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June 5, 2003

Mastering Digital Photos on the Mac Couldn't be Easier: O'Reilly/Pogue Press Releases "iPhoto2: The Missing Manual"

Sebastopol, CA--If Apple's iPhoto application made it easy for digital camera owners to manage, organize, store, print, and otherwise manipulate their digital photos, then iPhoto 2 has made it nearly effortless. But while iPhoto 2 may be simple to use, it's not simplistic. It offers a wide range of tools, shortcuts, and database-like features, a complete arsenal of photo-presentation features, and sophisticated multimedia and internet hooks. Newly enhanced and accelerated, iPhoto version 2 comes with everything needed to turn digital photos into slide shows, screen savers, web pages, Kodak prints, or even an attractive, hardbound book. But, it doesn't come with a single page of instructions. To Mac owners everywhere this means one thing--there has to be a Missing Manual. And they're right. iPhoto2: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, Joseph Schorr, and Derrick Story (O'Reilly/Pogue Press US $24.95) is the authoritative, witty guide to mastering both iPhoto 2 and the modern digital camera.

iPhoto 2 incorporates many powerful new features and improvements that the earlier version of iPhoto lacked. These include better picture editing that let users enhance color or touch-up photos within the iPhoto application, better slide shows, new printing templates, the ability to send photo attachments with a variety of email programs, burning directly to CDs and DVDs from within iPhoto, and much more.

Coauthor Derrick Story says, "David, Joe, and I were afforded the opportunity to discover all the gems that Apple had tucked away in iPhoto 2, then write about each of them so others can enjoy this application as much as we do. I truly like working in iPhoto. The more I learn about it, the more enamored I become."

"iPhoto2: The Missing Manual" takes readers far beyond iPhoto's feature list. The book covers choosing and mastering a digital camera, the basics of good photocomposition, and tips for shooting special subjects like sports, kids, nighttime shots, and more. The book includes:

  • Essentials of photography: readers will find a friendly guide to their digital cameras' features along with professional tips for making even

  • everyday snapshots look spectacular.
  • Editing basics: readers learn how to master iPhoto's brightness and contrast controls, cropping tools, new Enhance and Retouch commands, and more.

  • Finding an audience: iPhoto 2 excels at presenting photos. Readers will learn how to show them on screen, on the Web, or even as QuickTime movies for burning on CD or DVD. The book covers all these procedures, step-by-step.

The latest in the series of bestselling Missing Manual titles created by prolific writer/publisher Pogue in collaboration with O'Reilly & Associates, "iPhoto2: The Missing Manual" is "the book that should have been in the box," and more. It's the essential guide for any Mac user who wants to master digital photography.

Praise for the previous edition:

"This Missing Manual is a wonderfully written and presented book. It will help you make the best use of iPhoto's ability to create your own masterpieces from your collection of digital still photographs...a must-read! The Missing Manual series is of generally high quality, so I expected a good book about iPhoto. What I found was an excellent book about photography in general, digital photography in particular, and the use of this superb application to produce excellent results in a myriad of formats and venues. The book is both informative and a pleasure to read...If you use iPhoto, buy 'iPhoto: The Missing Manual.'"
--Lawrence Katz, ApplePress, March 2003

"Best iPhoto Book"
--Fifth Annual Book Bytes Awards for 2002

"A well-thought out, comprehensive book...I would heartily recommend that anyone wishing to get more out of the iPhoto program purchase the book."
--Tom King, The Seed, November 2002

"Witty, informative, and enormously helpful, this book is your best guide to getting the most from your digital camera."
--Desktop Connections, December 2002

"This book is detailed and gives behind-the-scenes explanations for a lot of digital photography issues. It is an excellent reference book, one which I will keep within easy reach while I use iPhoto. Mac Mice Rating 5 out of 5."
--Dawn C. Schultz, MyMac.com, December 2002

"Story also had his fingers in another photography book I like immensely--'iPhoto: The Missing Manual.' It manages to be both informative and fun to read at the same time, an enviable feat. If you want to know everything there is to know about iPhoto and more, this comprehensive guide is a most enjoyable way to learn it."
--Bob Levitus, Houston Chronicle, December 20, 2002

"Anyone who has used books in this series is sure to agree that they are the benchmark of user-manual excellence...A well presented and informative manual that won't leave you floundering in techspeak."
--Major Keary, Book News, November 16, 2002

"An iBook with iPhoto and a digital camera make a potent pair. But something is missing. 'iPhoto: The Missing Manual.' Add 'iPhoto: The Missing Manual' and the team is complete. I thought I would learn some things about iPhoto from 'iPhoto: The Missing Manual' that I would not discover myself. I did, but I also learned some things about taking pictures with my digital camera that I had not discovered in months of using it...There is no way I could have learned all this without the Missing Manual. It added to my enjoyment with my digital camera."
--Hartley Jim Jackson, NVMUG Newsletter, October 2002

"If you are an aspiring digital photographer, or just have a lot of digital photos hanging around on your computer, 'iPhoto: The Missing Manual' is for you!"
--Jonathan Gales, MacMerc, September 12, 2002

"A straightforward, comprehensive, authoritative, and thoroughly user-friendly guide to the free iPhoto software...a superbly written and presented introduction to making the best use of iPhoto ability to create works of art from the footage of a digital camera...'iPhoto; The Missing Manual' is a 'must-have' instructional reference for anyone seeking to make the most of their iPhoto software."
--The Bookwatch, September 2002

Additional Resources:

iPhoto2: The Missing Manual
David Pogue, Joseph Schorr, and Derrick Story
ISBN 0-596-00506-7, 336 pages, $24.95 (US), $38.95 (CAN), 17.50 (UK)
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1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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