Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Image Capture to clear the iPhone, part of Enhancing iPhone Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop.
If you take a lot of pictures with your iPhone, you've probably run into the problem of running out of space. You don't have any more room for your photos and it's not really intuitive how to clear them out. There's a few different ways to do it. On Windows, it's pretty much as simple as just treating the iPhone as a hard drive and deleting the whole folder but you do want to make sure you back them up first. Okay so on the Mac, the trick that I like to use is called image capture and this is an application that ships with OS10. It's kind of the backbone of a lot of different imaging applications and once you launch this, you'll see your iPhone and then you'll see all sorts of really interesting information.
Not only does this tell you the aperture that was captured, the bit depth, but you see things like the incredible dynamic range. The iso, I mean, look at just with these couple of shots. 32, 40, 250, 2500. You've got your GPS coordinates. You've got all sorts of really interesting information. But what I want to do. Is I want to quickly take all of my images. I want to put 'em somewhere, and then I want to get rid of 'em. And like I've mentioned before, if you've ever tried this on the Mac, it's not easy. So here's what you want to do. Go ahead and select them all. You can hit edit, select all.
Down here on the lower left is this little button that will say delete after import. Okay? So, we're going to check that. What we're going to do is, we're just going to tell it where to put them. So, what I like to do is, create some sort of folder. I'll just do that on my desktop. Let's call this Bryan backup. Choose that and then I'm going to hit import all and what it's going to do is it's going to import all of those files. It's going to put put them in that folder and then it's going to delete them off of my phone.
Really quick, now if I had a ton of files it would take a lot longer, probably 15-20 minutes for a really full iPhone. But it's not the most intuitive workflow, but once you do that once or twice, you'll get the hang of it. And the more you shoot, the more often you'll do this. So hopefully, that helps you out. Again on the Windows side, it's as simple as just selecting that folder of images and deleting it. But in either case do make sure that you back them up.
Next, Bryan explores Lightroom and Photoshop techniques aimed at working around the iPhone camera's limitations and making mobile photos look their best: enhancing dynamic range, correcting lens distortion, reducing noise and enhancing sharpness, and much more. Plus, learn how to create HDR images and panoramas, and even lift still images from video.
- Shooting your best with metering and focus
- Importing iPhone photos into Lightroom
- Correcting lens distortion
- Adding grain to hide artifacts
- Creating a collage from multiple images
- Employing selective focus and sharpening
- Generating still images from iPhone video clips