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In Picasa 3 Essential Training, Dane Howard demonstrates how the latest upgrade of this free program from Google will allow photographers to organize, share, and edit digital photos more easily and effectively than ever before. Dane shows newcomers and experienced users how to archive and share photos from a desktop or online. Exercise files accompany the course, but using personal media is encouraged.
I'm going to spend a few minutes talking about the powerful use of search. Now, as you can expect, when you add a bunch of metadata or specifics about your image, you want to retrieve them or you use them in really helpful ways. I'm going to refer to some of the things I have done in earlier movies just to show you the power of what's been going on in the background. Well, first off, to find anything, you go up into the Search box and as you start typing, you will be reminded of what you have inside the metadata.
First example will be ISO. So, when I type ISO you can see all the different ISOs that I shot in. I didn't enter this information. This came from my camera directly, which is super cool. You can start to see which things I shot at 200 ISO or 800 ISO and for some of you photographers out there that are more technical, you start to get in a certain mode and you can start to see and retrieve those photos that you know that you've shot in a certain technical way. This is incredibly helpful. Well how about flash? Sometimes you want to like triage red-eye? Well, how do you do that in Picasa? Well, this way is pretty unbelievable.
Is there going to be red eye on anything where the flash didn't go off? No, but red-eye, we are not trying to find and locate like faces or whatever. All I do is type flash. And you go, wait a second. Did the flash really go off here? Well, let's look. Right-click. Look at Properties. You can see all this metadata that comes automatically in your photograph and sure enough, do you see where the flash went off? It was used. So, they did some amazing things in the Search functionality that allow you to triage your photographs in any way you want.
Well, here are some more examples. I think, I told you that I went to Notting Hill and in Notting Hill, all I have to do is type Notting Hill and you can see that I have the album and I have got the tags that are associated with Notting Hill and you can see that they are located in an album. That's the Album icon and all of the photos that have been put into the Notting Hill album, as well as the London trip. You can see that anything that's been tagged as Notting Hill within the London trip has being showing up. Well, that's super cool.
Well, here is what's amazing. I think I remember showing you a dollar sign and I didn't write the entire sentence. I mentioned that I went shopping in Notting Hill and all I did was put in the dollar sign. Well, just to illustrate to you the power of that, I'll show you that within my album description, I said when I visited my friend I went shopping. There is the dollar sign. It found it and it presented my entire album to me. That is very cool.
Well, as I mentioned, searching can be a great way of finding things, but what if it finds something you don't want it to find? Now, let's talk about that. We talked a little bit about the sensitivity of having information that might be a little bit more private. So, I think I mentioned that I had a son and my son's name was Tucker. You can see here that tucker, son, Notting Hill. Uh-oh. I just said that hypothetically my son may live in Notting Hill and his name is Tucker. Well, that's a little bit too private information, and even though I was retrieving it, I'm going to put this photo online and I don't want that information on there.
Here is a good way to remove it. With the photo selected, you have this nice little icon here called Photo Tags. When you click on that, that's the same menu that you would have goten if you would have just gone under View and under Tags. So, there is two ways to access that menu. Well, you can see here that any one of these tags are selectable. All I need to do is just remove let's say the context. That's my son and Tucker and now I have removed all the tags. I want to add something a little bit more nondescript.
Let's call this family, okay? And even taking up the context, if it's okay that people know my son's name. That's fine. So in the context of just being sensitive to what the tags are, that's how you edit and manage some of the information that's around your information. Now, if I would do a search for Notting Hill, you can see that all these properties start to have information associated with it but I can kind of remove it directly from that context.
So that's a little bit about searching and finding things within Picasa.
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