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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.
Well, we've done a lot of work to this point of adding geo-data to our photos. Now it's time for pay off. Now we get to actually apply some of this and have some fun with it and after all, this is iPhoto. So we should be having just a little bit of fun. So let's see how this works. I'm going to show you Map View. So, I'm going to go to Places over here, just click on this, and by default we normally come to the map here. Now you have two views. You have the Map View, which is what we're looking at right now, and then you also have the Thumbnail View that allows you to actually browse according to the information you have associated with the images. We'll come back to that in a minute.
Let's go back to our Map View here. Now the button next to the View button is the Zoom All or show all places of where your photos were taken. Now, I like this view because it allows you to step back and see okay, here is everywhere that I have photos that are tagged. In this case, everything is in California, because in this particular library, everything I've done is in California. So Zoom All allows you to step back. And If I did Show Photos right now, I basically see all of the photos in my library. Well, that's rather exciting.
So let's go back here. Here is where it gets a little bit better. I like this. Now watch what happens if I zoom into an area of the map and then do Show Photos. So we're going to do that. I'm going to use my little zoomer here and just kind of go in on an area and I could just grab the map. I'm just clicking down and moving. Let's zoom in a little bit tighter and we'll grab. Okay, so we have three pins showing here. The Golden Gate Bridge. Out here in the water off of Sausalito and in the city itself. Now if I click Show Photos, I'm only going to see shots that are associated with those three pins. So you can see this is kind of a nice way to sort your photos. So here are our Golden Gate Bridge shots, here is Lori's Diner that we designated as San Francisco General.
Here is our faraway shot of the Golden Gate Bridge and we have a shot taken on a bus going somewhere in San Francisco and that's what happens. You go, Oh! I forgot about that bus ride in San Francisco. Well, because you have it tagged, it will show up. Okay, let's go back to Map. Let's keep playing with this a little bit. So I'm going to zoom out here and let's go to the other view that allows us to search according to column browser here and I like this one also, because this allows me to say okay, I know where I want to go. I don't necessarily want to look on a map, I just want to click on a word. So, all the shots here were taken in the United States. That's fine, California, great. Nothing is really changing at this point because this is my whole library.
All right, but let's say that I want to see all of my San Francisco shots. I can just click on the word San Francisco and everything shows up right here. It's very nice. Let's go down to Ventura. Here is all the shots from Ventura. Now, let's take this sort and go back to our Map View and click back on our globe here. Now I'm back in Map View and suddenly I have an ability to tell a story a little bit differently than I was able to do before iPhoto '09 and Places. Because I have the images and I can show you the location on the map itself.
So, I start out here. This is where I stay and then I drive right down here on these streets and I end up over at the Lynda.com headquarters. It's not too far away. And you can tell the story and I can actually see the route that I drive from where I stay to where I go to work. You can do this with anything, any sort of story. You can just adjust the view of the story that you want to tell using the slider here. So this is very handy. Now I'm going to zoom all the way back out. Here is our Overview.
So the nice thing about the Map function in iPhoto is that it allows me to see my photos a couple of different ways and then to sort them a couple of different ways. I can do it visually using the map itself or I can sort by the labels that have been associated with the photos, such as country, state and city. Either way, it's very powerful and I have to admit, it's a lot of fun too.
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