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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.
Sometimes you want to take advantage of the Places information in iPhoto but you don't want to pinpoint the exact location. It could be anything, it could be your home or it could be a business, but you do want it to show up in the general searches. So for instance, you would want it to show up in your search of places in San Francisco. So there is a way to do that. There is a way to sort of add a broader swath of geo-data instead of just having the pinpoint location and that's what I'm going to show you how to do right now.
So we will go to, speaking of San Francisco, we will go to San Francisco images here and let's say this shot here of Lori's Diner. Let's say that I don't want to have a pinpoint location but I do want it to show up in my searches of San Francisco. So I'll click on the i button and I have caption information here but I don't have any geo-data. So we will click on that and I'll on New Place. Now New Place defaults to Google Search and this time we are actually going to use Google Search to help us create our generic San Francisco location.
You have to be, by the way, connected to the Internet for this to work. All this information isn't inside of iPhoto. So make sure that you are online before you use this particular function, okay. So we will go San Francisco. I'm going to type City Hall because I think City Hall sort of represents the city, right? It's City Hall. It seems very natural, doesn't it? And I'll click Return. It's consulting the Internet and I get all of these returns. These are from Google. Here is one that's not too bad.
San Francisco City Hall Info. Let's zoom in a little bit and I think it's pretty close, but this is where the Satellite view comes in handy because we can actually look for the City Hall building and look at it. There it is right there. So it didn't miss by too much. So we will just grab that pin, move it on top of City Hall itself. Now I'm going to add this to My Places because I want to hang on to this. So I'll click the plus, we will go over to My Places, it shows up in the list there. I want to edit the label. So I'm going to call it San Francisco General and then I put City Hall in parenthesis.
So I know that my view of general is City Hall. Hit Tab to enter that. And I think-- let's go to Terrain view here. Let's just make this a nice big circle. Let's cover lots of area. We are talking about San Francisco the city, right? It could be anywhere in the city but San Francisco, the city. That's what we are doing here and I'm going to assign that to the photo. Let's click this button right here. The pin is dropped. There we go.
Now let's see how that worked. We'll double check. We'll click on the i. Yes, it's like we're good there. Let's look at the Extended Photo Info, which is Option+Command+I, and now in our searches California, San Francisco and Civic Center, all these tags have been added to the image. So when I search for images in San Francisco, this shot will show up. We don't know the exact location. We don't care. What we really want to do is just have it be a San Francisco image and I recommend that you pinpoint City Hall or any city that you happen to be doing this and then that can be your system for having a general city location.
Not a bad way to go. It's kind of fun and it shows you the flexibility of iPhoto Places for doing this kind of location work.
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