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iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual
     

iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual

by David Pogue, Joseph Schorr, Derrick Story
 

Apple's wildly popular iPhoto, for its new Macintosh computers, is a gorgeous, polished digital shoebox for uploading, organizing, printing, publishing, and touching up digital photos. iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual-presented by best-selling author David Pogue-keeps pace with the recently revised software, charting the changes and illustrating the

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Apple's wildly popular iPhoto, for its new Macintosh computers, is a gorgeous, polished digital shoebox for uploading, organizing, printing, publishing, and touching up digital photos. iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual-presented by best-selling author David Pogue-keeps pace with the recently revised software, charting the changes and illustrating the interactivity among Apple's iLife software products. With this guide, Macintosh fans can take their digital photos on to the screen, the Web, printouts, hardbound photo books, and even to DVDs, CDs, and digital movies. And they'll learn how to take iPhoto far beyond its deceptively simple list of features.

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Anyone can click a button and capture a digital photo. It’s what happens next -- polishing, organizing, and editing your photos -- that isn’t always easy. Fortunately, Mac users can download iPhoto 2, absolutely free -- and get themselves a copy of iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual.

iPhoto 2 is elegant and uncluttered -- but that doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. The second version of this software is a major upgrade, and the online help files don’t do it justice. That’s where iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual comes in. Longtime Mac aficionado (and New York Times technology columnist) David Pogue will help you get the most out of iPhoto 2 -- and your digital camera.

If you haven’t yet bought your digital camera (or are planning to upgrade), Chapter 1 offers expert advice. (Which features do you need? What do you need to know about memory capacity? Battery life? Image resolution settings?) Then, before he even gets to iPhoto, Pogue gives you a thorough grounding in the “artistic” side of taking digital pictures: stuff most “software” how-to guides don’t cover. What’s the “rule of thirds,” and how can it improve the composition of your photos? How do you avoid backgrounds that distract from your photos?

Pogue shows how to go beyond simple snapshots to take better action and sports photos; portraits and self-portraits that truly capture their subjects; better pictures of your fidgety kids; better travel photos, indoor theater and museum photos, even better underwater pictures. (That’s assuming you’re equipped for it. Digital cameras are not born waterproof!) There’s even a tip on avoiding red-eye without using your camera’s blinding “red-eye reduction” features.

By now, you’re itching to get your images into iPhoto 2. Part II covers all the basics: importing, organizing, and filing photos, searching and finding images you’ve filed, and editing them to fix lighting or composition problems. You’ll especially appreciate iPhoto’s major improvements in keywords -- and the new Keywords palette, which simplifies both keyword assignments and searches. And, while iPhoto’s still no Photoshop, Pogue covers its significant photo-editing improvements -- including the Enhance tool for “punching up” washed-out colors, and the Retouch tool for cleaning up blemishes, wrinkles, and other imperfections in your subjects.

Part III covers your myriad options for sharing photos you’ve brought into iPhoto 2: slide shows, prints you order over the Internet, hardbound gift books, web pages, emails (now you can use any email software, not just Mail), even QuickTime slide shows you distribute via Web, CD, or DVD (via iPhoto’s new integration with iDVD).

In Part IV, Pogue goes even further. Want to turn your photo into a screen saver or a desktop picture? Need to switch among photo libraries? Control how iPhoto exports images? Extend iPhoto with plug-ins? Extend it even further with your own custom AppleScripts (supported for the first time in iPhoto 2)? Back up your images with the equally new Burn to CD? All that’s covered here, and much more. With some help from Pogue, iPhoto 2 could be all the digital photography software you’ll ever need. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596005061
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year"). Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is david@pogueman.com.

Derrick has been interested in photography since age 11, and a computer nut for decades. He's been waiting for years for these two passions to converge, and now that they have, it's everything he thought it would be. Managing editor of O'Reilly Network, Derrick focuses on Web authoring, digital media, and mobile computing. Favorite projects include O'Reilly DevCenters for Web Development and for the Mac. Derrick's experience includes more than 15 years as a photojournalist, a stint as the managing editor for Web Review, and a speaker for CMP's Web conferences. He is the coauthor of iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual and author of the Digital Photography and Digital Video Pocket Guides. Derrick also manages his online photo business, Story Photography.

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