iPhoto... where do the pictures go?

Bisz

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Apr 19, 2010
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Howdy,

So, today for the first time I used iPhoto to import pictures off of a camera instead of manually copying them to my Photo folder and then using iPhoto to get them from there. So, my question is, where did those pictures go? I'm hoping that they are stored in some folder somewhere (which I have been unable to find) and that they are NOT just part of the monstrous "iPhoto Library" file in the Photos folder where I can't actually get at them.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
 

GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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In this wonderful little vault like file that can be backed up for safe keeping or not, if you're so inclined.
Screen shot 2010-07-24 at 1.50.11 PM.jpg

Your originals are copied to this "container" so your originals aren't ever really touched. You may find this link helpful. I did when I first saw it.
http://echoone.com/filejuicer/iphoto
 

Bisz

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Apr 19, 2010
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Thank you. :)

So, this File Juicer app will let me extract the original pics from the iPhoto Library file?
 

GoCubsGo

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Thank you. :)

So, this File Juicer app will let me extract the original pics from the iPhoto Library file?
Well that is really if you need to but why would you need to? Just open up iPhoto and export. That was just a link someone ponied up when another poster asked about losing originals and recalling that iPhoto copies the originals.
 

Bisz

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Apr 19, 2010
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Ha.

Export is all I needed, I just want to get at the pictures themselves. Thanks.


I'm really having a hard time with iTunes and now iPhoto. The software does for me a lot of the things I want to do myself and I find that quite annoying. For example I'll go in and delete some pictures from a folder... but they are still present in iPhoto. :( Or I rename some photos to change the order in which they appear... but iPhoto still keeps them in the old order.
 

Consultant

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Ha.

Export is all I needed, I just want to get at the pictures themselves. Thanks.


I'm really having a hard time with iTunes and now iPhoto. The software does for me a lot of the things I want to do myself and I find that quite annoying. For example I'll go in and delete some pictures from a folder... but they are still present in iPhoto. :( Or I rename some photos to change the order in which they appear... but iPhoto still keeps them in the old order.

1. Drag the file you want from iPhoto interface. Easy. Or right click and "show file location"

2. You delete images from iPhoto under the "Photos" tab. It'll ask you whether you want to delete the original.

and stop messing with the original files.
 

GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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Ha.

Export is all I needed, I just want to get at the pictures themselves. Thanks.


I'm really having a hard time with iTunes and now iPhoto. The software does for me a lot of the things I want to do myself and I find that quite annoying. For example I'll go in and delete some pictures from a folder... but they are still present in iPhoto. :( Or I rename some photos to change the order in which they appear... but iPhoto still keeps them in the old order.
Let iPhoto work for you and not against you.
Import your photos and work inside iPhoto to figure out your flow. You will get the hang of it, trust me. iPhoto was one of the easier applications to use right out of the box.

What I highly recommend is determine early on how you'll categorize your photos. I did not do this and 15 years later I am stuck with a cluster ******* of negatives, CDs, DVDs, and hard drives. It's a mess and I regret not going in early on and deciding how I'd manage my flow. iPhoto is great until you reach a point where you feel you'd like more control over your workflow, then graduating may be key but let's not put the cart before the horse.
 

Bisz

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Apr 19, 2010
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and stop messing with the original files.
Not the advice I was looking for, but thanks. :rolleyes:



Jessica, I would have no problem having it work for me if I knew what it was doing behind the scenes, just like when I take my car for service I expect to be told what they are going to do to it, or when a repairman comes to fix something I expect them to tell me what they will do.
 

Bisz

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Apr 19, 2010
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Maybe not, but, if you start messing with the files within the various iPhoto folders, you can seriously mess things up.
In that case I think I'm better off not using iPhoto at all and just using Finder + a good image viewer to manage my photos. Not really an option when it comes to music because I need iTunes to synchronize with my phone and pad but iPhoto I can entirely do without.

Thanks guys/gals. :)