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Since I transitioned from Aperture to Apple’s new Photos app, I have dealt with one major issue, related to importing videos into my Photos library. I finally figured out a solution to this pesky problem and I’d like to share it with you!

Update: Since writing this article, I have found an even better way to solve this issue. See the end of this article for an alternative solution.

My Photo and Video Workflow

Both my wife and I take a lot of photos and videos with our iPhone. Every so often, we create photo books or albums of the best photos taken.…

Washington D.C.

Long weekend in Washington D.C.

Last updated on Oct 26, 2016

Our first family trip to the nation’s capital was in February of 2015, when the city was hit by a massive snow storm. The weather at the time made it difficult to fully enjoy what Washington D.C. had to offer, so we decided to come back this year in summer.

Lucas wasn’t born when we visited D.C. for the first time and we knew we wanted to come back some time in the future, when the temperatures were above freezing. Then Lucas was born prematurely and we had to cancel a couple of trips we had planned. Fortunately, Delta Airlines allowed us to re-use our tickets for future travel without having to pay change fees.…

iCloud Photo Library
iCloud Photo Library

Apple has considerably improved its iCloud Photo Library since it became available as part of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. As a former Aperture user, I did have some concerns that I managed to work through, and I found workarounds for issues like sharing libraries with family members.

Nevertheless, iCloud Photo Library has a few remaining issues that won’t impact you on a daily basis, but when they do, they are a major pain in the butt.

Restoring an iCloud Photo Library from Backup

One of those issues is related to restoring an iCloud Photo Library from Backup.…

Since our daughter Isabella was born almost two years ago I have thought about how to share iCloud Photo Libraries between me and my wife. Both of us have taken a lot of photos and videos of our daughter and every couple of months I create a slideshow or a video trailer. I do that because the amount of photos and videos is growing so rapidly that it’s unfeasible (for us) to enjoy those memories unless they are summaries in form of a slideshow or trailer.

Share iCloud Photo Libraries
Our iCloud Photo Libraries

So the question is how to share iCloud Photo Libraries so I can pick the best photos and videos from both libraries.…

iPhone Photography

More iPhone Photography: Washington, DC

Last updated on Jan 23, 2017

Every time my parents visit us from Austria, they usually spend a few extra days (with or without us) in a city they haven’t visited yet. This year we decided to all fly to our nation’s capital for some sightseeing, fully expecting half-decent weather. We were greeted with a snowstorm (in Austria we’d call it light snow) and freezing temperatures.

Nevertheless, we had a good time, and our little princess didn’t seem to mind either.

iPhone Photography

I already mentioned that my Nikon D7000 is collecting dust and not surprisingly, I again chose the iPhone over the D7000 for this past trip.…

New Photos app for OS X
New Photos app for OS X

Note: For the sake of simplicity I mean iPhoto/Aperture when I say Aperture below, because most of what I say is true for both applications.

With Apple’s introduction of iCloud Photo Library and the decision to drop Aperture in favor of a new Photos app for OS X (to be released in early 2015), I started thinking of what that means to my photo managing and processing strategy. Especially because I’m taking most of my pictures (and videos) these days with my iPhone.

Even though Aperture is fully compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, I already started feeling the pain associated with the disconnect between iOS 8, its native photo editing capabilities and full integration with the iCloud Photo Library on one hand and OS X/Aperture on the other.…

Quick and dirty baby photo shoot

Last updated on Mar 14, 2016

When I found out that we’d have a baby I knew I would be taking tons of pictures. I just didn’t expect to take most of them with my iPhone.

I did however start out with an improvised newborn shooting using my Nikon D7000 and some of the other photography equipment I own, and every month I take an obligatory snapshot of Isabella with a sticker on her chest representing her age.

Obligatory monthly snapshot

When she turned 4 months and after taking the above photo, my wife suddenly started getting some of the accessories out she bought at Etsy for the newborn shooting.…

Troubleshooting Nikon D7000 focus issues and potential solutions

I used to own two Nikon D7000 cameras, and with both, I experienced severe focus issues that would repeatedly result in blurry photos and unusable shots. I had struggled with D7000 focus issues for over a year and wanted to share troubleshooting steps, potential solutions and the ultimate decision to sell both D7000 bodies.

Nikon D7000

I bought the D7000 when I outgrew the D5000, and at the beginning the camera allowed me to take what I considered tack-sharp photos. Of course, as I became more proficient as a photographer, I started noticing that my old photos weren’t as great as I used to think.…

Sightseeing in Salzburg with the iPhone

Last updated on Oct 21, 2012

Panorama of Salzburg City

I recently spent a weekend in Salzburg with two of my colleagues from Vietnam. So naturally we wanted to do some sightseeing, especially because it was a awesome day with clear skies.

