Online Course: Mac Photos

Mac Photos: Organize, Edit and Share Photos On Your Mac is a complete course with 40 videos and more than 3 hours of instruction that will teach you the ins-and-outs of the Mac Photos app. The app allows you to manage photo collections, both small and large. You can organize, edit and share the pictures you take with your digital camera or phone.

The course starts off looking at all of the ways you can import pictures into your library. You can bring them in directly from your camera, phone or SD card. You can also import image files from your hard drive. Then you will learn about iCloud Photo Library and how it can keep your devices in sync and allow you to take your entire photo library with you everywhere you bring your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Then you’ll see how you can organize your photos using albums or keywords. You can decide which Photos tools you wish to use to manage and find your photos. The app will help you with automatic face and object recognition, and by letting you search by date and location.

Photos also has a powerful set of image editing features. You can adjust color and light, crop and rotate, filter and retouch. You can also add third-party tools and even edit using external editors like Photoshop.

The course also goes into detail about different ways to share your photos, either online or physically with prints. You can send directly from Photos to your social networks and grab photos from your library directly from inside other apps.

This course is meant for typical Mac users. Photos is not a pro tool, but something that typical Mac users can work with to manage their photo collections. With only a basic understanding of how to use your Mac you can now learn how to manage hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of photos.

The version of Photos used in this course is 2.0, the version of Photos that comes with macOS Sierra.

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Comments: 25 Responses to “Online Course: Mac Photos”

    Betti Franceschi
    6/1/17 @ 10:46 am

    I wish there were more than one Favorites file. Can this be rigged?

    6/1/17 @ 10:48 am

    Betti: You mean the favorites tag, the little heart? Just use your own keywords. You can apply unlimited keywords. So create them, make them descriptive, and use them instead of favoriting photos. I go into detail about keywords in the course.

    Pavla Bajgar
    6/1/17 @ 11:17 am

    can I use Photos to make video or movies

    Betti Franceschi
    6/1/17 @ 11:19 am

    I need to easily create lists of images from Photos with thumbnails and information. Can this be done easily? either within Photos or in connection with Pages or Preview?

    6/1/17 @ 11:21 am

    Pavla: Typically you would use iMovie to make videos. I have a course on that as well.

    6/1/17 @ 11:21 am

    Betti: What type of lists? You can print out thumbnails with File, Print and save it as a PDF? Is that what you mean?

    Betti Franceschi
    6/1/17 @ 11:22 am

    Gary I don’t understand what you say about the favorites tag, the little heart. I can work with that, but to create other “favorites”-type albums, I’d need another symbol like the heart that would show with each image in other albums. Does this make sense?

    6/1/17 @ 11:25 am

    Betti: There is only one “favorite” tag. But you can have as many keywords as you want. So if you are trying to do something that requires more than just favorite on/off you want to use keywords instead. Keywords can be anything you want. But you won’t have another symbol in the toolbar. Instead you will have a button in the Keyword Manager (Window, Keyword Manager). I explain it all in the course.

    Rick Huddleston
    6/1/17 @ 11:29 am

    Many of us have lots of pictures located on different sources, such as an old PC or from an external hard drive. Would be interested in understanding the differences in formats and how they have be incorporated into the Mac picture world. Please aggress in your upcoming online course.

    6/1/17 @ 11:36 am

    Rick: Thanks for the feedback. In the course I stick to the Photos app itself. You can certainly bring those photos into the Photos app, though. If you have specific questions about the file formats outside of Photos, feel free to ask in the forum.

    Tom Dri
    6/1/17 @ 12:42 pm

    Looking forward to it!

    Jim
    6/1/17 @ 12:46 pm

    Will you be addressing the Faces part of Photos? What to do with unwanted faces? Etc? I am organizing all my videos and pictures to share with my family.
    Thank you in advance!

    6/1/17 @ 1:48 pm

    Jim: Yes. There is a whole lesson on using the People album (AKA “Faces”)

    Maureen
    6/1/17 @ 3:00 pm

    Hi Gary … very interested in signing up for a course for the first time. One question…. am I able to go back into each session more than once to take it all in if needed? Love receiving your newsletters theses last few years.

    6/1/17 @ 3:16 pm

    Maureen: Yes, certainly. Many people log on to Udemy and watch a lesson or two per day. Once you sign up for a course, you can return to it as much as you want. There’s no time limit or anything like that.

    Joan
    6/1/17 @ 5:04 pm

    Still don’t understand why one has to ‘export’ a photo from your library & export it to , let’s say, your desktop before you can do any annotations w/ Preview. I find that very confusing & tedious when I want to place text onto my photo(s).

    6/1/17 @ 5:05 pm

    Joan: You don’t. Not at all. You can do the same kinds of markups right in Photos without ever needing to export anything. I’ve got a whole video in the course about exactly that.

    Lynn
    6/2/17 @ 9:05 pm

    Gary, After I have created an I movie utilizing numerous photos.. can I then go back into photos and delete those same photos and other duplicates without causing problems in my Completed I-movie projects ?

    6/2/17 @ 10:46 pm

    Lynn: Yes. How do you know for sure? In iMovie, at the top left under Project Media, select a photo. Then choose File, Reveal In Finder. You’ll see that the file it is using is in the iMovie Library. So it is not linked to the photo in Photos, but a copy.
    Now why a photo is important enough to be in a movie you are making but not important enough for you to keep in your photo library is another matter…

    Roylyn Parks
    6/6/17 @ 12:55 pm

    I have El Capitan. Do I need to upgrade to Sierra for this course?

    6/6/17 @ 12:55 pm

    Roylyn: Yes. This course is for the Photos app that comes with Sierra. Features and other things won’t match up if you are using an older macOS.

    Tonycirocco
    6/6/17 @ 2:27 pm

    In “people”, can I export faces with names to a website?

    6/6/17 @ 2:57 pm

    Tonycirocco: I’m not aware of any way to do that, sorry.

    Eric Kestler
    6/29/17 @ 2:01 pm

    I’ve created an album (“Brooke 1st”) for my granddaughter’s 1st birthday in Photos, and added a mix of 95 photos and short videos to it, and carefully set up the order of photos/videos in the album. I created an .m4v file, picked the Ken Burns theme and music, and the results are incredible! Now I’d like to take that album and create a hardcover book from that. However, Create Book does not appear to work directly with Albums, just Photos. Any advice?

    6/29/17 @ 2:07 pm

    Eric: Open the Album. Select all of the Photos in it. Then choose File, Create Book. It should start you off with a book that contains all of the same photos in the album.

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