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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, now I am going to back up my entire iPhoto library to a hard disk. Backing up to DVD is good for your best photos, but if you want to back up the whole thing, I think backing up to hard drive is the best way to go. So, I am going to go ahead and quit iPhoto and then I am going to go to My Pictures folder where my iPhoto library lives. This is what we have been working on and I am going to drag it over to the hard drive. And you'll notice that the speed of transfer is much faster than with a DVD. Oh! Don't you love the speed? Now, once this has backed up, what I like to do then is put it in a folder with the date and then maybe-- I don't know what your frequency of back up is.
I would say at least once a month. Then back it up again, put it in a new folder with a new date. After you get two of three of these on the drive, then you can probably go back and get rid of the earlier backups and manage it that way. So, now I am just going to go over here to the hard drive and there is our library. Just create a new folder and call it iPhoto Backup 11-2010, like that.
Drop that right in there. There we go. We are all set. And then let's say when I do it again in December, it will be 12 and after I get two or three of those, then it'll be okay to let go of this. And if you want to use this Library here, literally all you have to do is connect your drive and double-click on it and it will launch that library and you'll see that everything is intact just the way we left it. So, if you need to back up the whole thing, a hard drive is definitely the way to go.
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