Ben Long

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Ben Long is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He has written extensively on products for creative types for Macworld magazine, among myriad other publications, and has authored several books related to photography.
  • Features: Written by Ben Long on September 13, 2013
    Ben Long took his gear halfway across the world to put it, and his photo workflow, to the test.
  • Features: Written by Ben Long on March 13, 2013

    For the traveling photographer—or anyone who shoots in the field—the release of the iPad offered the possibility of a much lighter, easier field kit. Unfortunately, for the first few years of the iPad’s existence, the software did not exist to facilitate a pro-level workflow. Over the last few months, though, a few new apps have hit the store, and they’ve brought some important new post-production capabilities. Depending on your post needs, you might now be able to get away with taking only your camera and an iPad into the field.

  • Features: Written by Ben Long on January 9, 2013

    Macro photography—the process of shooting extreme close-ups of things—has been popular for as long as there have been cameras. But as you might expect, digital technology, both hardware and software, has made it possible to shoot macro photographs that would have been impossible to achieve with film. And one of the most important macro-related innovations has to do with depth of field.

  • Features: Written by Ben Long on October 10, 2012

    There's a curious irony to the "death of film." As the rise of digital shooting has cause

  • Features: Written by Ben Long on May 29, 2012

    Pros: Dramatically improved Camera Raw; simple but useful video editing;

  • Features: Written by Ben Long on March 27, 2012
    Pros: Some nice editing tools, good local filtering and rating, cool journal facility. Cons: Metadata is not standard IPTC; edits have limited latitude; iOS sandboxing makes for complex multi-app workflow. Score: 7.5/10
  • Features: Written by Ben Long on March 5, 2012
    Pros: Great selection and compositing tools; very good retouching tools. Cons: Missing some simple, critical features. Interface needs polish. Limits to file size. All original metadata gets stripped out. Rating: 7/10
  • Features: Written by Ben Long on August 3, 2011
    "Has that been Photoshopped a lot?" I sometimes hear that question when showing one of my photos to someone, and I have to confess that it bugs me. Not because it's prying into my photographic process, or because it's a technical remark rather than a response to the actual image, but because it reveals how little the viewer understands about the medium of photography.
  • Features: Written by Ben Long on July 21, 2011
    A few years ago, I went to an exhibit of Impressionist paintings at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. At one point, I rounded a corner into another gallery room. Just by chance, the room cleared out as I entered, and I found myself at the perfect distance for viewing Monet's Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light. Image via
  • Features: Written by Ben Long on June 13, 2011

    Nik Software has produced excellent photo-editing software for desktop computers--