Manage Photos with Image Capture

May 27, 2011, By Christian Cawley

The Image Capture utility in Mac OS X is a useful beast, capable of managing the scanning of documents and images into any useful resolution and subsequent saving of the data in your preferred format as well as being available to import images from your mobile device or camera.

Digital photos have become a massive aspect of computing over the past 15 years, with more and more photos being snapped and fewer being printed. Rather than spending money on photographic paper and ink that doesn’t deteriorate after a few months, we prefer to take the green route of storing images on our computers and sharing them online.

What this means, of course, is that we need management programs, software designed to assist in the organization of the vast army of photos that clog up smartphones and digital camera flash cards.

Image Capture is a perfect tool for digital photo management, and comes free in OS X!

Import photos with Image Capture

Importing Your Photos into Image Capture

To get your photos off your phone or camera and onto your Mac, you will first have to connect the device. Once hooked up by USB, the phone or camera should appear in the Image Capture sidebar on the left.

To view the photos on the device, select it and they will appear in the main pane. Initially, the thumbnails will be pretty small but you can use the slider at the bottom of the window to size them up slightly, which is better for working out which image is which! Additionally, you may have multiple snaps of the same scene where only one worked out. It would be better to keep the best one and discard the others, which is why having the slider is pretty useful.

There are various ways in which you can save images – the most immediate is to select one or more and drag them to a Finder window.

Checking Photo Facts and Figures

Before you do this, however, you might like to find out a bit more about the images concerned. You can do this by altering the view options in the bottom right corner and changing the photo display into a list which features filenames, dates the images were snapped, file sizes and dimensions as well as color type and other important data.

Meanwhile if you have any orientation issues with your snaps you can use the rotate buttons in the bottom left corner of the main pane. You’ll probably use these quite often – if a photo is taken in portrait mode, when displayed in Image Capture it will appear with the wrong orientation, so a quick spin 90 degrees will prove useful!

With images selected, rotated and ready to import to your preferred location, use the Import To: drop down to select a directory then click Import to save the images. Any that remain in Image Capture that you no longer want to keep you can just discard by pressing the Delete key.

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