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In this video we're going to look at how to copy photos from your Mac onto your iPhone or iPod touch, as well as how to copy the photos you shoot on your iPhone or iPod touch, onto your Mac. I still have my iPhone attached to my Mac, although this will also work if you're using wireless syncing. With my device selected, I'll click the Photos tab and all I have to do here is check Sync photos from, and then select where I want the photos to come from. Now, you can only sync your photos from one location on your Mac, so it matters where you store the photos you want to copy to your iPod or iPhone. You can choose your Pictures folder, which is located in your Home folder or you can Choose any other location on your Mac if you have your photos stored elsewhere.
But if you have iPhoto on your Mac and you use it to manage and organize your digital photos, select iPhoto from the menu. Now the default setting is to copy all Photos, Albums, Events and Faces to your device. But if you have thousands of photos in your iPhoto Library, you might not want to copy over every single one. In that case, choose Selected Albums, Events and Faces. We also have the option to include any videos that are stored in iPhoto. So if you've taken videos with your digital still camera and they're in iPhoto, you can choose to have those copied over, if they fall into one of the categories you select below.
So here, you can choose to copy the photos from Albums or Events or even based on Faces. Let's go over the iPhoto for a moment to see where this information is coming from. So here on iPhoto, you can see I have a collection of photos that are organized into Events, as well as an Album or two that I've created. And under Faces, I have taken advantage of iPhoto's face recognition technology where you can find photos based on who appears in them. So back in iTunes, I can now choose to copy my photos to my iPhone based on Albums, Events or Faces. So maybe I'll choose to copy over my Travel and Dogs albums, as well as a couple of Faces, and maybe an Event.
You can see numbers appear next to each one of these items telling you how many photos are in those particular selections. That's basically it. And I can click Apply and now my photos are being copied over to my iPhone. And here on my iPhone, I can now navigate and view the photos I copied over. Look more managing photos in the chapter on Shooting Photos and Video, but notice that we have the option to view the photos in the library, by Albums, Events and Faces, among other categories. You'll see the Places category, if you've taken advantage of the Places feature of iPhoto, which groups photos based on GPS location.
But I'll go back to Albums, and here I can see the Travel album I copied over and the Dogs album I copied over. Now it's important to keep in mind that syncing photos through iTunes is only a one-way trip. You are only copying photos from iPhoto or some other location to your device. If you shoot photos on your iPhone or iPod touch, you are going to have photos on your device's camera roll that aren't on your Mac. So, let's take a look at how to copy the images from your device to your Mac. When you connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your Mac, in addition to iTunes opening, if you have it set it to do so, the other application that probably opens is iPhoto.
By default on your Mac, iPhoto should open when you connect a camera and as far as iPhoto is concerned, your iPhone is a camera. I'll show you how to turn off that option in just a little bit though. I should also mention here that this will only work when you connect your device to your Mac via the USB cable. This doesn't work wirelessly. So here on iPhoto, I can see my device sitting here in the source pane. And when I select the device, the photos stored on it appear. To copy these photos from my Mac, I can either click the import, in this case 102 photos to copy all the photos from my camera roll or I can scroll through, find the pictures that I want to copy, either by Clicking, Dragging or Cmd+Clicking to select multiple photos, and then clicking Import Selected.
And now those photos have been copied into my iPhoto library. You're given the option here to delete the photos off your device if you want or you can keep them on both your device and your Mac. I'll choose to Keep the Photos. So, that's how you get images from youriPhone or iPod touch onto your Mac. And again, we'll talk more about shooting photos and videos with your iPhone in an upcoming chapter. Okay. So what if you don't want iPhoto opening, every time you plug your iPhone or iPod touch into your Mac? It can get kind of annoying if all you want to do is put some songs in your device and iPhoto keeps opening up. As I mentioned, iPhoto sees your iPhone and iPod touch as cameras, and the default behavior on Mac is to open iPhoto when a camera is attached.
To turn this off, go into your Applications folder and locate and open the application called Image Capture. Your iPhone or iPod touch should appear under Devices here as well. With your device selected, you'll see a menu down below, let me expand this window a little bit and you can see this says, Connecting this iPhone opens, and in this case, iPhoto is selected. If you don't want any of these applications to open when you connect your iPhone, choose No application. You'll have the same options available if you have an iPod touch selected, then Quit Image Capture.
Incidentally, you can do this with any other camera or memory card reader you connect to your Mac. So from now on, iPhoto won't automatically open when I connect my iPhone and I'll need to open iPhoto myself in order to copy photos into it.
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