New book helps you “Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac”
Are you drowning in a sea of digital photos? Can you find that great picture from your vacation a few years ago? No? You’re far from alone – we fully admit to suffering from a surfeit of photos too, and while iPhoto might have the necessary capabilities to organize them, we have years of photos that may as well be stuffed in a shoebox on a top shelf in a locked closet. It doesn’t have to be that way.
This was the genesis for our latest ebook, Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac,” which helps Mac users build and maintain a digital photo workflow that makes it easy to import, tag, rate, and store photos so they can be found quickly and easily later. Many of you know Jeff from his years of work on TidBITS, but what you may not realize is that he has also turned himself into an award-winning photographer over the last decade. In this 135-page ebook, he combines his technical and organizational savvy with an appreciation of the realities of shooting picture after picture in pursuit of great images. The book normally costs $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50. Learn more about the book via the coupon-loaded link below.
You’ll start with learning to shoot smarter, by ensuring that your camera is doing all it can to help with organization. The next step is to choose the right photo-management app for your needs – Jeff explains the key features you should be looking for and how they’re implemented in the four most popular Mac apps: iPhoto and Aperture from Apple, and Lightroom and Photoshop Elements from Adobe. (If you’re not using the right app now, don’t worry, since the last chapter walks you through migrating from iPhoto to Aperture or Lightroom, or from Aperture to Lightroom.)
After that, it’s on to learning what to do when importing photos to reduce the amount of work later on, how to rate your photos quickly and cull the bad ones, and what you should do in terms of assigning additional metadata. What metadata, you ask? Keywords are, well, key, but it’s also important to fix any incorrect dates and apply geotags to keep track of where your photos were taken. All that work comes into sharp focus next, as you build smart albums that automatically collect the desired photos based on the ratings, keywords, dates, geotags, and other metadata that now accompany each photo.
Last, but totally not least, Jeff turns his attention to helping you protect your irreplaceable photographic memories. An old printed photo is often precious because it’s the only copy that exists, a problem that’s not shared by digital photos that can be copied, uploaded to online services, or reprinted multiple times. But bits are fragile too – a drive failure could wipe out all your photos in an instant. Backups are thus essential, and while you should first direct your efforts to a rock-solid backup strategy for all your data, Jeff also explains how to make specific backups of your photos, regardless of which photo-management application you’re using. Looking further into the future, how will you view your photos in 5, 15, or even 50 years? Jeff offers a simple, sensible approach for making sure that your photos move forward through time with you.
Finally, although the book focuses on managing your photos rather than printing them, it does contain one neat bonus for you in that regard – a 20%-off coupon for SizzlPix!. SizzlPix! are high-definition photographic prints infused onto an aluminum base in sizes ranging from 18 to 72 inches. The hand-crafted prints are largely free of glare due to the lack of glass, are waterproof (some are installed in showers and pools), and have an ultra-hard coating that renders them virtually scratch-proof. The visual effect is stunning, even with photos from relatively low-end cameras, but SizzlPix! offers an unconditional 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee, so if you aren’t happy, you can return it for replacement or refund.
As always, thank you for your support of the Take Control series!
cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
PS: Check out other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:
* Take Control of Your Online Privacy (Brand new, with a funny video!)
* Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network (Now includes 802.11ac!)
* Take Control of Your Paperless Office (New second edition)
* Take Control of LaunchBar (Make your Mac do aerobatics from the keyboard)