Just Say No to iPhoto

Maybe this is already common knowledge, but it’s new to me so I thought I would share it with you!

Growing up we had a hate jar.  Each time someone would say the word hate we had to put a quarter in the jar.  I won’t say that I hate iPhoto (because I don’t want to be out $.25), but I will say I strongly dislike it.  Granted, I have an older version of it so maybe newer versions have gotten better.  But, I very much dislike how I can’t view the images I load into iPhoto outside of it.  They go into some mystery folder that I can’t view.  It makes backing up images hard.  And I can never seem to view them in chronological order no matter how I sort them.  Because I thought the only way I could get the images off of my iPhone was through iPhoto, I rarely uploaded my images.  Which led to thousands of images being left on my phone and no room to take new pictures.  And that made me sad.

And then I found out about Image Capture.  It came with my Mac so I’m assuming it comes on all Mac computers.  When I plug my iPhone in I simply launch Image Capture and select my phone.  I can then save my images wherever I’d like… without having to deal with iPhoto!  Now I can easily see what images I’ve downloaded and easily archive them with the images from my big camera.  It has been life changing!  And I actually have room to take pictures with my iPhone again! Yeah!

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  1. Kristi says

    Hmm. I did not know that. However, I’m crazy and I like to have smaller photo albums on my iPhone and so I keep them in iPhoto. I plug in my phone, download batches to iPhoto. Delete the ones I don’t like (if I haven’t yet on the phone) and then export them into a numbered monthly file. Then I upload those to Shutterfly. Then, I have photos in a nice file folder, and I copy those to my external hard drive for backup again.

    Then I go back to iPhoto and delete most of them but I have a few photo albums that are synching to my iPhone and when I want to show someone my cute kids, or the last few years of Halloween costumes… or check out photos of my besties, they are right there.

    Pretty freaking annoying to do though.
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  2. christa says

    Are they not in the “pictures” folder on your hard drive? That’s where my iPhoto pictures go. I also like image capture, it’s what I’ve been using! 🙂
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  3. Liz says

    I didn’t know that either! I’ve been using iPhoto for all of my photos, but then I upload them in batches to Flickr for backup. Although I kind of hate Flickr because it won’t let me share them with family for downloading. Maybe I just don’t know what I’m doing though. Do you use an external hard drive for backing up photos? Or do you have recommendations on another paid service like Flickr? I like putting them online versus on a hard drive so I can access them from wherever, but I haven’t been totally happy with Flickr.

  4. Alicia says

    Oh my goodness this made me feel so much better. I got my first macbook a year ago and have disliked iphoto since day one. I’m always so frustrated that I can’t find my photo files. I figured I needed to take some time and sit down and learn iphoto but I haven’t had any time to do that. So glad to learn that I’m not the only one that dislikes iphoto. I’m going to look into image capture-thanks!

  5. Kim says

    I don’t like to use iPhoto to get the pics off my phone either. But I just use Preview. Plug in my phone, open Preview, click on File and select the option Download photos from XXX’s iPhone. Let’s me pick the folder to save them in. I can choose to download everything at once or just the photos I select.

  6. Jenna says

    WHAT?! This is great. Thank you so much.

  7. amber says

    i’m so glad you posted this, because we recently got imac and I am still learning how to use it versus my old pc. I have been uploading to iPhoto then copying and pasting everything to a new folder on my desktop. I will try Image Capture.

  8. Rachael says

    Thank you for this information, you are a life saver,l also didn’t know about Image Capture, and l’ve had my Mac for 2 years.l’m also fed up with iphoto especially not having easy access to the file

  9. Ava says

    I’ve been catching up on blog posts today. You win the “Most Helpful Blog Post of the Day” award! I never knew about Image Capture. I do like using iPhoto for quick and easy edits of photos, but it’s bugged me that I do not have ready access to the original files and have to export them to be able to use them. I always wondered why I couldn’t just transfer the files over to my hard drive like I could with my old PC. Thank you for posting this!
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  10. Julie says

    Thanks so much! I have greatly disliked iPhoto also. I used Image Capture for scanning but never discovered the other part of it. Again, it worked well and I’m so happy, and thankful you shared it.