeff Carlson | Monday, January 05, 2015
“What’s the most important thing to know about photography?”
The woman asking was in the back of a touring van with me, two of a dozen photographers bouncing along the highway between destinations on a photo workshop. She was relatively new to photography, enthusiastic about making images with a new DSLR that she was only just beginning to understand how to use.
I think she expected me to answer with something about lens choices or camera features. I had become an unofficial geek consultant during the workshop, happily fielding questions about camera gear, iPads, Macs, and software. Those things naturally shuffled through my brain, but after a moment I changed tack and said, “To go out and do it.”
Even as I spoke, I knew that sounded like the most obvious, clichéd, bumper-sticker answer one could come up with. Just do it! Carpé diem! Seize the sunrise! All that.
But to be a better photographer, you’ve got to develop and nurture a photographer’s eye. And to do that, you need practice, which means going out and making photos.
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