While 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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