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Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider


Book: Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual
Reviewed by: Deb Apperson, AAUG Member
Author: Lesa Snider
Website:O’Reilly Media & Lesa’s own site:

Price: e-book for iBooks (Mac or iOS) $14.99
e-book for Amazon Kindle app $14.99
new paperback at Amazon: $22.22
mooseProduct Rating: 5/5 Impressive
Rating: 5 moose
Pros: Well written and well organized, fun to read, and exactly the guide I need
Cons: didn’t find any.

Product Rating: 5/5 Indispensable Excellence

Conflict of Interest: O’Reilly provided a complimentary copy for this review.

Like many iPhoto for the Mac users, for several reasons I’ve resisted the change from iPhotos to Photos. For years, I’ve used iPhoto as my primary photo app, I have refined a system that works well for me, and I wasn’t looking change that. I use many other photo editing apps and import everything back to iPhoto, rather like a central hub for all my photos, as well as using iPhoto to make books and calendars. I am not a professional, just someone who enjoys working with photos. Besides having a good system that works for me, many of the features that I’d heard about Photos, such as it’s design for the mobile lifestyle and social media, do not appeal to me. Furthermore, some of the features I use often in iPhoto and Aperture, are not in Photos. Sure, on my iPhone I use Photos, it’s part of iOS 9, but I don’t do any of my main photo work on my phone, I use my iMac.

When I started reading this book, right from the start I wanted to read more. In an engaging manner, the forward addressed my concerns about the changes, and explained how I could even keep using iPhotos side by side while starting to use Photos. In fact, throughout the book, it “knows” my concerns and answers them. I like how the book admits the things Photos can’t do, and provides ideas, and often in a humorous manner. Let’s face it, it’s not really fun to switch to new programs, but this book lightens the mood while providing the details needed to smooth the transition.

The book is well organized, and fun to either read straight through, or to just look up specific topics. If reading the electronic version, all the topics in the index are clickable, as are references within the text.

The book covers it all: from how to make the move from iPhoto and Aperture as painless as possible – to all the fun things you can do such as editing photos, making print projects such as calendars, books, and cards, as well as slideshows of photos and working with movies. iCloud and social media are covered, both in how to use, or how to turn those features off. All the details you need are in the book, from the basic to the advanced features.

Sprinkled throughout the book are very helpful illustrations, tips, screen shots of the program to explain specific tasks.

I have to admit that this book changed my mind. I am ready to start the transition to Photos. And, I also learned that I like e-books for reference too, not just novels. I read it in iBooks, both on the iPhone and the Mac, and those clickable links are really useful.

While the ‘mobile lifestyle’ isn’t the way I work, this book helps me to figure out how to make the transition from iPhoto/Aperture to Photo work for me.

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