Organize and Manage Photos on MacBook with iPhoto

If you own a Macintosh machine (or laptop) and have recently invested in it, after much research, one of the most common differences you will find that that Macintosh machines are great for creative use. And to compliment the creative purpose iPhoto was introduced.

iPhoto enables you to store photos within the application, or store it in a particular folder and then drag it in from a local folder. iPhotos reads pictured from a digital camera with appropriate USB or Firewire cable, a media card and reader if your camera doesn’t interface with a cable, slide or negative scanners.

The iPhoto Library is the place where iPhoto keeps anything that is associated with a batch of photos. The number of photos in the library is more or less unlimited. The only requirement will be disk space and RAM to support a large library.

Using iPhoto, you can organize photos based on events, date, people, and location. You can also add names to people in the photo and associate photos with a particular location. You can also maintain separate albums, rotate and edit particular photos. iPhoto also helps you share the photos through multiple channels including email, Facebook and Flickr.

To import photos into your iPhoto application you can do one of the following:

  1. Connect your camera to your Mac.

Note: If your photos are already in a folder, drag and drop the photos

2. Open iPhoto. (This switches the application to Import mode)

4. Type a name and description for your import in the Roll Name and Description fields, respectively.

5. Click Import.

Though a lot of things can be done with iPhoto some of the basic options include:

  • Name: The name option allows you to add names to faces in photos. After adding the name for the first time, the application also suggests faces that look like the one you have added the name to.
  • Edit: The Edit option opens up other options below the photograph:
    • Rotate: That helps you rotate the photo.
    • Crop: That allows you to remove a part of edges from the photo.
    • Straighten: That helps you straighten a tilted or uneven photo.
    • Enhancer: Automatically enhances and brightens the photo.
      Note: This is the first step if you are new to MacBook. This feature by itself helps you enhance the image. While the other feature might need some understanding of editing images before getting it right.
    • Red-Eye: Reduces the red-eye in the photo.
    • Retouch: This helps you remove blemishes from the photo.
    • Effects: Allows you to select a good finish for the photo, including options like black and white (B&W) photo, and Matte finishes.
    • Adjust: Helps you fix other features of the photo like exposure, contrast, saturation and so on.
    • Rotate: Helps you rotate the photos, without having to go through Edit.
    • Flag: Helps you flag photos for easy access.
    • Hide: Helps you hide the pictures so it is removed from the album.
    • Slideshow: Shows you the photos in the album as a slideshow with music as a background.
    • Keepsakes: Helps you save a particular image for a book, calendar or card.
    • New Full-Screen Modes – Now with iPhoto’11, you can browse, edit, and share your photos with full-screen modes.
    • Email Photos –iPhoto’11 gives you an option to create and send beautiful images and message without leaving iPhoto application.
    • Letterpress Cards – With latest iPhoto you are allowed to create custom letterpress cards personalized with your photos and text.

This is an amazing application if you are MacBook user. Explore iPhoto and you will find lot more reason to go ahead using the same!

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