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azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 27, 2013 11:54 AM

I'm running into some grinding slow-downs using iPhoto.

 

I usually capture 35-50 RAW + JPEG shots at a time. In my old workflow  I'd import to a desktop file, use Finder to quickly scan, label and discard what I didn't want then save to my "Pictures" folder. Keeping track of 'em after processing (in PS4)  was a real pain with the old workflow, but the import/review process was very fast.  Now I'm importing directly into iPhoto and what used to take a few seconds is now taking minutes and seems so processor intensive that multitasking slows almost to a stop.

 

It looks like a better workflow would be a combination of old SD card > desktop folder > review in Finder > iPhoto, but I have to think I'm doing something wrong and iPhoto should handle this better, or at least as well as Finder?
Brian

iPad 2, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    May 27, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to azartguy)

    1 - as a start there is no reason to shoot RAW plus JPEG since you are importing two copies of everything and when you import a RAW you automatically get a JPEG

     

    2 - I would get the photos off the SD card and reformat it using your camer's format command

     

    How are you importing? Card reader? USB cable to the camera?

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    May 27, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to azartguy)

    No - iPhoto does not strip anything

     

    and if you shoot RAW and import into iPhoto the RAW is saved (iPhoto always saves the original photo - the digital negative - ann you can access it at any time)

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 27, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to azartguy)

    I use the RAW files as the backup (the negative as it were) and edit the out-of-camera JPEGs because I want the proprietary Olympus rendering.

     

    If you want th Olympus rendering then shooting Raw makes no sense as a back up. It - by definition - doesn't have the Olympus rendering.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 27, 2013 2:23 PM (in response to azartguy)

    iPhoto does not support all the possible Exif fields. Doesn't remove them, just doesn’t show them.

     

    iPhoto doesn't 'export to jpeg or tiff ' to edit. When you process a photo in iPhoto it records your decisions in the database and applies them to your shot as you view it. They are only set when you export from iPhoto.

     

    If you want to test what metadata is preserved on export, take a shpt, edit it and then export it as a jpeg or tiff (file -> Export) and then view it on your Viewer app.

     

    Note: This User Tip

     

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4921

     

     

    has details of the options in the Export dialogue.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 27, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to azartguy)

    I can take the RAW (ORF) file into the Olympus Viewer software and apply every in-camera setting seen in the JPEGs and export that as an edited JPEG.

     

    That's not the same thing though, is it? That's you using the Oly tools which is not the same as the camera applying them automatically...

     

    Try the test above and see what gets written to the metadata.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    May 27, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Back to mhy original post

     

    1 - as a start there is no reason to shoot RAW plus JPEG since you are importing two copies of everything and when you import a RAW you automatically get a JPEG

     

    2 - I would get the photos off the SD card and reformat it using your camer's format command

     

    How are you importing? Card reader? USB cable to the camera?

    1 - you are imjporting double of everything

     

    2 - did reformatting the card help It often does

     

    and any chance of answering the question?

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    May 27, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to azartguy)

    2 - I would get the photos off the SD card and reformat it using your camer's format command

    Try reformatting the SD card as suggested using the format command on your camera - this will assure that the card is properly formatted and has no errors on it  --  since this erases your card it is important not to have any photos on the SD card when you do this

     

    And is the SD card reader plugged directly into the Mac or into a hub? - try directly into the Mac if it is not now

     

    LN

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