A Cleaner, Faster iPhoto: Upgrade to Photos for OS X Yosemite

Bakari Chavanu 21-04-2015

Photos for OS X has finally arrived, replacing the dusty and worn-out iPhoto with an image management application that Mac users will actually want to use — but is there enough here to satisfy Aperture users?


Last year Apple announced that they would be discontinuing iPhoto and its more powerful cousin Aperture, and replace them with a revamped photo program that better fits a climate of iPhones and iCloud.

Though the replacement app shares nearly all the features of iPhoto, Photos is more streamlined, cleaner, and faster. In short, there’s a lot of reasons to upgrade OS X and admire Apple’s hard work.

Downloading Photos

Photos is a free upgrade as part of OS X Yosemite’s 10.10.3 upgrade, available through the App Store application. The upgrade requires OS X v10.6.8 or later, 2GB of memory, and at least 8GB of available storage.

For more information about upgrading from previous versions of OS X and other requirements, check Apple’s official requirements.

From iPhoto/Aperture to Photos

If you only have one library installed on your Mac machine, launching Photos for the first time, you get the opportunity to copy your current iPhoto or Aperture library over to Photos. This process will migrate (copy) all your photos, including metadata, albums, album structures and projects to a new Photos library. Depending upon the size of your original photo library, this process can take a significant amount of time.


The new library will be saved to the Pictures folder on your Mac, and it will become your System Photo Library. You also will be asked if you want to backup and sync your library to your iCloud Photo Library. Here you have several choices to consider and make.



You can now choose to upload all of the photos in your library to your iCloud account. However, if you have a large library (more than 5GB of photos), that will take up your free allotted iCloud space. If you plan on keeping your photo library synced and backed up to the cloud, then you will need to pay for extra space, starting at $0.99 per month for 20GB.


As shown in the screenshot below, you can also select to Optimize Mac Storage to keep full-resolution photos and videos in iCloud and on your Mac, but if your machine gets low on space, photos copied to it will be automatically replaced with optimized lower versions. The full versions will always be stored in your iCloud account.


Your new Photos library will retain all original iPhoto/Aperture albums and album hierarchy, including the smart albums. However, Photos does not contain the rating system used in iPhoto and Aperture. The ratings applied to your original photos are turned into keywords in the Photos library. In Photos for Mac, you simply check the heart icon to identify photos as favorite, as it is done in the iOS Photos app.

Fortunately, nothing is changed in your existing iPhoto and Aperture libraries after you copy photos from them into your new Photos library. However, you should know that any changes you make to photos in iPhoto and Aperture won’t be carried over to the same images in the new Photos library. They’re two separate libraries. In my experience, the process of copying over photos went okay, but my custom slideshows and book layouts from the Aperture library didn’t copy over well to the new Photos library.


Another option for setting up your new Photos library, is to migrate your your iPhoto/Aperture photos to your new Photos Library, and select not to use the iCloud Photo Library, but to use My Photo Stream instead.


Photo Stream will sync between all your enabled device up to a 1000 of your recent photos, for 30 days in your iCloud account. With this setup, you can actually have all your Mac and iOS photos in one library, but you don’t have to upload all your original Mac photos to the iCloud Photo Library.

As shown in the screenshot above, you can also enable iCloud Photo Sharing in Photos, which will display any albums you’ve created and shared with other people. iCloud Photo Sharing does not count against your iCloud storage allotment.


Multiple Photo Libraries

If you have more than one existing iPhoto and/or Aperture library, you can choose to migrate those individual libraries to new Photos libraries, but note that you can only have one System Photo Library on your Mac that is synced to your iCloud account.

To create a new Photos library that is not a System Photo Library or to migrate another existing library to to a new Photos library, quit Photos, press and hold on the Option key, and then relaunch Photos. From there you will get the option to choose another library or create a new one. And yes, photo libraries can be saved to an external drive.


At some point you will want to fully migrate all your photos to one or more Photos libraries, because while you can still use iPhoto and Aperture, Apple is no longer providing support and at some point they will cease to work effectively with future OS updates.

The User Interface

The new user interface provides quick access to your photos, including albums, Moments, Faces, and a folder of Favorites. If you don’t already know, Moments displays your imported photos arranged chronologically by the date they were taken and grouped together using location data.

