How do I open an iPhoto folder?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by komatsu, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

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    OS = Mavericks

    When I do file search, all the JPEGS (10GB worth) seem to be in the iPhoto folder but I cannot access them?
    I have checked the "Pictures" folder and no photos are there?

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to open them?
     
  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    do you mean open "iPhoto Library" in the Pictures folder of your user?

    right click on it and select, "Show Package Contents". that will open it up like the folder it actually is.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Or, you can iPhoto to access the photos.

    If you use iPhoto, don't modify the iPhoto Library, by moving, deleting, renaming pictures, etc. Do all of that from within iPhoto, otherwise you will (maybe irreparably) damage the iPhoto Library file. Copying pictures would be OK, but NOT if you change the file structure of that iPhoto Library manually - that is, without doing that from within the iPhoto app.
     
  4. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok I'm not near the system right now and I will give those suggestions a shot.

    What is iPhoto? Why does it not allow native viewing of photos (in other words why does it imprison photos in
    it's own folder)?
     
  5. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    Seriously? what is iPhoto (or now Photos)? is the native Mac app for managing pictures. You are not required to use it and can put your pictures anyway and where you like.
     
  6. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    when I say "what is iPhoto"...I mean what does iPhoto do (or could do) that just storing them on your Mac
    can't. What advantages did iPhoto offer to the user?
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You still can have access to the iPhoto Database, where all photos that you decide to store through iPhoto are kept.
    iPhoto gives you (somewhat limited) editing and organization of your photos.
    And some other features that you may or may not use, such as Faces, which allows you to label a few examples of faces, then iPhoto would suggest sometimes-accurate names for people, by interpreting facial characteristics. Sometimes useful, sometimes not so much.
    Used to provide albums that you could order over internet, using pictures that you chose from your own collection. That's not available anymore, as far as I know.
    Maybe bottom line is that the photo collection through iPhoto/Photos, nothing particularly special, unless you are OK with what you get. And other methods/software, whatever is your choice, is good, too!
    Apple never has required that anyone use iPhoto (or the Photos app, which replaced iPhoto sometime during Yosemite, IIRC. )
    But, iPhoto/Photos stores all the pictures in a single storage file, which limits your open access to your pictures, unless you understand the simple tips that are necessary to get at your pictures, whenever you choose to use your pictures in another way. Some folks think that Apple makes that process too challenging.
    But, the fact remains that you still can get at the original photos, as you originally saved them, if you want to jump through a couple of hoops to do it.
    Advantages? New Macs come with the software, making it useful without having to use other software.
    Does it serve everyone's purposes? Of course not.
    Does it do a reasonably good job, considering its limitations? Conditionally, yes.

    If you don't like iPhoto/Photos, then you can choose to ignore it. It is not "imbedded" in the system like iTunes is.
     
  8. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    everything he said
    Apple Photos
    https://www.apple.com/osx/photos/

    collect, organize, manage, tag, arrange, group, catalog, edit, distribute photos
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    What follows is my opinion only.

    I never cared for the way "photo database editors/managers" (such as iPhoto, Photos, etc.) maintain their "libraries".

    That is to say, it's difficult to open a library directly and locate your originals in a meaningful way.

    So... my solution has been to create/maintain MY OWN "independent library" of original images. By "independent library" I mean that I create my own hierarchal "folder/file" structure on a separate drive into which all my originals go. Each folder has a meaningful (to me) name and date.

    Then... in my photo editing apps, I go to preferences and tell them to "reference" my master library. The originals are always left in my master library.

    This works for me.
    I realize it's definitely more work than simply letting an app like Photos create the library into which originals are imported, etc.
    Probably too much work for most folks.

    But if you like to experiment with different editing apps, this seems to be the best "way to go"....
     

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