Ever tried to select the best photos from your bushwalking expedition when there has been several photographers? How do you easily compare photos of the same scene from different photographers? How do you share the best photos?
iPhoto Workflow Summary
- Import the photos from each photographer’s CD into a separate album.
- Select and drag them all into a new “Combined” album, leaving the old albums intact.
- Check your own camera’s time/date and correct the time/date of all your own photos
- Compare the times shown on photos of the same scene from different photographers with your own, now corrected, time/date.
- Adjust the time/date of each photographer’s album so that the photo(s) you have in common have matching times/dates.
- Sort the photos by time/date and you will now see photos of the same scene from different photographers located together in your “Combined” album.
- Select the best photos from each scene by giving it 4 stars (Command 4)
- Set up a Smart album which contains all the photos from your “Combined” album which have more than 3 stars.
- View your Smart album and you will see all the best photos from your group’s expedition, sorted by time/date.
The workflow I use to help me select the best photos from several photographers is to ask each for a CD and then import them into separate iPhoto albums, each named after the photographer eg initials or first name.
I then set up a new album into which I drag all the photos and sort by date/time. The first thing you will see is that photos taken at the same time by different photographers don’t appear next to each other on the page. This is because they forgot to update the time on their camera clock before the expedition.
Which camera clock was correct? Were any of the clocks correct?
It doesn’t really matter. Go to your own camera and check the clock against the current time. If like me, your clock was set for AEST, half an hour ahead of ACST, then all you have to do is take 30 mins off each of your photo’s times and they will all have the correct time.
How do you adjust the time and date on a photo?
Well you could go to each photo’s information (EXIF) by selecting Info from the menu at the bottom of the edit window and subtract 30 mins from each time. There is an easier way, and that is to select all the photos belonging to one photographer and change them all at once using the Photos/Adjust Time Date menu item. (HINT: the time shown is that of the first photo in the album, so adjust the time on this photo by the differential you have calculated). All the photos in your both your initial and “Combined” album will take on the new times/dates
How do you select the best photo of a scene?
Now that they all have the correct date and time photos of the same scene will be together. Compare them by selecting all the photos of the same scene and then double clicking to open up a new window where they will all be displayed next to each other. Allocate 4 stars to the best and permanently delete any unusable photos by OPTION-COMMAND-DELETE them. Repeat for each scene.
How do you view the best photos?
To do this set up a new smart album called “Best of…” and set the criteria to include all photos from your “Combined” album that have more than 3 stars. Simply change the number of stars for a particular photo in your “Combined” album to less than 4 to make it disappear from your Smart album. It will still appear in both the “Combined” and individual import album but not in your Smart album.
How do you share the “Best of..” photos?
Well you can upload to iWeb, MobileMe, burn a copy of the iPhoto library or make a DVD slideshow movie using iDVD. You could also upload to DropBox or any of the other online galleries such as Flickr, Picasa. If you are uploading to iWeb make sure your selection does not include any movies and that the title of the site has no spaces.
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