Most of them yes when i first installed my Mac.
Concerened about how to actually organize this mess without having to go through each pic/event. Also when I want to import my backup of last 10 years of pics (right now neatly organized into folders on a backup drive) if I will have the same prob...?
Any help is much appreciated.
You can merge Events by simply dragging one to another
You can move photos from one Event to another by flagging them, then selecting the target Event and going Events menu -> Add Photos to selected Events
You can create Events by flagging the photos and simply going Events -> Create Event Flagged Photos.
If you want to maintain your existing groupings them import each group, one at a time.
iPhoto Menu -> Preferences -> general: What have you chosen for 'Autosplit Events'
Other possibilities for using iphoto:
I use Events simply as big buckets of Photos: Spring 08, July - Nov 06 are typical Events in my Library. I use keywords and Smart Albums extensively. I title the pics broadly.
I keyword on a
Where basis (The When is in the photos's Exif metadata). I also rate the pics on a 1 - 5 star basis.
Using this system I can find pretty much find any pic in my 50k library in a couple of seconds.
So, for example, I have a batch of pics titled 'Seattle 08' and a typical keywording might include: John, Anne, Landscape, mountain, trees, snow. With a rating included it's so very easy to find the best pics we took at Mount Rainier.
File -> New Smart Album
set it to 'All"
title contains Seattle
keyword is mountain
keyword is snow
rating is 5 stars
Or, want a chronological album of John from birth to today?
New Smart Album
Keyword is John
Set the View options to Sort By Date Ascending
Want only the best pics?
add Rating is greater than 4 stars
The best thing about this system is that it's dynamic. If I add 50 more pics of John to the Library tomorrow, as I keyword and rate them they are added to the Smart Album.
In the end, organisation is about finding the pics. The point is to make locating that pic or batch of pics findable fast. This system works for me.