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Our Missing Manual is hands-down the bestselling book on iPhoto. And now, updated to cover Apple's newest release, iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual comes fully loaded--and in full color--so you can exercise all the power, flexibility, and creativity of the stunning new iPhoto 5. Some of iPhoto 5's fifty new features are tiny nips and tucks, such as menu rewordings, quiet refinements, and secret keystrokes that take most people days to stumble through. Others are big-ticket overhauls aimed at both power users (RAW-file import and editing, color correction sliders, real-time histogram) and everyday shutterbugs (nested file folders, individual-photo control in slideshows, and a completely rewritten book-layout kit). Additional improvements include a robust search feature (similar to that of iTunes) and the addition of "objects" for slideshow and book projects (using objects, you can manipulate images without affecting pictures in your master library). iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual covers them all with the scrupulous objectivity, clever wit, and technical wisdom you count on from David Pogue along with the Mac and digital photography expertise of Derrick Story. Their authoritative guide starts out with a crash course on digital photography, complete with tutorials on buying a digital camera, composing brilliant photos in various situations (including sports photography, portraits, nighttime photography--even kid photography!) and making digital movies. iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual then launches into every detail of iPhoto, from camera-meets-Mac basics to storing, searching, and editing; from sharing your digital photography with the world (via customized slideshows--complete with iTunes soundtrack, if you like--prints, photo books, email, the Web, and even your network) to exporting to QuickTime and iDVD. And don't forget iPhoto "stunts," such as building custom screen savers and desktop backdrops; exporting pictures; making the most of plug-ins, add-ons, and beef-ups; using AppleScript; and managing files with backups, CDs, and photo libraries. iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual gives you everything you need to become the digital photographer extraordinaire you want to be.

Table of Contents

  1. iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition
    1. Copyright
    2. The Missing Credits
      1. About the Authors
      2. About the Creative Team
      3. Acknowledgements
      4. The Missing Manual Series
    3. Introduction
        1. iPhoto Arrives
        2. What’s New in iPhoto 5
      1. About This Book
        1. About the Outline
        2. About → These → Arrows
        3. About MissingManuals.com
      2. The Very Basics
    4. I. Digital Cameras: The Missing Manual
      1. 1. Welcome to Digital Photography
        1. Meet Digital Photography
          1. Instant Feedback
          2. Cheap Pix
          3. Take More Risks
          4. More Fun
        2. Buying a Digital Camera
          1. Image Resolution
            1. Pictures on the screen
            2. Printing out pictures
          2. Memory Capacity
          3. Memory Cards
          4. Battery Life
          5. Size and Shape
          6. Lens Quality
          7. Zoom
          8. Flip Screen
          9. Manual Controls
          10. Autofocus Assist Light
          11. Variable “Film” Speeds
          12. Built-In Sliding Lens Cover
          13. Attachments
          14. Shutter Lag
          15. Burst Mode (RAM Buffer)
          16. Panorama Mode
          17. Software Bundle
          18. Noise Reduction
          19. Tripod Mount
          20. Movie Mode
          21. Price
      2. 2. Composing Brilliant Photos
        1. Composition
          1. The Rule of Thirds
          2. Get Closer
          3. Eliminate Busy Backgrounds
          4. Go Low, Go High
          5. The Right Way to Compose
      3. 3. Beyond the Simple Snapshot
        1. Action Photography
          1. Getting Close to the Action
          2. Fast Shutter Speeds
            1. Shutter-priority mode
          3. Focusing and Shutter Lag
          4. Light Metering
        2. Portraits
          1. Trick 1: Zoom In
          2. Trick 2: Move the Background Back
          3. Trick 3: Choose a Wide Aperture Setting
            1. The portrait setting (program)
            2. Aperture-priority mode
          4. Making the Shot
        3. Existing-Light Portraits
          1. Keep It Steady
          2. The Camera Setup
          3. The Model Setup
          4. White Balance (Color Balance)
          5. Taking the Picture
        4. Self-Portraits
        5. Kid Photography
        6. Theater Performances
        7. Underwater Photography
        8. Travel Photography
          1. Packing up
          2. The Museum Challenge
          3. Portraits on the Road
          4. Get Creative
        9. Outdoor Portraits
          1. Rim Lighting
          2. Open Shade
        10. Indoor Flash
          1. Slow-Synchro Interiors
