When it comes to Mac, I often tell people they "gotta drink the Kool-Aid" and just use the stuff as-is.
But with iPhoto, I must contradict myself. I really do not like the weird/random storage scheme my pictures end up in (in my current Lion, I can't even see them at all). I want to download my pictures into folders periodically and KEEP them that way. This also lets me use them on Windows machines.
So: can I copy photos off my camera, iPhone, iPad onto my own folder structure on the hard drive, and then make iPhoto import without moving the files?
It's kinda two questions:
- How to get pictures out of iPhone/iPad onto an OS X hard drive WITHOUT using iPhoto (from the camera I would copy the DCIM or equivalent folder right onto the hard drive, and rename it "downloaded 08192012" or such. Yes, I know that's a bit odd, but that's how I like to do it.)*
- How to import into iPhoto and leave the pictures where they are (external hard drive, since this machine just has a small SSD). I think the iPhoto Preference should take care of this.
I just changed to this SSD machine and will start everything, so help would be really appreciated.
I'm on Lion but soon to change to Mountain Lion.
*Yeah, I know iPhoto can organize by events albums etc, but maybe I don't understand those features very well. Anyway, after years of not labeling (because it never worked well and took too long or I didn't know how to properly do it or whatever), those features don't help me.