With the sidebar of Photos closed, four sections of Photos appear in the toolbar: Photos (Moments), Shared Albums, Albums (the ones you create on your devices and share to your iCloud account, and Projects (slideshows, cards, calendar, and book layouts.)


Just like iPhoto, the sidebar of Photos is used to navigate your content more directly. Albums and projects can be organized into top-level folders, and albums can be hidden when not needed. In my view, the sidebar makes Photos feel a little cluttered (but fortunately you can close it for a better look at your content).


As with iOS Photos, the Mac version includes the universal share sheet, and widgets for exporting selected images to the usual places, including Pocket, Tumblr, and other supported Mac applications.


Smart Albums

Photos also contains smart albums How To Create Essential Smart Albums for Your iPhoto Library Read More (File > New Smart Folder), which are useful for automatically managing your content. As an example, you might want to create a smart folder that captures only the images taken in the last 24 hours or week.


Another smart folder could capture images based on the camera you use, or one or more keywords you assign.


Your smart albums will also sync to your iCloud account, though you can’t create or edit smart albums on iOS devices. Smart albums are a powerful way to bring some automated management to your photo collection, but they do take a little effort to setup. The smart folders feature could also use a few additional parameters, similar to the ones available for iTunes smart playlists How To Create 5 Smart iTunes Playlists For iPad, iPhone & iPod Read More .

There are a selection of included default smart folders that capture your last imported images, and another folder for all your videos.

Editing Images

Hidden inside of Photos is an advance collection of image enhancement and editing tools A Cleaner, Faster iPhoto: Upgrade to Photos for OS X Yosemite Photos for OS X has finally arrived, replacing iPhoto with an image management application that Mac users will actually want to use — but is there enough here to satisfy Aperture refugees? Read More to make your photos look better.


Just like iPhoto, Photos includes a histogram, white balance correction, noise reduction, spot removal brushes and and adjustable levels for editing photos. The UI makes use of sliders for edits and enhancements, and at any point in the process, users can revert an image back to the original with a click of Reset Adjustments.

Photos is a non-destructive editor, and that means your originals always stay in tact. Photos also allows you to copy and paste edits (adjustments) between two photos, but sadly it does not allow for batch-processing of photos like you can in Photoshop. You also can’t create custom image presets like you could in Aperture.

Photos Projects

As you might expect, Photos retains the photo project features found in iPhoto for creating slide shows How to View Mac Photos or iPhoto Slideshows On Your Apple TV Whether you're using the Photos app or Apple's older iPhoto, it's easy to share your slideshows with friends, family or colleagues. Read More , photo books, cards, calendars, and print photos. 


As we wrote about maintaining an iPhoto library Preserving Your iPhoto Library For Your Grandkids & Beyond [Mac] The end of the year is a good of time as any to tidy up, organize, and back up your iPhoto library. Even if you're using Apple's Time Machine to back up the contents of... Read More , the same goes for Photos. Your best photos should be backed up as well as exported to paper projects.


Since iPhoto and Aperture are now officially discontinued, there’s little choice for Mac and iOS users when it comes to using Photos. Overall, managing and editing photos will probably never be as enjoyable or easy as actually snapping photos, but the new app does feel lighter and more streamlined than iPhoto.

Most of its features can be triggered with assigned keyboard shortcuts, but one huge missing feature is batch processing. You can’t apply image edits to multiple images and title changes also can’t be applied to groups of photos en-masse. This is truly odd, because batch changes were available in iPhoto, and time and date changes can be applied to a selected “group” of photos in Photos.

Personally, I’m going to miss not being able to use Aperture, because of its advance photo capabilities. I may look into using Adobe Lightroom.

Let us know what you think of the new Photos for Mac and how well the process of updating your existing photos library worked for you.

Related topics: iPhoto, OS X Yosemite, Photo Album, Photography.

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  1. Ken
    May 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    In the section "How to Chromecast Photos from Your Mac" the detailed discussion of "Photos" contained not an iota of "How to Chromecast Photos from Your Mac." I would like to know how to chromecast photos from my Mac. I already know about Photo. Thanks for nothing.

  2. Elva Granat
    July 15, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I am very disappointed that I cannot do batch processing. It's an outrageous change to make things so inconvenient and non-user friendly.

