Take Control of Your Digital Photos
Take Control of Your Digital Photos


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Take Control of Your Digital Photos

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Completed on 2018-02-13

About the Book

Are you drowning in a sea of digital photos? Unable to find the shots you’re looking for, or to stay on top of managing all the photos you’re taking? Digital photography expert Jeff Carlson gives you a plan for tackling this problem, starting with preparing your camera ahead of time, then choosing the right app to manage your photos, judging and organizing your photos, and backing up your photos for safekeeping. 

In this book—an expanded and updated version of Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac—Jeff extends his advice to cover both Mac and Windows users, and to address a broader range of photo management apps: Photos from Apple, Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC, Photoshop Elements, and Mylio.

With this book, you’ll learn how to:

Get started with the minimum amount of work: Take advantage of software intelligence to do some of the categorizing work for you, and find out how you can accomplish some tasks even if you have little time.

Prep your camera: Learn four actions you can take before you head out the door that will make things easier after you return with new pictures.

Get your app together: Decide which app you’ll use to organize your digital photos, compare popular choices and find out Jeff’s recommended application. 

Import the right way: Learn how to assign valuable metadata to all images that come in during the import stage.

Pick winners and losers: Assign ratings to your photos, and remove or hide unwanted photos.

Apply keywords and metadata: Take a second pass on applying keywords to individual shots (after starting the process during import), learn how to apply geotags using GPS data from external devices (like an iPhone), and use facial recognition to collect shots of specific friends and family members.

Search with smart albums: Build smart albums whose contents change depending on criteria you’ve specified, allowing you to find photos more easily. While searching, learn how to remove duplicate photos.

Go mobile: Find the right online service for making your photos available on mobile devices, based on your needs and which desktop photo management app you use. 

Protect your photos: Learn how to implement a backup strategy that will preserve all your data, not just your photos, and how to archive photos for the future.

About the Author

Jeff Carlson
Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson is a senior editor of TidBITS, a columnist for the Seattle Times, a frequent contributor to Macworld, and the author of best-selling books on the Mac, video editing, digital photography, and, in earlier incarnations, Web design and Palm organizers. He consumes almost too much coffee. Almost.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • What’s New in This Book
  • Introduction
  • Digital Photos Quick Start
  • Shoot Smart
    • Check and Set the Clock
    • Clear the Memory Card
    • Choose a Format
    • Geotag Your Photos
  • Choose the Right Photo Management Application
    • Apple’s Photos for Mac
    • Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC
    • Photoshop Lightroom CC
    • Photoshop Elements
    • Mylio
    • Jeff’s Recommended Application
  • Take Advantage of Software Intelligence
    • Photos for Mac and iOS
    • Lightroom CC
    • Photoshop Elements
    • Google Photos
  • Import Your Photos the Smart Way
    • Apply Metadata at Import
    • Choose Where Files Will End Up
  • Judge Your Photos
    • Develop a Consistent Rating System
    • Cull Bad Photos
  • Assign Keywords and Other Metadata
    • Assign Metadata
    • Apply Geotags
    • Use Facial Recognition
  • Organize Photos into (Smart) Albums
    • Locate Your Photos Using Search
    • Get Smart about Albums
    • Remove Duplicate Photos
  • Go Mobile with Online Photo Services
    • Set Online Photo Goals
    • Choose an Online Service
  • Back Up and Archive
    • Back Up Your Photos
    • Archive Photos for the Future
  • Migrate to Lightroom Classic CC
    • Moving from iPhoto or Aperture to Lightroom Classic
    • Moving from Photos to Lightroom Classic
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

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