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In this course, photographer Derrick Story teaches the concepts and techniques behind efficient photo management and backup, which becomes increasingly important as a photo collection grows. The course begins by showing how to transfer and organize photos "by hand"—that is, by copying them from a memory card to a hard drive without using software. In the second portion of the course, discover how to take advantage of the photo-management features provided by programs such as Lightroom and Aperture, by assigning descriptive keywords, by giving photos ratings and color-coded labels, and how smart album features can automatically collect photos that meet certain criteria.
The course concludes with a look at aspects of a good backup and archival strategy, ranging from the best file format for long-term backup to the best hardware options for offline storage.
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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