    Those idiotic tags are also another inconvenience. That you would take away the ability to allow users to easily view keywords under photos and replace that feature with something hiding useful information that you have to look at one by one is a hinderance, not an improvement.

    Please restore those features. Stop gilding the lily. "Backwards." is certainly the word.

  3. oddbod
    February 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    The lack of batch processing (e.g. to change photo titles of several photos in just one swoop) from Aperture is a huge loss. Please introduce this asap. I feel cheated, since I paid for Aperture and it was lost to me without my consent.

  4. suz
    February 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    How do you overwrite on a photo that is in a new book...I could do it on the old photo but can't fade or figure out if it is even possible...

  5. Roberta
    January 10, 2016 at 12:08 am

    This product has single-handedly made me rethink my 20-year devotion to Apple products. I have imported a couple of the libraries I couldn't do without, but the workflow is so lousy that I refuse to import the rest. I'm desperately hoping an alternative shows up in the next few months. This is a dumbed-down product that would be useful to someone who constantly takes photos across many devices, but never sorts, organizes, or uses them in any way except to flip through. Terrible terrible work.

  6. Jan fallshaw
    December 30, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I have 38000 photos in albums and using Photos. Making my latest book I had a huge problem keeping the wanted photos in order, I gave up and ready to move to Snapfish. Today bought Apple TV, connected up and albums that have previously played as a slideshow with photos in date order as taken, now on Apple TV are mixed up and play in any order. Whats up please?

  7. John Morgan
    December 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    JEMCO...I have loaded 35,000 photos into my i-Photo library over a 3 1/2 year period. Most of the photos have been identified or labeled. All that has been Wiped out and can not be restored without years of labor. By eliminating the picture ID I can no longer write the ID or label in my folder for future use in my videos.The problem is the computer industry wants to change constantly without regard for what these changes do to the existing users. In one unconscious act you have screwed up years of works that has brought pressure to many of my travel companions though my videos. Working in photos is like throwing 100 decks of playing cards on the floor and trying pick out a straight flush from the same deck.

    • Colin Benbow
      May 14, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Have the same problem John, Photo app a step backwards by Apple. Searching for a better alternative but until then will continue using iPhoto and Aperture.

  8. Jorge m peon
    November 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    As a pro, this is a nightmare... Weak editing, poor organization. I need my photos by customer, not by dates, I have over 20k photos.... Starting in linux...

  9. Anonymous
    September 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    At first I went back to iPhoto because I didn't like the Photos app. But since iPhoto isn't supported anymore and I was having problems with iPhoto on my AppleTV I switched to Photos. And I think it is a disaster, all my events have been converted to albums, that's not a problem but they are just randomly sorted, the only option I have is keep sorted by name, but I think Photos doesn't know the alphabet., newly added albums get added in order though (at least that's something) I can't find the albums I made in iPhoto, that's a problem because I made an album to go to the printers for an upcoming exhibition. restarted iPhoto exported the photos and imported them again to Photos and put them in an album, it's absurd.
    Sharing photo's to Facebook, Photos can't make new albums on, just add photos to an existing album, so I have to make one on Facebook first and then let Photos add the photos.
    It is a bit quicker, that's the only positive I can think of.

    I'm a huge Apple fan because their products always work and they used to be intuitive and user friendly. lately I'm getting more and more frustrated with the products, such a shame. I think it's great that all my Apple products communicate with each other, but I don't want my iMac to work or look like an iPhone if it means loosing usability.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      September 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      I feel your pain when it comes to using Photos. I have yet to warm up to it as well. But I recommend handing in there and using it as much as possible, because at least allows you to keep your photos on your Apple device in sync.

      • Anonymous
        September 17, 2015 at 8:57 pm

        Thank you for your support. But in my quest to find an answer read somewhere a note from an Apple beta tester that iPhoto will still work with The upcoming OS El capitan. After I found another few niggles with photo's I gave up on it and went back to iPhoto. After the iTunes update of today the problem with IPhoto and AppleTV is also solved. I do miss the speed of photo's compared to iPhoto but for the rest I'm very happy to be using IPhoto again.

