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By Jeff Carlson | Friday, April 24, 2015

What’s New in Photoshop Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6?

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When major software updates come out, we want to know what’s new to determine whether we should upgrade or not.

In most cases, the stakes are pretty low: Will a new spreadsheet program work faster? Will that new note-taking application sync with my phone?
But when we’re talking about photo management software like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the stakes are higher:

  • Will it improve my photo workflow?
  • Am I risking my entire photo library with its tens or hundreds of thousands of images?
  • Will it bring my computer to a crawl as it’s processing photos?

This week Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom CC, and I’m happy to report that the answers are yes; no; and surprisingly, no.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: My Passport Wireless for the Traveling Photographer

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Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.

In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.

What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.

But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.

By Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Discover the Hidden Powers of the Image Capture App

What can you do with the image capture app?

If you manage photos on a Mac, you probably import the shots from a camera to an application such as iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop Elements.

But long before any of those came along, the way to add photos to your Mac was a little utility called Image Capture.

The Image Capture app is still there (you’ll find it in the Applications folder), and it does more than just copy photos to your hard disk. Some people prefer to save photos to their hard disk and manage them using the Finder, while others perform actions on the files before moving them into dedicated photo library software.

Here are some ways to take advantage of Image Capture’s features.

By Derrick Story | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Moving from Aperture to Lightroom

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Every time I pack up and move from one house to another, I say, “I’m never doing this again!” Moving is laborious, tedious, and at times, frustrating.

Switching from Aperture to Lightroom can feel the same.

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How Lightroom Mobile 1.1 May Change Your Mobile Photo Workflow

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Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile app, introduced in April, was notable for two things: it brought many of the editing capabilities of the desktop version of Lightroom to the iPad, and it opened a connection for synchronizing photos between both destinations. You could add photos in your Lightroom library to collections on a Mac or a Windows PC and mark the collections to sync with Lightroom Mobile via Creative Cloud.

Lightroom Mobile 1.1, released this week, adds a few new features but, more importantly, now runs on the iPhone. That development doesn’t just add one more device on which you can view and edit your photos. It could fundamentally change the way you work with the photos you capture using Apple’s camera-that-also-happens-to-be-a-phone.

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, June 03, 2014

One Library Shared by Both Aperture and Lightroom

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Aperture or Lightroom?

Some photographers just can’t decide. And to be honest, for image editing, they don’t have to.

That’s because both Aperture and Lightroom can be configured to share the same collection of master images. Keep all of your photos in one directory—on your computer or external hard drive—then “point”each application to them.

By Tim Grey | Thursday, May 15, 2014

Why You Should Add Keywords and Metadata to Your Photos

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One of the real advantages of digital photography over film photography is metadata. As soon as we capture a photograph digitally, we have a tremendous amount of information available about that photo. This information is generated automatically by the camera, so it relates primarily to the equipment and camera settings used to capture it.

For example, you can easily review which camera and lens were used, as well as the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO setting. These details can be helpful when evaluating images later or searching for a particular photo. They can even help you improve your photography by letting you identify the settings that worked best for a particular situation.

By Derrick Story | Monday, May 12, 2014

The Unlimited Laptop and Aperture

The Unlimited Laptop and Aperture

If only our laptops held more photos. Life would be so much easier if we could combine the speed of today’s solid state drives and the vast storage of spinning platters. So how do you cope with the thousands of photos captured on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation abroad?

I face this situation all the time—not because I’m constantly on vacation to exotic lands, but because I’m an event photographer who spends a lot of time on the road. I travel with a MacBook Pro 15-inchRetina display laptop with a 256 GB SSD drive. I wouldn’t give up the speed of solid state storage for anything. And thanks to Aperture’s versatile library management, I don’t have to.

Here’s how I manage gigabytes of photos annually with just my laptop on the road and external storage at home.

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