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Choosing between power and simplicity isn't an either-or proposition. The latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture now share a common photo library format, which means you can store all your photos in one central library, and then switch between the two apps as needed: use iPhoto for its simplicity and great sharing options, and Aperture for its powerful organization, image editing, and publishing features.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
As we look at our iPhoto Library here, you notice you don't see backup anywhere. There are no buttons down here. And if you go through the File menu, you will not see backup. It's not built-in. It's not part of the iPhoto interface. Fortunately, iPhoto is running on a Mac, and so we do have a pretty good alternative and it's called Time Machine. It's part of the OS. And what Time Machine allows you to do is connect an external drive, we have one right here.
Call it out as your Time Machine, as I've done right here and then it will incrementally and on its own back up your computer. Now, you may not want your whole computer backed up especially if you're shooting a lot of photos. So, you can exclude areas of your backup. You just call them out here and Time Machine will ignore these directories. So you could set it up so it's just backing up your Pictures folder. So, then you turn it on and it takes from there, and that's really what we want.
We want the computer to remember to do it, not us. Now, we do have one other solution in addition to the magic solution that's coming up, and that is the old drag and drop method. So, you could just drag this library onto your external hard drive. I mean that's beneath this, right? We deserve something a little bit more elegant than that. So, if you want to stay within the iPhoto interface, in that whole ecosystem, then Time Machine is probably your best way to go.
But I highly recommend you watch the next two movies because Aperture has an even more elegant solution, and I'm going to show that to you.
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