I’m new to Photo Management. Is this course for me?
If you have a Mac and plan to help Apple-equipped clients manage their Photos library, then you will find the course invaluable. The course assumes a working knowledge of the iOS and Mac operating systems at an advanced beginner to intermediate level.
Do I have to have a Mac?
To access and manage the client’s Photos Library remotely you do need to have a Mac of your own. The course content is viewable with Mac or Windows online, and with the Teachable App on iPhone and iPad.
How is course different than other digital photo organizing courses?
This course supports the Apple Photos workflow in the way it was designed, with photos and videos being added to a Photos Library and managed mostly within the Photos app until being shared or exported for a specific purpose. This offers a consistent user experience across all Apple devices. Most other digital organizing courses prioritize broad standards and collection portability or are featuring other specific software solutions.
Is the Apple Photos workflow better than traditional folder-based organizing?
It is just simpler for the right client. If they have an iPhone, a Mac, and are using iCloud to sync the two, they have a wonderful, user-friendly way to create and manage their photos. What could be better? Having said that, there are many use cases that don’t fit the Apple workflow and clients who prefer other solutions. This course helps you identify whether or not Apple Photos is a good fit for your client.
I’ve heard that I shouldn’t use Apple Photos for proper photo management. Are you saying I should?
Again, it all depends on the experience that your client wants, their level of technical skill, and what kind of ongoing support (you?) they’ll have. Apple Photos arguably delivers a great, consistent user experience. Clients don’t need much technical skill because it’s mostly an app based environment with multiple safety nets built in - for them AND you. For ongoing support, if you aren’t in the picture long term, Apple support and Apple consultants can quickly understand what you’ve set up.
Where are the photos? I feel more comfortable seeing them in yearly folders in the Finder.
Honestly, you aren’t alone. Many of us grew up in a world of filing cabinets, file folders, and spreadsheets, and it’s how we think of proper organizing. But smartphones changed that by containing related files in a specific app, not in folders. As computers get more and more like mobile, there is less and less reliance on folder organizing. In fact, folders are more and more a creative/authoring level tool than they are a daily file management tool. Real world photo management is driven by apps that provide more efficient, non-destructive, visual workflows like Apple Photos.
I don’t want my clients’ photos locked up in proprietary software like Apple Photos.
All software is proprietary. Adobe products are also proprietary. As are the macOS and Windows operating systems themselves. Whenever software delivers a unique user experience of visuals, tools, and capabilities - unless it is truly Open Source - that software is proprietary to someone. The real question is whether the contents (photos) are portable. Can they be used anywhere? Photos can export the original images as needed or converted to several file formats. In fact that’s the whole point of Photos as a photo hub. The contents are always protected in original form, and can be exported as needed for other purposes. You can’t always say that about folder based storage that’s open to the Finder.
Can Apple Photos create images to an industry standard?
Which industry? What standards? Accepted Photo Management practices have borrowed from the Digital Asset Management and Photography industries, but both have much broader missions than the needs of typical consumers that we serve. Industry standards evolve as a response to changing needs and we are at the forefront of that process, not trailing it. Our industry - photo management - is a unique mashup of history and innovation that needs professionals who can merge the two.
Does this course go into scanning and digitizing?
No. In fact there are many aspects of photo management that are outside the scope of the course or are assumed to be used inside Apple Photos, like basic ABC organizing techniques. In no way does Apple Photos do everything a Photo Manager will need to do to serve their client but it can simplify a central part of the whole photo management process.
What if I find it's not for me?
The course comes with a 30-day guarantee. If you aren't satisfied, just contact us for a full refund.