iPhoto 4 is faster, simpler to navigate, and full of neat enhancements, from Smart Albums to new slideshow transitions. Whether you’re upgrading or new to iPhoto, The iPhoto 4 Book will help you master it a whole lot faster. Not just the stuff you’d pick up by random pointing and clicking: all of iPhoto.
Since better images “in” equals better images “out,” the authors start with tips on capturing better photos: not just basics like composition and lighting but also how to compensate for a slow camera (something that bedevils many film photographers). You’ll walk through the iPhoto interface, tweaking to your taste, then import in every way imaginable -- from drag-and-drop through copying from iPhoto disc.
The authors next turn to iPhoto’s improved organization features, including the aforementioned Smart Albums. They offer a full section on photo editing and another on sharing -- from QuickTime movies through professional prints. You’ll walk step-by-step through building one of those sensational iPhoto books and getting it manufactured (a marvelous family gift if ever there was one). And, since iPhoto’s only one piece of Steve Jobs’s “iLife,” you’ll learn how to use your iPhoto-managed images in iMovie and iDVD, too.
There’s even a three-chapter contribution from the legendary Andy Ihnatko, who’s been writing about the Mac for more than 16 years (We fondly recall his Macworld and MacUser columns.) Ihnatko teaches you how to automate iPhoto 4 with AppleScript, then answers the type of questions your “Aunt Estelle” would ask, and even offers a few great digital camera tips of his own. (Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only)