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Import Images to Your MacBook with iPhoto

By Mark L. Chambers

In import mode, you’re ready to download images to your MacBook directly from your digital camera — as long as your specific camera model is supported in iPhoto. You can find out which cameras are known to be supported by visiting the Apple iPhoto support page.

And you’re not limited to cameras, of course: You can also import photos from a memory card reader (such as the SDXC card slot sported by your MacBook Pro), or even a Kodak PhotoCD.

Follow these steps to import images:

  1. Connect your digital camera to your MacBook.

    Plug one end of a USB cable into your camera and the other end into your MacBook’s USB port, and prepare your camera to download images.

  2. Launch iPhoto.

    Your MacBook will probably launch iPhoto automatically when your camera is detected, but you can always launch iPhoto manually by clicking its icon in the Dock (or or double-clicking it in your Applications folder).

  3. Type an event name for the imported photos, such as Birthday Party or Godzilla Ravages Tokyo.

  4. To allow iPhoto to automatically separate images into separate events based on the date they were taken, click the Split Events check box to select it.

  5. Click the Import All button to import your photographs from the camera.

    The images are added to your Photo Library, where you can organize them as you wish.

    To select specific images to import, hold down the Command key and click each desired photo; click Import Selected instead of Import All.

    Depending on the camera, iPhoto may also import video clips.

  6. Specify whether the images you’re importing should be deleted from the camera afterward.

    If you don’t expect to download these images again to another computer or another device, you can choose to delete the photos from your camera automatically. This saves you a step, frees space for new photos and helps eliminate the guilt that can crop up when you nix your pix.

After you download the contents of your digital camera, those contents count as a virtual Event in iPhoto — based on either the date that you imported them or the date they were taken. For example, you can always display the last images you imported by clicking Last Import.

If you want to see photos from your son’s graduation, they appear as a separate Event. (Events and Last Import both appear in the source list). Think about that . . . it’s pretty tough to arrange old-fashioned film prints by the moment in time that they document, but iPhoto makes it easy for you to see just which photos are part of the same group!

There are four methods of organizing photos: the album, which you may be familiar with from older versions of iPhoto, Events, Faces, and Places.