iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual


If you used iPhoto when it first came out, you'll remember the way it slowed to a crawl once you loaded it with about 2,000 photos. Compare that to this year's model: iPhoto 6 can handle as many as 250,000 images and still have the power to run a host of suped-up features. Its new software engine lets you make changes with a drag & drop editing tool, find photos with a robust search feature, and manipulate images without affecting the ...

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If you used iPhoto when it first came out, you'll remember the way it slowed to a crawl once you loaded it with about 2,000 photos. Compare that to this year's model: iPhoto 6 can handle as many as 250,000 images and still have the power to run a host of suped-up features. Its new software engine lets you make changes with a drag & drop editing tool, find photos with a robust search feature, and manipulate images without affecting the originals in your master library. You can also:

  • View and work on full-screen images
  • Make quick edits with one click
  • Work with RAW images
  • Create cool new calendars, greeting cards and books
  • Post photos online with the new iWeb application
  • Use a method of sharing called "Photocasting"

Apple makes it all sound so easy: just drag this, click that and you're done. But, as intuitive as these features are, you can still get lost, especially if you're new to iPhoto. Not to worry. iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual gives you plenty of undocumented tips & tricks for taking advantage of the new version and every little feature packed into it.

It's the top-selling iPhoto book for good reason. With wit and objectivity, David Pogue and Derrick Story start you out with a crash course on digital photography, complete with tutorials on buying a camera, composing brilliant photos in various situations (sports, portraits, nighttime shots, even kid photography), and making digital movies. From there, you'll dive into every detail of iPhoto, from camera-meets-Mac basics to storing, searching, editing, and creating books, calendars and greeting cards. You'll learn to build a personal web site built with iWeb, and discover "Photocasting"-the new service that allows. Mac subscribers to publish photo albums online so that others can use the photos, even if they work on PCs.

With iPhoto 6, you could add 1000 photos a month for the next 20 years and not fill it. With iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual, you can get going in no time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527259
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

Derrick Story has more than 25 years as a photojournalist, including serving as managing editor for O'Reilly Network. He speaks at technology conferences including Macworld, PMA, PhotoPlus, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., The Digital Photography Companion, and his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers. He coauthored iPhoto: The Missing Manual with David Pogue.

