Do you actually use all the Events iPhoto creates for all the photos you import? The idea is quite a good one because, in theory, your photos will be grouped together into, well, ‘Events’; and because they’re displayed as tiles, it should be easier to scroll through and find the pictures you want.
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Normally, digital cameras process image data captured by the sensor and save the finished photo as a JPEG file, but RAW files contain the image data in its unprocessed form. You need a program capable of processing these RAW files on your computer, but the advantage is better image quality and the ability to choose some of the settings later rather than having to commit to them when you shoot.
This is practically a super how-to week here at Mac|Life. If you've been missing the site this week, you've been missing a lot of tips and hacks that can make your life so much easier. Of course, that's not all that's been going down, as you'll see below the fold.
My wife and I have a huge iPhoto library on an external hard drive connected to our iMac. We are going on vacation for a week and I was wondering if we can take the hard drive with us, open the iPhoto library on my MacBook Pro and edit, tag, and organize the photos and have the changes stick once we bring the drive back home.
No one denies that iPhoto is an excellent tool for organizing your photos. But while its built-in editing tools are fine for everyday enhancements and basic image effects, there are lots of things you might want to do with your pictures that demand a program such as Elements or Photoshop.
Digital cameras save a wide variety of shooting data when you take a picture, and it’s embedded invisibly in the image as ‘EXIF’ data. iPhoto can use this in a variety of ways. For example, it uses the date saved by the camera to sort photos chronologically. But there’s a lot more information in there that you can use to find your photos quickly, and without having to resort to manual keywords or albums.
Black and white is making a bit of a comeback, and you can create some surprisingly effective black and white images using the adjustment tools and effects in iPhoto. These might look a little basic at first, but the interaction between these two sets of controls is very interesting.
Your digital photos may be the most meaningful zeroes and ones you own -- after all, you can’t get back the moments they capture. The good news is you can keep those memories safe without keeping them hidden on a hard drive. But first, make sure they’re backed up to that hard drive by including your iPhoto Library (Home > Pictures) in your backup routine. We don’t want you losing a single shot of your Chihuahua in her Halloween costume.
Ah, the weekend is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the last full week of October won’t bring a harvest of goodies before it winds to a close. Lots of free (and cheap) stuff hit the App Stores today, and we’re all geared up for iTunes Match which is running out of days to launch in “late October”. In the meantime, here’s all the news that’s fit to print for this Thursday, October 27, 2011.