New Photos Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Irishman, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006

    I'm running El Cap and imported our vacation photos from my iPhone 5c today. The import worked fine, but I'm wondering where OS X puts the actual image files? What directory can I go to and open files to use in other apps?

  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    Go to the Pictures folder.
    Right click on the "Photos Library" and select "Show Package Contents" from the pop up menu (3rd down from the top).
    Open the Masters folder and work through the sub folders.

    I do not think other apps will be able to access the image files in the Photos Library.

    This is the method I prefer:
    - Create a new folder with a name of your choice.
    - Launch the Photos app.
    -Select the thumbnails of the pictures you want and drag them to the new folder you created. The full-size picture will be copied to the folder.
    - Launch the other app and point it to the new folder with the image files.
  3. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers
    You can use Image Capture app (I think by default it is in the Utilities folder) to import the photos from iPhone 5C directly to any folder you want in Finder.
  4. Irishman thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    In many Mac applications it doesn't matter if the images are sequestered in the Photos library; you can use "Media>Photos" in a Finder sidebar to access the photos, including albums, moments, etc. Usually only works when going to open or access images from an image app, although it will show up as a browser in like Mail.

    You can also turn off the "copy into..." option in Photos prefs so that the images will NOT be copied into the Photos library upon import, but left in their respective folders and referenced there.

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