  10. Anonymous
    August 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Dislike. Switching to another program.

  11. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    This was an unnecessary update that I deeply regret - how do I go back to iPhoto?
    It's arbitrary decisions like this that make me want to move away from using Apple software, first it was Rosetta (PPC emulator enabling me to use all the software I'd paid for previously) then Mavericks (slow....) and now constant iTunes and iPhoto upgrades - not having control over what software I run really pisses me off.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 22, 2015 at 1:34 am

      Tom, you can keep using iPhoto, alongside the new Photos app. But at some point Apple will stop supporting iPhoto in terms of upgrades, and you will either need to use Photos, or perhaps Lightroom. I agree with you, it sucks. I'm not really a big fan of the new Photos app. Apple should know that a photo is extremely important to most users, and to release what is essentially a downgraded program is very disconcerting. Hopefully more improvements are forthcoming.

  12. Anonymous
    July 1, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    In iPhoto, I use Flagged to identify the photos I want to keep, after importing everything that's on a memory card. After Flagging the good ones, I Create an event from Flagged photos. This separates the Flagged photos, so I can go ahead and delete the original event that now contains only the unflagged photos. Seems like a simple way to get rid of all those unusable shots.
    But I don't see any way to do this with Photos. Am I missing something? Or is it not possible in the "new, improved" photo-handling application?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Tom, as far as I can tell, you can only select and favorite images in the new Photos application. You hoover your mouse over image and click the heart icon. If you import flagged images from iPhoto, will assign those images five stars—I think that's what happens. There's a lot to be desired with the new Photos app.

  13. H O Wong
    May 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I fully agree with Christy M - Yosemite photos is not a nature product. Drag and drop is gone, couldn't find my photos, couldn't sort the photos by name or date of creation, no search capability.... Worse, books that worked under Iphoto now have about 1/3 of photos missing...Worst, couldn't Buy because it keeps saying the shipping address is wrong. Now I cannot even turn back because the system is saying my version of Aperture and iphoto wouldn't work under yosemite!

  14. Anonymous
    May 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    How can I cancel photo service. I am using dropbox storage for my photos. When I plug to iPhone, dropbox automatically is running. It is faster and better than yosemite photos application. Now yosemite photos application is also running automatically, I don't want it. Dropbox price cheaper than iCloud. 100 dollars per year for 100 GB. is someone help me for deleting photos service.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Anonymous, try disabling Importing in the General section of Photo preferences and see if that stops it.

  15. Christy M
    May 13, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I feel completely deflated. I absolutely hate this new version of iPhoto. I understand change, but this is an inferior product. I can't just drag and drop photos into new events anymore. This program seems to impede not help you organize. Now everything is a "moment". All the thousands of photos I had in organized by month in "events". Now events are demoted and you have to hunt and peck for them. I was trying to attach a recent photo to an email, but all I got was a list starting in 2003 by moments which in my case is day by day. Do they honestly expect me to scroll through 12 years by day to find my photo? To find any photo from another application is a case of "abandon all hope". I now have to drag the photo to desktop just to find it if I'm planning on using another application. I'm with the gentleman who said it feels like all of his photos are dumped on the floor. What a mess.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Christy, I had the same problem last night. I couldn't drag a photo to the Photoshop icon. I can see using Photos for any major photo editing work. I'm going to looking into Lightroom.

  16. Robert
    May 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Yes, you can't export small files from the larger one in Photos. You can't batch process easily. There's not the histogram control for controling mid tones, darks and lights. This is not good!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Yep, it's missing a lot. When I was writing this article, I spent most of the time just trying to figure out how the iCloud sync works with Photos between devices.

  17. Runar
    May 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I think I hate Photos as well. Trying to copy pictures from Photos into Microsoft Word. The copy function is available but the paste function does not work in Word. If I paste several pictures into Pages, they are put on top of each other, no easy way to put them underneath/beside each other

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Runar, that's absolutely an issue that Apple needs to address in an update. You should paste your comment also on their support site. Thanks for your response.

  18. Cecilia B
    May 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I switched to Photos and spent days doing my books to print. The functionality of iPhoto, that told you in what pages your photos were placed, doesn´t exist any more?
    Now I am experiencing problems trying to Buy the Book. It spends a lot of time uploading my project and at the end an error message appears telling there was a problem, try later! Can I take this project back to iPhoto? Does somebody know hoy can I fix it....?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Cecilia, do you still have those photos in iPhoto, or can you copy them to the application. Also, I'm pretty sure if you call Apple Support about this issue that they will help you, without cost. 1-800-My-Apple or 1-(800)-275-2273.

