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iLife Tutorial: Make importing photos quicker and easier in iPhoto

If you want to more efficiently import photos from your digital camera, then here are some quick tips...

iPhoto is one of those applications that we rely on an awful lot. For years now it’s been the only place we store our photos and as a result it’s easy to take it for granted and even forget that it can be tailored to make life a little easier.
One area that could always do with Time needed: 5 minutes being a little quicker and more precise is the import section that springs to life when you connect a camera or insert an SD card into your Mac. Here, the software can do a couple of things to improve the efficiency not only of the import itself, but also to where in the software those pictures are then stored and displayed. You may need to make these changes each and every time that you import but they will save you a fair bit of time and effort later – whether it’s helping you locate photos faster or saving you having to sort through duplicates or similar shots.

1. Connect and Wait
When you connect a camera or insert an SD card, use the Hide Photos Already Imported button. You can then import all of what remains as one event. Sensible naming of events will help you find photos later.

2: Selected few
Alternatively, you can click on individual photos to highlight them and select so they can be imported separately. This is a good technique if you have lots of similar shots you don’t want to keep.