6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2013 10:02 AM by 105437
105437 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is there a way for me to delete photos that have been imported but are not in an album? Whenever I import pictures, I import all of them and then move the ones I'd like to keep to the appropriate album. I'm sure I have a bunch of wasted space with photos I decided I didn't want to keep. Thanks


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (65,145 points)

    You delete photos from your iPhoto library, by deleting them directly in their event. Is your problem, that you need to find out, which photos are part of an album, when you are browsing your events?

     

    You can quickly find all photos that are not in any album by creating a "Smart Album".

     

    • From the "File" menu:     File > New > Smart Album
    • Then add a rule: "Album is not Any"

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    This will create an album containing all photos that are not in any (regular) album.

     

    Now you can flag them to be able to recognize them in their respective events, or move them all to a new event, so you can delete them from this event all at once.

    • To move the photos in the smart album to a new event select them all at once while viewing the smart album and then use "Events > Create Event".
    • Check this new event, if it contains any photos you would want to keep and to add to albums, then trash the new event.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 105437 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good idea, I didn't think of creating a Smart Album.

     

    My problem is that I shoot a ton of pictures for each event but only end up keeping 25% of what I shot. In order for me to have a good look at the pictures to decide what to keep, I import all of them and then move the ones I want to keep to an album. Thus leaving behind a bunch of pictures I don't want anymore.

     

    I'll try what you suggested and create a Smart Album with the criteria you used. That way I can bulk delete what I don't need.

     

    Thanks!

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,725 points)

    Remember that iPhoto does not like emptying large iphoto trash bins - delete in batches of 100 or so for safety - empty the iPhoto trash and the system trash to be sure the photos are totally gone

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (122,215 points)

    You can delete directly from the Smart Album by using the following key combination:

    Command+Option+Delete

     

    OT

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (65,145 points)

    Remember that iPhoto does not like emptying large iphoto trash bins

    Good point, Larry!

     

     

    In order for me to have a good look at the pictures to decide what to keep, I import all of them and then move the ones I want to keep to an album.

    Another way to do this would be to use the ratings. I give photos that I want to keep a rating of at least "***", and then delete the photos with a rating of less than "***". You can search for ratings using the search field.

  • 105437 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great ideas everyone, appreciate the help!