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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.
One of the outstanding features of iPhoto is that we can add geotags to our images right here in the application, and I want to show you how to do that. So we are in Places, but what I want to do is hop back to Events because I think this is the easiest way to do this. And we have a few things going on here. So let's start with Kauai and I'm just going to open this up. Now if you want to just geostag one image, you just go ahead and click on the image and then click on the Info tab and you can assign a place right here. So just click right in here and I can just start typing Kauai. You have to be connected to the Internet for this, and there you go. And if you just go for a general location, a city, it will usually put the pin right in whatever they consider the city center. Now once the pin has been placed, while you are here in this little Google interface you can zoom in a little bit, and you can see exactly where they're putting the pin. And in this case, it looks like pretty much in the middle of nowhere. After all, we are in Kauai there. We are going to refine that a little bit here with another photo. And so there you go, so now that photo has been geotagged. And if you want to do multiple photos, let's do these five. So I am going to hold down the Shift key and we will assign a place to them also. There we go and they have been geotagged. But what if you want to be more specific than just the general area? For example, I have two shots here from a hotel and I know the location of that hotel. I have the name of it. So I am going to hold down the Command key. We will select them both and then we are actually going to type in the name of the hotel, The Point at Poi... I say always my Hawaiian spelling, and I think it's pu. Hawaii and let's see, there it is. And this is actually the town where this hotel is. So you can get much more specific if you know the specific area. So we are going to type that in. Now let's zoom in, and by the way I can tell right here by looking at the map that this is the proper place. Now look at that right there. I recognize all these roads, drove them many, many times over the course of the week. So it doesn't have to be a general area. If you know where the shot was taken, you can get much more specific. Okay great, so now we have geotagged those with specific areas. Let's work on Germany for just a second. So I have my Germany collection here and I have a couple of shots that were taken in Munich. I know that but then I was also visiting Cologne. So I don't want to geotag those Munich. I want those Cologne. So I am just going to go through here and I'll hold down the Command key. That was Cologne. This is the dome actually. This is outside the dom. Beautiful, beautiful structure there in Cologne. I mean when you take the train and you get off the train, you are looking at this magnificent structure. This is Cologne, Cologne. Now these are Munich again, so I am not going to do those. So now I am going to just type. This is what I want right here. You see though when you just type the city, look it. You get some options and if you happen to have taken any of the shots there, then you can further refine your geotags. Right now, we will just go for the city itself. There we go and we can zoom in just to check it. Beautiful! Absolutely great! Now, I want to go ahead and tag these Munich. So I am just going to hold down and we will just tag them real quick. Excellent! Okay, so we've done a little bit of geotagging and you can get as fine as you want. The trick is you have to know where the shot was taken in order to geo tag it correctly. However, you can move the pins around on the map if you want. So you can zoom in and move the pin if you know visually where the shot was taken. So you have a little bit of, excuse the pun, latitude here on how you work this. Okay, let's go back to Places. Now look at this. We have got pins everywhere but in the continental United States, which is where I live, but we can fix that. So now we have a pin here in the Hawaiian Islands and I click on that and I get those photos. And we have a pin here in Cologne and I get those photos and Munich. So if nothing else, we've done a rough placement of our images and depending on how much time you want to spend on this, you can refine those results. Now what if your images are already geotagged? What if you have a camera that geotags the shots? Well, iPhoto is so smart it will recognize those geotags. It's actually embedded in the file information and it will automatically place pins for you on the map and add them to Places. So if you're already geotagging, you don't really have to do anything other than just enjoy those images in Places. Now the last thing I want to show you is this should have changed a little bit now. Now we have two countries, so we can look at just the shots in the United States or all countries. Go to Germany and it will show you all the pins that are within that country. See anything with states, there we go. All States and then you have Cities now and then finally you have Places. And a lot of times, the Places are the specific location, so it will be the museum. It will be the theater. It will be the hotel. So that gets added on as you add that information to iPhoto. And when you're all done working with this, then of course you can go back to the other views that you want. Places, I think it is a lot of fun and there are things that we can do with it in making books and so forth and Smart Albums and I'm going to cover some of that in the upcoming movies.
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