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In this video, we're going to look at how to copy photos from your Mac onto your iOS device, as well as how to copy the photos you shoot on your device onto your Mac. I still have my iPhone attached to my Mac, all this will work if you're using wireless syncing. But with my device selected, I'm going to go to 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 device. You can choose your pictures folder which is located in your home folder, or you can choose any other folder 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 every single photo over. In that case, choose Selected Albums, Events, Faces, and Automatically Include, and then you can choose which events to include. So for example if you want to include all the events from the past month you could just select that. Maybe in this case I'll just chose the three most recent events. Now 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 there in iPhoto, you can chose to have those copied over if they fall in one of the categories you select below. So here you can chose to copy the photos from albums, events or even based on faces. Let's go over to iPhotos to see where this information is coming from. So here in 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've taken advantage of iPhotos face recognition technology where you can find photos based on who appears in them. So back in iTunes, I can now choose to copy photos to my iPhone based on albums, events or faces.
So maybe I'll include my travel album, make sure to include certain events and I'll pick a couple of faces. I'll just choose them all. Notice iTunes keeps a running count of how many photos you're going to be copying to your device. But that's basically it. I can click Apply, and I can see the photos are being copied over to my iPhone. Let's switch over to the iPhone to see what happened. And here on my iPhone I can open photos, and now I can view the photos I just copied over. Now we'll look more at managing photos in the chapter on shooting photos and video.
But notice that we have the option to view the photos in the library in the categories labelled Photos, Shared, and Albums. Here under Albums is where I'll find things like my Camera Roll as well as Events and Faces, which mirror the Events and Faces that I copied over from iPhoto. Notice they say From My Mac under Events, Faces, and Travel. Travel is one of the albums that I copied over. And here's one event. Now if I tap photos, I'll find photos that were organized into collection by date and location. Right now I'm looking at Moments. I can tap collection up here in the upper left hand corner and again, you can see, these were organized by date and location. And I can tap years. See my photos broken down by year.
Holding down on any of these thumbnails magnifies the photo so you can slide around to find the photo you're looking for. Now it's important to keep in mind that synching photos through iTunes is only a one way trip, you're only copying photos from iPhoto or some other location to your device. If you shoot photos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you're 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. So when you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac in addition to iTunes opening, if you have it set to do so, the other application that probably opens is iPhoto.
By default on your mac, iPhoto should open when you connect the camera and as far as iPhoto's concern, your iOS device is a camera. I'll show you how to turn that option off in just a little bit. But I should also mention here that this will only work when you connect your device to your mac via the USB cable. iPhoto won't open if you're connecting wirelessly. So here in iPhoto I can see my device's sitting in the source pane, when I select the device, the photo stored on it appear over here on the right. To copy these photos to my MAC I can either click import all to copy everything I see here or I can select individual thumb nails either by dragging or command clicking them to select non contiguous images, and then I can click import selected.
And now those photos have been copied to my iPhoto library. You're given the option 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 now I'm seeing the photos I just imported in my last import album, but they're still sitting safely here on my device. Now, if you don't want to see the thumbnails for the images you already imported, the next time you copy your photos to iPhoto, you can check hide photos all ready imported. So that's how you get images from your iPhone or iPod Touch onto your Mac. And again, we'll talk about shooting photos and videos with your device in an upcoming chapter.
So what if you don't want iPhoto opening up every time you plug your device into your Mac. It can get a little annoying if all you want to do is put some songs onto your device and iPhoto keeps opening up. As I mentioned, iPhoto sees your device as a camera and the default behavior on a Mac is to open iPhoto when a camera is attached. To turn this off, you need to go into your Applications folder and locate and open the application called Image Capture. Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch should appear under Devices here as well. And down below, under Connecting this iPhone Opens, select No Application. And you have the same option available if you have another device selected.
So if I wanted I could select my iPad Mini and do the same thing, which I already have in this case. Then you can quit Image Capture. And now, when you plug that device in, iPhoto won't automatically open. But you can always open iPhoto manually, yourself and your device will show up here under devices. 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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