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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 far we've been using the Get Info box to manage our location data, but there is a lot of other stuff that you can do there and there are some nice keyboard shortcuts to make doing that stuff even easier. I'm going to show you those right now. Let's go over here. I'm going to take an event and I'm just going to open it so that we can see all the photos in the event and I'll go to the first photo in the event and click on the i button. That gives us the Info Box. Now what if we wanted to add descriptions, individual descriptions to these photos? What's the easiest way to do that? Well, you go to the Description box here and you could just enter something and I'll just enter Clouds here.
Now I could go all the way down to this arrow, click on it, it'll take me to the next photo, come all the way back up, click on this and enter that information. But there is an easier way. While I'm here in this Description box, if I hold down the Command key and the right bracket key, it will take me to the next photo and leave me in the field that I'm working. This is much easier. So now I can enter Steam, Command+Right Bracket and just go to the next one, much faster.
If you do Command+Left Bracket, it takes you to the previous one. So the Command+Bracket keys allow you to stay in the field that you're working so you can work faster, enter those descriptions quickly and be done with it. This also works with rating. For example, if I wanted to rate these photos, three stars here, and I do Command+Bracket, it keeps me right in that field. So I can work quickly and I can do the same thing even with the actual title of the photo. So if I wanted to, I'm in the field right now, I hit Command+Bracket, I'm off to the races.
Now you will notice that the work that I do, let's go back to one where I've entered some data here. Here's one with three stars and I'll enter the description also. Now you notice that the information I've added here is also added down here. So here are my three stars. Here's my description. So I can see it in two places and by the way, you can hide this box if you don't like it. Right here, just look for the little i. The little i here means basically the same thing as the little i right here.
So the key thing to remember when you're working in the Info Box is that if you use the Command+Right and Left Bracket keys, you can move from field to field, add information and work quickly. So this is more useful than just using it for location data. You can use it to customize all the data for your photos. It's very handy.
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