how do you download your iphone photos onto your computer and how do you organize them

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  1. bjc

    bjc Trophy Wife

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    i take photos with my camera and use lightroom but want to be more organized with my iphone photos so looking for ideas how people take the photos off the phone and keep them organized
     
  2. mollyc

    mollyc PrettyPinkPicturesPlease

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    i have folders in Lightroom for each month for RAW (from my two dSLRS) files, iPhone files, and then finished jpegs. I don't sort by theme or event, just chronologically.

    I use dropbox to get my photos from my phone to my computer.
     
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  3. michelepixels

    michelepixels Enrolling at Starfleet Academy

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    I just hook up my phone to my computer with the charger cable and import the photos directly into Lightroom. I put them in the same place as my DSLR photos, which are organized by date, with folders for year, month, and day.
     
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  4. MelanieB

    MelanieB Well-Known Member

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    I have an iMac so the photos are automatically uploaded from iPhone into the cloud & then I can access them on my desktop in Photos. I highlight & drag from Photos into folders, because I like maintaining the numbering system. I organize all folders on my external hard drive chronologically by month and then by day.
     
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  5. jk703

    jk703 CEO of Anything and Everything, Everywhere

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    I'm similar to @MelanieB, I keep them in Photos, and make albums based on event or date. For some reason, if they are not in the cloud, I just hook my phone up. But, usually they are. (I don't have it set up automatically, as I think it would take up too much space!)
     
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  6. lorryfach

    lorryfach Likes to be chauffeured

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    I only have one camera/phone now, but when I had multiple this is what I did. Lightroom knows what camera you used, so you can search/sort by camera if that's important. I can't think of any reason to treat iPhone pictures differently than any other photos.
     
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  7. Lindzee

    Lindzee Aging gracefully

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  8. scrappyjedi

    scrappyjedi Patience you must have, my young padawan

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    I use DropBox to upload photos from my iPhone, then have Lightroom watch the Camera Upload folder and automatically import any images that are placed there. I love that it all happens automatically and I don't have to do anything.

    As for organizing, I find that Lightroom's Metadata filter- date, camera, lens, etc.- works for most of what I need. I also have a Smart Collection set up for each week to help with Project Life.
     
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  9. enjoyyourpix

    enjoyyourpix My mama don't like you

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    Another vote for dropbox! I don't have have LR watch the folder like Melissa does though. I use my phone camera as almost like a notepad and I don't want all those random grocery store photos and memes I text to my son at college to end up with my regular photos. Every month or so I go through the camera uploads and purge the stuff I don't want and import the photos and memories I want to save into LR. I take the time then to keyword the who-what-where.
     
  10. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    Oh! I didn't know I can do a watched folder. I'm totally doing that!

    I use Dropbox to upload my photos to my computer automatically. Then I throw them into the same place as my DSLR. I have been known to take a photo with GPS on with my phone camera, then take the rest of the shots with my DSLR. I then can copy the where info to my DSLR photos. I like all my photos together because they usually complement each other.
     
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  11. scrappyjedi

    scrappyjedi Patience you must have, my young padawan

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    It is pretty easy to set up. There are a few quirks, like the folder has to be empty to start with and it won't watch subfolders, but other than that it works really well. Here's the article from Adobe on how to set it up- https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/import-photos-automatically.html.
     
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  12. scrappyjedi

    scrappyjedi Patience you must have, my young padawan

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    This idea is GENIUS! I am so doing this!
     
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  13. cookingmylife

    cookingmylife I just like to go fast and wear helmets

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    I am so going to do this! @scrappyjedi Melissa, do you have your PL weeks auto set up in LR? " I also have a Smart Collection set up for each week to help with Project Life." I do this in Photos before they get copied to my main end but I never thought of having Lightroom sort them also. Would you tell me the wording you use for the Smart Collections pls?
     
  14. gonewiththewind

    gonewiththewind I choose joy.

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    My phone automatically uploads to DropBox and then once a week (or more frequent or less frequent LOL) I will pull those photos out of the Camera Uploads folder in DropBox and move them, by date, into my PHOTOS folder. I have tons of photos that I don't want to go into Lightroom, so I manually add them into Lightroom after I move them into my PHOTOS folder.

    I like the idea of Lightroom automatically adding newly added photos BUT I really like having the control in the process.
     
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  15. scrappyjedi

    scrappyjedi Patience you must have, my young padawan

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    There's not a way to automatically generate the smart collections, but it's pretty easy to set up a whole year in one sitting. I'm waiting on a replacement audio cable for my microphone (it should arrive tomorrow), and I'll try to record a video showing how to do it a little later this week. :)
     
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  16. jenevang

    jenevang Rocking a two-piece under my scrubs

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    Mine go to the cloud as well automatically, but I still plug in and upload to LR manually, mainly b/c I put my photos in very specific folders and I {really try to} always tag them and name them as I go. I do this sporadically but definitely at least once every 2 weeks. I don't upload automatically to Dropbox b/c I'm cheap and my space fills too quickly when I do. I use DB for a lot of other things.

    I, too, have weekly smart folders set up in LR and it was one of the biggest time savers ever for PL. About 30 minutes of work in front of your calendar setting them up for the year and it is magic!

    The biggest issue I have are the photos I DL from my computer. FB/IG pics of my kids that others post, for example. Those get caught on my hard drive and I always forget to move them to LR. I need a better system for this...
     
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  17. sakura-panda

    sakura-panda Well-Known Member

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    I manually download my phone photos from iCloud into a single directory that I later import into Lightroom.

    When I delete photos from iCloud, they are also deleted from all of the devices that are linked to it (my iPhone and my iPad). I have a lot of photos on my phone that I don't want to save -- like pictures from the store of items I want to price-compare, a copy of a schedule that I needed one day, duplicate photos that I transferred from my "real" camera, to post online -- rather than automatically importing them into my library unreviewed. There is a lot of stuff in there that I don't want to keep.
     
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  18. zuruinp

    zuruinp New Member

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    It is easy to download photos in album. and you find at least 3 way to transfer photos from other apps.
     
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  19. Scrapping with Liz

    Scrapping with Liz blessed

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    I sort of do this. I plug in my phone to my computer and then organize my photos into my folders along with my DSLR photos.
     
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  20. jenn mccabe

    jenn mccabe She's OUR sunshine!

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    Ahh, thank you for that tip! Pretty cool to automate that. Love it! {in case anyone is wondering I found it under File/ Auto Import!} I'm setting this up right now!

    I import into LR too and treat them as any other photo. I organize all my photos in Lightroom into folders by year and then monthly/subfolders. As for getting my photos from my iPhone to my computer ... I never seem to have enough iCloud storage on my plan ... I have been using Mac's AirDrop feature to download them onto my Desktop from my iPhone ... but no idea if you are using Mac or Windows?
     
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