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These Photography Links Will Make You Happy

As the holiday season winds it's way to an end we find that Toad Hollow Photography has been focused on finding the best tutorials, special features …

My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2017 Edition

With the transition to iPad Pro as my primary computer fully achieved in 2016 and not surprising anymore, in 2017 I turned my attention to three other key areas of my life: working with the MacStories team, managing my time, and finding my favorite apps among many competing alternatives.<p>For the …

How to edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac

How can I edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac?<p>How to adjust brightness with Photos for Mac<p>Launch the <b>Photos app</b> on your Mac.<p>Find the <b>photo</b> in …

Adobe's Project 'Deep Fill' is an incredible, AI-powered Content Aware Fill

The coolest technology to come out of Adobe MAX is, sadly, not the technology we already have access to. Like Adobe's Project Cloak we showed you …

6 steps for organizing your messy photo library

Using the most basic digital or smartphone camera, you can shoot thousands of photos, dump them onto a computer and then shoot thousands more. In seconds, you can edit a photo series in ways that would take days to develop in the darkroom. But our images are usually stored on our devices, often …

Craig Federighi

Sony A5100 review and (quite personal) setup guide

The Sony A5100 is by many accounts a great little camera. It’s very small, it does pretty decent quality video, it has very fast autofocus, a …

Cameras

Moment’s new iPhone case will supercharge your photography

The iPhone camera is good right out of the pocket. Mobile lens company Moment Inc. launched three years ago believing it could make it even better.<p>It’s lens attachments have become favorites for many serious iPhone photographers trying to expand the range of the device’s fixed lens. Now, Moment is …

Find Files Faster and Organize Your Mac With Finder Tags

Advertisement<p>Tags are a great way to organize data, so that you can sift through it <i>fast</i> when you need to zero in on a particular element. Color-coded …

Tips for Photographing Waterfalls — Washington Trails Association

<i>By Ian Terry</i><p>Photographing waterfalls can be intimidating. Balancing long exposures with tricky light conditions—while also managing composition—is a …

iOS 10.3 tells you when it's time to delete an app

Apple is applying pressure on developers to update apps, starting with the good ol' name and shame technique.<p>It is safe to say we all have a few apps installed on our iOS devices that haven't received an update in a very long time. These apps can be problematic, as they slow down your device or …

Find out when iTunes items go on sale

Free app TunesGenie notifies you when there's a price drop on apps, albums, movies and TV shows, and even donates revenue to a good cause.<p>You might think that when you're buying digital goodies from iTunes -- apps, music, movies and the like -- the price is what the price is. It's not like there's …

Turn off those pesky location requests in your browser

Tired of sites that insist on knowing where you are? Here's how to disable the prompts in Chrome, Firefox and Edge.<p>It seems like more and more websites these days want to get a bead on you. You've no doubt seen the pop-ups: "XYZ-Site wants to know your location." Then you have to click Allow or …

Find out if someone has accessed your MacBook's camera

Get notified when your MacBook's iSight camera is being used to keep hackers from spying on you.<p>After reading about how hackers have taken control of a MacBook's iSight camera to spy on the person sitting in front of it, you might start to get a feeling that someone is watching you. Just because …

Friday 5: a few of my favorite Mac apps [Video]

In this Mac-centric Friday 5, I wanted to highlight features from several macOS apps that I utilize on a regular basis. A few of these apps are built-in macOS apps, while others can be found on the Mac App Store and directly from third-party developers.<p>As a huge fan of the Mac, these are some of …

Apps

9 ways to watch movies online for free

Only the popcorn will cost you. Well, that and the internet connection for your phone, laptop or set-top box.<p>No money in the budget for a Netflix subscription? Or Amazon Prime? Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can still enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to …

This In-Depth Video Tutorial Reveals 10 Photoshop Tricks That You’ll Wish You Had Known Before

Image-editing impresario Nathaniel Dodson of Tutvid is our go-to source of in-depth Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials that are guaranteed to make a …

Tutorials

How to Photograph Lightning: Helpful Tips for Nailing the Shot

Lightning is an amazing subject to try and photograph. Dazzling. Unpredictable. Fulfilling. I’ve been documenting the long arm of Zeus for more than …

Where Photos Files Are Stored on Mac

The Photos app in Mac OS aims to manage all images found within the application, including pictures copied from an iPhone or memory card into the …

Operating Systems

How to Reset the NVRAM/PRAM on Your Mac

While your Mac will usually hum along like the finely tuned machine it is, occasionally it may act peculiarly, like trying to boot from an external …

How To Quickly Lock Your Mac From the Keyboard

When you walk away from your desk for a restroom break, lunch, or another reason, you run the risk of prying eyes viewing your work and personal …

iPod

Obama's White House photographer is now America's foremost purveyor of anti-Trump Instagram shade

A timeline.<p>As the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Pete Souza spent eight years capturing snapshots of some of the most intimate and important moments in Obama’s tenure. Now he’s sharing those photos to create the Instagram version of a subtweet of President …

The 13 best uses of Siri on a Mac

Are you using Siri with MacOS Sierra? If not, here is baker's dozen of ways to get started.<p>Siri and I have been shacking up together on my MacBook for about two months now. How useful is Apple's digital assistant on a Mac? Let me count the ways.<p>1. Find files<p>Siri offers a quick way to find files you …

Apps

8 Important iOS Security Settings Every iPhone Owner Should Know

Apple’s mobile devices are among the most secure that money can buy. Indeed, the company behind the iPhone places a great importance on the concept …

iOS

How to make spammy calendar notifications go away

Spammers have unfortunately devised a new way to invade phones: calendar invitations.<p>A rash of calendar spam has invaded iPhones in recent weeks as …

How to Make Your iPhone's Fingerprint Scanner More Reliable

Using the fingerprint scanner on your iPhone can make doing certain things much faster, such as unlocking your phone, buying apps from the App Store, …

What Siri can and cannot do on a Mac

This fall, Apple brought its virtual assistant Siri to Mac desktop and laptop computers.<p>Virtually everything you can do with Siri on your iPhone you can also do on a Mac computer: Both can get a box score, play music, or bring up photos you took last week. But there are a few significant …

Siri

5 Myths About Professional Landscape Photographers

What makes you a professional landscape photographer? Is it the equipment you carry? Money you make? Or just the fact that you teach local …

Photography in the Fog

Fog can be one of the most beautiful weather phenomena, but it can be surprisingly difficult to photograph. The light levels are misleading and …

Landscape Photography