Chapter 15. Ten Helpful Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts

In This Chapter

  • Improving the composition

  • Maintaining high resolution

  • Utilizing a color card

  • Making a new button — Reset becomes Revert

  • Removing individual photos from an Event

  • The importance of being organized

  • Working with multiple Libraries

  • Comments — a picture is worth a thousand words

  • Improving iPhoto's startup time

  • Customizing iPhoto keyboard shortcuts

Photographers, whether professional or amateur, love to find and exploit little tricks with the hardware or software they use. Sometimes, the tricks are undocumented, which makes finding them even more enjoyable. There are also skills learned at the "school of hard knocks" which I love to pass along. You'll find some of those in this chapter.

Ten Helpful Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts

Before You Import into iPhoto: When You're Shooting

Regardless of the sophistication of the software and hardware a photographer chooses to use after a photo shoot, there are things that can and should be done before taking a picture. Things that'll help ensure a good photograph and make the task of editing your photos simpler and more rewarding. Here are a few I'd like to pass along.

Composition: Get closer, change your angle

One simple tip to help you get better photos to start with is to get close to your subject. Of course, sometimes, getting physically closer to your subject is impossible, if not downright dangerous. With the availability of true (optical) ...

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