Charlie Miller

Charlie Miller

Areas of Expertise:

  • design workflow and technologies
  • video production workflow and technologies
  • photography workflow and technologies
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

Charlie Miller has over ten years of experience providing technology strategy, integration, support, and training to companies in the design, broadcast, and video production space. He has worked with a wide assortment of creative visual workflows, helping to integrate new technologies and overcome technical obstacles.

Charlie is currently a senior consultant in the Strategic Services group at Control Group, a technology services firm based in New York. He has led technology integration projects at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, World Wrestling Entertainment, and WNET/Thirteen, and architected video workflows for both broadcast and online distribution models.

Charlie is an Apple Certified Trainer and an Adobe Certified Instructor, and served as technical editor for several official training guides from Apple, including: Apple Training Series: iLife ’08 and Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2.

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Bill Frakes and AUPN at the Apple Store SoHo

I attended a presentation by sports photographer Bill Frakes last night at the Apple Store SoHo in New York City. The event was presented by the Aperture Users Professional Network (AUPN), a user association and advocate group that supports photographers... read more

A Very Portable Digital Portfolio

One of the best things about digital photography is that it's made distributing our photos so much easier. Print at home with no chemicals needed; post on the Web; burn to DVD. How about carrying your entire portfolio with you... read more

Pro Labs at the West 14th Street Apple Store

December 10 2007

On Friday, Apple unveiled the new West 14th Street store, its largest store in Manhattan. I had a chance to check out the store yesterday and though at this point we expect Apple stores to be impressive, this one really... read more

Fixing Fat Finger Mistakes

December 03 2007

I recently rediscovered a useful feature of Aperture that slipped my mind a long time ago: the Edit AutoFill List menu command. A few months ago, I imported a bunch of photos from a business trip to Chicago and in... read more

Add Photos to Address Book

November 26 2007

Here’s a tip for all the Aperture users who have iPhones: when you find a snapshot of a friend or colleague in your photo library, take a quick second to add it to their contact card in Address Book. Then... read more

Rescuing an Important Photo

November 19 2007

One scenario where I still regularly make trips from Aperture to Photoshop is when I need to use Photoshop’s Healing Brush tool. Aperture’s Spot and Patch tool does a fine job of removing unwanted dust and imperfections from photographs, but... read more

iMovie 08 for Video Slideshows

November 12 2007

I’ve been really enjoying using my Aperture library to create video slideshows with iMovie 08. I wrote about using the previous version of iMovie for this back in July, but I’ve finally gotten around to spending more time with the... read more

Full Screen Mode + Spaces = Amazing

November 05 2007

Prior to Leopard, when I needed to switch between Aperture and another application, I always used a variation on basically the same technique: Launch Aperture. When I needed to switch to another app, press Command-H to hide Aperture. If necessary,... read more

Extending Aperture with iLife and iWork Presentation

November 01 2007

Just a quick shameless self-promotion: I'll be leading a free presentation entitled "Extending Aperture with iLife '08 and iWork '08" at the Apple Store SoHo on Thursday night, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. If you're in the New York City... read more

Black-and-white with Aperture and the Epson 3800

October 29 2007

Last week, I had a chance to sit down and chat with fellow Aperture trainer and Apple certified Color Management consultant Peter Stroumtsos. Peter has been making some really nice black and white prints using Aperture and his Epson Stylus... read more

Dealing With Mixed Lighting

October 22 2007

Derrick wrote a nice tip on his personal site about using Adobe Camera Raw to correct mixed lighting and it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share a tip about how to deal with this issue in Aperture. Whether... read more

Color Me Accurate

October 15 2007

I was working with a client recently who had been struggling with getting consistent color from his photos in Aperture. Like many other digital photography enthusiasts I’ve talk to over the years, he was mystified by color management, and had... read more

Restoring Back to Aperture's Default Preferences

October 08 2007

I frequently teach Aperture workshops and I often end up running my presentation and demos from the same MacBook Pro that I use as my everyday workstation. This makes it easy to prepare for workshops, but it can introduce some... read more

Image Tooltips and an External Editor Refresher

September 22 2007

I’ve been teaching introductory Aperture courses lately, so I thought I’d share some tips based on questions I’ve been hearing again and again. Last weekend at an AUPN workshop in Dallas I had three students ask the same question: how... read more

In Other Pro App News...

September 14 2007

There was some exciting Pro App news from Apple this week: after almost 3 years, Logic Pro has been updated to version 8. Among the feature updates in this version is what Apple calls a “Next Generation Interface”. This is... read more

Is the Media Browser a Drag?

