iPhoto 6 – The Missing Manual

iPhoto is a great piece of software and this latest version covers lot of the bases a digital photographer needs. This book examines it all.
iPhoto book review

iPhoto 6
The Missing Manual
By David Pogue and Derrick Story
O’Reilly Media, 2006
ISBN: 0-596-52725-X

iPhoto comes with new Macs and is part of the iLife collection. But there is no written manual so you are stuck with reading online and electronic documentation. This book helps you to get the most out of it.

Chapters include:
*    Welcome to Digital Photography
*    Composing Brilliant Photos
*    Beyond the Simple Snapshot
*    Camera Meets Mac
*    The Digital Shoebox
*    Editing Your Shots
*    The iPhoto Slideshow
*    Making Prints
*    iWeb, Photocasting & Network Sharing
*    Books, Calendars and Cards
*    iPhoto Goes to the Movies
*    Screensavers, Applescript & Automator
*    iPhoto File Management
*    Troubleshooting
*    iPhoto, Menu by Menu

The first part on photography is a bit weak, not because the info is poor, but just that it is such a big topic that the book can’t help but be superficial. Once it gets into Part 2 the book does a great job of taking you through this excellent application. From getting your images into iPhoto, to organizing them and then finding them, the book taught me a thing or two about this application. Then it takes you through the editing and enhancing process. Part 3 of the book looks at getting your images out there and in use, from creating slideshows and movies to book and calendar printing. There is also good coverage of managing photos, backing them up, etc.

If you want to know how to exploit fully the potential of iPhoto 6, this is the book for you.

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