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Import media with Image Capture

Quickly add photos and videos to your Mac from your iPhone, iPad or camera

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The iPhone is perfect for taking hundreds of photos, and when it just isn’t enough you probably have a dedicated camera that holds your higher quality snaps. But what do you do once you’ve taken them? You might want to add them to iPhoto or Aperture, but if you simply want to back them up to your Mac or add them to Finder rather than a dedicated photo app, the import process can be a little ponderous.
Image Capture fixes that completely; the app focuses on getting your photos and videos onto your Mac with the minimum fuss, and makes the whole process quick and easy. All your devices will work with the app, so you’ll never need to deal with third-party software again.

Find even more expert tutorials in the latest issue of iCreate.

Step 1

1. Find the app

Unlike some lesser-known built-in Mac apps, Image Capture isn’t hidden in the Utilities folder – instead, you’ll find it in the Applications folder, or by searching with Spotlight.

Step 2

2. Connect it up

Plug in your iPhone, iPad or camera with the included USB cable, or insert an SD card if your Mac has the appropriate slot, and the device will appear in the bar on the left.

Step 3

3. View your shots

You can view your shots in the main part of the window. They will appear either as small previews on the left with all their information next to them, or in a grid layout.

Step 4

4. Change the order

In the list view, click the column titles to adjust how the images are listed. Click the date tab so that the arrow points down to show your most recent shots at the top.

Step 5

5. A new view

Click the small icon with four squares in the bottom bar to change the view. You will now see your shots as a grid so you can focus on your images and ignore the information.

Step 6

6. One size fits all

Use the slider in the bottom-right to adjust the size of the thumbnails in the interface. The maximum size in grid view is larger than in list view, so pick your view carefully.

Step 7

7. Drag and drop

To save individual shots, you can simply drag and drop them from the window. This is perfect if you want to save a shot to a folder that isn’t the one listed in the bottom menu.

Step 8

8. Select and import

Alternatively, you can select several images at once by holding the Cmd key as you click the ones you want, choosing a folder using the bottom drop-down menu, then clicking Import.

Step 9

9. Import all

If you just want to add every photo on your device in one fell swoop, you can do it by clicking the Import All button in the bottom- right of the Image Capture interface.
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