Quick import of iPhone images

Image Capture - import all

Image Capture – import all

I rarely update my mac with my iDevices’ pics/videos (this will now change since I have an iPhone with a really great camera). So I always forget how to do it. I don’t want to go through the whole sync routines with iTunes/Photos etc. because my photo workflow includes renaming all the photos with a date/time stamp before moving them to the (Aperture/Photos) library.

Here’s how to quickly import photos from an iPhone:

  1. Attach your iPhone to your Mac with its cable;
  2. Open a Finder window and click Applications > ImageCapture (if you don’t see Applications in Finder, then search for Image Capture in Spotlight);
  3. Select your device;
  4. Choose the destination folder, with “Import to” (do this before the next step, as otherwise it will irritatingly deselect all the photos you carefully selected);
  5. Select the photos you want to import;
  6. Click “Import” (or “Import all” if you want to import everything);
  7. All done!

Interestingly, you can also do this from Preview. The only trouble with using Preview is that it opens all the photos in Preview, so if you are importing a large number, it could cause you problems (depending on the power of your Mac). However, for quickly creating a PDF from a single photo on your phone, it’s pretty neat.

Update: To do it from Preview:

  1. Attach your iPhone to your Mac with its cable;
  2. Open Preview;
  3. Select File > Import from (your device);
  4. Select the photos you want to import;
  5. Click “Import” (or “Import all” if you want to import everything);
  6. Choose the destination folder (any will do);
  7. Select Cmd-P to print
  8. Choose PDF > Save as PDF;
  9. Name your document and select Save
  10. All done!

You can change the orientation of the pics inside Preview.