How to Use Photos for Mac

Video description

3+ Hours of Video Instruction

How to Use Photos for Mac provides viewers with a comprehensive overview of how to us OS X’s built-in photography app to organize, edit, and share their digital pictures.


How to Use Photos for Mac is an easy-to-understand, but comprehensive, 3+ hour video course that introduces viewers to the Photos for Mac application, it’s interface and tools, and then explains exactly how to use this powerful application on a Mac running OS X El Capitan. In non-technical, non-geeky terms, Michael Grothaus guides viewers step-by-step through organizing, editing, and sharing their photos using Photos for Mac.

About the Instructor

Michael Grothaus is a novelist and journalist living in London. He was first introduced to Apple computers in film school and went on to use them for years to create award-winning films. Currently, Michael is a writer at Fast Company, and a contributing writer to The Guardian, VICE, and Know Your Mobile, where he regularly interviews tech CEOs and writes about all things Mac. He is also the coauthor of more than a dozen tech books, including My iMovie, My iPhoto, and My Photos for Mac.

Skill Level

  • Beginner to Intermediate

What You Will Learn

  • How to master the Photos interface one menu button at a time
  • How to quickly organize and edit photos
  • How to tag photos using Faces and Places
  • How to create Moments, Albums, and Smart Photo Albums
  • How to create personalized keepsakes, such as books, cards, and slideshows
  • How to share photos via Facebook, Flickr, and more all without leaving the Photos app
  • How to store, access, share, and edit photos in iCloud Photo Library

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Anyone who wants to understand and use all the features and tools in the Photos app for Mac OS X El Capitan.
Course Requirements
  • Have access to a Mac running El Capitan.
Table of Contents

Part 1: Importing and Viewing Your Photos
Photos supports importing your pictures from a range of devices, including card readers, iPhones, digital cameras, or even your Mac’s hard drive. In the following lessons, you learn all the ways to import your photographs as well as how to view and sort your photographs once they’ve been imported. By the end, you’ll be navigating your Photos library like a pro!

Part 2: Marking, Searching, and Deleting Your Photos
Underneath the visual layer of your photographs is a host of digital information called metadata that records information such as when and where the photo was taken, what kind of camera it was taken with, and even who is in the photo. In the following lessons, you learn how to read and understand that metadata and use it to perform powerful searches. You also learn how to mark photos as favorites, hide photos from prying eyes, and delete photos you no longer want to keep.

Part 3: Working with Albums, Faces, and Maps
Photos for Mac offers powerful organizational tools to arrange all the pictures in your library how you like. The lessons in this part show you how to create regular and smart albums, sort your photos into Faces collections so you can see who’s in them, and view your photos on a map so you can quickly see all the photographs you took in a particular location.

Part 4: Editing Basics
The true power of Photos for Mac becomes evident when you begin using its editing tools and the app has a lot of them! In the following lessons, you learn to use Photos’ basic editing tools, and those you can use in just a few clicks. You’ll be amazed at how easy the basic editing tools are to use and how they can transform your pictures from good to works of art in no time!

Part 5: Advanced Editing
The Photos for Mac app isn’t limited to just basic tools. It hosts a collection of advanced, pro-level tools that can really take your photographs to the next level. These tools aren’t for everyone, however. But after viewing these lessons, you’ll be able to edit your pictures like a pro. Also included in this part is a lesson on using Photos to edit your video clips.

Part 6: Sharing Your Photos
One of the best things about photography is sharing your pictures with others. Photo for Mac includes a wide array of sharing options, allowing you to post your images to social media, email them to family and friends, and stream them via iCloud Photo Sharing all right from within the Photos app! These lessons show you how to share your images with the audience that matters most to you.

Part 7: Creating Keepsakes
Photos for Mac also allows you to create physical keepsakes containing your favorite images. These keepsakes include hard and soft cover books, cards, and calendars. In the following lesson, you learn how to create a keepsake project using your pictures that you can then order and send as a gift to family and friends.

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Product information

  • Title: How to Use Photos for Mac
  • Author(s): Michael Grothaus
  • Release date: March 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134494113