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Organizing images in an iPhoto library has always been easy, but with the new Places feature, photographers just need a few clicks of the mouse to create albums with geo–specific data. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Places, professional photographer Derrick Story explores the functions of Places and shows how geotagging can help with accessing photos, creating Smart Albums, and adding dimension to printed photo collections.
The first thing that I want you to know about using Places in iPhoto '09 is that it can be easy. It doesn't have to be hard, even though we are doing what we call geo-tagging. It doesn't mean it has to be a complicated process and I'm going to show you how that works right now. So we have an event here. Now events have been around for a while. This is a Golden Gate Bridge shoot that I did and we are looking at the shots and all of these images were captures either on the Golden Gate Bridge or around the Golden Gate Bridge.
So the thing that I don't want to do is have to go through and tag each of these images individually. That's a lot of work that doesn't sound like a lot of fun and that doesn't sound like the kind of innovation that we are interested in. What I would like to do instead is just click on this event and tag all of the images I want. They were all taken pretty much in the same spot, so why not just apply a tag to all of them? And iPhoto '09 will let you do that. Simply click on the i and we are going to be clicking on the i a lot over the next few movies, right here. That brings up this new window here.
This is something new that you won't see prior to iPhoto '09 and I can actually enter event location right here. Now Golden Gate Bridge, that's a fairly well-known landmark. Let me just start typing and see if iPhoto knows about it. Ah! They do. Look at this. Right here, Golden Gate Bridge. So I want to add this as a new place. So I'm just going to click right here on New Place. It brings up this window here. Now we have Google Search and My Places here and you will see that temporarily I have a new place right here, Golden Gate Bridge.
I have a pin and I have a circle and I can take the pin, I can move the pin wherever I want and I can take the circle. This determines how big of an area is going to be geo-tagged. So we will keep it small right now. In fact, I want to call this Golden Gate Bridge - Small Area and hit the Tab key just to enter that in. Now this button down here says Assign to Event. So I have a location here, I have the area that I want it to include and I have a label for it. So I'm going to assign this to that event, just by clicking this button here. You will see that the label up here now has changed. I'm going to click Done.
Now in theory, all of the images in this event are tagged the same way. Let's just test that out. Let's open up this event here. Let's go to a shot right here and click on i. And doggone it, if we don't have a pin right there on the Golden Gate Bridge. We can zoom in. We have a couple of different views. Now one thing I should mention is that you need to be connected to the Internet in order to get these goodies right here because iPhoto is actually talking to a database on the Internet and getting this information and then bringing it back into the application.
So if I click on satellite, I can get a Satellite View. If I click on Hybrid, I get both the Satellite View and the Terrain information, very nice. Click Done. Let's just test one more time. Not that we don't trust iPhoto... And sure enough. So what we have done now is that we have actually just clicked on one event that had a whole collection of photos that were taken in roughly the same place and we have added geo-data to all of those photos at once using Places in iPhoto '09. Very easy to do and when you go on things like vacations and so forth, if you want to keep it simple, this is one thing that you need to know.
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