iPhoto: What's the difference between events and albums?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maczod, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. maczod macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I've had my MacBook for 2 months now and I've been uploading and saving my pictures under Events and I just found out there's an album feature.. but to me (after reading the Help descriptions), they seem like the same.
  2. jsgrabo macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2007
    events are basically where the pictures are put when they are imported. They are usually organized by dates.

    albums are basically like playlists. i guess you could think of them as "custom" events.
  3. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    i organize all my photos by events ive never really used albums
  4. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Events are automatic on import, based on dates (unless you turn that off). Albums are user created. As an example -- when we travel, my husband and I each take pictures. I import them from each camera into my iPhoto. They are separate events. Then, if I want to see them all at once, I create an appropriately named album, and put both events into that. Keeps them separate in the database, but can be viewed all at one time.

    You can have "smart albums" as well, where all photos that you assign a particular keyword to (maybe the name of the person in the photo) and then every photo from any event that has that keyword will automatically be in that album.

    For organizational purposes, I also use Folders. Create a folder -- maybe "Vacations", then an album for each separate vacation -- "Summer 2008", "San Francisco", etc. and put those albums in the Vacation folder. Keeps things nice and neat and easy to find.

    Hope that helps!
  5. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern California
    I use Events most of the time but I use Albums when I have multi camera and multi day events. If I have a large project or long vacation I will make a whole new Library.

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