Now Available: Second Edition of Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac

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I’m happy to announce that the big second edition of my ebook Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac is now available!

The first edition came out two years ago, and in that time a lot has changed for Mac-owning photographers. The biggest shift for many people was Apple discontinuing iPhoto and Aperture, and replacing them with a single new application, Photos for OS X (which I’ve written extensively about, including my print book for Peachpit Press). As a result, I had to gut and rewrite sections of the first edition to include Photos and some of its quirks (such as not using star ratings).

The other notable change has been the massive ongoing shift to mobile photography. With great cameras in the iPhone and iPad, and iOS software and hardware to back them up, we now take more photos than ever. As a result, many services have cropped up that offer cloud storage and retrieval of your photos from any device. This second edition of the book includes an entirely new chapter that looks at services such as iCloud Photo Library, Google Photos, Lightroom mobile, and Mylio, and how they can integrate with your photo workflow.

If you already own the first edition, thank you! Click the Ebook Extras link on the cover to go to the Take Control store and upgrade for $5 off.

If you’re new to the book and looking to tame your photo workflow, go buy the second edition at the Take Control Bookstore.

Oh dear, did I say “workflow”? Hard to believe, but that doesn’t have to be an intimidating word—that’s the entire reason I wrote the book! I wanted to share a way to take control of the large number of photos we capture without it being a chore. Here’s the description from the Take Control Web site. If you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to email me.

Why take photos if you can’t find them later? Digital photography expert Jeff Carlson has developed a simple system you can use to make your photos browsable, searchable, and generally navigable!

Jeff leads off by helping you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the three most popular photo-management applications: Photos from Apple, and Lightroom and Photoshop Elements from Adobe. Once you’ve picked the app that’s right for you (and there’s a chapter on migrating to Lightroom from iPhoto, Aperture, or Photos), you’ll learn to create a custom workflow for importing, evaluating, keywording, and tagging your photos so they are quickly sorted. For each of these essential aspects of your workflow, Jeff provides step-by-step instructions for each of the three covered apps.

It’s all too easy to lose everything if you don’t have backups, so Jeff discusses how to back up and archive photos to protect your irreplaceable photographic memories.

Jeff also helps you pick an online service that can put your photos everywhere, looking particularly at the pros and cons, and how-tos, of iCloud Photo Library, Google Photos, Lightroom mobile, and Mylio.

I love this book. I’ve given talks about the subject to packed rooms at Macworld/iWorld and to user groups remotely—it’s great to help people bring order to the digital photo confusion and see them actually enjoy the photos they captured. Click here to order the book: Take Control of Your Photos on a Mac, Second Edition.

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