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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.
So one of the neat things about using Places in iPhoto is that you can geo-tag photos using capture devices and iPhoto will recognize that information and bring it right into your normal workflow and so that's what I'm going to show you right now. I think this is something that you should know. So you can use an iPhone 3G. This is the second-generation iPhone and it has GPS built into it. So when you take a photo with the little camera here, the little lens, if there are satellites available, if it can read the satellites, you will add that location information to your photos and then when you bring those photos into iPhoto and all you have to do is just connect your iPhone and iPhoto can recognize it as a capture device. It will add Places information based on those GPS coordinates that were written on the phone.
Now another camera that's out right now is the Nikon P6000 and it actually has GPS built into it and this is very cool. I'm going to turn it on right now. So it has a GPS unit built into it and when you are outside-- we are not outside right now. So we are inside of a recording studio so it can't see the satellites unfortunately, but if we were outside, on this little map right here it would start to look for satellites and as it found them it would show them here and when you have enough satellites, you should need about 4.
4 to 6 is pretty good. So when they show up on here and you have good signal strength you will actually get the position data right down here. Once that shows up, you can start taking pictures with this camera and it will write the position information right to the JPEG and then when we load the pictures into iPhoto, iPhoto says, "oh! here is some geo-data, let me add some more information to it" and it works really well. So let me show you a little bit about making this happen.
Now the first thing I want to mention is that in iPhoto, go up here to Preferences and I want you to check this. If you are going to use a device that is going to tag your photos for you then you need to have one thing checked in Preferences. So click here on Preferences, go to Advanced and make sure that you have Look Up Places Automatically selected. By doing that when you bring in the images from your camera and if you are connected to the internet so iPhoto can check with the database online, then what will happen is iPhoto will add more information as the photos come in and we are actually going to do that right now.
So I have this little memory card reader and inside here is a memory card from the Nikon. Let's plug it in and see what happens. So put it in the USB hub here. Now right away as soon as iPhoto sees it, it will bring up our import screen here and we are going to create a new event. We are going to call it -- wow! Look at this. I practiced this and it showed up right here. So it saves me typing which means you don't have to watch me type. That's not such a bad thing.
And I'm going to select just some of these shots. So I'm going to hold down the Command key and select some of these shots right here. And then I'm going to Import Selected. Now iPhoto is bringing those images in off the memory card. It's reading the geo-data that the Nikon tagged and then it's adding some more information. We'll see how that works. Now iPhoto will go to work. It's bringing the images in off the memory card and we can see them on the screen here. Now one thing that I recommend, when you get this dialog box after import. Do keep photos. Don't delete the photos now because you haven't really backed them up or anything. We are talking just little photography at the moment. We haven't backed them up or anything. So keep them on the memory card until you know that everything is working properly.
Now here are our shots right here. Now I just click on this and look at that. I have a pin right there. Here is the Marina. Here is the Holiday Inn Express. That's right on the Marina. It looks very accurate to me. Click Done. Let's check another one real quick. Yeah, right there. Now we have created a new event here. If we go to Events, you will see Ventura Marina right here. Here is our new event so we can double-click this and we have our photos right here. This is terrific. Now, obviously iPhoto is showing us where these are on a map with a pin but I want to show you some of the information that it added in terms of just places.
So remember if you saw the earlier movie, where we had the Extended Photo Info, if I hold down the Option key, the Command key and press I, here is our location information. So this is what the camera wrote right here. The Nikon it wrote the latitude and the longitude but then iPhoto read that material and it added the country, the state and the city. So it read the data from the photos and then added a little bit more information. So now we can use this information in our normal iPhoto workflow.
So the important thing here is that iPhoto can accept images that have been geo-tagged by other devices such as a compact camera or an iPhone and it will bring those images right into the workflow just as though you had tagged them yourself inside of iPhoto. So it literally saves you a step. Now, whether you like using these devices or not, that's up to you. The important thing to know is that iPhoto can handle tagged photos whether you tag them inside of iPhoto or a device does them and you bring those photos in yourself.
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