Forum Question: How Do I Control Photo Stream, Camera Roll and Photo Albums

There are so many photo categories across all my devices its difficult to understand how to control it all. I have an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro. What’s the best practice to keep it all under control ?

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Control Photo Stream, Camera Roll and Photo Albums”

    10/9/12 @ 6:40 am

    There’s no magic to it. If you have a lot of photos and a lot of devices, then it is a matter of just working to set everything how you want it.
    Photo Stream is a good way to do it. Turn that on for all devices and then any new pictures you take with your devices are shared across all of them. That bsically syncs your camera roll.
    As for the other albums, it is a matter of taking each device and setting the Photo options as you want. For instance, you may want to include the last 3 months of photos on your iPad when you sync, but maybe only a special album of your favorites on your iPhone. It is up to you.

    Michael Wheless
    10/9/12 @ 7:50 pm

    I fully agree with you Gary that there is no magic or single best way to handle photos. I have the nearly the same situation with a MacBook Pro, iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPod Touch. All devices use a single Apple ID which helps a lot in managing photos. Since each device has different amounts of storage I have made different setups for each. For example I have iPhoto on only one of the iPads as it is the one I use the most and will edit sometimes. The other devices just use the standard Photo app from Apple. I sync differently as well. I have too many photos for one device, so I select which folders, albums and events I want….differently for each device.

    When I sync the devices I get what is on the camera roll and edit/delete as I need to from the MacBook. The results of that then sync back to the devices as they are set up.

    I like the Photo Stream as it serves like a master camera roll. If I save some image or take a photo, it will automatically go to Photo Stream and I use it if I want. I basically get two opportunities to save the photo this way and have less risk of losing an image.

    I just use the “try it” process and have worked out choices I like.

    The only time I had any anxiety was when iPhoto on the MacBook decided it wanted to rebuild my library. This was after an upgrade, but it was a bit alarming at first. After the rebuild, all was fine.

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