Apple Photos for macOS High Sierra is a significant upgrade from previous iterations… but is it enough? This series will explore Photos in depth. This training course includes a series of individual videos to help you learn Apple’s Photos app for OS X. The app is simple enough to use but has a surprising number of features under the hood.
In this overview, we’ll briefly look at the organization system (manual and automated), the adjustments available, have a chat about third-party extensions, look at the “products” you can make, and more. We will dive into each of these topics in considerable depth over the rest of the course!
– Import & Organize
What import and organization capabilities are there in Photos today? Let’s find out in this deep-dive into file management on Photos for macOS High Sierra.
– Adjustments 1
It’s time to start in adjustments! Photos 3 in macOS High Sierra has added some great new adjustments, so let’s start looking at ALL of them.
– Adjustments 2
In this session, we continued on the journey through all the adjustments, and finished all the built-in ones.
Extensions are like plug-ins for Photos — but they are a little bit different. Plus, we look at the new Edit With function in Photos 3! In this session, we explain and explore what editing in extensions means, and how it compares to using external apps. We’ll looked at an Extension that edits the RAW file, a series of small ones to do very specific edits and others that are more general, look at an old but powerful tool for opening a photo in any app in any format (including RAW!), and also look at Photos’ new “Edit With” function and explore some of its power and limitations.
Have you ever wondered just how Curves work? Wonder no more… in this session we explore Curves in Photos — while not the most expansive Curves tool in the industry, it certainly can get the job done. In this video, we look at enhancement, correction and effects using Curves.
– Adjustments in iOS
In this session we explore the (somewhat limited) adjustments in the iOS version of Photos, as well as explore several third-party apps, and discuss what they do — and don’t — offer when running as Extensions.
– Live Edit
This is a LIVE edit session! That’s where I take some of your photos and edit them live for all to see… it was really fun and educational! We’ll looked at a severely underexposed photo, an overexposed one, and also a photo with an odd purple tint that we’ll try to correct with Curves.
Have you named all the people in your pictures? It’s easy to do, and the more you do it, the smarter Photos gets! Photos has a very impressive facial recognition feature which learns as it goes and is actually very, very good at it. In this session we explore the People feature on my personal library and look at each of its features.
When you can see all your photos on a map, it makes exploring your photo history so much fun… and, it helps Apple Photos to build better Memories for you. The Places feature in Apple Photos is a ton of fun. If you are shooting with a smartphone, the location you shot the photo in is already recorded and those photo show up automatically on the map. But what about the pictures shot on a regular camera? Very few cameras have built-in GPS, so you need to do a little manual work. Fortunately, it can be really simple and quick for general photo placement, or you can get extremely particular and drop every single photo on a specific set of GPS coordinates. It’s up to you, and in this video we look at all the ways to get your pictures on the map.
Ah, the memories. Your pictures are all about your memories, and Apple Photos wants to help you remember them! It does a pretty sweet job of it, too. Photos uses a bit of AI to delivery tidy packages of happy memories to you on a daily basis. Created using the data we’ve been talking about all along, like places and people, combined with dates, holidays and more, Photos can do an impressive job of hading you a ready-to-view package of your favorite photos. You can even edit these packages — but surprisingly, mostly only on iOS!
– iOS Catchup
It’s time to wrap up the Photos sessions, and see what we may have missed on the iOS side of things, and compare a few things on macOS. There are features that are unique to macOS, unique to iOS, and even features that are on both platforms… but in different places. This is largely a recap of the iOS side of things, with a couple of tidbits that you may have previously missed.