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Mac 911 - April 2007

Chris Breen answers your questions regarding keeping up-to-date with iPhoto, group think, bit rates, moving GarageBand loops and more.

Eliminate color casts

Accurate exposure, faithful color, and sharp focus are the technical cornerstones of good photography. Of the three, color is the most often overlooked. The key is understanding your camera’s white-balance settings.

Mac OS X Hints - March 2007

Rob Griffiths offers tips on how to compare shots in iPhoto, automatically add Spotlight comments, show Spotlight results in Finder, install/uninstall and make sure your mailboxes are empty.

Stop seeing red

Portraits in particular can require a certain amount of retouching to flatter the subject. Frequently, this requires only basic cleanup—remove a mole, take out a stray hair, and so on. But other problems, such as uneven skin tones, are less straightforward.

Make massive prints

Looking for an inexpensive way to add interest to a blank wall? Want to show off your digital photos in a way that will really get noticed? The next time you make a print of your favorite photo, don’t settle for a measly 8 by 10 inches. Supersize it.

Create stunning slide shows

As the year winds down, why not gather your favorite photos for a retrospective slide show of the year’s most momentous events. iPhoto ‘06 lets you add music, transitions, movement, and more to your slide shows. And when burned to DVDs, they make great gifts for distant loved ones.

Mac OS X Hints - Dec. 2006

The December 2006 edition of Mac OS X Hints shows you how to use the operating system's included screen-saver images as your desktop picture, reveals more secrets of OS X's Application Switcher, and shows you a trick for recreating the convenience of the HomePage button from early versions of iPhoto.

Beyond Apple's photo books

The holiday season is right around the corner—and with it comes the annual postal frenzy. This year, get a jump on the crowd with these photo-card tips.

Mac 911 - Nov. 2006

This month Chris Breen shares secrets for going mono, managing .Mac and IMAP, setup for a dual-monitor MacBook Pro, better living through iPhoto sharing, iSight alternatives and more.

Mac OS X Hints - Nov. 2006

Senior Editor Rob Griffiths offers tips on ways to access iPhoto 6’s hidden tools, stop clicking on dialog-box buttons, cycle Calculator’s modes, boot into Windows with your remote, plug into keyboard power and more.

Take command of keywords

Want to find every close-up taken of your children during summer vacation? When put to good use, iPhoto 6’s keywords feature makes complex searches like this easy. Keywords are descriptive words that you can use to label and categorize your photos, regardless of which album they’re in. More important, keywords are searchable.

Mac OS X Hints - September 2006

Harness the powers of drag-and-drop disk-image creation. Change the visible hours in an iCal calendar within nothing more than a mouse's scroll wheel. Or turn your Mac into a musical alarm clock. Kirk McElhearn joins Rob Griffiths to dole out this month's OS X how-tos.

Weighing the pros of Raw

Talk to just about any professional digital photographer these days, and you’re sure to hear about the wonders of shooting in Raw mode. But it has its drawbacks. Before jumping on the bandwagon, make sure you know how to put this format’s strengths to best use.