iPhoto '11 Essential Training
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Working with RAW files in iPhoto


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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

with Derrick Story

Video: Working with RAW files in iPhoto

Well, I am going to talk a little bit about RAW files. This question comes up a lot in my workshops where people go, "Well, what is the difference between a RAW file and a JPEG?" Well, all cameras capture JPEG. Some cameras will capture RAW and the big difference is that when you shoot in RAW, if your camera is capable of doing that, and by the way, that's mostly digital SLRs. Some compacts can, but almost all digital SLRs can capture in RAW. You are basically getting all the information that your camera can capture into a nice little container that your Mac then will process.
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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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4h 14m Beginner Dec 17, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing images and movies
  • Grouping photos by events, faces, and places
  • Geotagging images to specific locations
  • Creating Smart Albums
  • Using keyword and ratings metadata to sort images
  • Cropping, straightening, retouching, and rotating photos
  • Retouching and enhancing images
  • Sharing photos on Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe
  • Creating calendars, books, and cards
  • Backing up to an external hard drive
Subject:
Photography
Software:
iPhoto
Author:
Derrick Story

Working with RAW files in iPhoto

Well, I am going to talk a little bit about RAW files. This question comes up a lot in my workshops where people go, "Well, what is the difference between a RAW file and a JPEG?" Well, all cameras capture JPEG. Some cameras will capture RAW and the big difference is that when you shoot in RAW, if your camera is capable of doing that, and by the way, that's mostly digital SLRs. Some compacts can, but almost all digital SLRs can capture in RAW. You are basically getting all the information that your camera can capture into a nice little container that your Mac then will process.

Now what's so wonderful about iPhoto is that it does this so seamlessly, you can't even tell when you're first uploading your images if they're RAW files or JPEGs. It handles them very well. It brings the RAW files in, it processes them, and then it generates a JPEG for you to look at while you are doing your work. So RAW files, the advantage to them is of course you have more image information available to you, and I am going to show you an example of that here in just a few minutes.

Now, this is the Help menu. You get to it from Help within iPhoto and the reason why I am pointing that out to you, other than it has a pretty good explanation of RAW files, if we roll down here, Apple keeps a link of the compatible RAW format cameras. iPhoto can handle most cameras on the market that capture in RAW but not every one of them. So you want to make sure that your camera is on the list so you don't run into a frustration problem.

Go on a vacation and shoot everything in RAW only if you come home and find out iPhoto can't handle it. That would be sad and we don't want that to happen. So you can click on this link and look for your camera. As I said, most cameras are supported but you want to be double sure before you start shooting in RAW only. So I am going to get rid of Help right here, and let's do some RAW work in iPhoto itself. First of all, how do you know if you even have RAW files in your library? You may have some from shooting with your digital SLR or something.

So let's find the RAW files. We're going to use our Smart Album to do that. So I am going to come up here and we are going to go New > Smart Album. We're just going to call Raw and I am going to say Photo is RAW. That's all there is to it. Click OK and now all of these images are RAW files. Everything else in my library is a JPEG.

Now, you get one extra slider when you do image editing with a RAW file and it's a biggie. I am going to show you how it works right now. We're going to take this image right here, which we've worked on in earlier movie. I am going to click Edit and let's go to Full Screen. Now, earlier what I did was I used the Highlights slider to recover the sky right here. We'll take it down. Remember how this is all white. I moved it and I recovered the sky here.

But we still have this big white area. The advantage of a RAW file is that there is image information in here and you just can't see it. Now, with a JPEG, that information usually gets thrown away but with a RAW file, it gets retained and we have sliders to recover it. So, even if you can't see it, a lot of times it's there. Now, that magic slider, that only works with the RAW file and again we know we have a RAW file because we have the RAW badge up here and this only will show up with RAW files.

The magic slider happens when you hold down the Option key. Look what happens right here. This turns into a Recovery slider and that helps recover highlight information and I am going to slide it right now. Watch what happens to that cloud. Look at that. So that is fairly dramatic. In other words, we had absolutely no information there earlier. Look at that.

Now, we have recovered both blue sky and even the bright information in the cloud. So again, you hold down the Option key and the Exposure slider. It turns into a Recovery slider. That will only happen with a RAW file. If you are working on a JPEG, it just stays as an Exposure slider, and it allows you to recover even more information than is visible to the eye initially. Now, all images are not this dramatic, but they are potentially this dramatic. It just depends on the shot and the exposure and all of those variables.

So RAW files take up more room on your hard-drive and you have to have a compatible camera with your application. But if you can meet those requirements, you also have great potential when it's time to image edit those photos.

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Q: This course was updated on 8/11/2014. What changed?
A: We added a movie describing what version of iPhoto this course applies to (Mac OS 10.9). For training on the Mavericks version of iPhoto, see Up and Running with iPhoto.
 
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