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Viewing photos on a Mac

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Now that I have uploaded the images onto my Mac, I want to take a look at them, and this is the viewing images for the Mac. I also have viewing images for Windows, but we're on a Mac right now, and I want to take a look at these Passion Flower shots. Double-click that folder to open it up, and I have the thumbnails that we've all seen many times. But there are more tricks than that. A lot of people forget that we have this little viewer mode up here. I'm going to click on that, and I actually get a look at my images in this cool sort of slide show manner.

Viewing photos on a Mac

Now that I have uploaded the images onto my Mac, I want to take a look at them, and this is the viewing images for the Mac. I also have viewing images for Windows, but we're on a Mac right now, and I want to take a look at these Passion Flower shots. Double-click that folder to open it up, and I have the thumbnails that we've all seen many times. But there are more tricks than that. A lot of people forget that we have this little viewer mode up here. I'm going to click on that, and I actually get a look at my images in this cool sort of slide show manner.

And as I move from image to image, the file name is highlighted, and if I want a closer look -- let's say that I find one here that I really like, as I go through these -- then I can just double-click on that file. And in my case, it opens it up in Preview. Now Preview is a viewing application that comes with the Macintosh, it's built right in, and it works fabulous. You can see here that I have a nice big view of my image. Now if you double-click on an image -- let's go back to our thumbnails for this -- and it doesn't come up in Preview, and you want it to, let me show you how to do that.

I'm going to hold down the Control key on the keyboard, and I'm going to go to Get Info, and I'm going to go over here to Open with. And if you have something other than Preview selected, and you want Preview, just choose Preview. That will be in this list here, and then go to Change All, and that's saying, whenever this file type is double-clicked, it will open in Preview. We've fixed that now, and I can just double- click on an image, and it opens up in preview.

Now if I want to look at a bunch of images, all I have to do is I'm just going to drag over a handful of images here to select them, and now I'm going to hold down the Control key again, and click on them. I'm going to go Open With>Preview. Preview opens nice and fast; this is what I like about it. Other applications take a long time, and when you just want to see your images, Preview is just wonderful on the Mac. You see that I have the thumbnails over here on the side, so I can just click on these different thumbnails, and look at different versions of the image, and they're all right there in this side drawer. Really nice! If I decide that this is the image I like, that's the file name there, I can upload it to a Web page, attach it to an email, do all those things that we like to do with our photos.

So, two basic ways to look at your images. Don't forget about this cool little viewer that's built right into the OS, and then when you want a closer look at something, double-click, open it in preview, very enjoyable way to look at your photographs.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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