        11. Twilight Portraits
        12. Landscape and Nature
          1. Shoot with Sweet Light
          2. Layer Your Lights and Darks
          3. Highlight a Foreground Object with Flash
        13. Sunsets
        14. Weddings
          1. Shots to Look For
        15. Photographing Objects
          1. The Home Studio
          2. Natural Lighting for Objects
        16. Nighttime Photography
          1. Trailing Car Lights
          2. Nighttime Portraits
            1. Aperture-priority mode
            2. Nighttime-flash mode
        17. Time-Lapse Photography
        18. Digital Movies
        19. Cameraphone Photography
    5. II. iPhoto Basics
      1. 4. Camera Meets Mac
        1. iPhoto: The Application
          1. iPhoto Requirements
          2. Getting iPhoto
            1. Upgrading from earlier versions
          3. Running iPhoto 5 for the First Time
        2. Getting Your Pictures into iPhoto
          1. Connecting with a USB Camera
          2. USB Card Readers
          3. Importing Photos from Non-USB Cameras
          4. Importing Existing Graphics Files
          5. The File Format Factor
            1. RAW format
            2. Movies
            3. Other graphics formats
        3. The Post-Dump Slideshow
        4. Where iPhoto Keeps Your Files
          1. A Trip to the Library
            1. What all those numbers mean
            2. Other folders in the iPhoto Library
            3. Folders inside the year/month/date folders
            4. Look, don’t touch
      2. 5. The Digital Shoebox
        1. The Source List
          1. Library
          2. Library by Year
          3. Photo Library by Month
          4. Last Roll
          5. Other Icons in the Source List
        2. More on Film Rolls
            1. Displaying film rolls
            2. Collapsing film rolls en masse
            3. Creating film rolls manually
            4. Merging film rolls
            5. Renaming and dating film rolls
        3. Working with Your Photos
          1. Scrolling Through Your Photos
          2. Size Control
          3. Selecting Photos
          4. Opening Photos
            1. The better way to open photos
        4. Albums
          1. Creating an Album by Clicking
          2. Creating an Album by Dragging
          3. Creating an Album by Selecting
          4. Adding More Photos
          5. Viewing an Album
          6. Moving Photos Between Albums
          7. Removing Photos from an Album
          8. Duplicating a Photo
          9. Putting Photos in Order
          10. Duplicating an Album
          11. Merging Albums
          12. Deleting an Album
        5. Folders
        6. Smart Albums
        7. Three Useful Panels
        8. Information Panel: Titles, Dates, and Comments
          1. Titles (Renaming Photos)
            1. Changing titles, dates, or comments en masse
          2. Photo Dates
          3. Comments
            1. Comments as captions
        9. The Calendar
        10. Keywords
          1. Editing Keywords
          2. Assigning and Unassigning Keywords
            1. Method 1: Drag the picture
            2. Method 2: Get Info
          3. Viewing Keyword Assignments
          4. The Checkmark “Keyword”
          5. Using Keywords
        11. Searching for Photos by Text
        12. The Photo Info Window
        13. Rate Your Photos
        14. Deleting Photos
          1. The iPhoto Trash
        15. Customizing the Shoebox
          1. Changing the View
          2. Showing/Hiding Keywords, Titles, and Film Roll Info
      3. 6. Editing Your Shots
        1. Editing in iPhoto
          1. One-Click Fixes
          2. Advanced Fine-Tuning
          3. Using the Editing Tools
          4. Three Ways to Zoom
            1. iPhoto zooming tricks
            2. iPhoto scrolling tricks
          5. The “Before and After” Keystroke
          6. Backing Out
        2. One-Click Fixups: The Enhance Button
          1. Using the Enhance Button
        3. Cropping
          1. How to Crop a Photo
        4. Painting Over Freckles, Scratches, and Hairs
          1. Using the Retouch Brush
        5. Red-Eye
        6. B & W, Sepia
        7. Rotate
        8. The Adjust Panel
        9. Introduction to the Histogram
          1. Three Channels
        10. Exposure
        11. Adjusting the Levels
        12. Brightness and Contrast Sliders
          1. Brightness
          2. Contrast
        13. Color Balance
          1. Manual Color Adjustment
          2. Automatic Color Correction
        14. Straightening
        15. Sharpening
        16. Beyond iPhoto
          1. Opening Photos in Other Programs
            1. Setting up a default editing program
            2. Freedom of choice
        17. Reverting to the Original
        18. Editing RAW Files
          1. Outside RAW Image Editors
    6. III. Meet Your Public
      1. 7. The iPhoto Slideshow
        1. About Slideshows
        2. Option-Click Slideshows
          1. Which Photos
          2. Photo Order
        3. Instant Slideshows
            1. Transitions
          1. Slide Timing
          2. Shuffle Slide Order
