Howard Mackay

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How-To: Safely prepare + wipe your iPhone for resale or trade-in

If you’re thinking of selling or trading in your current iPhone ahead of the iPhone 6S’s release, you probably know that you’ll need to wipe your device before a buyer can use it free and clear. Prepping an iPhone for resale used to be almost as easy as hitting a “reset” button in the iPhone’s …

Mobile Technology

Review: Akitio’s Thunder2 Dock fits a 7-port Thunderbolt 2 hub in your favorite MacBook bag

Up until recently, Thunderbolt 2 docks could mostly be described as “seen one, seen them all.” I’ve continued to like the idea of docks that fuse Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and other peripherals together in a single Thunderbolt-to-Mac connection, but the docks I’ve seen from Belkin, Elgato, and Kanex …

Gear & Gadgets

A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: Day 1, first impressions

I’m a self-confessed smartwatch skeptic. The first one I ever tried, the original Pebble, struck me as an extremely ugly solution in search of a problem. The Apple Watch, when it was finally announced, looked like a rather attractive (if too thick) solution in search of a problem.<p>Which raises the …

Smartwatches

This Picture Shows How Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Affect Your Photos

Here’s a helpful little infographic that has been floating around the Web. It’s a simple look at how the “exposure triangle” — aperture, shutter …

Making Sure All The Photos in Your Lightroom Catalog Have Your Copyright Info Embedded

Posted By Scott Kelby on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Featured, Library | 15 comments<p>Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This is a quick tip for making sure …

Tutorials

This Online Depth of Field Simulator Helps You Wrap Your Mind Around the Concept

Want to understand the concept of depth of field better? Polish photographer and programmer Michael Bemowski has created a fantastic and feature-rich …

Control Siri, iTunes and your iPhone’s camera from afar w/ Satechi’s Bluetooth buttons

Technology has created a much more accessible world, with nearly everything right at our fingertips. The thing is, sometimes we <i>still</i> just want easier access to a button, switch or that USB port in the back of your computer. Satechi has set out to solve this problem with three Bluetooth-enabled …

CES

Review: SwitchEasy’s Canvas returns as an affordable folio for iPad Air 2

Every iPad since the original has had a SwitchEasy Canvas case, a series of folio designs that hit their apex back in 2013 with an uber-protective version for the original iPad mini. The formula’s always the same: a canvas lid and mostly canvas back, plus a plastic iPad-holding shell and a fabric …

IPad Air

Review: ClamCase Pro case for iPad Air 2 – a premium keyboard case with a premium price

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re looking at some kind of ultra-small MacBook Air on the right, next to my MBA 11. It’s actually my iPad Air 2 in the ClamCase Pro keyboard case that combines all-round protection with a near-laptop-quality keyboard.<p>I’m testing here the case …

IPad Air

Video: How to Properly Fine Tune Autofocus on Your DSLR Through Micro-Adjustments

One pesky issue you may have run into with your DSLR is front-focusing or back-focusing, a problem that, in the past, required that you send your …

The Homeboy cam simplifies home surveillance with extended battery life and magnetic mounting

Unlike many of the currently available smart home security options out there, the new Homeboy camera offers a simplified take on home surveillance in a tiny all-in-one system. It is a completely wireless solution that requires no additional hardware, taps right into your home WiFi network and …

Paper by FiftyThree updated with Adobe Creative Cloud integration, push notifications and other improvements

The popular iPad drawing and sketching app Paper by FiftyThree has been updated with Adobe Creative Cloud integration, push notifications and sharing directly from Mix, a camera view during account creation, smoother shadows and general improvements for iOS 8. The updated version of Paper by …

Apple launches new service allowing local businesses to get listed on Apple Maps, solicits indoor mapping partners

Apple has launched a new web service called Maps Connect that allows small business owners to manage their listings on Apple Maps along with a tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. Companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address.<p>The …

How to Post-Process Almost Any Aspect of a Single Exposure Landscape Shot

Most tutorials tend to focus on one small aspect of the photographic process — be it tweaking a minor adjustment such as white balance or showing you …

NextGEN Gallery Export Plugin for Adobe Lightroom version 2.6.1

Version 2.6.1 is available for download.Changes in this version:• Restored support for multisite blogs.<br>• Export Dialog: fixed an issue with switching …

How to Avoid and Reduce Noise in Your Images

Tutorials

ProCam brings iOS 8’s manual camera controls into focus

ProCam 2 – confusingly now at v3.0 – is the first camera app that allows manual focus and exposure on devices running iOS 8. You now get full manual control of ISO, shutter speed, focus and white balance, all with neat-o on-screen sliders.<p>ProCam is already full-featured camera app. It lets you save …

Cameras

Withings’ new HomeKit-integrated video monitoring & environmental sensor device detects crying

Withings, a company well-known for its line of iPhone-connected health and fitness tracking accessories, today announced a new video monitoring device with environmental sensors called <i>Home</i>. While <i>Home</i> is a video monitoring solution that can be used for security, the company is also including some …

15 Free Organizational Tools for Photographers

These days, photographers are dramatically strapped for time. We live in a world where “busy” is the most common answer for “how are you doing?” …

How to Sharpen Photos using Adobe Lightroom

We all want tack-sharp images. Our cameras and lenses can only do so much for us, and once a photograph is <i>out</i> of the camera, the process of …

Dash releases its smart driving application for iPhone with support for third-party hardware

Dash, a popular smart driving tool that originally launched on Android in January, is now finally available for iPhone users. The free app pairs with a device that plug into your car and transmit data back to the app. From there you can see data about your car’s performance and alert you of any …

How to Take Full Advantage of Lightroom’s Develop Module, a Thorough Walkthrough

Behind every great photograph is a well-crafted creative workflow, and if you haven’t honed yours yet, then this seminar by photographer Robert …

Now you can slay Monster Hunter’s epic beasts right on your iPhone

If you’re willing to put in the time and effort to get to know <i>Monster Hunter Freedom Unite</i> in all it’s quirky glory, then this is a worthwhile purchase.

Monster Hunter

Interactive Web App Makes Sure You Never Forget a Photoshop or Lightroom Shortcut

When it comes to getting the most out your post-processing applications, you really want to know your shortcuts. The problem is, there’s so many …

How-to: Get started with Instant Alpha and Smart Lasso in Preview for OS X

As you may know, Instant Alpha is a feature that allows you to remove an object in an image from its background. You can find this feature in apps like Pages and Keynote, as well as the Preview app that comes built-in on Macs. As we’ve written recently in articles about signatures and marking up …

Back to Basics: A Refresher on the Dodge, Burn and Sharpen Tools in Photoshop

Photoshop is a program of many talents; however, there are three tools that you probably haven’t used much for some time now. As some of the first …

Improve Your Images with the Lightroom Graduated Filter Tool

The Lightroom Graduated Filter is a versatile tool for making local adjustments to your photos. Don’t be fooled by the name – it may be named after a …

Online Photography Marketplace ‘Crated’ Offers an End-to-End Platform Like Never Before

When it comes to wanting to sell physical prints of your photographs online, there are but a few platforms. And of the platforms that do exist, many …

6 Features of a Successful Photography Website

In a piece I wrote a short while ago about some of the myths concerning professional photography, one of the flagrant fictions included the following:<p>…