Hi all Newbie iMac and iCloud user here. We're going to get a new iMac this weekend. We also just got Iphone 6's. I've been reading up on syncing, iCloud, Photo Stream etc etc and had my head spinning. I have some questions regarding being able to save/backup all my photos. I read that if I delete a pic from my phone it will get deleted in iCloud. How do I ensure that doesn't happen on the desktop? or maybe I'm not understanding the hierarchy of how things work in the Apple world. Please bare with my newbie questions. I appreciate the help. 1) If I wanted to get pics (over Internet/wifi) from my iphone to desktop iPhoto would the sequence go like this: iPhone -> photo stream -> iPhoto? I think if I enable photo stream on phone it will upload any new pictures to photo stream. Then I can allow iPhoto on the Mac to receive new photos from photo stream? 2) If #1 above is correct, if I erase a pic on my phone, does it erase it from photo stream thus erasing it from my desktop? Or does that only happen between iPhone and iCloud? 3) I believe I can just directly connect phone to iMac and iPhoto will upload all new pictures to the desktop. If I do that, and the same pic is in photo stream, will iPhoto download a 2nd copy or realize it's the same and leave it alone? Thanks again. I was thoroughly getting confused with the inner workings between iphone, icloud, photo stream, iPhoto. My main concern at this point is ensuring that I have a backup of my photos and only have them deleted when I manually delete it myself. Thanks again!