iPhoto '09 for Dummies

Posted: 20-June-2012

Mac Guild Grade Publisher: Wiley


Reviewer: Hank Simon $24.99

iPhoto '09 for Dummies

By Angelo Micheletti
April 6, 2009 Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 047043371X / 978-0470433713
US $ 24.99

What the Book is About

iPhoto '09 For Dummies describes photo editing functions of iPhoto 09, using the standard Dummies books organization, including clear examples and color photos. As far as I could tell, the book covers all the capabilities: photo organization, events, albums, basic editing, exporting, emailing, publishing, and so on.

iPhoto '09 is a full service photo management and photo editing system for the amateur photographer and the examples in the Dummies book caters to that audience.

Target Audience

This book is geared to amateur photographers or novices with photo editing tools, who appreciate step-by-step instructions.

What to Expect

The book is a typical Dummies for beginners, although experts will appreciate the clear examples, guidance, tips, and hints. The layout is very easy to find something that you're looking for. The capabilities are well described, and illustrated with generous, color examples.

In addition to the easy-to-follow, step-by-step, How-to discussions, there are sections on basic photography and composition to help the amateur take better pictures. I appreciated the hand-holding and basic discussion with no wasted text. Experts may be a little impatient with some of the basics, but as a novice, I felt well-cared for.


The Author did a good job of structuring all of the capabilities of iPhoto into a smooth, logical flow, with a clear set of examples and color pictures. I think that this is the type of book that most people would like to have as a manual to accompany the software.

Mac Guild Grade

A (Outstanding)

I really like this book because it offers the novice How-to examples that I look forward to in the Dummies series.

Final Words

I could easily follow all the examples in the book and learned a little more about both iPhoto and about digital photography to feel like I made progress with both after trying the examples. I could apply the examples immediately to solve some of my iPhoto problems. iPhoto is not Photoshop, but I'm not a professional photographer. As I get better, then I'll use more powerful tools. This book gave me the basics needed to keep me motivated to learn more.