          3. Repeat Slideshow
          4. Scale Photos to Fill Screen
          5. Automatic Ken Burns Effect
          6. Show Titles
          7. Show My Ratings
          8. Show Slideshow Controls
          9. iTunes: The Soundtrack Store
          10. Different Shows, Different Albums
        4. Saved Slideshows
          1. Global Settings
            1. The Music dialog box
            2. The Settings dialog box
            3. The Effect pop-up menu
          2. Individual-Slide Options
            1. Transition
            2. Transition speed and direction
            3. Slide timing
            4. Cropping and zooming
            5. The Ken Burns Effect checkbox
        5. Control Over the Show
        6. Slideshow Tips
          1. Picture Size
            1. Determining the size of your photos
        7. Slideshows and iDVD
      2. 8. Making Prints
        1. Making Great Prints
          1. Resolution and Shape
            1. Calculating resolution
            2. Aspect ratio
          2. Tweaking the Printer Settings
          3. Paper Matters
        2. Printing from iPhoto
          1. Standard-Sized Prints
          2. Greeting Cards
          3. Printing Full Page Photos
          4. Contact Sheets
            1. Contact Sheet printing options
          5. N-Up
            1. N-Up printing options
          6. Sampler Pages
            1. Positioning photos in Sampler templates
          7. The Preview Button
          8. Save As PDF
        3. Ordering Prints Online
      3. 9. Sharing Online—and on Your Network
        1. Emailing Photos
          1. The Mail Photo Command
        2. Publishing Photos on the Web
          1. Three Roads to Webdom
          2. Method 1: Use HomePage in iPhoto
            1. What you get when you’re done
            2. Editing or deleting the Web page
          3. Method 2: Use .Mac
          4. Method 3: Export Web Pages
            1. Preparing the export
            2. Examining the results
            3. Enhancing iPhoto’s HTML
          5. Better HTML
        3. The .Mac Slideshow
            1. Creating a .Mac slideshow
            2. Subscribing to a .Mac slideshow
        4. Photo Sharing on the Network
        5. Photo Sharing Across Accounts
          1. Easiest: Share Your Library
          2. Geekiest: Move the Library
      4. 10. Publishing a Photo Book
        1. Phase 1: Pick the Pix
        2. Phase 2: Publishing Options
          1. Book Type
          2. Double-Sided Pages
          3. Theme Choices
        3. Phase 3: Initial Layout
        4. Phase 4: Design the Pages
          1. Open a Page
          2. Choose a Page Type
          3. Pick a Layout Variation
          4. Lay Out the Book
            1. Ways to manipulate photos
            2. Ways to manipulate pages
            3. Layout strategies
          5. Making Your Photos Shape Up
          6. Page Limits
          7. Hiding Page Numbers
        5. Phase 5: Edit the Titles and Captions
          1. Editing Text
          2. Formatting Text
          3. Check Your Spelling
          4. Listen to Your Book
        6. Phase 6: Preview the Masterpiece
          1. Print It
          2. Turn It into a PDF File
        7. Phase 7: Send the Book to the Bindery
          1. Your Apple ID and One-Click Ordering
      5. 11. iPhoto Goes to the Movies
        1. Two Kinds of Slideshows
          1. Comparison of Instant and Saved Exported Files
        2. Exporting an Instant Slideshow
          1. Step 1: Perfect the Slideshow
            1. Which photos make the cut
          2. Step 2: Choose the Movie Dimensions
            1. Proportion considerations
            2. Size considerations
            3. Managing Music
          3. Step 3: Seconds per Photo
          4. Step 4: Background Colors
            1. Solid colors
          5. Background graphics
          6. Step 5: Export the Movie
        3. Exporting a Saved Slideshow
        4. Fun with QuickTime
          1. Play Movies at Full Screen
            1. Selecting footage
          2. Exporting Edited Movies
          3. Advanced Audio and Video Controls
        5. Managing Movies Imported From Your Camera
        6. Editing Digital-Camera Movies
          1. Editing Digital-Camera Movies in QuickTime Player Pro
        7. Burning a QuickTime Movie CD
        8. Slideshow Movies on the Web
          1. Preparing a Low-Bandwidth Movie for the Web (No Transitions)
          2. Preparing a High-Bandwidth Movie for the Web (With Transitions)
          3. Uploading to a .Mac account
      6. 12. iDVD Slideshows
        1. The iDVD Slideshow
          1. Creating an iDVD Slideshow
            1. Starting in iPhoto
            2. Starting in iDVD
          2. Customizing the Show
            1. Previewing the DVD
        2. Extra Credit: Self-Playing Slideshows
    7. IV. iPhoto Stunts
      1. 13. Screen Savers, AppleScript, and Cameraphones
        1. Building a Custom Screen Saver
          1. Meet the Screen Saver
        2. One-Click Desktop Backdrop
        3. Exporting and Converting Pictures
          1. Exporting by Dragging
          2. Exporting by Dialog Box
