iPhoto Phrustration

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Right now John and I are sharing his digital camera. Anything we take on our cell phones is easily Bluetooth-ed to our respective computers but any photos taken on the same camera can prove to be an issue. When it up to my computer I don’t really want all his 20 pictures, I just want my 5. The problem is, iPhoto wants to just import everything, I cannot choose what I want to import, as I could easily do with my Windows PC.


So before I start cursing at iPhoto – is there any way you can pick and chose the items you want to import off your digital camera instead of always doing an “import all”??

Update: Thanks to John Biehler, I have now discovered the beauty and freedom of Image Capture. Soon enough I’ll learn my lesson – Macs aren’t dumb and they know what they’re doing, I just don’t know everything about them… yet 😛


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  1. MarvinSaturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:09pm PDT

    Use Picasa……

  2. MarvinSaturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:10pm PDT


    Now there are two easy ways for Mac users to upload photos to Picasa Web Albums — an iPhoto(TM) plug-in and a drag-and-drop standalone application. This one download contains everything you need to get started with either method.

    For iPhotoâ„¢
    The Picasa Web Albums Exporter is a plug-in that lives right inside iPhotoâ„¢. Select photos, choose Export in the File or Share menu, and upload them directly to your web album.

    For a standalone application
    The Picasa Web Albums Uploader is a small application just for uploading your photos to your web album — simply drag photos from the Finder and click the Upload button. Use this method if you want to upload photos or folders of photos that aren’t in iPhotoâ„¢, add captions to your photos before you upload them, and search your Mac for recently added photos.


  3. Stewart MarshallSaturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:46pm PDT

    Most digital cameras let you flag the images you want to sync to your PC (Apple or otherwise) – that would be one way.

    Personally I would just upload them all and make sure I select do NOT delete originals. It takes a matter of seconds to delete images in iPhoto and you are done. Then John can repeat the process for his.

    I know it sounds simple and maybe not the answer you are looking for, but is there a real need to complicate it beyond this.

    As for Picasso – well Marvin may be right but that doesn’t really help you with getting the pictures off your camera in the first place…

  4. Miss604Saturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:51pm PDT

    Hmm yeah but that perpetuates one of my issues with Apple products in the first place – having so many copies of the SAME thing. It’s that whole file management systems that I’m used to in Windows, I suppose.

    In iPhoto you have the original, the modified etc. now I’ll have the file on my system, the file on the camera and then John might get it on his. There could now be 5 copies of the same photo floating around our house, which seems like a huge waste of space. You’d think they could just let you select what you want and what you don’t.

    *Another issue I should mention is when John takes videos with the camera, that totally buggers up my iPhoto since it tries to grab that too. It then takes forever to import something I don’t even want.

  5. JohnSaturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:56pm PDT

    You might want to consider turning off the iPhoto auto import…just browse to your /Applications folder and double click on ‘Image Capture’ app. It’s preferences will allow you to change the auto-import behavior of iPhoto.

    You can turn it off completely and just access the camera’s folder of images and manually import the images you want. You can also set Image Capture to ‘deal’ with your photos when you connect the camera (or use a card reader – my preferred method – saves on camera battery life) and it gives you the option of import all or just ‘some’.

    Once the images are on your desktop (or wherever you like), you can then drag the ones you want into iPhoto.

    Lots of ways to choose from to manage your images.

  6. Miss604Saturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:57pm PDT

    John –> That’s PERFECT! Thanks. I was looking for a way to just access the actual files themselves from the camera but I didn’t know how to locate it in Finder.

  7. GusSunday, April 29th, 2007 — 6:50am PDT

    THis has been my problem as well. Good to know this option!

  8. BradleySunday, April 29th, 2007 — 7:40am PDT

    how about you stop taking so many darn pics?!!! 😛 jk

  9. DuaneSunday, April 29th, 2007 — 10:20pm PDT

    Yeah, I’m getting frustrated with iPhoto as well. I’ve only had my Mac for about 5 or 6 weeks now, and I’m up to 12 GB worth of photos in my iPhoto directory 🙁

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