  19. unhappy
    May 6, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Hating the new iphotos! I used to be able to copy a picture and paste it right into a word doc and now this option is completely gone! It used to take me seconds to drag and drop and then resize and print for a project. Now I have to "import" pictures to a mail document and then from there you can drag it to a word doc. Ridiculous! Plus it takes forever to "load" onto the email. What used to take a few clicks and a few seconds took me 30 minutes! HATE IT!!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks for letting us know this. Yeah, there's a lot of people not happy with Photos Each time I use it, I find something else that makes it feel like a huge step backwards from iPhotos. Thanks for your feedback.

  20. Luke
    May 5, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Not happy at all...

    I bought my first Apple product, a LISA in 1983 and thought I had died and gone to heaven (after using DOS -Dinosaur Operating System) long ago. Apple has a terrible track record in "tweaking" their software. I won't go into details but my biggest disappointment (after Final Cut Pro and the following a new OS that didn't work with the original Final Cut Pro) was when Apple dumped iMovie HD and came out with the terrible product that followed.

    I made the switch to "Photo" on my Apple laptop and got lost and very disappointed in it and I don't suspect I'll do the update for my fairly new iMac.

    Maybe it is "i" who has turned into a dinosaur, but I'm not at all happy how they left iPhoto.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Luke, I was working with iMovie yesterday and it was very frustrating to edit and produce a simple 20 minute video. Back in the day I was able to produce wedding videos using earlier versions of iMovie. I would never use the current version for those purposes today. Seems like Apple is clearly not putting much effort into its software like it used to. Third-party producers are doing it much better job. Thanks for your feedback.

  21. Shirley
    May 4, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I feel the pain of others too. Not happy with Photos at all. I have no idea shy they decided to 'fix' iPhoto. Have they not heard the saying, 'if it aint broke dont fix it'.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Shirley, it seems like they did it for the purposes of iCloud integration and to streamline the iPhoto user interface. But clearly the application needs more work. Hopefully it will get improvements over time.

  22. Jon cross
    May 3, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Unable to insert photos into a word document! Only showing me an option to insert from 'photo booth', not from photos! Help!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hmm, Jon, I can't say what the problem is on that. Try going to the Apple support website and raising your issue there. Often times there are many more experienced users of Apple devices who can assist you.

  23. GG
    May 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I'm with Bethany.... I'm lost trying to use Photos !

    So I took your advice Bakari and downloaded a trial version of Lightroom... easy to use, decent enough interface and no stressed out trying to get adjusted (as I am with Photos). My only hesitation is where I have to try and wrap my mind around the 149 dollar price tag (or 9.99 per month which includes their cloud... which I don't want or need). OUCH...

    I also tried out a trial version of ACDSee 3 Pro for Mac... not bad but not overly impressive either...

    So, I decided to go back and try and get used to the Photos app.... OMG... I tried, I really tried.

    My first issue is driving me nuts... organizing in the mind of Apple is "THEIR" way is the "ONLY" way; take it or leave it... I can't view or sort the way I want to. They have the view>sort on the drop down menu but you can change it. I take tons of pictures and I am working on a side project of scanning about 10,000 pictures from my first 20 years of life (pre-digital photography)... now when I go to the so-called "moments" my scanned photos are ALL OVER THE PLACE. At least in iPhoto I can drag them all into a SCANNING event folder... now it's so hard to find, locate, organize anything...

    I think I'm gonna continue to use iPhoto and eventually give in a pay for a copy of Lightroom... I guess.... so confused and annoyed

      May 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm


    May 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    for how much longer will we be able to use iPhoto? It scares me to have to switch to Photos. I'm not very "tech savvy" and iPhotos was easy to use.

  25. Karina
    May 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Add me to the list of "do not likes"! I am trying to copy and paste a few photos into an email and I can't see how to do that! You cannot copy a photo. You can share it to a gazillion places but a simple copy and paste seems to be impossible. Am I missing something?!

