So, you’ve been taking pictures from your digital camera or smartphone and would like to transfer them to your Mac for you to edit, upload and more importantly to have a backup of your precious images. You might have heard or read somewhere that iPhoto ’11 is such a great tool for editing, sharing and organizing your photos (and videos too) and I myself can attest to that. However, you first need to learn how to move pictures from your camera to your computer before you can fully appreciate the value of iPhoto ’11.
Generally, iLife offers straightforward solutions to make your digital collection of photos, videos and music a piece of cake and this time I’d like to show you how easy it is to use the iPhoto ’11 application for importing images through this step by step tutorial.
Here’s what you’ll be needing:
– An updated version of iPhoto’11 (updated OS works fine too!)
– Digital device : Camera / Smartphone / iPhone / iPad
– Camera Cable or SD Card (for those using Mac with SD card slot)
Here’s how to do it:
1. Getting ready
If you are using a digital camera, make sure that it is turned off before connecting the camera cable to your Mac’s USB port. Once you have successfully plugged in the USB cable, you may now turn the camera power on.
2. Launching iPhoto
Normally, connecting any multimedia device will prompt your computer to automatically launch iPhoto, otherwise, you need to manually do it. This option can be done by going to iPhoto’s preferences in the General section (refer to illustration below). Also take note that some cameras require specific settings in order to be able to transfer photos. If you are not sure about your camera, refer to its user’s manual.
Notice that your camera is now displayed under the “Devices” in the iPhoto sidebar (also called the Source List).
iPhoto will then load all the images from your camera on the main window.
3. Event Labeling
Type in the “Event Name” on the blank field on the upper left portion.
I strongly recommend that you do not disregard this feature as this will be your reference in the future when you have already multitude of albums or events imported to iPhoto.
Once all the photos from your device have been loaded, you have two options:
a. Import Selected – where you need to specifically choose the photos you would want to be imported to your Mac or
b. Import All.
If you prefer to individually select photos, it is best to start from the top and click on the first item that you like. That photo will be highlighted and you need to hold down the Shift or Command key as you go about scrolling down and selecting the other photos until you are done.
Thereafter, push the “Import Selected” button and wait while your photos are being imported.
5. Delete or Keep Photos
6. Disconnecting your device
As a rule, it’s always wise to properly disconnect your device after each use.
On iPhoto, you can do this by right-clicking on your camera from the devices list and then click on “unmount”. Another way to unmount a device is to click on the small triangle beside the word “Devices” on the left panel, this works if you have only one device connected to your machine. Pull out the USB plug, and you are now done with your import!
P.S. A word of advice, make an effort to import pictures from your camera to iPhoto as soon as you are done with your picture taking. That way you can be assured that these pictures are safely saved on your computer and it is always easier to recall events while they are still fresh from your memory.