MacMost Now 559: Importing Photos Using Image Capture

If you don't want every photo from your camera to go into your iPhoto library, you may want to use an alternative method for importing. You can use the Finder to drag and drop photos directly from the SD card. You can also use Image Capture, an application that comes with your Mac, to import photos to folders, iPhoto, or other applications. You can also manage the photos on your card or camera with Image Capture.

Comments: 6 Responses to “MacMost Now 559: Importing Photos Using Image Capture”

    Peter Emery
    9 years ago

    Back in February I found an interesting way of using the AutoImporter app which is built into Image Capture in Image Capture. The original article is from TUAW and can be found by visiting .

    The article is titled “Set AutoImporter’s preferences for cameras and iOS devices.”

    Peter Emery
    9 years ago

    Well, that didn’t quite work, try this URL: http://aol.it/mGCcjp

    Jimbo
    9 years ago

    maybe it’s just me getting used to a whole new workflow sequence after being on windows-based PCs for two decades, but at times this whole import/library stuff seems clumsy and cumbersome. I wish Mac OSX had some kind of native photo viewer (like Windows Photo Viewer) where one can view a folder of downloaded images and make basic corrections like deleting and cropping before importing them into a more sophisticated image manipulation program like Photoshop. Seems like there are so many steps here, I mean what is the point of IC, when Finder seems more logical (esp for me, where I will create a folder on the desktop and import the images in from the camera) and they are eventually going to find their way to IP or Aperture? And dont get me started on how confusing the library file structures are, esp. in Aperture. Like a friend told me: “dont fight it, just go with the flow.”

    Sometimes I think Macs are easier to learn if one has no computer experience, as opposed to someone who has been a DOS/Windows/Linux nerd for so long. While I love my Mac, its idiosyncracies can be very frustrating at times.

      9 years ago

      If a simple workflow is what you want, then just use iPhoto. That’s exactly what that is. You import, done. You can then do more if you like, but many people just import and view the photos in the “events” where they exist. You can edit, crop, adjust, etc. Arrange them into albums if you like, etc. As much or as little as you want.

    Julie Soller
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary, I think I deleted iPhoto from my hard drive, maybe I also deleted image capture!?! I can’t find either of these applications on my Mac now. :( But I can’t find a way to download these apps back onto my computer, either. Help! I want to use Image Capture to get my photos & videos off my iPhone. Thanks for your help. –Julie

      8 years ago

      It comes installed with OS X. Look in your Applications folder or do a spotlight search for it.

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