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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
The other iPhoto feature that came into the third version of Aperture is Places. And Places is geo-location, and what that means is that images can be geo-tagged in the field where their actual latitude and longitude coordinates are recorded in the metadata for the photo. And then Aperture can read that metadata and actually place those photos on a map. Now, the other thing that Aperture can do is if your photos don't have geo-tags then you can assign geo-tags to them, and they will be placed on a map too.
The idea being that you can then find images by place, as well as by face, as well as by time. So, it gives you a new way to look at your images and comb through them. So, let's see how that works. Let's actually start with working with images that may have already been geo-tagged. Now you are probably thinking to yourself, "Well, I don't have a geo-tagger for my camera." But if you're taking pictures with the iPhone, the latest versions of the iPhone will sometimes add geo- tags to your images for you.
So, let's get started, and let's go over to Places. We can just click on Places here, or we can click on Places over in the Library pane. It really makes no difference. And if you have an image or images that have geo-tags already, and you have, set up in your Preferences, under the Advanced tab: Look up Places Automatically, which I recommend you do, because it doesn't really take any processor power, and it's done kind of harmlessly in the background, then images that have been geo-material, such as this one here, and we can see that by going to our Metadata tab and choosing GPS on the pop- up menu and we see that it has Latitude and Longitude and Altitude, will show up on your Places map here with a pin.
In the case of this particular shot here, this is a shot of a sign. And it is this tag that's out in the lake here. And we know darn well that that sign isn't in the middle of the lake. So, you can actually move pins. So, to fine-tune their adjustment, you just go down here, click on Move Pin, and the pin goes from red to purple. And then once it is purple, all you have to do is just drag it to where it's supposed to be and then click Done, and then it's fixed.
So, the geo-information is fixed; it's fixed on the map, and it's a very easy way to go. So, probably the first time that you go through Aperture and take a look at Places, you want to find the stuff that's already geo-tagged and just check it and make sure that it's in the right place. If it is in the right place, you're in great shape; if not, you can use the Move Pins to correct it. In the next movie, I'm going to show you how to actually add geo-tags to photos that haven't been geo-tagged, which applies to the great bulk of folks watching this training.
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