Help with iPhoto!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Rachloo, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. Rachloo macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    I'm having issues with iPhoto can anyone help?

    Somehow when i've uploaded all of my phone photos they have gone into several different albums and there are lots of duplicates. They are also not in chronological order.

    How do I put these 4 albums all into one without losing any photos so they are in order and only have one of each??!!!
    It's all very confusing to me! I don't use faces or places or events really just albums. I had a look in events and there are hardly any photos on there.... I also went to photos and there are various photos that are downloaded more than once. Are these the masters because perhaps I accidentally imported them more them once?

    It's nice that they are in order though. I'm still a little unsure about how to sort my albums. I've tried to attach a picture. I'd like all of these albums to be in one album and to get rid of the several copies of images that are in them. I'd also like them to be in order of time. Is there an easier way than dragging and dropping and deleting to achieve this?

    I've already had some help but I'm still confused so they suggested I start a new thread....i'm new at this!!!!

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  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    It's kind of hard to tell what you've done from that screen shot.

    But perhaps you should know how iPhoto handles photos.

    You may not have any duplicates at all. When iPhoto imports a photo it stores it on say your Mac. You can then take that ONE photo and put it in many different albums...but you still only have that ONE photo (it actually does some duplication in the background where you can't get at it, but for our purposes you can ignore that). It's rather like having one song in many different playlists in iTunes, if that helps.

    And albums contain photos, while folders contain albums.

    The events are really just sort of date-specific albums. But since they are date oriented obviously a photo won't be in more than one event, since a photo only has one date. But you could have a Jan 1st event, and have the same photo in an album called "New Years," if you wanted. And then that album could be in a folder called "Parties."

    And when you're looking at an album, you can use View>Sort Photos by Date to show them in chronological order.
  3. Rachloo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Thank you Rob

    I do kind of get that however there are definitely more than one of the same photo in my events which I thought couldn't be done....?

    I'll try clicking sort and see what happens but I'm really scared of losing photos.

    Thanks again!
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Have you done any editing of the photos on the phone before importing them? The iPhone creates a second copy when you do that.

    Are you sure you didn't import the pix multiple times? Depending on your settings it's possible to get all the photos on every import.
  5. Rachloo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014

    Hi Glen yes I think that's what I've done, imported them several times doh! What a mess!

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