I would like to view my photos and edit or delete the ones that I don't like. I would also like to do this while keeping the photos in their original location (e.g. an external SD card).

Is it possible to use Mac Photos App to do the edit/delete without importing the photos?

  • Is the SD Card in question one you use in your digital camera, that's typically formatted as exFAT and the images are saved in a hierarchal folder structure, e.g. /DCIM/.. or is this just one you're using as an auxiliary storage device? Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 16:52
  • It's from my digital camera with the /DCIM/... structure.
    – wisbucky
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 10:22

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As long as the SD card can support the size, create the Photos Library in the location of the SD card (formatted as Mac OS extended (Journaled). You may also have to drag the photos from the SD card into the newly created library from the Finder rather than use the normal import interface sidebar from within the Photos application.

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