1. Getting Started
In late 2001, Apple realized the immense popularity of digital cameras meant that millions of Mac owners now use digital cameras in lieu of their traditional analog counterparts. And yet, the camera is only part of the equation, and the other part, the software, is often incomprehensible to the average user.
Enter iPhoto, which helps users perform tasks never before possible in a photo management program, such as ordering prints from an online service and building and printing photo booksessentially customized hardcover photo albums. At the same time, iPhoto is easy to use, thanks in part to a simple interface, but also thanks to the fact that it doesn't attempt to compete with the big boys of the image-cataloging and image-editing worlds.
If iPhoto is so easy, why write this book? Even though iPhoto 6 improves on previous versions, it still doesn't entirely demystify the process of importing a digital photograph, editing it, and presenting it on paper or on the computer screen. And iPhoto comes with no documentation beyond minimal and incomplete online help.
Read on, then, not just for the manual iPhoto lacks, but also the help you need to take digital photos and make the most of them.