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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.
I want to show you Smart Albums right now and you have probably used Smart Albums before for ratings and things like that. But in iPhoto '09, you can use Smart Albums for geo-tagged images. So it's yet another way to pull together your images using that information that you have added. Let me show you how it works. So the first thing we want to do is create a Smart Album. Now down here the little plus sign, that creates a regular album, but if I hold down the Option key, the plus changes into a little gear. I click on that gear and that allows me to create a Smart Album. I want to make a Smart Album for all of my San Francisco images. Excellent! What I'm going to do is we have this new condition here called Place, right there. We'll say Place contains San Francisco, just like that. Make sure you spell it right or it won't work. Click OK and I have a new Smart Album now.
It's reading my geo-information and it has pulled together all of pictures from San Francisco. Its pretty slick and you can double-check any of these by just clicking on i, and you can see that San Francisco isn't anywhere in the text. What iPhoto is doing is actually reading the geo-data. Because where San Francisco does show up, if we do our little trick, our Option+Command+I, is right here. See, so it's reading the Place information and here is San Francisco and that's how the Smart Album is being built.
Now you can refine your search if you want. So if we go back to the Smart Album and if I Ctrl-click on it or right-click on it, if you have a two-button mouse, Edit Smart Album. Now I can add another condition if I want. So, for example, if I want to have all of my San Francisco shots that have a one star rating or more, I could do that. Just go right here, go to My Rating, is greater than, one star. I'm matching all these conditions so it has to be both of these.
I click OK and now my album is down to just these three images. See? Three star image, three star image, two star image. So I can edit that again. Just come back to Edit Smart Album. I don't want that condition any more. I get rid of it. Click OK. All my pictures come back. So Smart Albums are a very easy and powerful way to use the geo-data that you have. There is the new Place condition that's available in the Smart Album that reads your geo-data that you worked so hard to put in there. Very useful, very powerful, make sure you give it a try.
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