Originally Posted by _ alliance _
What about options for backing up these pictures? I can't very well just drag the iPhoto Library icon over to my Time Capsule. Easier way than just opening each folder by looking at the file from iPhoto?
iPhoto's contents – and everything else on my internal HD; except what I specified in Time Machine's options to be ignored – get backed up to my external HDs (mirrored) fully automatically, alliance. No need to specifically select iPhoto's library to back it up.
But if you want to back up some photos from iPhoto, but not others, I would export those 'some photos' to a specific Finder folder to be backed up by/in Time Machine/Capsule's regular schedule, while setting Time Machine/Capsule's options to ignore backing up iPhoto (with the photos you don't want backed up).
Or the other way around, if you prefer.
But I consider that cumbersome and inconvenient. As far as I'm concerned it's more convenient to keep your images well organised in iPhoto, and back up the whole thing.
But convenience is not necessarily wise or safe!
So what I do, because it's an even better m.o., imo, is: I keep my photos organised in a folder structure outside
iPhoto (regularly backed up together with the rest of my internal HD's contents using Time Machine). I use iPhoto only for fast, but manual/individual
image editing of sizable numbers of photos (like 90% of wedding/event photos). Per job. It is that
good, imo! I import the originals, edit them, export them to that external photo folder structure, and Trash them from iPhoto. As a consequence my iPhoto library isn't very big, and I have all my photos in a manageable folder structure, which can be read/accessed in any PC, Mac, Linux, or even mainframe environment, while not being dependent on (a.k.a. locked in by) iPhoto (i.e. Apple).
I would do the same if I used Aperture, LR2, PSP, or any other editor with built-in library options. In fact I do
the same with CS4 and GraphicConverter. I like to keep my photo storage independent of any particular market party, because I don't like to put all my eggs in one basket, and to totally surrender to the whims of any one third party. In this case one with commercial interests. Even if it's Apple!
I do it with music too: iTunes imports and converts, if necessary, sound files as/to AACs by default. Quality/size wise an impressive format, to be sure. Actually the best around! But totally, and exclusively, owned by Apple. So I changed the default to importing as MP3s (at 192kbps or higher). The market standard. Sacrificing disk space for independent compatibility.
This from a dedicated MacHead since 1985. Spirited then, cynical now, to be sure. But still a MacHead. If a cautious one.
For a good understanding: I use other editors (mainly Photoshop and GraphicConverter) as needed for finely editing specific photos (like wedding formals, portraits, products, etc.). Those edits may take me, on average, up to a half hour per photo, while I do edits in iPhoto in about 30 seconds per. So it makes good business sense to use iPhoto. When applicable!
And my clients are very happy with the results too...
An application of one of the most valuable lessons I learned, from my carpentry teacher, waaay back when, who continuously harped on: " Use the appropriate tool for the job at hand! Don't hammer in a nail with a screwdriver!
". He was sooo right!
Photoshop is a fantastic tool, of course, but it is waaay overkill with the majority of images and users. It's like a Swiss army knife: very capable, very versatile, and also very expensive, and very complicated to operate. In fact, as with the Swiss army knife: most owners don't really know WTF they're doing with it...!