12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2014 8:21 AM by zmarie91
BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

Forgive me if this has already been asked.

 

What I need clarification on is

 

Here is my scenario.

I have Photo Stream enabled on all my devices(iphone, ipad & iMac)

When i take a picture it goes in to photo stream album on all devices(which essentially means the photos are in the cloud)

In iPhoto, there is a album called xxxx 2012 photo stream where xxxx is the month.

So is it safe to say that the photos are stored in my iPhoto library in the monthly photo stream album only?

Or do I have to turn on the automatic download setting in iPhoto to have the photos saved in iPhoto library?

 

This where I am getting confused. Given the above scenario where the photos are only in the photo stream is it possible they could be lost if for some reason all the photos in the photo stream get deleted?

 

I guess my main question is are the photos in photo stream just sitting in the cloud until I manually move them into my iPhoto library.  I just took a picture with iPhone and the picture is in Photo Stream and camera roll.  So if in camera roll does that mean the photo will be saved to permanent location in iPhoto.

 

As you can see I am quite confused with workflow when using Photo Stream.  Apple has made the process very convaluded.

 

Thanks and I look forward to your reply.

 

...Bruce


iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,340 points)

    you need to read up on PhotoStream

     

    http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/

     

    PS is temporary - the lessor of the  last 1000 photos or the last 30 days - once either of these is passed the photos go away unless you import them to iPhoto - it is NOT a web archive

    In iPhoto, there is a album called xxxx 2012 photo stream where xxxx is the month.

    So is it safe to say that the photos are stored in my iPhoto library in the monthly photo stream album only?

    Or do I have to turn on the automatic download setting in iPhoto to have the photos saved in iPhoto library?

    There are two ways to import to iPhoto  - manually and automatically - manually you drag photos from PS to iPhoto - automatically you check the import autpmatically box in the iPhoto preferences and the photos are automatically imported into an event named MMM YYYY Photo Stream - no albums are automatically created or used

     

    As you can see I am quite confused with workflow when using Photo Stream.  Apple has made the process very convaluded.

    It actually is very simple if you read the instructions

     

    LN

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (63,990 points)

    Bruce,

    the Photo stream will not hold hold your photos permanently. They will be deleted from the stream after a month, or when you have added 1000 photos to the stream. So you should download them from the stream and import them into your iPhoto library on your mac, if you want to keep them.

    You can download them either manually by importing them to an event, or set iPhoto to import them automatically - this will create the events named xxxx 2012.

     

    You may want to have a look at these support articles:

    iCloud: Photo Stream FAQ

    iPhoto and Aperture: Using Photo Stream

    iCloud: Using and troubleshooting Shared Photo Streams

     

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,400 points)

    In iPhoto, there is a album called xxxx 2012 photo stream where xxxx is the month.

    So is it safe to say that the photos are stored in my iPhoto library in the monthly photo stream album only?

    Yes if your iPhoto/Photo Stream preferences are setup as shown in this screenshot:

    iP11photostreampref.PNG

     

    NOTE: the preferences above do not automatically put new photos that have been added locally to the iPhoto Library into the Photo Stream.  You would have to check the Automatic Upload box for that.

     

    OT

  • zmarie91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I please clarify something here. I have it set up so iPhoto automatically imports into albums 'April 2014 Photo Stream'. Are these albums now permanent and I can delete them from camera roll? thanks

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,340 points)

    THey are not albums - they are events - two totally idfferent things

     

    and yes once the photo is imported from PS into an event (either manually or automaticallly) it is permanent on your Mac

     

    LN

  • zmarie91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for replying. Sorry, as I don't use albums on iPhoto I tend to call events albums! That's great, so is there a way of deleting the whole of my camera roll, or do I have to go through each one?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,340 points)

    image capture (in your applications folder) can delete from your IOS device

     

    You can delete PhotoStream items from your IOS device or using iPhtoo on your Mac (drag them from the PS to the iPhoto trash)

     

    For support on your IOS device post in the forum fo rit

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,400 points)

    Yes, you can select and delete multiple photos at a time.  While viewing the photos in the Camera Roll click on the Select button at the top right of the window.  Tap on each photo you want to delete so you get a check mark on the photo.  Finally tap on the Trash (delete) button.

    iPhonemultipledeletes.png

  • zmarie91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I understand this, it's just that I have almost 2,000 photos to tap on - is there not an easier and quicker way to do this?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,895 points)

    Attach the phone to your Mac.

     

    Launch Image Capture (in the Applications Folder)

     

    Select your device on the left hand side of the Image Capture window.

     

    Click on one of the images.

     

    Command - a to select all.

     

    Hit the Delete button.

  • zmarie91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry if I'm being stupid here. I've highlighted all photos I want to delete, pressed delete and nothing happened. Tried to drag them to the trash and wouldn't work, clicked edit and the delete option is faded out. What do I do from here?

  • zmarie91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was being stupid, there is a specific delete button (red circle with line through it). Thanks for your help.