Managing your photos on your Mac --Part 1
In the past the goto app on your Mac has been --iPhoto.
On your iPad or iPhone (iOS 8 and 9) the photo app is called Photos
In the "iCloud" the Photo app is called Photos
Currently, as of Mac OS 10.10.3, Yosemite and El Capitan, Apple has replace iPhoto with new app called --"Photos"
In other words the goto photographic apps on all Apple Devices: iPhone/iPad, the iCloud and Macs is NOW -- Photos.
Where Are Your Photos?
More than likely you have a 16 gigabyte iPad or iPhone, or you may have a huge amount of "space" on your device, but sooner or later you will eventually run out of room on your device to store your pictures. You don't want to delete them, and sending your photos to yourself via 3 or 4 G would be really expensive. What to do?
To avoid 3G or 4G costs, Transfer your photos using Wi-Fi or a better still a faster USB to Thunderbolt cable (the one that come with your device)
To take full advantage of using your Mac "system", you need to do several things.
Set up your Apple ID https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/
Set up your iCloud Account Go to: http://www.icloud.com
Top Right of Page:
Click on Setup Instructions
You will have 3 choices to setup all your iOs Devices like iPhone, iPad, your Mac and even a PC
On Your Mac
Go to the Menu: (Apple) and choose System Preferences... > iCloud (the iCloud icon)
In the Window that pops up Choose (Double Click) the Options Button for Photos. (it'll say Photos no matter what OSX you are using)
Below is the options panel for the OLD iPhotos
check My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing
Click Done and Close the iCloud preferences window.
Below is the options panel for the NEW Photos
Check all the boxes to take advantage of the Apple Devices photo sharing schemes.
Using iPhoto or the new Photos
The setup for iPhoto or Photos
The First time iPhoto starts up it will create a "library" of photos on your system drive in your Pictures folder. The fancy icon is really a folder hiding all your picture files.
If your photography is "occasional" mostly of family get togethers, social events and vacations, you should have no problem with Apples default setup.
Basically, iPhoto and Photos organizes it’s your pictures by the date when the photos were taken, they call that date an “event” in iPhoto and a "moment" in Photos. You can make Album’s or photo collections of any photos in the Library in any order or combination. Best way to learn is Practice.
There is lots of help tutorial webpages and video help online on how to use iPhoto. This is just one example http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/apple/iphoto-the-ultimate-guide-for-mac-and-ipad-1082444
Note: You can keep your old iPhoto app and use that as you transition to the new Photos. Going foward, Apple will no longer support iPhoto, so at some point you'll need to move up.
A Photos Tutorial Courtesy of the Mac magazine Mac | Life
Using iPHOTO to Download Photos from your iPad or iPhone to the Mac
Connect via USB Cable!
USB cable, is the quickest and most efficient way! When you plug in your iPhone/iPad in, look at iPhotos or Photos left sidebar. (Turn on the sidebar with the menu: Photos > View > Show Sidebar (keyboard short cut Option + Command + S)
In iPhoto look under Devices to see your iPad/iPhone/iTouch
(1) Just click on the Device Button ...
In Photos look under Import
In iPhoto (below are the illustrations for iPhoto (2) Method 1: (USB Cable)
Highlight the thumbnails of the photos you want to Import into an Album. Make the album by using the menu item:
File > New Album!
Just click the Import "This Total # of" Photos button, in this example "This Total # of" = 24
and ALL the photos will be downloaded to your Mac. You can then copy highlighted or selected photos and put them into an album using Copy and Paste or "Drag and Drop"
In iPhoto --Connecting Using Wi-Fi!
In the left panel, Just click under SHARED: "iCloud." Your Photo Streams and Photos "In the iCloud" will be visible in the middle panel. If you have them turned on in your iPhone/iPad / or iPod! (see part 2 on how to do that)
Double click to open the photo stream to see as thumbnails. Highlight the photos and or videos you want to save in iPhoto
Setting up Photos in (Yosemite and El Capitan)
1. Via the USB cable
When you connect your device to your Mac, in Photos, in the Sidebar you'll see the title "Import"
Don't see the sidebar, turn it on with the Menu item:
Photos: View > Show Sidebar
Key Board shortcut
Option + Command + S
Click the "Import New" button to download the files to your Mac.