  26. Frank
    May 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I have always been an early user on the bleeding edge with whatever Apple released. But for the first time ever, I am not touching this. A colleague in my office made the change after being assured it was okay to switch over. The result is a nightmare for her. Some photos lost. Categories she had set up wiped out, etc. Bottom line a huge pain in the butt, at best. I've enjoyed the functionality of iPhoto. I actually like it a lot. I use some other editing programs to fill in when I need HDR effects, etc, but like one of your commentators above, the book feature is hugely critical. I've done dozens of books for friends and family and under no circumstances do I want to lose that capability. Based on the comments on this board and the experience of my colleague, I am holding off until you and other experts give the all clear.

  27. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Absolute failure! Apple have messed up big time with this so called up grade.

    Why not keep Aperture for serious users and add Photos for people who want the streamlined app.

    It is all about making money from iCloud storage, once all your storage is up there they can just keep ramping up the amount they charge!


    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Couldn't agree more. And I don't like about the iCloud storage, is that you can get locked into monthly/yearly payment forever because photos are something you want to keep. The more files you store on the cloud, the more dependent you become on that solution. Thanks for your feedback.

  28. Gene
    May 1, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Photos sucks. Seems like the same idiots that did the redo of Photobucket a couple of years ago were hired by Apple to build the monstrosity that is Photos...some of the exact same mistakes.

  29. scott
    April 30, 2015 at 3:30 am

    When I was viewing video in Iphoto, I could use the space bar to pause the video. This was very handy as I need to pause video often for inspection work that I do. Cant do that now. Space bar closes the video. I checked, but could not find any short cut to pause video in "Photos". Have to put the cursor over the pause button every time. Small detail, but very annoying. If anyone at Apple reads these things, please give me back a keyboard short cut to pause video.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Scott, thanks for letting us know this. I ran the slideshow in my Photos when writing this article, but didn't test the spacebar/pause. Thanks for pointing it out. Another significant missing feature.

  30. GG
    April 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Maybe because I'm not a kid anymore I am having a really tough time adjusting to this App... I feel like all my photos are like as if I printed every photo I have (all 30,000 of them) and just dumping them into a pile in the middle of my living room... I'm lost and don't understand WHY some changes were made... Feels like everything here revolved around getting a new program to work with iCloud... I didn't love iPhoto but management/organization of all my photos was a breeze and now everything is with keywords and a gigantic mish-mosh of sh*t...

    I hate to sound out-of-touch... but I prefer a simple folder system... turning on my Photos and seeing thousands of pictures doesn't help me...

    I want to be able to load all the photos off my iPhone (typically 100 at a time) and place some in one event, some in another event.. and the rest in a another event...

    And what kills me also is when I looked at my photos earlier, most of them have no "title" assigned to them and now I CAN'T batch re-name them... I need a title to identify them and to do that now I have to re-name one at a time... just ridiculous that Apple once again takes away a feature that was actually useful...

    So, if you HAD to leave Photos and say bye bye to iPhoto and Aperature as well... What photo editing/organizing apps/software would you recommend? I considered ACDSee Mac Pro 3.... ANY HELP AND/OR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED

    • Gary
      April 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      I couldn't agree more with GG. The loss of Batch Change for title and description is a total disaster. I took 250 photos at an event last weekend, oh I forgot we call the Moments now. Anyway once home I would usually select all the photos and give them a title title and iPhoto re-name them all in an instant. Not now. Now I have to go through and re-name each photo individually. What a total waste of my time. Apple you have made a terrible mistake. Think I might look at Lightroom... Not Happy

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      GG, totally agree. Can't understand why Apple left out batch title change, and titles didn't even transfer over in the migration.

      This article ended up being one of the hardest to write, because there was so much to figure out about Photos, especially how it works with iCloud, and what is missing.

      I like the more streamed lined design of Photos, but it's very lacking, and seems a huge step back in many ways.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      GG, seems like Adobe's Lightroom might be a good alternative. But they seem to charge a lot for their applications.

    • Clare
      May 8, 2015 at 3:07 am

      I agree with GG - I feel violated by this horrendous Photo app that has been pushed onto me without my consent.

  31. Daniel
    April 28, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I'm afraid Photos did not manage to properly implement my previous folders I had in Aperture. However, Apple does not allow me to open Aperture any longer. I spent many years with grouping and sorting ten thousands of pics. Without a warning, all my efforts are lost.