Unfortunately I didn’t have my D7000 with me and instead was “stuck” with the camera of my iPhone 4S. I have made the experience that an iPhone camera takes decent pictures if the light is good, but I was never forced to actually rely on it. This time I was actually looking forward to shoot with my iPhone because of the new Panorama feature that was introduced with iOS 6.…

Discovering Costa Rica: Irazú Volcano

Last updated on Oct 9, 2012

This is the third of four articles presenting spots in Costa Rica you ought to visit, should you decide to go there.

The Irazú volcano is one of six active volcanoes (there are 61 dormant or extinct ones) in Costa Rica and only a bit over an hour away from San José. The other active volcanoes are:

  • Poás
  • Arenal (probably the most famous one)
  • Rincón de la Vieja
  • Tenorio
  • Turrialba

We had tried to visit the Irazú volcano several times in the past two years, but it was closed for visitors every time. This time, despite low temperatures, rain, fog and gusty winds we made it.…

Discovering Costa Rica: Zarcero

Last updated on Sep 27, 2012

This is the second of four articles presenting spots in Costa Rica you ought to visit, should you decide to go there.
Zarcero is a small town, about one hour away from San José. It’s famous for its church and more importantly for its cypress trees that have been cut into various shapes. It also has a mosaic wall just outside of the church.
Zarcero, Costa Rica
Zarcero, Costa Rica
 Only 45 minutes away from Zarcero is a beautiful waterfall called Cataratas del Toro. You can easily visit both places on a day trip like we did.
Topiary garden
Church of Zarcero
Church of Zarcero
Church of Zarcero
Painting in church
Mosaic Wall
Kathy and Eugenia

All in all a really nice spot, especially because it can be easily combined with Bajos del Toro!

Airport security and photography equipment

Last updated on Mar 14, 2016

I recently downloaded the TSA app for my iPhone, to get answers to the important question: “Can I bring…?”

So I checked if I could bring a tripod and gaffer tape, both are usually part of my camera bag, in my carry-on luggage. According to the TSA there is no problem having either item in your carry-on luggage.

On a recent trip to Vietnam however the security guy at Ha Noi airport (HAN) told me that I couldn’t bring my Gitzo tripod in my carry-on luggage. I wasn’t happy about that since both the tripod as well as the head are pretty expensive and I didn’t have any suitcase with a lock left.…

Discovering Costa Rica: Bajos del Toro

Last updated on Sep 24, 2012

This is the first of four articles presenting spots in Costa Rica you ought to visit, should you decide to go there.

We just returned from a vacation in Costa Rica, during which our in-laws where kind enough to show us around the country. We visited the following places, all of which are going to be part of this series:

  • Bajos del Toro
  • Zarcero
  • Irazú Volcano
  • San Gerardo de Dota

Of course there are many more must-see places in Costa Rica, which I’ll cover in future articles, including:

  • Poás volcano
  • Arenal volcano
  • Monteverde
  • Rio Celeste

Bajos del Toro is about 1.5 hours away from San José and close to a famous little town called Zarcero (featured in the next articles).…

Our first trip to Vietnam

Last updated on Mar 14, 2016

Crowd of people on scooters in Saigon

Kathy and I just returned from our first trip to Vietnam. I was awarded the opportunity to go there for work and since neither of us have ever been there, we decided to stay for an extra weekend to explore the country a bit.

The first thing we noticed was that driving in Vietnam is crazy. Actually even walking there is crazy since there are vehicles (mostly scooters) everywhere. So crossing the street turned out to be a challenge. Pretty soon however, we learned that all you have to do is keep walking – that’s right – just don’t stop and you’ll somehow make it (safely) across the street 🙂

My Vietnamese colleagues were amazing and took care of us around the clock.…

A Weekend in Barcelona – Day 3

Last updated on Mar 14, 2016

Panorama of Port of Barcelona

Day 3 of our trip was relatively short, because it started to rain in the afternoon. But before the weather turned bad, we took the sky tram over the port of Barcelona where I took the panorama picture above.

Sky tram tower

As mentioned in my earlier post, Sabrina is not a fan of heights, so she had to be extra brave to take the elevator up to the sky tram. From up there we had an awesome view over the port, including the W Hotel.

W Hotel Barcelona
City of Barcelona

We also visited Park Güell which sports some more architecture of Antonio Gaudi.…