2. iCloud Sharing Via Wi-Fi --connecting to the stream
If you don't see the "Shared" button. You'll need to make some changes in Photos > Preferences. (this might happen if you have moved your iPhoto Library to an external hard drive.) See below...
To share your photos, highlight them and choose the share icon...
Okay, so how do the photo "streams" from your iPhone/iPad/iPod get into the iCloud??
Part 2: Setting up your iPad/iPhone/iPod (Touch)
The DEVICES Setup
|iOS Device||iPhone/iPad/iPod)||Where in The Cloud||App On Your Mac|
Photos / Photo Stream
|iPhoto and/or Photos|
|Alternative Apps||Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive||Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive||You are Subscribed and linked to:
Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive
|Android Alternative||Android Phone or Touchpad: span>
Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive
|Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive, or Android File Transfer (ATF)||You are Subscribed and linked to:
Google Drive, Drop Box, OneDrive
Apps are installed on your Mac
see box below...
iCloud Photo Storage Space To Store the all your pictures and videos you need to have enough room. The first 5 Gigabytes is free. 50 gigabytes is 99 Cents per month (as of the launch of El Capitan), 200 Gigabytes is 3.99 / month, 1 terabyte is $9.99 / Month
Photo Stream is free but you can only store 1,000 photos. And, you can only access the Photo Stream on your Mac via iPhoto or Photos, or view them on your TV set if you have an Apple-TV. To view your Photo Streams via the Internet, you need to get a link from Mac's iPhoto/Photos to share your Photographs with others. Here's a link... https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A35oqs3quIrQn
And, here's how I got the link using the "SHARED" > iCloud Tab.
BTW: In iOS 7 Shared Albums are called Shared Streams
The Plan --WiFi Only
On all of your iOS 7 & 8 devices, the Photos.app and/or Camera App will automatically upload photos to the iCloud Photo Stream, or iCloud Photos IF AND ONLY IF your device is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi And you have Activated Photos and/or Photo Stream.
Activating Photos and Photo Stream
On your device choose "Settings"
Under the Settings Column choose the iCloud Tab and turn on iCloud Drive and Photos
Now click on Photos
iCloud prior to iOS 8.3 was " in beta" in other words expect some changes when Photos for the Mac is released. see the iPhoto settings screen for Photos iOS 8.3 below.
As soon as you activate Photos, When you sign into your iCloud account using your Mac you'll see the Photos App.
The iCloud Photos App will let you share via e-mail, or download individual images to your computer.
The place to download all your photographs is of course from iPhoto on your Mac.
If you do not want your photos compressed or resolution (size) changed, choose download and Keep Originals.
Upload to Photo Stream turns it on...
These settings connect your devices and your Mac. And, Turns on "Sharing" from your device(s).
Sharing your Photos
There are many ways to share your pictures. The Apple scheme is to use Photos... The image below is a folder on my iPad, it contains apps that connects me to "The Cloud"
Sharing your pics with Photos.
In the Photos App you'll see either the word "SHARE" (in blue)
or the following icon
Clicking the Icon gives you some choices.
Just select the images you wish to share, rather than use e-mail on your iPhone choose iCloud Sharing or Facebook... The partially hidden icon is for users that have a Flickr Account.
Now That you are setup...
Just click the Camera button on your iPhone.iPad/iPod and your Photo will appear in the iCloud or your Photo Stream... And on your Mac with iPhoto seamlessly, if you are connected via Wi-Fi.
There are literally hundreds of Apps for 'enhancing' your photos, but, that is a story for another time... "
If you are more than an occasional photographer, and you “shoot” hundred’s of photos a year.... you need to move your iPhoto Library to much larger external Drive. For details on moving your iPhoto Library to an external drive see this webpage http://www.uofgts.com/mac/programs.html Don’t forget you still need a backup drive!!!
If you are an enthusiast photographer, shooting thousands of Photos per year... I highly recommend Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop ($9.99 /month)! http://www.adobe.com and take Garry’s class on how to use Lightroom http://www.campusce.net/clark/course/course.aspx?C=2697&pc=167&mc=172&sc=0