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Best Practices for organizing photos via iPhoto.

Posted on 2005-03-24
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05

I have a tremendously large collection of photos which i want to properly organize. I wish to use iPhoto for this since I just got a mac!

I wish to add meta data to each photo so I can search and get the photos i want (e.g. "singapore," get all photos from singapore) or (e.g. "singapore friends," pictures of friends while in singapore)

right now, i used Keywords, however, if is earch for say, "singapore and "friends" it'll return nothing, even though some pictures contain the keyword singapore and friends.

Please advise. Thanks.
Question by:ubers0ldat
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bigandybear earned 2000 total points
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iPhoto (I'm using version 5) unfortunately uses static keywords for the metadata, and therefore it requires much improvement to be that useful. I've got 7500 photos in the thing myself but haven't keyworded them all because the amount of keywords I'll have to add and edit manually is almost stupid.

To add a new keyword, click iPhoto > Preferences > Keywords and add your keywords

To assign them do a get info on the photos (or group of photos selected) with CMD + I, then assign said keywords.

Because of this way of assigning static keywords, it seems, on my system anyway, you can't seem to filter them more than one keyword at a time, using either the little chooser box, or the search box. I may be incorrect with this however, as I have only keyworded 20 photos from my colleciton as a test.

However it DOES work if you use Smart Albums (I am aware these are available in version 4 too), so try this. If you create a new album, choose Smart Album, and then set your conditions, using Keyword "Contains", and if that doesnt narrow it correctly, use a few IS or IS NOT conditions. It works like a charm and it's quite fast to set up. Then to get to those photos again, just click the Smart Album!

Hope this helps,


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