In Preschool, we take a lot of photos…thousands! In the past we sorted photos into files on the server. Last year I decided I wanted to use iPhoto instead during the SY 2013-2014 year. After
thinking about it procrastinating, I decided I just needed to go for it and started to use iPhoto in August. I am NOT an iPhoto expert but I have really enjoyed exploring and finding out how to use features as problems have arisen. Here are three features that have helped me.
1. Smart Albums
I learned about this at an Early Years conference last April so it took a bit to get it working. I began by creating ‘Keywords’ – one for each student, plus a few for different subjects (PE, library, circle time etc). Once a group of photos have been imported to iPhoto, I use the keywords to tag each photo. Each photo can have multiple keywords applied.
Next, I made a smart album for each student and each area with the keyword category for the student being their name.
This photo shows my imported photos and my group of keywords in the corner. You can also see my smart albums on the left. The photo highlighted in yellow is the one to which I want to apply a keyword. Each keyword has a shortcut, so I can use the shortcut instead of typing the whole word. If I want to put this photo in Sam’s album, I type ‘s’ and it is automatically sorted into his album.
Here you can see the photo has been moved into Sam’s album. I can put the same photo into multiple albums.
I also have albums for places and special events. This shows my library folder. I find these albums so much easier to use when I am creating documentation.
2. Making a SlideShow
A few weeks ago, Flickr was not working and I needed to make a blog post for my class. I created a slideshow and dropped photos from the week into the folder. This was made easier because the photos were sorted into individual files so I knew that each child would be represented in my weekly overview slideshow.
Next you can choose a theme and music. FUN!
Finally, I export it youtube.
I am impressed with my results! I hope the parents are as well.
3. Exporting Photos
I often want to send one photo to a parent with a little story about what their child was doing. This week I discovered the photos from iPhoto were too big and I was feeling frustrated. A short cut saved my day- Shift – command-I to the rescue!
iPhoto has helped my efficiency. I was able to sync the library to the classroom ipad mini for easier use in making documentation. I can find photos quickly and move between albums easily. As a beginner to using iPhoto, I know I may be making some errors and there are probably a ton of features that would make my life even more efficient. But for now, I am pleased with what I have learned and how it has helped me so much – most importantly with the amount of time my team spends on sorting photos. I look forward to finding out more this year! Does anyone else use iphoto and have a tip to help me?