In This Chapter
Importing pictures from your hard drive or digital camera
Organizing images with iPhoto
Tweaking the appearance of photographs
Sharing photos with your friends
For years, the Macintosh has been the choice of professional photographers for working with digital images — not surprising, considering the Mac's graphical nature. Apple continues this tradition with iPhoto, a photography tool for the home user that can help you organize, edit, and even publish your photographs. (It sports more features than a handful of Swiss army knives.) After you shoot your photos with a digital camera (or even scan images from original film prints), you can import them into iPhoto, edit them, and publish them. You're not limited to photos that you take yourself, either; you can edit, publish, and organize all kinds of digital image files. You can even create a photo album and use the iPhoto interface to order a handsome soft- or hard-bound copy shipped to you.
In this chapter, I walk you through an overview of what iPhoto can do. After that, I give you a brief tour of the controls within iPhoto so that you can see what features are available to you, including features for managing, printing, and publishing your photos.
In Figure 3-1, you can see most of the major controls offered in iPhoto '09. (Other controls automatically appear when you enter different modes; I cover them in upcoming sections of this chapter.)
Figure 3.1. iPhoto greets you ...