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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 next thing that I want you to know is that you can work with individual photos as well as groups of photos using Places in iPhoto '09. I would like to show you how that works right now. I am going to go back to the Golden Gate Bridge. I tagged this earlier. I can just click on these and we could see that they have the tag Golden Gate Bridge - Small Area. Lovely! Did that all at once, very easy. But now as I'm looking at the photos in this event, I'm going well, this kind of covers a lot of area right here. Maybe I want to give it a different tag, maybe a broader tag. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to New Place and I'm going to show you a new function here and this is the Drop Pin function and this is very useful.
So I'm going to drop a pin right now. You see that I get a new opportunity right here to give a new label, which I'm going to do. I'm going to do Golden Gate Bridge. This time I'm going to do Large Area. Excellent! Let me hit the Tab key to enter that. Now, there is my blue pin. The blue pin is the one that I can play with. Now, what I would like to do is make this area bigger, right, because that shot has some land in it. I just feel like this is more accurate by doing it this way and I could move the pin around itself. I like that.
Now, when I click on Assign to Photo, what's going to happen is it's going to assign this new tag to that image, even though originally that image was part of a group tagging that I did. I want it to have a little different geo-tag. So I'm going to Assign to Photo, right here. Click on that button. Now the label has changed. Look at that. This better reflects this picture in my opinion. Now what's so interesting about this-- because I have created a new location, I'm going to go back up here to Window > Manage My Places. It shows up in the list.
So this list will keep growing as I add new locations and I can use that. Let me show you how that works. I have another group of photos here, these San Francisco city shots I like. As you can tell I like shooting around San Francisco. It's a fun place to take pictures, very colorful. That's what I like about it. Here is a Golden Gate Bridge shot right here. Now look at this one. This was actually taken from a ferry, so there is a lot of land in it and so forth. I would like to give it a geo-tag. So I'm going to click on i right here. I'm going to go to New Place, go to My Places. If you get thrown off when this first comes up, it's just because the Google Search is selected. You want to go to My Places right here.
And you see I have my two tags that I have already set up. I want to use Golden Gate Bridge - Large Area. I'm going to assign it to this photo. There it shows up right there. Click Done. So you see I can use tags that I have already established and assign them to other photos. This is very handy if you shoot in locations repeatedly. Now I want to show you one other thing. This is kind of fun. We have this photo selected here. There is a new Get Info pane that they have included in iPhoto '09.
I'm going to hold down the Option key, the Command key and hit I. That brings up Extended Photo Info. We have Location right here and you can see now by applying that tag that I did earlier, I have the latitude, I have the longitude and I have all of this Place information. California, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge and my actual tag itself. All this information is now included with this photo.
So you can always go back on any photo. Let's go back to one that we did earlier. We'll go back to our Events here, double-click on this right here. Again, Option+Command+I and we see that this has a different set of tags and a different latitude and longitude information. So that's the Extended Photo Info. That's new in iPhoto '09 and it's a nice way for you to look at the actual data that's included with a photo when you add these tags. So it's easy to add tags to groups of photos but it's also fairly easy to add tags to individual photos. Because it remembers your places, pretty soon after a while when you have a nice list, you can just choose from that list and apply it to the photos that are appropriate. Very easy to use. I like it a lot.
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