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I would like to know whether there are any advantages to using iPhoto on Mac for my pictures taken on my iPhone. For the past few years I have simply exported all images via Image Capture which stores the actual file to a location on my hard drive. Recently I have had to use iPhoto to get images off an iCloud shared stream, I have noticed when importing the images it saves into one file (almost like a database) instead of individual JPEG files.

Can someone tell me whether what pros and cons are there to using iPhoto instead of manually saving images?

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You could have just Googled this, but here goes:

  • Organization is a LOT more powerful than simply using a file system:
    • Facial recognition for sorting by person
    • Sort by "events"
    • Sort by locations
    • Arrange into albums (unlike folders, photos can reside within multiple albums)
  • Shows extra meta data, such as
    • Stars
    • Camera and settings used
    • Map position
  • Allows basic image touch ups on the spot:
    • Colour-grading
    • Auto touchup (really hand, fast and convenient)
    • Built in "straighten" function (also very useful)
    • Auto enhance feature
    • Automatically retains "originals" in case you want to revert an edit
  • Manages Facebook and Flickr albums

Most things you can do in iPhoto you can do in Preview and Finder, except a lot slower.

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