iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual 1st Edition

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David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

Derrick Story has more than 25 years as a photojournalist, including serving as managing editor for O'Reilly Network. He speaks at technology conferences including Macworld, PMA, PhotoPlus, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., The Digital Photography Companion, and his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers. He coauthored iPhoto: The Missing Manual with David Pogue.

Derrick likes to keep his shooting skills sharp by running his photography business, Story Photography. You can listen to his photo podcasts and read his tips at The Digital Story (thedigitalstory.com) and follow him on Twitter. Aperture fans might want to check out his co-authored video training on Lynda.com: Aperture 2 Essential Training.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596516185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596516185
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2008
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During the early years of digital cameras, just making the camera-to-computer connection was a nightmare. You had to mess with serial or USB cables, install device drivers, and use proprietary software to transfer, open, and convert camera images into a standard file format. Apple's answer to this was iPhoto. iPhoto 08 doesn't represent a big overhaul, but there were enough changes that it really did warrant a new edition of the program and thus of this very helpful book.

This book serves as the iPhoto manual that should have come with the software. It explores each iPhoto feature in depth, offers shortcuts and workarounds, and discusses features that the online help doesn't mention. The book also provides a quick introduction to professional photography. It discusses the artistic factors such as composition, lighting, and manual exposure and how to apply them using the myriad features packed into the modern digital camera.

This book is divided into four parts, each containing several chapters:

Part 1, Digital Cameras: The Missing Manual, is a course in photography and digital cameras. The first three chapters cover both the basics and the secrets that the pros use to take consistently good photographs. The basics of selecting the proper digital camera are mentioned along with proper usage. Hardware is also discussed. This section of the book creates a bridge between everyday snapshots and the kinds of shots seen in magazines and newspapers.
Chapter 1. Welcome to Digital Photography
Chapter 2. Composing Brilliant Photos
Chapter 3. Beyond the Simple Snapshot

Part 2, iPhoto Basics, shows how to use your Mac to gather, organize, and tweak all these photos so you can share them with the rest of the world.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MDG on February 23, 2008
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This book is great! The purpose of iphoto is to catalog your photos, and keep them organized. This isn't a photoshop type program, but - Using Photoshop myself, it is a wonderful tool for organization and sharing your edited photos. There is SO MUCH functionality built into this program that you would never know existed. This book shows you absolutely everything you would want to know about the architecture of the program and its' use.

There is a SHORT reference if you are in the market for a new camera. It tells you what to look for you so you don't over-spend, or buy something that doesn't suit your needs. It is a brief section, but very informative. There is also a short section on how to take better pictures. The author is using the philosophy that it is hard to produce good results with a poor starting photo (without compromising quality).

The book is, without a doubt, one of the most well written informational manuals I have ever read. I liked the book so much, that I now have purchased the "Missing Manual for MAC OS X Leopard" by the same author.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
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I have showered so much praise on these 'Missing Manual' books it may seem like I am getting paid by David Pogue himself to write these reviews, but I guarantee you that is not the case!!

Full of crisp, clear, color photos that jump off the page, a writing style that is fun and easy to follow, and a layout that is second to none, there simply is no line of books for learning applications on the market that is better than the 'Missing Manual' series.

If you use an application (whatever it is) and you want to learn to use the tool in question, forget going online or taking a class. Either it will be a waste of time, money or both!!! Just look at the name of the app you are interested in, see if there is a Missing Manual book for it and BUY IT.

These books are that good, that impressive, that well written, and that well published. I put the highest stamp of approval on this line by O'Reilly.

***** HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Russell on February 26, 2008
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Apple really needs to collaborate with Mr. Pogue and put this book in every software application! I was at a loss converting from one system to a Mac but this book has truly made it so much easier for me. I have finally been able to stay off the phone with Apple and work on my photos! Thanks Mr. Pogue! Once again you have come through for me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Freitag on July 2, 2008
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David Pogue has always been a favorite of mine. I have his earlier books on Apple OS-X 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5 and always found them to be very useful. The key to this type of book is in the index. You don't read a book of this nature, but instead you pull it off the shelf when you have a problem and for this the index is crucial. You need to find an immediate reference for your problem there in order to locate the solution and in this regard David Pogue has always been tops.

I can highly recommend this volume as well as the OS-X Missing Manuals by the same author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Gilreath on February 24, 2008
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iPhoto 08 was exactly what I needed to get the most from my home photography. It is well written and easy to follow. The price was excellent and the quick service was greatly appreciated.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Glowacki on May 6, 2008
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Packed with great information, well organized and presented in a humorous fashion. I keep it right alongside my computer for reference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Esteban Ess VINE VOICE on September 6, 2008
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This book has saved me a ton of time and answered a lot of my questions about iPhoto and I am only about a third of the way through the book so far. It is a real joy. Questions that Apple staff in the local Apple store were unable to answer to my satisfaction are amply covered in this book. While the first section on fundamentals of digital photography is more basic than I need, still I got some useful information out of that section. I gained an understanding of the workings of the iPhoto image files - original and modified - and on how iPhoto interfaces with Elements 6.0. I also bought the Missing Manual for Elements 6.0 and find the two albums play well together.

Things that I previously was unable to figure out became clear within a short time thanks to the Missing Manual for iPhoto '08. I feel more confident that I am going to master the photo processing software and spend much less time at the iMac while doing a better job of editing and printing my images. A great value because it translates right into time saved. Much easier than using on line help and tutorials because the manual asks the questions that I was unable to even think to ask - and then proceeds to answer the questions. I am very pleased with this book. I have over 15,000 images in iPhoto now and feel that I will soon be in command of the images and not the other way around.
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