Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Photos, part of macOS Sierra New Features.
- [Instructor] The Photos application in Sierra has some of the most powerful and impressive new features. Generally, these new enhancements are built around helping you find exactly the photos that you want as quickly as possible. To see this, I'm going to launch the Photos application, and I'll scroll through here, and you can see that I already have a lot of photos here in this library. The first thing that you need to understand is that Apple has added some impressive image-recognition technology under the hood, which gives the Photos application the ability to literally recognize people and objects in your photos.
When you import your photos, the computer will scan them, and will identify objects in your pictures from a list of thousands of possible keywords. What does this do for you? Well, it allows you to search using an impressive amount of keywords. For example, I'm here in the main photos library. I'm gonna click on the search field up near the top right, and I'm just gonna search for a word. I'm gonna search for the word mountain. You can see that it found 23 pictures. I could click on this, or I could just hit return, and you can see, I found a bunch of pictures of mountains.
I can double-click on one to see it, double-click again to get out of it. Here's the impressive part. I never tagged these pictures with any keywords. The computer was able to recognize that there were mountains in these pictures, and it's able to recognize lots of things. For example, if I go back to the search field, hit the X to clear it, and click on the search field again, I can search for another word. I'll search for boat, and you can see how quickly it performed that search. I can hit return, and now I've got a bunch of pictures of boats.
Let's do that again. I'll clear the search, I'll search for food, hit return, and there are bunch of pictures of food. It works really well, and it actually works really fast. You can also go even more granular, so I'm gonna clear this, I'll search for pizza, and it just found one picture of pizza. Now, the list of search options is not unlimited. For example, let me clear this, and this time I'm gonna search for the word unicycle, and if finds nothing, even though I know that there are some pictures of unicycles in this library.
That's just because the word unicycle is not on the list of things that the application was built to recognize, but I can still manually tag my own photos with keywords. Let me clear this, and let me scroll down here, and here's a picture of a unicycle. I'm going to manually tag this. All I need to do is right-click on it, choose Get Info, now I get this information panel, there's a field for keywords, I'll click on that, and I'm just going to type in unicycle, and I'll hit enter.
Now that keyword has been applied to that picture. Real quick, let me scroll up to earlier in my library, I know I've got some other pictures here. Let's tag a second one, so I'm gonna right-click on it, hit Get Info, you can see that there are already some keywords on this photo, but that's fine, I can click on this field and add another. You can see that it remembers the word unicycle, because I tagged another photo with this word. I'm go ahead and hit enter, and now two photos have been tagged. Now, when I go to the search field, I can search for unicycle, and of course, it will find those two photos.
You can manually tag photos with keywords that the computer does not automatically recognize, but with the impressive amount of things that the application recognizes by default, this might not be necessary. Just be aware that it does take some time for the application to scan your library, so after upgrading and after importing a large amount of photos, you'll need to quit the application and give it some time to run this detection in the background. Okay, so the application can recognize objects, but it can also recognize people. I'm gonna to clear this, and this brings back a feature that was available in iPhoto years ago.
By default, over on the left side, there is this People album, and I can click on that, and you'll see that it recognized some photos in my library as containing the same people, and it automatically grouped them together. Now, keep in mind this is a fairly small library just for demonstration purposes. Your library will probably have lots of different recognizable faces, but I can double-click on one of these, and these are all pictures that it recognized of Garrick. Of course, there are tools for refining the selection that the application makes.
For example, if I take a step back, I can see that it did recognize this as a person, but it did not recognize it as Garrick, so it did not automatically sort those together. Sometimes it needs you to make some tweaks to help the recognition software, but we're going to talk about that in macOS Sierra Essential Training, a separate course, but I do want you to see that you can leverage this face-recognition feature in the search tool. If I go back to my whole list of photos here, and I go to the search field, I can search for one of those groups of people.
If I search for Nick and hit enter, now I get all of the pictures of Nick, which is me. Let me we clear this and I want you to see that you can actually put multiple search terms together. I can search for Nick, which it's going to find from the People feature that we just saw, but I'm also gonna search for the word statue, which is one of those things that it automatically recognized in some of my photos. I just type in those two words, hit return, and now I get pictures that contain both the face of Nick and a statue.
Now, another new automatic sorting feature, is Places. I can find that over on the sidebar, as well. I'll just click on that. Many cameras, including almost all of the smart phones with cameras built-in, can record GPS-location data, along with the photos that you take. Lots of your photos may have location information attached to them. The Photos application can display those pictures here on a map. I can see a bunch of groups of pictures and I can even move this map around, and go to different parts of the world.
I can it grouped together all of the pictures I took in Switzerland. If I click on that, now I can look at those pictures here. I'm just gonna hit the back button up here near the top left to take a step back. You can actually zoom into the map. You can use the plus and minus buttons here to zoom in. I'm gonna zoom in a lot closer here, because I know that I took pictures in several cities in Switzerland, so now I can see the separate groups. I can click on this, and now I can see the pictures that I took specifically in Geneva. Again, I can take a step back.
Now, again, I can link search terms together using location. Let me go back to my main photos library, go to search, and I could search for Scotland, and it leverages that location information, or I could clear that, and I could search for Nick Scotland, and it combines those two features to give me pictures of Nick in Scotland. Okay, let me clear that. Finally I wanna take a look at the new Memories feature, which I can find, over here on the sidebar, right under the main photos library.
I'm gonna click on that, and you can see there are some groups that have already been created. This can use all of the information that we just saw: object detection, location, people, and of course, dates, to automatically create groups of photos and match them to a theme. Here, I can see, three memories have already been created. If I double click on one of them, I can see all of the pictures in that particular memory. If I wanna take a step back, I can hit this back button here, and I could go into another one of these themes, scroll through here, take a look at the pictures, and if I scroll down far enough, there are even more memories that it will offer.
If I double-click on this one, it'll open up and I can see those pictures. I can just scroll through and view these pictures, or I can hit Show All to get a more tiled view, or I could even hit this Play button up at the top, and I can play this as a slideshow. These slideshows have music built in, but I've turn the audio off so that won't be distracting. I can choose different themes, I can choose different music, but when I'm ready to view it, I can just hit Play Slideshow, and it will play that slideshow here, and it will transition through all of the pictures in that particular memory.
When I'm finished, I can just move my mouse cursor around to bring up the on-screen controls, I can his this X to close that slideshow. That's just a quick look at the new features in the Photos app. Of course, you should check out macOS Sierra Central Training for more detail on working with all these features.