Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video iPhoto overview, part of iPhoto '08 Essential Training.
So what is iPhoto anyway, really? I remember when Apple first launched this application. They said it was Ansel Adams meets Martha Stewart and what I think they were trying to say there is the Ansel Adams is the great photography part, but the Martha Stewart is the getting organized part and that was the problem for a lot of digital photographers before iPhoto. You would shoot all of these images, probably shoot more images than you would shoot with film because it's so easy with digital photography and then you would drop them on to your computer maybe put them in some kind of folder system. But then you know after a few thousand images, it really became difficult to find the shots that you had taken a week earlier or a month earlier, and heaven forbid, a year earlier, and this is where iPhoto comes in. Through these different tools that we have, Events is a great example here, through Events because it's time-based organization. iPhoto takes a look at the date stamps on your photos when it brings it in and then it creates these Events based on the date stamps so it's saying "Oh, you took all these shots in one day, that's an event, so I'm going to organize things that way". And suddenly iPhoto is organizing your pictures sort of the way that you live your life and it makes sense to you and it's easy. And then we have other things like adding keywords and rating our photos giving them a four star rating for the ones that we like and a one star rating for the ones that we don't like and if we really don't like them, we can hide them, we just hide them out of view. You are not throwing them away, you still have them because you never know you might need it some day, but you can hide it right out of view. This organizational aspect of iPhoto is very powerful. It's very useful, but then it doesn't stop there. You can also adjust your images in iPhoto and some people, over the years, have mentioned that Photoshop might not be the easiest application in the world to use. Now, I don't know if there is validity to that or not, but let's just say that iPhoto is very easy to use.
You can do most of the adjustments that you need to do to your pictures right here in iPhoto. It has a very powerful; in fact let's just open it up right now, I just want to show you real quick, I mean, we're going to drill down into all the stuff, but it has a very powerful, yet easy to use image adjustment set of tools. Exposure, Contrast, Highlight, Shadows, Saturation, Temperature, it's all right here. You don't have to dig through a bunch of menus, you basically have all the tools that you need right here in the Adjust palette. You have some great effects in the Effects palette. One Click, you can just change the way a photo looks. And then of course you have the magic Enhance tool, Red-Eye correction, Retouching, Straightening, Cropping, it's all right here. It's very easy to use and so in addition to organization, the Martha Stewart part, we also have the photography part, the Ansel Adams part. And then the last part of it that I want to mention and you know this is a very important part of iPhoto is that once you take the photos and once they are organized and once you've maybe refined them a little bit, you can share them with other people. You can share them very easily. You can make prints, you can order prints. You can make greeting cards, calendars, you can even make your own book and I mean these books look fabulous. I mean years ago not that long ago, a few years ago, this would have been very difficult and very expensive to do to make your own book, especially if you only want to make two or three of them. Now, in iPhoto literally you can put a book together in less than 20 minutes and you can spend a little bit longer if you really want perfect it, but either way an hour or so you are hitting the Upload button and the next thing you know your book has been produced for you and you will have it a few days later. And then you can share your photos online, you can attach them to e-mail. So, iPhoto makes all of this very enjoyable, it actually makes it fun and I think that's really an important part. Taking pictures should be fun, but also once you load the pictures on to your computer that should be fun too, that shouldn't be work, that shouldn't be the part that you dread. And I think one of the things that I really want to do as we work together on this training is that if you have any dread right now, any trepidation at all about working with your images on the computer, I want you to look at what we are doing, I want you to jump in with both feet and I can't promise you because you know I just that doesn't work. I cannot make a promise because I don't know if it will work for everyone, but my feeling is if you go through this training with me and really let go and just have fun, that any trepidation that you have about working with your images on the computer is going to melt away. It is just going to go away and suddenly you might actually look forward to the part where you plugged that memory card into your Mac and your pictures come up on the screen and you go "Oh now I get to work on them!" That's what I want to hear, that's what we are shooting for, and let's get going on it, we are going to start with basic introduction to some of the new features and then we are going to roll right into how to master this application, it is a great application, and I think we are really going to have a good time.
- Understanding the iPhoto '08 interface changes
- Organizing photos and events
- Tagging and searching with metadata
- Adding effects and retouching photos
- Adjusting levels, exposure, sharpness, etc.
- Creating and managing web photo galleries
- Printing quality photos