iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Pogue Press
Released: January 2008
Pages: 432

Apple has taken iPhoto 08 to a whole new level. Now, in addition to handling upwards of 250,000 images, the program lets you easily categorize and navigate through those photos with a feature called "Events". Plus, new editing tools let you copy and paste adjustments between photos. Books and calendars have been improved, too, as has the program's ability to publish pictures on the Web.

Apple makes it all sound easy: drag this, click that, and you're done. But you can still get lost, especially if you're a newcomer. iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual explains how to take advantage of all these powerful tools and new features without confusion or frustration. Bestselling authors David Pogue and Derrick Story give you a witty, objective, and clear-cut explanation of how things work, with plenty of undocumented tips and tricks for mastering the new iPhoto.

Four sections help you import, organize, edit, share, and even take your photos:

  • Digital Photography: The Missing Manual offers a course in picture-taking and digital cameras -- how to buy and use your digital camera, how to compose brilliant photos in various situations (sports, portraits, nighttime shots, even kid photography), and how to get the most out of batteries and memory cards.


  • iPhoto Basics covers the fundamentals of getting your photos into iPhoto, organizing and filing them, searching and editing them.


  • Meet Your Public teaches you all about slideshows, making or ordering prints, creating books, calendars and greeting cards, and sharing photos on web sites or by email.


  • iPhoto Stunts explains how to turn photos into screen savers or desktop pictures, using plug-ins, managing Photo Libraries, and even getting photos to and from camera phones and Palm organizers.


You also learn how to build a personal web site built with iWeb, and much more in this comprehensive guide. It's the top-selling iPhoto book for good reason.

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iPhoto '08 - The Missing Manual

Review by: Karen Coles

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Because I decided that I have little use for the additional features of iPhoto '09, I was eager to study Pogue's "Missing Manual" for iPhoto '08.

I have a nice digital camera with extensive features that I have no idea how to use. I can use the "wide angle" and "telephoto" button, but beyond that, I'm technologically challenged. I use iPhoto only occasionally to store family and vacation photos, and found iPhoto a bit intimidating at first. Then I spent the better part of 2 days stumbling through the help menu, trying to learn how to use the range of features available. This took me to the place where I felt somewhat comfortable navigating the program and doing some simple editing of pictures, but little beyond that.

I was surprised and pleased to find that this book is much more than an iPhoto manual. Part 1 of the book (the first 75 pages) covers the basics of digital photography and the functions of a digital camera. Included in this portion are topics such as composition, flash photography, time lapse, digital movies, and cameraphone photography. I enjoyed Pogue's writing style which is conversational, casual, and easy to understand.

Part 2 covers, in great detail, the basics of iPhoto. After going through this portion of the book, the reader will be proficient in the use of all iPhoto features, including all of the various ways to perform each function. For example, did you know there are 5 ways to flag and find photos? (There are!)

In Part 3, Pogue gives us instructions and tips for sharing photos with others in a variety of ways. Have you ever thought about how many ways we can share our pictures? Consider slideshows, prints, Email, web galleries, books, calendars, and cards. Again in this section, Pogue goes beyond iPhoto to inform the reader about techniques that will enhance print and electronic photos. His coverage of "Making Prints," for example, includes instruction about resolution, printer settings, and paper types, in addition to step by step directions for printing from iPhoto.

Part 4 provides lots of neat tricks and stunts to enhance the use of iPhoto. When discussing screensavers and desktop backdrops, I loved Pogue's comments about pictures of your children, etc. He says, "iPhoto's desktop-image feature is the best way to drive home the point that photos of your children (or dog, or mother, or self) are the most beautiful in the world. You pick one spectacular shot to replace the standard Mac OS X swirling blue desktop pattern or outer-space photo. It's like refrigerator art on steroids."

Pogue's appendices include a wealth of valuable information such as troubleshooting advice and a blow by blow description of every menu item, many of which may never have been explored by the average user.

In this 395 page manual, Pogue has once again demonstrated his ability to connect with both the beginner and the advanced user with his interesting writing style and his thorough approach to every aspect of the software. Even those users now functioning with iPhoto '09 could undoubtedly learn much from the '08 Missing Manual. I know I will refer to it often as my digital photography/iPhoto "Bible."

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As a recent convert from windows to Mac I was missing the use of Picassa (from Google) for my photo editing and organization. I knew IPhoto 08 had many of Picassa's features but when combined with the Apple vs. Windows learning curve, I needed more help than the help menus and tutorials gave.

This book was the answer. The writing style is light and easy to read but substantive enough that I was quickly able to do things with my photo collection that I couldn't even do in Picassa. As a bonus, the whole first section (3 chapters) of the book is a very useful guide to better photo composition and techniques for better photography.

Pogue and Story also write for many computing methods so whether you like to use the keyboard, the mouse or a combination, they walk you through how to do it your way.

Not just cheerleaders for Apple, the authors are candid about what doesn't work, what to skip and what could be better accomplished with different software.

All in all a great book for the average digital photographer who wants a simple way to show off his work in the best possible way without making it a second career! Well done!

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iPhoto 08 - a Review by Ellis Brayham. Jan/08

O'Reilly Press have just released this new edition of iPhoto 08. Its one of the well respected 'Missing Manuals' series, by David Pogue, and Derrick Story. The Missing Manuals are filling a valuable gap in that Apple do not include written instruction book with their computers. iPhoto is such a useful, and essential program that a book like this is necessary if we are to make use of its many hidden features.

For Mac users, iPhoto has no peer - its the complete integrated system and this book starts by giving the reader guidance in selecting, and using a digital camera. Then the main portion of the book deals with editing - from importing, resizing, correcting, fixing flaws, cropping, dealing with red eye, scratches, and imperfections. You will also learn about color balancing, how to use the histogram, what raw means, contrast, and sharpening.

For those of us who may have had a stab at Photoshop Elements, and found it too technical, Apple have taken the best and most useful of the features and included them for free in iPhoto. You get a great suite of editing tools, and this book tells you how to use them.

A book like this is best read with a digital camera, and a computer by your side - then you can experiment with some of the techniques, take your own photos and see how they can be improved, and then when you have mastered some of the lessons, the book shows you how to have them published - in a book, on the web, or maybe in a slideshow.

In essence, here are the tools to make you a better photographer, and after taking the photo, how to make the image even better. Lastly, when you have your photos perfected, here too are the ideas for computer storage - how to sort, arrange, flag, use tag words; after all, in no time you will likely have many hundreds, if not thousands of photos on your computer, and finding them will become a very useful skill that this book will tell you how to do.

So, if your digital photographic skills need honing, if you want to get the very most out of your 'snaps' pick up a copy of iPhoto 08 - 400 odd pages for only $35. Great value.

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