            1. File format
            2. Named option
            3. Size options
        4. Plug-Ins and Add-Ons
        5. AppleScript Tricks
          1. Preparing for AppleScript
          2. The Scripts, One by One
            1. Assign Keywords for Last Imports
            2. Delete Album and Contents
            3. Do Photoshop Action
            4. Find Unassigned Images
            5. Open in Preview
            6. Photo Summary
            7. Photo to iDVD Background
            8. Prepare for iDVD
            9. Show Image File
            10. Speak Comments
            11. Talking Image Card
          3. Editing AppleScripts
        6. Transferring Cameraphone Pictures via Bluetooth
          1. Sending Cameraphone Photos to Your Mac
          2. Sending Cameraphone Pictures to Your Palm Organizer
          3. Sending Palm Pictures to iPhoto
      2. 14. iPhoto File Management
        1. About iPhoto Discs
          1. Burning an iPhoto CD or DVD
            1. What you get
          2. When Not to Burn
        2. iPhoto Backups
          1. Backing Up to CD or DVD
          2. Backing Up (No CD Burner)
        3. Managing Photo Libraries
          1. iPhoto Disk Images
          2. Multiple iPhoto Libraries
            1. Creating new libraries
            2. Swapping libraries (Apple’s method)
            3. Swapping libraries (automatic method)
        4. Merging Photo Libraries
          1. How Not to Do It
          2. Method 1: Use iPhoto CDs as Intermediaries
          3. Method 2: Share the Library with Yourself
        5. Beyond iPhoto
    8. V. Appendixes
      1. A. Troubleshooting
        1. Importing and Opening
            1. My thumbnails appear as blank, gray rectangles.
            2. iPhoto doesn’t recognize my camera.
            3. iPhoto crashes when I try to import.
            4. iPhoto won’t import images from my video camera.
            5. What if I don’t want iPhoto to import all the pictures from my camera?
        2. Exporting
            1. After I upgraded iPhoto to the latest version, my Export button became disabled.
        3. Printing
            1. I can’t print more than one photo per page. It seems like a waste to use a whole sheet of paper for one 4 x 6 print.
        4. Editing
            1. iPhoto crashes when I double-click a thumbnail to edit it.
            2. My Adjust panel is missing most of its sliders!
            3. iPhoto won’t let me use an external graphics program when I double-click a thumbnail.
            4. My picture doesn’t fit right on 4 x 6, 5 x 7, or 8 x 10 inch paper.
            5. I’ve messed up a photo while editing it, and now it’s ruined!
        5. General Questions
            1. iPhoto’s wigging out.
            2. Man, this program’s slow!
            3. I don’t see my other Mac’s shared photos over the network.
            4. I can’t change the name of an album/book/slideshow icon.
            5. When I try to choose a soundtrack for a slide show, my iTunes music collection doesn’t show up!
            6. I can’t delete a photo!
            7. All my pictures are gone! (or) My thumbnails are all gray rectangles! (or) I’m having some other crisis!
      2. B. iPhoto 5, Menu by Menu
        1. iPhoto Menu
          1. About iPhoto
          2. iPhoto Hot Tips
          3. Preferences
            1. General
            2. Appearance
            3. Sharing
            4. Keywords
          4. Empty Trash
          5. Shop for iPhoto Products
          6. Provide iPhoto Feedback
          7. Register iPhoto
          8. Check for Updates
          9. Hide iPhoto, Hide Others, Show All
          10. Quit iPhoto
        2. File Menu
          1. New Album, New Book, New Slideshow
          2. New Album From Selection
          3. New Smart Album
          4. New Folder
          5. Create Film Roll
          6. Add to Library
          7. Close Window
          8. Edit Smart Album
          9. Page Setup
          10. Print
        3. Edit Menu
          1. Undo
          2. Redo
          3. Cut, Copy, Paste
          4. Select All
          5. Select None
          6. Font
          7. Spelling
        4. Photos Menu
          1. Get Info
          2. Batch Change
          3. Rotate
          4. My Rating
          5. Duplicate
          6. Move to Trash
          7. Revert to Original
          8. Restore to Photo Library
        5. Share Menu
          1. Show in Toolbar
          2. Print, Email, Desktop, HomePage…
          3. Export
        6. View Menu
          1. Titles, Keywords, Film Rolls, My Rating
          2. Sort Photos
        7. Window Menu
          1. Minimize
          2. Zoom
          3. Bring All to Front
          4. [Window Names]
        8. Help Menu
          1. iPhoto Help
          2. iPhoto Service and Support
          3. iPhoto Keyboard Shortcuts
      3. C. Where to Go From Here
        1. iPhoto and the Web
          1. Digital Photo Equipment on the Web
          2. Show Your Pictures
          3. Online Instruction
          4. Online Printing
          5. Pocket Guide
    9. Index
    10. Colophon