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Book Review: iPhoto: The Missing Manual

iPhoto, The Missing Manual, by David Pogue, Joseph Schorr and Derrick Story.
288 pp. Pogue Press/O’Reilly, 2002. $24.95.

If you’re a digital photographer, iPhoto can make your life easier—much easier. The iPhoto application comes free with OS X, and may well be the most compelling reason for the average Mac user to upgrade to the new OS. iPhoto, The Missing Manual is a terrific resource for learning how to leverage the most from this deceptively simple program, and how to become a better photographer in the process.
The book includes sections on the elements of digital photography (beginning with a very useful discussion on choosing a digital camera), the basics of iPhoto, sharing photos with an audience, and managing your photo libraries. You’ll learn how to edit shots, manage photo libraries and albums, make prints, screensavers and desktop backdrops, email photos, publish photo books, make slide shows and export them to QuickTime. There’s also a troubleshooting chapter for when things don’t work the way you expect.
The chapters on Composing Brilliant Photos and Beyond the Basic Snapshot by professional photographer Derrick Story are by themselves worth the price of the book, as are the tips on how to deal with a bloated Photo Library (use the free program iPhoto Library Manager to create and swap between multiple Photo Libraries) is another. If you use iPhoto, buy iPhoto: The Missing Manual. Most highly recommended.
– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the October 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.

-Elsa Travisano