Sa ve time with Photos in Sierra
Learn how to pinpoint the pictures you want
1 Revisit old memories
Photos adds to the Memories tab over time, so keep returning to that tab to see what it has picked out for you. As time goes by, you’ll see it fill up with large thumbnails, each with their relevant date emblazoned across their middle.
2A memory at a glance
Double-click a memory to open it, then scroll down to see the pictures that Photos has decided belong together, people it has identified in them, a map showing where the photos were taken, and related memories.
3 See them on a map
If photos in a memory have location data attached, they’ll be plotted on a map. Doubleclick the map for a closer look, or click Show Nearby Photos to have the app reveal more from close by but perhaps not in this memory.
4 Save memorable moments
To add a memory to your favourites in the Albums tab, ≈- click it in the timeline and choose Add to Favorite Memories – or click that at the bottom of its overview. Both places also offer an option to delete the memory.
5 Play as a slideshow
Memories aren’t just about gathering pics in album-like groups. At one’s overview, click the toolbar’s Play button, choose a theme – this includes a score, which you can swap for a track from iTunes – and click Play Slideshow.
6 Browse by person
Under Albums, open the People album to see faces the app has detected. Put the pointer over one, click Add Name and type. Click Add People to see more; if several are the same person, hold ç, click them, then Merge & Add.
7 Search by object or scene
Sierra’s version of Photos also recognises thousand of types of object and scene. In the search bar, enter text such as ‘beach’, ‘tree’ or ‘no people’. The search engine is basic in other ways; you can’t enter two discrete terms.
8 Inspect search results
Among the list of search results will be matching items, including slight variations on the term you entered (such as ‘palm tree’), and counts of matches in each category. Click a search result to see all matching photos.