Derrick likes to keep his shooting skills sharp by running his photography business, Story Photography. You can listen to his photo podcasts and read his tips at The Digital Story (thedigitalstory.com) and follow him on Twitter. Aperture fans might want to check out his co-authored video training on Lynda.com: Aperture 2 Essential Training.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Authors;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Part I: Digital Cameras: The Missing Manual;
Chapter 1: Welcome to Digital Photography;
1.1 Meet Digital Photography;
1.2 Buying a Digital Camera;
Chapter 2: Composing Brilliant Photos;
2.1 Composition;
Chapter 3: Beyond the Simple Snapshot;
3.1 Action Photography;
3.2 Portraits;
3.3 Existing-Light Portraits;
3.4 Self-Portraits;
3.5 Kid Photography;
3.6 Theater Performances;
3.7 Underwater Photography;
3.8 Travel Photography;
3.9 Outdoor Portraits;
3.10 Indoor Flash;
3.11 Twilight Portraits;
3.12 Landscape and Nature;
3.13 Sunsets;
3.14 Weddings;
3.15 Photographing Objects;
3.16 Nighttime Photography;
3.17 Time-Lapse Photography;
3.18 Digital Movies;
3.19 Cameraphone Photography;
Part II: iPhoto Basics;
Chapter 4: Camera Meets Mac;
4.1 iPhoto: The Application;
4.2 Getting Your Pictures into iPhoto;
4.3 The Post-Dump Slideshow;
4.4 Where iPhoto Keeps Your Files;
Chapter 5: The Digital Shoebox;
5.1 The Source List;
5.2 More on Film Rolls;
5.3 Scrolling Through Your Photos;
5.4 Selecting Photos;
5.5 Three Ways to Open Photos in iPhoto;
5.6 Albums;
5.7 Smart Albums;
5.8 Folders;
5.9 Three Useful Panels;
5.10 Information Panel: Titles, Dates, and Comments;
5.11 The Calendar;
5.12 Keywords;
5.13 Searching for Photos by Text;
5.14 The Photo Info Window;
5.15 Rate Your Photos;
5.16 Deleting Photos;
5.17 Customizing the Shoebox;
Chapter 6: Editing Your Shots;
6.1 Editing in iPhoto;
6.2 Full-Screen Mode;
6.3 Notes on Zooming and Scrolling;
6.4 One-Click Fixups: The Rotate Button;
6.5 Cropping;
6.6 The Enhance Button;
6.7 Red-Eye;
6.8 Retouching Freckles, Scratches, and Hairs;
6.9 The Effects Palette;
6.10 The Adjust Panel;
6.11 Introduction to the Histogram;
6.12 Exposure;
6.13 Adjusting the Levels;
6.14 Brightness and Contrast Sliders;
6.15 Color Balance;
6.16 Straightening;
6.17 Sharpening;
6.18 Beyond iPhoto;
6.19 Reverting to the Original;
6.20 Editing RAW Files;
Part III: Meet Your Public;
Chapter 7: The iPhoto Slideshow;
7.1 About Slideshows;
7.2 Option-Click Slideshows;
7.3 Instant Slideshows;
7.4 Saved Slideshows;
7.5 Control Over the Show;
7.6 Slideshow Tips;
7.7 Slideshows and iDVD;
Chapter 8: Making Prints;
8.1 Making Great Prints;
8.2 Printing from iPhoto;
8.3 Ordering Prints Online;
Chapter 9: iWeb, Photocasting, & Network Sharing;
9.1 Emailing Photos;
9.2 Publishing Photos on the Web;
9.3 The .Mac Slideshow;
9.4 Photocasting;
9.5 Photo Sharing on the Network;
9.6 Photo Sharing Across Accounts;
Chapter 10: Books, Calendars, & Cards;
10.1 Phase 1: Pick the Pix;
10.2 Phase 2: Publishing Options;
10.3 Phase 3: Design the Pages;
10.4 Phase 4: Edit the Titles and Captions;
10.5 Phase 5: Preview the Masterpiece;
10.6 Phase 6: Send the Book to the Bindery;
10.7 Photo Calendars;
10.8 Greeting Cards and Postcards;
Chapter 11: iPhoto Goes to the Movies;
11.1 Two Kinds of Slideshows;
11.2 Exporting an Instant Slideshow;
11.3 Exporting a Saved Slideshow;
11.4 Fun with QuickTime;
11.5 Managing Movies Imported From Your Camera;
11.6 Editing Digital-Camera Movies;
11.7 Burning a QuickTime Movie CD;
11.8 Slideshow Movies on the Web;
Chapter 12: iDVD Slideshows;
12.1 The iDVD Slideshow;
12.2 Extra Credit: Self-Playing Slideshows;
Part IV: iPhoto Stunts;
Chapter 13: Screen Savers, AppleScript, & Automator;
13.1 Building a Custom Screen Saver;
13.2 One-Click Desktop Backdrop;
13.3 Exporting and Converting Pictures;
13.4 Plug-Ins and Add-Ons;
13.5 AppleScript Tricks;
13.6 Automator Tricks;
Chapter 14: iPhoto File Management;
14.1 About iPhoto Discs;
14.2 iPhoto Backups;
14.3 Managing Photo Libraries;
14.4 Merging Photo Libraries;
14.5 Beyond iPhoto;
Part V: Appendixes;
Appendix A: Troubleshooting;
A.1 The Most Important Advice In This Chapter;
A.2 Exporting;
A.3 Printing;
A.4 Editing and Sharing;
A.5 General Questions;
Appendix B: iPhoto 6, Menu by Menu;
B.1 iPhoto Menu;
B.2 File Menu;
B.3 Edit Menu;
B.4 Photos Menu;
B.5 Share Menu;
B.6 View Menu;
B.7 Window Menu;
B.8 Help Menu;
Appendix C: Where to Go From Here;
C.1 iPhoto and the Web;
C.2 Digital Photo Equipment on the Web;
C.3 Show Your Pictures;
C.4 Online Instruction;
C.5 Online Printing;
C.6 Pocket Guide;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006


    Do you need help with your photography skills? If you do, then this book is for you. Authors David Pogue and Derrick Story, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that is designed to serve as the iPhoto manual. Pogue and Story, begin by covering buying, using, and exploiting your digital camera. Then, the authors cover the fundamentals of getting your photos into iPhoto. Organizing and filing them, searching them, and editing them to compensate for weak lighting. Next, they cover the many ways iPhoto can present those photos to other people. Finally, the authors cover a miscellaneous potpourri of additional iPhoto features, including: turning photos into screen savers or desktop pictures on your Mac exporting the photos in various formats using iPhoto plug-ins and accessory programs managing Photo Libraries backing up your photos using iPhoto¿s Burn to CD command and, even getting photos to and from camera phones and Palm organizers. This most excellent book provides an invaluable grounding in professional photography. Perhaps more importantly, this book gives you all you need to know about digital photography!

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