Questions about Photos usage

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hajime, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello, I have some questions about using Photos. Since I have 3000 photos, I try to move them into different folders rather than displaying them all in one folder.

    I have the photos on my iPhone (copied?) to Photos. I pressed the plus sign to create album. Then, I went to All Photos to select a long list of photos to album. After that, I went back to All Photos and the photos I just mentioned are still there. Did Photos copy the selected ones to my new album or it moved those photos to the album but still display in All Photos?

    If I delete the photos in Photos on my Mac, will I automatically delete the ones on my Phone and vice versa?
     
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    Albums are used for organizing/displaying photos in ways that make sense to you. Albums do not actually contain copies of photos - they're like web pages - they contain links to the actual photos. The same photo can appear in many albums - without making additional copies of the photo. Again, they're all just links. Among other things, this means that if you edit the image (crop, adjust exposure, etc.), those changes immediately appear wherever that image is viewable (Albums, All Photos, Faces, etc.).

    All Photos is a view that shows... wait for it... all photos in your library (no matter what Albums they're in, or even if they're in no albums at all). It's a master catalog that makes it easy for you to locate photos based on date - handy if you misplace one or more of your photos. Like Albums, you can consider All Photos to contain links. The Photos library keeps just one master copy of each image. You cannot move photos out of All Photos - that would defeat the purpose of having it. You don't have to look in All Photos at all, if you don't want to.

    What happens when you delete Photos on your Mac or iPhone varies, depending on whether you are using iCloud Photo Library. If you are using iCloud Photo Library then deleting a photo in Mac deletes it from iPhone as well, or vice versa. If you are not using iCloud Photo Library, then erasing from iPhone does not affect Mac, or vice versa. Check iPhone > Settings > iCloud > Photos > iCloud Photo Library and Mac > Photos > Preferences > iCloud to see if iCloud Photo Library is on or off.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks. I am overwhelmed by the large amount of photos. I also want to delete some of them after they have been moved to my Mac.

    On my iPhone, iCloud Photo Library is off. My photo steam is on. iCloud photo sharing is on.
    On my Mac, iCloud Photo Library is off. My photo steam is on. iCloud photo sharing is on.
     
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    Ok. Those settings are perfect for the way you want to do things. My Photo Stream will automatically transfer new photos from your iPhone to your Mac. Once they've been transferred to the Mac you can delete them from the iPhone without any issues.
     

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