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iPhoto and Flickr are a perfect match for sharing pictures on the web. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Flickr, instructor Derrick Story explains how these two applications work together to create online albums, known as sets. From the basics, like setting up a free Flickr account, to the more advanced features, like creating an iPhoto slideshow to publish on Flickr, Derrick reveals features that both beginning and advanced photographers can use to enhance their online collections.
Well, here we are in our Flickr Gallery and we have uploaded these images from iPhoto and I look at them and I go, they that looking pretty good here. But this happens to me every now and then with Flickr where I think, boy, I'd like to do a little image adjustment. Now Flickr does have some tools for that. If I click on this here, Flickr has some tools where it's connected with another service where I'm able to make some adjustments here in the Edit Photo. But actually I like iPhoto's tools better and that's what I'd like to do. I would like to make some adjustments in iPhoto and then have those reflected here. So I'm going to give that a whack right now.
So we'll go ahead and minimize here and we'll come back. So let's take this shot, for example, and I kind of like it in black and white or at least I'd like to see how it would look in black and white. So I'll click on it once. I'm in my Flickr album here and I'll click on the Edit tab and it comes up here. Now in the Edit tab I have basically two palettes available to me, and then I have some tools down here. The Enhance tool. That's for kind of clarifying and kind of bumping up things.
Red Eye Adjustment is straightforward. We know what that is. The Retouch tool allows us to do some spotting and so forth and Straightening and Cropping and Rotating. But we also have the Effects palette and we have the Adjust palette. Both of these are very powerful. This is part of the reason why I want to do my work here in iPhoto instead of in Flickr, because I really like these tools. In the Adjust palette, for example, I have full Levels control, like I can make mid-tone adjustments. I can also make adjustments to the black point and to the highlights. It is very nice, very well done. I have sliders for Exposure, which mainly deals with the highlights. It's another way to go about that business.
Contrast, which will push things out on both ends. So watch when I do Contrast it'll move both the highlights and the black point out. Saturation. We know what that is. By the way, in iPhoto '09 there is this new little goody here. If I check this box and I have people in the shot, I can increase the saturation without messing up their skin tones and in some of the other applications such as Photoshop and Aperture this is either called Vibrance or Vibrancy. We have this now in iPhoto and all we have to do is click the box next to Saturation to get that.
Since we don't have people in this shot we don't have to worry about, but it's something good to know. Definition, by the way while we are here, is one that I like a lot and that increases mid-tone contrast and adds a little mid-tone sharpening too, a little sharpening there. Now that is very nice, just be careful that you don't over use it. And most of the time you can use Definition instead of the Sharpen slider, or the Sharpness slider. I think it's a little bit more sophisticated and I like the results better. So keep that in your back pocket also.
Highlights actually means highlight recovery. So if you have some blown out highlights, if you are losing detail here in some of these highlighted areas, you can click on that and that'll bring the detail back. Very nice on white wedding dresses, where it is all white and you do the Highlight slider and you start to see some of the texture again. Shadows does the same thing. If you have blocked up shadows, let's say if this is way too dark, you can slide that and that would open those up a bit. Sharpness is sharpness. Be careful with this. You can over-sharpen very easily.
I usually don't use it. I'll use Definition or maybe just use it sparingly. And De-noise doesn't apply to this photo at all, but if you have a lot of image noise, let's say a picture shot at a high ISO, it will help with it. It's not the greatest slider in the palette, but it does have some use. Of course, Temperature is both your cool to warm and your Tint is your magenta to green slider. But a lot of times if your temperature is off just use the clicker here and click on a neutral gray or a white point. So you could just click on something like this here and do a temperature adjustment.
Now my color temperature is pretty good on this shot, so you didn't see a very big change. You can see you have some very sophisticated controls here, very useful, which is why I like to do my work in iPhoto, but I want to try this in black and white. So I'm going to go over to the Effects palette. I'm going to click on Black and White there and you see how that looks and now what I want to do is I want to play with it over here. I want to make some adjustments. I'm going to increase the contrast a little bit.
I'm going to bring up that and I'm going to do that. Make it nice and crunchy. Push that Definition up a little bit. Okay, now that I like. So I'm going to click Done here, which means I'm done editing it and I'm coming back here. Now what I would really like to do is have these changes reflected on my Flickr site also. So I'll just wait a second and look what's happening down here.
Discussion is happening between iPhoto and Flickr. So let's go to this set and see if indeed the changes that I made to this photo here in iPhoto has been uploaded to my Flickr set. Click on this here and sure enough, I have now successfully converted that to a black and white photo. So this is another reason why working with iPhoto and Flickr together is so good, because the tools in iPhoto are very powerful and iPhoto talks to Flickr and you only have to do things once and then it's shared online.
This is a terrific and powerful function that I like very, very much.
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