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Organizing and Refining Your Photos

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Lesson Files

Lessons > Lesson03 > L3.Biz roll 1


Lessons > Lesson03 > L3.Biz roll 2


Lessons > Lesson03 > L3.Biz roll 3


Lessons > Lesson03 > L3.Dad roll 1




Approximately 90 minutes


Learn how to make custom albums of photographs


Organize your photographs within albums and folders


Improve and adjust the look of your photographs

When you start taking lots of digital photos of all the different events in your life, you’ll want to keep them organized. Just as with traditional photography, you can create albums of digital photographs. One important difference is that digital albums are a lot more powerful. In this lesson, you’ll learn the basics of organizing your collection into albums and making those photos look as good as can be, ultimately leading up to sharing them with friends and family.

As you move through this lesson, you’ll become familiar with each of the photography projects going on at the studio. Charlie, for instance, is busy in the back room, illustrating a report he wants to make for his class on the ceramic process. Consequently, he’s shooting steps in the journey from a plain white object to a finished piece. Christopher, the father, is busy shooting his daughter’s birthday party. Meanwhile, Jennifer, the studio owner, takes only a few shots, combining these images with those she’s been collecting over the prior weeks and months. She’s always looking to shoot images of inspiring customers’ pieces and interesting events around her studio, and from time to time she illustrates a particular technique to help educate other customers.

Regardless of their individual agendas, all three characters will go through similar processes to organize their photographs.

Preparing for the Lesson

Your first task will be to get the Lesson 3 media into iPhoto. Here’s how to do it.

  1. If it isn’t already open, launch iPhoto.

    You should see Lesson 2’s Student roll 1 in the iPhoto window; if not, follow the steps in “Preparing for the Lesson” in Lesson 2 to bring in and prepare that material. iPhoto is ready for your next rolls of film.

  2. Open the Lessons folder that you copied to your hard disk from the enclosed DVD.
  3. Open the Lesson03 folder and drag L3.Biz roll 1, L3.Biz roll 2, L3.Biz roll 3, and L3.Dad roll 1 into your open iPhoto window.

    When you’ve added these four rolls to Student roll 1, your library should look like this:

    By default, iPhoto adds rolls to your library and sorts them by roll date. As you scroll through your library, a semitransparent label pops up in the center to indicate what roll you’re passing through.

    To make viewing easier at this point, collapse each roll into a single line by clicking the black triangle on the left side of each roll icon. Before moving on, put your screen in this state:

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