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Jefferson Graham


Manhattan Beach, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Jefferson:

Where did iPhone's Live Photos go?

For years, Apple’s iPhone Live Photos has been my favorite smartphone camera trick. But now the tricks are seemingly gone! But it’s not. Apple just decided to put the tools in a new place. So let me bring you up to date so you won’t get lost trying to find it. Apple first announced Live Photos way back in […] → Read More

A simple tip to avoid reflections when shooting with your phone

We’ve all been there. We’re trying to get great food shots in a bakery, but the brownies and cookies are hidden behind reflective glass. Our shot is ruined! Or we’ve paid good money to go to an urban rooftop or another location for the best view in town, only we’re stuck behind glass. Foiled again! […] → Read More

GoPro HERO 9 vs HERO 10: Should you upgrade or not?

I use the GoPro Hero cameras all the time for my video productions, but not for action. I like the tiny Hero’s for moving car shots, street walking and just general situations where a little camera can be placed in out of the way places to pick up my shot. So when the Hero 10 […] → Read More

Seven reasons to shoot at the same location over and over again

How many times can you photograph the exact same thing, over and over again? I’ve asked myself that question too many times, in regards to a certain local monument, the historic, majestic pier that greets visitors to the small Los Angeles beach community I live in. Manhattan Beach, California is anchored by the historic, 101-year-old […] → Read More

I shot an entire Photowalk episode with iPhone 13's "Cinematic Mode," and I'm impressed

The reaction I’ve gotten from people watching my latest #shotonaniPhone Photowalks video episode has been across the board. “What camera did you use to shoot this? It looks amazing.” That was the first comment. My sentiment too. This is related to the one key new feature of the latest iPhone, which is “Cinematic Mode.” It […] → Read More

Follow these steps to prevent camera theft

As you know, my gear was stolen in broad daylight as the camera was rolling two weeks ago in a public San Francisco park. Another photographer got hit this week near San Francisco and way worse than I did. He was parked near Battery Spencer Park in Sausalito, in the Marin Headlands, which offers one of the […] → Read More

I was robbed in San Francisco while the cameras rolled

Call this a Stand-up Robbery. But at least there was no gunplay. This week I was in San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, on a video shoot, in Crissy Field, one of the premier spots in town, at the foot of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Thursday I was doing […] → Read More

I hate Google Photos, but I fear I won’t be able to live without it

I hate Google Photos. But I fear I won’t be able to live without it. I called the Google Photos photo sharing and management app the Turkey of the Year in my 2020 USA TODAY round-up of the apps and gadgets that screwed over consumers last year. Reason: Google Photos was free for all, but starting June 1st, […] → Read More

Tech we lost in 2020: Farmville, Flash and Segway top list

Adobe Flash has been on the endangered list since 2010, when Apple's Steve Jobs wrote an open letter explaining why he wouldn't allow Flash on iPhones → Read More

20 years of tech with Jeff: From green iMacs and DVDs to the iPhone era

Jefferson Graham has covered tech for USA TODAY since 2000 and has seen shifts from laptops to little memory to terabyte drives that fit in a pocket. → Read More

Apple iPhone again best tech seller of the year, thanks to the working-from-home trend

Apple saw massive sales jumps for iPhone, AirPods, iPads and Apple Watch, while Amazon saw a big dip in sales for the Echo speakers. → Read More

Zoom video meetings come to an Amazon Echo Show device, just one for now

There are many Echo Show devices, but only one works with the Zoom Cloud Meetings app, the Show 8. The 10-inch and Echo Shows aren't supported yet. → Read More

COVID-19 relief package has a sweetener for CEOs: business meal deductions

Taxpayers are looking at checks for $600 from the U.S. government, down from the $1,200 awarded during the first coronavirus relief package. → Read More

How to photograph the Winter Solstice from your phone

A tripod is key, and don't forget the smartphone adapter, which costs around $10. To keep the camera steady, use the timer to snap the shutter. → Read More

How to find photos on your phone? Here's how I do it.

Amazon Photos is the best free option for people who subscribe to the Prime service. Start using the tools within the Apple and Google photos apps. → Read More

Coronavirus pivot: Personalized puzzles, on-demand products based on Zoom jokes make Zazzle sales sizzle

Brothers Jeff and Bobby Beaver founded Zazzle while in their twenties. Their dad worked with them to get started. All three are still at the helm. → Read More

The year in food: Online delivery changed how we eat in 2020

The pandemic changed our relationship with food in 2020. Online food ordering, from groceries and restaurants surged due to the pandemic. → Read More

Zoom comes to Google Nest Hub Max finally

Zoom available now on Facebook and DTEN displays. Amazon in August said it would be available in 2020 for Echo Show, but hasn't updated. → Read More

Consumer guides: Tech Gift ideas for everyone in your holiday list

Shopping tips on how to navigate between 7 iPhones, 3 Apple Watches, Xbox vs. PS5 and all those cheap TVs. → Read More

Cool tech gifts starting at $25 for anyone on your holiday list

But if money was no object, the top choice for the ultimate holiday gift would be the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Is there a camera nerd in your home? → Read More