Josh Anon

Josh Anon

Josh Anon is a technical director at Pixar Animation Studios (with credits ranging from software engineering to cinematography) and an instructor at

His photographic experience includes over 10 years as a nature photographer and work in both stock and freelance photography. He founded Lightbox Software and wrote one of the first professional image management tools for Mac OS X, Lightbox, as well as various tools for Aperture and iPhoto.

Recently, he co-authored Aperture Exposed (Wiley, 2006). You can find out more about Josh and his photography at

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Accessing Your Image Files Outside of Aperture

Over the next few posts, I'm going to talk about some topics that might appear simple but can be a little bit confusing. Today's post will be about how to get to your image files, both converted and RAW, outside... read more

Naked Light

December 05 2007

You probably saw that Apple released a new version of Mac OS X, Leopard, about a month ago. Yet one announcement that didn't get too much attention was about a public beta of a new, Leopard-only image editing tool called... read more

A Small Issue With Disabling Previews

November 21 2007

A while ago, I posted a blog about previews, discussing when they're useful and how to turn them off. A friend of mine, Ralph Hill, recently told me about a potential problem when you disable previews, and it's worth sharing... read more

A New Online Backup Solution

November 07 2007

In case you haven't noticed, part one of my article on backing up with Aperture is now posted on Inside Aperture. Part two will cover online solutions, but I received an email yesterday about a solution I didn't cover in... read more

A Great Use for Web Journals

October 24 2007

The other day, I found myself wishing for a note pad in Aperture so that I could write comments and notes about some of my images. I wanted to be able to write random things, like directions to a certain... read more

Adjusting your RAW files in Black & White

October 03 2007

This past weekend, I was presenting at the annual BetterPhoto Conference and had the fortune of sitting in on a session by Lewis Kemper. Now Lewis is a very smart photographer and Photoshop whiz, but unfortunately he uses Lightroom instead... read more

Get Your Head Around Aperture 1.5 Reviewed

September 19 2007

Chances are, if you've ever searched for help on Aperture, you've found Steve Weller's, aka Bagelturf, website. Here, for some time now, Steve has posted a wide range of well-written Aperture articles dealing with everything from high-level topics, such as... read more

Lots of Things to Discover

September 12 2007

Aperture is a big program. It might not be as big as Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, but it still does a lot! In fact, there's so much in there that it's rare to find someone who uses every single... read more

Two Keyword Management Questions

August 29 2007

Last week, a coworker of mine asked two great keyword questions, which have inspired this week's blog post. The first is that he's ended up with a number of identical-yet-different keywords, such as "bob," "Bob," "BOb," etc.. He was wondering... read more

Backups! Backups for all!

August 15 2007

There's been a bit of talk on here lately about hard drives, and once in a while someone will mention the word "backup." I think that backups are incredibly important, yet very few people have a good backup solution. As... read more

Do You Manipulate Your Photos?

August 01 2007

This past weekend, I was shooting the Big Air Windjam kiteboarding competition in San Francisco. To help try and drum up some support, I stayed up late Saturday eve putting together a small promotional gallery that I posted to some... read more

Do Aperture Users Need Photoshop?

July 18 2007

One of Aperture's features is its ability to integrate with external editors, like Photoshop. But given the image adjustments that we can make within Aperture, one has to wonder why we really even need Photoshop. After all, between buying expensive... read more

Shooting Fireworks

July 04 2007

To all of our American readers, happy 4th of July! When we think about the 4th of July, the first thing that comes to mind is that we get the day off. The second thing is fireworks! Fireworks are a... read more

Learning From Your Rejects

June 20 2007

I like to edit quickly. Heck, a few weeks ago, I posted tips for editing quickly. It even used to bug me that in Aperture, it always took an extra step to move a rejected image from my library to... read more

New MacBook Pros and Aperture

June 06 2007

Something very exciting happened Tuesday morning for Aperture users looking to buy a new laptop--Apple introduced new MacBook Pros (MBPs). As you'd probably expect, the new machines are faster (they're available with up to a 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2... read more

Editing Fast

May 23 2007

Often when I go out shooting, I end up shooting a ton of images in a short period of time. Lately I've been doing a lot of kiteboarding photography, and it's common for me to end up shooting 1,000 or... read more

Aperture is Updating Previews

May 09 2007

Aperture 1.5 added a new preview feature, and since I've received a few questions about it lately, this week's blog will be devoted to discussing how Aperture uses previews. If you're like me, you've noticed that periodically, especially right after... read more

Working With Metadata

April 25 2007

This week, I wanted to take a few minutes to decipher some of the alphabet soup that we lovingly call metadata. Metadata refers to extra bits of information about an image ranging from what shutter speed you took the image... read more

Three Not-So-Obvious Tips

March 27 2007

Hello everyone! Allow me to introduce myself, Josh Anon, and my mother, Ellen Anon. We're the newest members of the Inside Aperture blog, and we're excited to be posting here. In case you're not familiar with either of us, we... read more

Three Not-So-Obvious Tips

March 27 2007

Hello everyone! Allow me to introduce myself, Josh Anon, and my mother, Ellen Anon. We're the newest members of the Inside Aperture blog, and we're excited to be posting here. In case you're not familiar with either of us, we... read more

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