Thank you for responding. I downloaded the files from three different cameras into a folder on the desktop, rearranged the photos (the dates and times were off on them), renamed the files to keep the chronological order and the imported them into iPhoto. The names of some photos reverted to the original name from the camera, but some kept the new name I gave them. I'd like to keep the order I just gave the photos.
I did try to import and rearrange the photos manually in an album, but there are too many photos to make that easy. If I can get iPhoto to remember what I called each picture, I can sort by title and achieve chronological order.
1 - it is trivial to correct time and date in iPhoto - use the adjust time and date command - you can use a smart album to collect all of the photos form a particulay model of camera making it easy to seperate the photos for adjustment
2 - If you changed the file names and then imported into iPhoto then iPhoto will use the new file name - it may use the old file name as the title if that information is recorded in the EXIF data which as TD noted is not necessarly the file name
3 - iPhoto is not about files - it is about photos - and you can neither access nor change the file names while photos are in iPhoto
I believe what you need to do is just import the photos and use the adjust dae and time command ot correct them
I'm not trying to change the file names, dates or times in iPhoto. I would like it to just import what I have as I have it and not have iPhoto change it.
I looked up the time and date adjustment in a smart album and I do not believe that will work. For one, I do not own the camera in question- I only have the photos today and two, the camera date and time were adjusted several times so it's got dates from 1980 to December of this year- all of which are incorrect. If I am incorrect in thinking that makes a difference, please let me know.
Is there a way to change the way iPhoto is reading my photos as I import them? I really thought it was a simple setting that I needed to change!
I do appreciate your taking the time with this issue.
You do not need to own the camera - simply create a smart album for the offending camera (assuming that you do not have two sets of photos from two different identical cameras) and fix those dates - if the dates are totally screwed then you would have to use the batch change comand rather than adjust - not having any details I have no specific suggestion other than that
As to file names - iPhoto never changes any file name except on export if you direct it to - it simply is not about files and it does nothing with them nor can you - if you import a file it will be copied with its file name (with the exception of sometimes adding a "-n" to it to avoid duplicate file names)
Terence- a finder issue? How so?
LN- What I found online says I need the camera to fix the dates. And I don't want to change the dates- there are too many photos from too many cameras to do that with any accuracy. I'm not exporting- I'm importing. I'm sorry, but I don't think you are quite getting the issue I am having, although I do appreciate you trying.
Actually you are not getting it - I understand exactly
1 - file names are meaningless to iPhoto and you can not see them nor change them in iphoto (you still have not comprehended this)
2 - for the simple case which you seem to have with some cameras you very simply amke a smart album for each camera, select teh photos for that camera and use the iPhoto adjust time and date command to correct the entire set at once by a constant amount (the amount of the erorr in the camera's settings) - this does not require that you have nor that you own the camera (you still have not comprehended this)
3 - you claim to want to "keep the chronological order" and the best and easiest way to do that is to have the corect time and date on each photos - which is trivially easy to do) (you still have not comprehended this)
4 - no one suggested that you are exporting - we know that you are importing - the reference to exporting is only to try to explain to you how iPhoto works - you simply can not see or change file names in iPhoto - you can only change file names when you do an export - at no other time can you do anything with or about file names (you still have not comprehended this)
You don't need the camera to fix the dates. That's what either the Batch Change or the Adjust Date and Time commands in iPhoto will do - even better, unlike the Finder, it will correct the Exif and not file modification dates.
iPhoto get the name of the file from the Finder. If the name showing up in iPhoto is the name from before you renamed the files, what does that tell you? It tells you that the Finder is not updating its catalog - a Finder issue.
Again, our point is that this work is done easily and more quickly in iPhoto than in the Finder.
For instance: Import the Photos. Make an Album of the them. Drag them to your preferred order in the album. Then, Photos menu -> Batch Change... Set the Title (This-list-of-pics) and then check the box at 'append number to each photo' Result, the photos are all titled This-list-of-pics 001; This-list-of-pics 002 This-list-of-pics 003 etc
Sort on Title and that's you order preserved. No date chnages, no file name changes etc