I'm rather confused about the 'proper' way to use Photo Stream and an iPhone and iPhoto.
Here's how I use iPhoto and my iPhone: (This workflow was as far as I can tell the correct way to operate before iCloud)
Getting photos into iPhoto:
- Take photos on iPhone.
- Every so often connect the phone to my mac and in iPhoto import any photos and videos from the phone's camera roll into iPhoto (deleting those photos from the camera roll once they are imported.)
- This means that iPhoto is the canonical store for my photos - the camera roll on the phone was just a temporary store until i could get them into iPhoto.
To get photos from iPhoto onto my iOS device:
- in iTunes, select the device and in the Photos tab of the settings choose 'Sync photos from iPhoto' - only including events from the last two years (for limited phone storage reasons.)
This worked well until iCloud came about - now with photo stream every time I import into iPhoto it warns me of duplicates as the photos already exist in monthly photo stream events. I end up with both monthly photo stream events and 'real' events which are groups of photos taken on the same day.
So - what is the correct workflow now that photo stream exists?
Do I not ever import from my iOS devices into iPhoto and just allow photo stream to do its stuff?
Do I just let the camera roll on my iPhone get bigger and bigger and never empty it? This seems wasteful as there would be duplication of photos between the camera roll and the photo stream events.
How do I import videos from the iOS devices?
Or is there a more correct workflow?
What strategies do you use?