I like to keep my photos locally on my MBP [500gb]. I've been trying to understand how iPhoto handles the importing of them. It seems to me that iPhoto makes a copy of the original and thus allowing you to get the original back in case you edit it. I don't do any photo editing and have wondered how I should let iphoto handle my photos. How do I keep iphoto from making a copy and just use the original so I don't have duplicates. I've always just put photos in folders and gave each folder a name according to the event. I believe in iPhoto I could just throw all of my photos in a folder without putting them in any folder, which I'm not sure or not if this is a good thing. Maybe I'm unclear on this and if I am please shed some light on this so I can get my photos organized.