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View, Edit & Enhance Your Photos With The New iPhoto App

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If you enjoy taking photos with your iPhone or iPad, or viewing and editing digital images on your iOS device, iPhoto from Apple is a “must have” app. In this article, Jason Rich introduces you to the new iPhoto app, and explains what it can do.

The iPhone 4S and new iPad both have extremely powerful, high-resolution cameras built in, which when used with the Camera app, make snapping detailed, clear, and vibrant photos as easy as tapping on the device’s screen.

When it comes to viewing, organizing, enhancing, printing, and sharing digital photos on your iOS device, you have a multitude of options. The Photos app that comes preinstalled on the iPhone and iPad offers decent photo organizing and basic photo editing features. However, available from the App Store is Apple’s new iPhoto app ($4.99). It dramatically enhances your ability to view, organize, edit, enhance, share, and print images on the iPhone or iPad. It works particularly well on the new iPad with its Retina display.

iPhoto ’11 for the Mac is part of Apple’s iLife software suite that comes bundled with the computer. It’s an easy-to-use software package that’s designed to streamline virtually everything related to digital photography, except actually taking pictures.

Not only does the iOS version of iPhoto offer similar functionality, but it includes a handful of new features, like Journals and Smart Browsing, plus makes syncing or transferring images between iOS devices, Macs, and iCloud’s Photo Stream a very straightforward process.

Just like its Mac counterpart, iPhoto for the iPhone and iPad organizes digital photos using virtual Events and Albums. By default, the app includes a Camera Roll and Photo Stream Album, plus a separate Album for edited photos. As you snap new photos or import images to your iOS device, you can create additional Albums and Events, and custom-name them.

Organize Your Images from the Albums Screen

When you launch iPhoto on the iPhone or iPad, the first thing you’ll see is the Albums screen (shown in Figure 1). Displayed at the top-center of this screen, you’ll see multiple command tabs that allow you to decide how you want to view your images. Tap Albums to view thumbnails for each Album stored within iPhoto, then tap on any Album thumbnail to view the images within that Album and start working with them.

Figure 1 The main Albums screen of the iPhoto app on the iPad.

Tapping on the Photos option from the Album screen displays a complete collection of thumbnails representing all images stored on your iOS device on a single (scrollable) screen. From this screen (shown in Figure 2), tap on any thumbnail to begin working with an image.

Figure 2 View all images stored on your iPad or iPhone using the Photos option within iPhoto.

Anytime you import new photos from your PC or Mac using iTunes, or use the iPad Camera Connection Kit, new Events are created and viewable by tapping on the Events tab. Or, you can organize your edited photos into visually stunning Journals, and then view and share those Journals by tapping on the Journals command tab.

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