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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Well, let's take a look at the Highlights and Shadows sliders. Again, very powerful tools here in iPhoto, and we'll go to Full Screen mode and you notice so we have two photos side-by -side, and on this one we are going to recover some highlights. This is the Dom in Cologne, Germany. Spectacular building. In order to get the exposure right here, I lost some information in the sky, but there's actually some sky here and we can bring it back by moving the Highlights slider all the way over. Look at that.
Now, we have blue sky again. I am going to hold down the Shift key, so you can see the difference. Highlights. A beautiful tool for a recovery. Now, one thing I will tell you about this and we will talk a little bit more about RAW in an upcoming movie, you notice that we have a RAW file here and RAW is better for Highlights and Shadows because there is more information in the file for these sliders to draw from. So if you are working with a JPEG, you are not going to have as good results as I have here.
Well, generally speaking, I don't think you will. But with RAW files, this slider is just absolutely killer. Now, let's go over here and we are going to play with the Shadows sliders and Shadows is also very useful. In fact I tend to use it more and it's like using a big fill light for the scene. So it's going to brighten up the shadow areas but it's not going to wash out the highlights that already exist. Let me show you how that works. I am just going to move this slider to go out. It's just like turning on a big light, isn't it? Now, you can go too far with it.
I mean, I don't know. That's not really very attractive. But a lot of times with Shadows, just a little bit right in here, just kind of brightens up that photo just a tad. Let's do the Shift key. See, it's subtle but at the same time its important difference. But yeah, watch the sky, watch the sky. See how the sky doesn't hardly changed at all? It only brightens up the darker areas.
So Shadows and Highlights, two very good sliders. They work even better with RAW files but even on your JPEGs, for situations like this, give them a try.
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