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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.
Something I'm very excited about with Places is that the work that I do in iPhoto '09 doesn't just apply to the images while they are inside of iPhoto. This geo-information, this geo-data, can travel with the photo when I export it out of iPhoto, so that when I open it up in Preview or Aperture or other applications that are geo-aware, they can read that latitude, that longitude and actually place it on a map and do all the wonderful tagging stuff that we have become so fond of already in our young geo-tagging life here.
So let me show you how that works so that you export your images properly so that information goes with them, so you can use them in other applications if you wish. I'm going to start out here in iPhoto and we'll go to our Lassen Event and we'll open it up. We'll pick an image in here and let's just make sure that the geo-information is there. I applied this geo-information in iPhoto. That wasn't tagged before it came in so we used Places to add this information. But let's double-check to make sure we did it right. Click on I.
Sure enough, it's tagged for Lassen National Park and we see a pin there. If I hold down Option+Command+I, I see that I have the latitude and longitude information. So we are in good shape. We have a tagged photo here. So I'm going to leave it selected. Let me go up to File, go to Export and we have the normal parameters that we are used to using and export what kind, JPEG, TIF, the Quality, the Full Size or if we want to sample it down we could pick a Large or Medium or Small. File Name.
Then we have this very important box and this box is new to iPhoto 09. Checking this box includes the GPS information with a photo when it's exported out of the application. I have that box checked. We're going to export it. We'll send it to the Desktop and give it a name here. I like having a real name instead of IMG. Click OK. So now what iPhoto has done is taken the original image, it's added the GPS information, applied any other parameters that I indicated in the Export dialog box and it has placed the image on my Desktop.
So I'll minimize iPhoto. Here's my image. Let's open it up in Preview and see what we have. I'm going to right- click on it. Open With Preview. Here's my picture right here. Everything looks fine. In Tools > Inspector, in the Inspector here we have all sorts of different things. We get to look at, the General information, the Exif information and if the photo is tagged with geo-data, we'll have this GPS tab right here. We'll click on that.
Here's our Latitude and our Longitude. If I click on Locate right here, I can even see where this photo lives in Google Maps. It will open the web browser. You have to be connected to the Internet for this to work. Let's go ahead and do it right now. Click on OK, launches Firefox and there we are. Here is my image. So clearly, this information has traveled with my photo outside of iPhoto and what that means to me is that then iPhoto probably has become the world's easiest geo-tagging tool, in addition to everything else that it does. Because the work that you do in iPhoto isn't limited to just inside the application; the work that you do in iPhoto can travel outside of iPhoto with the image and I think that's pretty exciting stuff.
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