iPhoto and Aperture (trial): Duplicate imports from Cam

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by CanMPB, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. CanMPB macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2007
    Hi Everyone,

    just got my MPB last week. Its been a long time (10+ years) since I have been on a mac platform. Anyways, I have been looking around the forums, but I am in need a assistance with a minor, but annoying, issue. Prior to my MBP I had been downloading my pictures from by Canon powershot into my Toshiba laptop using Canon's proprietary software. I would keep the pictures on the memory card and the software would just download the newly taken shots. Now, when I am using iPhoto or Aperture, every-time I take a couple additional pictures and hook it up to my MBP it downloads all the pictures again! So, if I have 700+ pictures on the card, it goes through the whole re-loading. When I start the in iPhoto, it asks me for the first picture if I want to download the duplicates, and I say "no" (and click the little box to apply to all pictures), but it still downloads the rest.

    Is there a setting somewhere that I am missing? I have googles the problem and see that there is an Iphoto clean up for duplicate pictures, but there has got to be a easier way.

    Thank you everyone for helping out the "new folks" on the block with such a basic question!


  2. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    The feature of telling iPhoto not to download the duplicates works for me.

    But you may also try Image Capture, which comes with your Mac. There you can select which photos to download.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Why are you keeping 700 pictures on your memory card that you have already downloaded?

    Here is what I do (In theis order)

    1) I use image capture to download the images to a directory called something like "subjectname_2007_08_16".

    2) Then I copy this onto a CDand lable it with the above name.

    (I now have three copies of my images, in camera, hard drive and CD)

    3) Next I import the subjectname_2007_08_16 folder into iPhoto and
    then do a quick pass and delete the worse of them and asign some stars to the better ones so I can find them again.

    4) Most of them get a simple crop and adjust but some get a more serious treament in Photoshop.

    5) I periodically backup both my set of folders subjectname_2007_08_13 and the iPhoto library.

    Before my next shoot I reformat the memory card. So the images stay on the card as long as possable but never mix with two different sessions

    THere is a basic rule of thumb for keeping data -- It must exist on three different media and at two different geographical locations. Hardly anyone does this so I suspect in 20 years there will be very few 20 year old image files left.
  4. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Two different geographical locations?? Not sure I understand exactly what you meant with this.

    How much should a CD last? I would imagine it can perdure a loooooong time.

    What I do is to have everything in my Mac HDD, my external HDD and important files also in my iPod. And when I finish making a movie or something I burn the important files to a DVD so I can save some space in my Mac HDD.

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