The latest edition of my book Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac is now available! It’s a wet, stormy weekend here in Seattle as I write this, which is the perfect environment to browse your photo library and wrangle it into shape.
As I set out to update the book, I faced an existential dilemma. Everyone wants their photo libraries to be organized, but in reality most people don’t bother.
But this edition doesn’t just spruce up some screenshots and point to a few new features. In fact, this version almost didn’t happen.
As I set out to update the book, I faced an existential dilemma. Everyone wants their photo libraries to be organized, but in reality most people don’t bother. Even though the strategy outlined in the book streamlines the process as much as possible, the tasks of importing, tagging, and organizing your photos still requires a fair bit of work.
I had to ask myself: Does anyone still want to take control of their digital photos?
The answer, ultimately, was yes, because we’re all creating even more images and videos than ever before.
The good news is, I’m not the only one who’s noticed. Since the previous edition of this book was published, Apple, Google, and others have introduced image-search features that make it easier to locate images without a lot of prep work. Although my process is still the most effective way to manage your photos, it’s now enhanced by software features that do a lot of the tagging for you.
You’ll still find all the hard-won, sweated-over details I’ve put in to make a process that respects your time so you can spend your energy capturing photos, not organizing them. And you’ll also learn how to take advantage of these artificial-intelligence features to make it even easier.
If you already own the second edition (version 2.0), this update is free! Log in to your account at Take Control Books and download the latest version in PDF, EPUB, or Mobi (Kindle) format.
If you’re new and looking to finally take control of your sprawling photo library, buy it now for just $15! While you’re there, you’ll probably want to pick up other complementary books such as Jason Snell’s Photos: A Take Control Crash Course, Scholle McFarland’s Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, and of course my own Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course.
I’m stupendously proud of this book, and I hope you enjoy it, too.