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Oct 12, 2012

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto

by Stephen Ashby

Find out everything there is to know about your photos with this excellent function

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhotoHow to discover hidden photo information in iPhotoWhile iPhoto is a great place to organise your photos, tag your friends and edit your shots to get the most out of them, it’s also a surprisingly powerful tool for getting more information from your shots, especially as your iPhone and most modern cameras add a wealth of information to every picture you take. The Info panel that opens up from the right-hand side of the window is just one example of this power, and it offers you a lot of options when it comes to learning more about your snaps. The panel offers everything from information about the aperture of your shot to up-to-date information about who has been commenting and liking your image on Facebook. If you want to get more from your photos, the Info panel is an ideal place to start…How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto1: Open the tab

First, head into iPhoto and select an album or photo you want to view. In the bottom-right corner of the screen you will see a button marked Info.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto2: Key photo

If you have the panel open while you’re viewing your albums, you’ll be able to roll your mouse over the pic at the top and click to select a key photo for the album.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto3: Description

You can edit the name and description of a selected photo, or an entire album, by clicking the text box underneath the photo at the top of the Info tab.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto4: Places

Some photos may have location data automatically included, but if yours don’t, you can geo-tag your picture by typing inside the Assign a Place option.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto5: Predictive

As you type, suggestions will appear below. The Places system is currently powered by Google, so you’ll easily find the area you’re looking for.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto6: Faces

You will also be able to see information about Faces in this sidebar – if you’ve tagged your friends, or there are some unknown faces, they will appear here.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto7: Sharing data

If you share an image to a social network, you can see the information in the sidebar. Here, for example, we can see who has interacted with it on Facebook.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto8: Photo information

When you’re viewing a single photo, the top of the sidebar will show a vast range of the image’s metadata, such as the make of camera used and ISO levels.

How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto9: Minimise

If you don’t want to see a specific box, or if you just want to get rid of all the boxes and view key info, you can click the small arrows to minimise each box.

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How to discover hidden photo information in iPhoto

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    • Neil Ellis

      Thanks for these useful tips on iPhoto. I recently suffered from a small amount of database corruption and have had a around 7000 photos placed into a new event called recovered photos and am now going through them putting them back into their respective albums and events. Does any one know if there is a way to retrieve meta data from the photo shows which albums the photo has been assigned to?

    • Mel King

      I’ve had exactly the same problem – can anyone help?