September 08 2007

Over the last few months, I’ve written several posts about Aperture’s seamless integration with iLife and iWork via the iLife Media Browser. A few weeks ago I posted about using your Aperture photos with iWork’s Pages to create print layouts... read more

Importing Folders of Images from the Finder

August 31 2007

At an Aperture class I taught last weekend, one of my students was considering using Aperture as a tool to organize his large scanned image library. He had already scanned thousands of photos and organized them into folders within folders... read more

Using Pages to Do More with Your Photos

August 24 2007

With the recent release of iLife 08 and iWork 08, I thought I’d spend a little time sharing how I use Pages to create layouts with my photographs. I’ve been using Pages as my full-time word processor for a long... read more

Traveling Away from Aperture

August 16 2007

I just returned to New York after a great trip traveling in and around Santiago, Chile. Whenever I’ve traveled abroad before, I’ve always taken photos and processed them in Aperture upon my return home. For this trip however, I wanted... read more

Traveling Away from Aperture

August 16 2007

I just returned to New York after a great trip traveling in and around Santiago, Chile. Whenever I’ve traveled abroad before, I’ve always taken photos and processed them in Aperture upon my return home. For this trip however, I wanted... read more

Aperture Seminars: Both Online and In Person

July 28 2007

Last week while hunting for some info on Apple.com, I stumbled upon Apple’s online seminars website. This is a great resource of high-quality overviews, seminars, and demos, available as streaming Quicktime videos that can be watched anytime. And the best... read more

Experimenting with Video Slideshows in iMovie

July 20 2007

I don’t shoot much digital video. In fact, I don’t own a camcorder, so any video I shoot gets captured as an .avi file on my Canon point-and-shoot. So it may seem surprising that I have any use for iMovie.... read more

Timeature for Modifying the Image Date Field

July 13 2007

Aperture is great for adding metadata to digital photos, but I recently discovered a shortcoming while trying to modify some metadata on a series of images. Last week, after importing photos from two cameras into Aperture, I realized that the... read more

More on iPhone's Camera

July 06 2007

In my first post about my new iPhone, I wrote that I wasn’t interested in uploading its photos to Aperture. Now that I’ve had a few days to explore my new gadget, I’ve started using its camera, so I decided... read more

Aperture to Picasa for our Windows Friends

June 20 2007

Great news this week for Aperture users who use Google’s Picasa Web Albums for sharing photos online. Übermind has released Aperture to Picasa Web Albums, an Aperture plug-in that enables uploading of photos to Picasa from within the Aperture environment.... read more

Aperture to Picasa for our Windows Friends

June 20 2007

Great news this week for Aperture users who use Google’s Picasa Web Albums for sharing photos online. Übermind has released Aperture to Picasa Web Albums, an Aperture plug-in that enables uploading of photos to Picasa from within the Aperture environment.... read more

Creative Effects with Adjustment Presets

June 02 2007

Late last year, when Apple was showing off the great new features of Aperture 1.5, I was lucky enough to work the Aperture booth at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. There were about 20 Macs running Aperture and... read more

How to Control Emailing from Aperture

May 25 2007

Today I want to follow Derrick’s lead and share a few tips about emailing from Aperture. I was working with a photographer recently who had been struggling to figure out how to take control of emailing photos from Aperture using... read more

Video Slideshows with Aperture and Final Cut Pro

May 21 2007

You can create slideshows from Aperture using iMovie, Keynote, even iPhoto. So why use Final Cut Pro? Well for me it’s about control. Final Cut allows you to control your slideshow at a much more granular level than anything else... read more

Digital SLR Update, Plus the "Tabbed Browser Split"

May 11 2007

First, a quick “thank you” to everyone who offered suggestions and encouragement to my post last week, Buying a Digital SLR. I was very pleased with the amount of information everyone provided and it really helped me focus my search... read more

Buying a Digital SLR

May 04 2007

So I have a confession to make: I’ve never owned a digital SLR. I’ve been teaching Aperture for more than a year and a half now, talking with photographers, answering questions, and troubleshooting software and workflow issues. I’ve fashioned myself... read more

Aperture to iPhoto?

April 27 2007

If you’re an Aperture user, there’s a good chance that you haven’t taken a look at iPhoto in a while. Why go back to iPhoto when Aperture’s tool set is so powerful? Three reasons in particular: books, cards, and calendars.... read more

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