    Next computer will run a Microsoft system, for sure.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Hmmm, Daniel, you can't open Aperture now? I didn't experience that problem. You might try posting your problem on the Apple support to see if anyone can help you troubleshoot the problem. I did my Aperture migration in a separate Photos library, and everything seemed to transfer over well, except the slideshows and book layout.

  32. Rett Bren
    April 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm fails to allow the user to see their photos by DATE AND in DESCENDING order. MAJOR fail in my opinion. Especially for those of us who have used this app and their images go back many years. Who wants to scroll down (bring on the tunnel carpel syndrome before my time) to see their most recent acquisitions?
    There are so few ways you can choose to sort your photos. That is only one of many reasons I am looking elsewhere.
    Another (and there are many more) is the inability to import images from Safari directly into Photo,app. Having to download then go back to the Photoapp and import is just time consuming not to mention wearing on the joints for those of us who save images for referencing. Key commands are missing too. I have to scroll or drag my pen (for others a mouse) up to the menu to find the commands that use to be a quick keystroke away in iPhoto. Epic fail for software by Apple.
    I sorely miss Steve Jobs (RIP) who would of asked the engineers where is the simplicity of use, not simplicity in engineering? Did they even try using the software like a layperson before putting it out to the masses?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Rett, totally agreed. You describe another missing feature that Apple failed to put into the new application. I ended up creating a smart album to collect my latest photos. But what you point out should be available. Thanks for your feedback.

    • Clare
      May 8, 2015 at 3:05 am

      I agree totally with Rett

  33. Anonymous
    April 28, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Hi, still struggling to get the hang of Photos... to familiar to Iphoto probably...
    One of the things I can't find is the possibility to extend your photo's to Day One. Is exporting to a Finder file the only option?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 29, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Yeah, it looks as if Day One will need to develop and add a share sheet extension for Photos and other related OS X apps.

  34. Deb Micolichek
    April 28, 2015 at 12:52 am

    When making a slideshow, how do you allow the photos to play in a random order like in the old iPhoto? I do a school slideshow w/ photos and want them randomized....don't see that now.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Deb, sadly it looks like that's another feature that Apple didn't put in the new Photos app. As far as I can tell, photos can't be presented in random order. I strongly recommend hanging onto your iPhoto after you migrate all your photos. It will probably be at least another year before iPhoto no longer works with updated operating systems. You might also take a look at some third-party solutions for slideshow presentation. It's really side how Apple downgraded this program.

  35. Robert
    April 27, 2015 at 6:43 am

    This app is embracing keywords over titles. You can batch add key words by selecting a group of photos and then right clicking to "get info." Add your key words there to create groups over a wide array of photos - even taken years apart.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 27, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Aww, thanks Robert, for that tip.

  36. Paul
    April 26, 2015 at 4:47 am

    "Find in Finder" does not appear to be available in Photos. My original files are high res from 32mb camera. Now I have lost access to these images for editing in PhotShop etc.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Paul, thanks for pointing that out. Did you happen to keep all your original photos in iPhoto?

  37. Darlene
    April 26, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Having a heck of a time with this new photo! Having serious trouble trying to "buy book" on a project I've been working on for MONTHS! I've never had such trouble with the more than 20 such books of approx 100 pages I've done over the years! I can't help but think this is because of the shift to Photos the week BEFORE I was ready to send this project to print!


    Also HATE the loss of capability to easily shift pages around in a book! What is up with THAT?! I feel like I'm playing one of those puzzle games of shifting 'added' pages in so I can work around this loss of 'click and drag' capability.


    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Darlene, thanks for your feedback, and letting us know about the problems with the project feature. I suggest calling Apple about your troubles with purchasing books. I bet they wouldn't even charge you for troubleshooting the problem.

    • tony
      May 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      why is an upgrade ALWAYS a downgrade???? really Mac! Jobs is rolling over in his grave.

  38. Eli
    April 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Storage plans actually start $0.99/month (not per year as stated in the article).

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Eli, thanks for that correction. I meant to write, per month. I'll see if I can get the editor to update it.

  39. Nicole Narbonne
    April 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I hate the new Photos. Although your article is good and makes me hopeful that I will some day love this app, I hate it.
    I only use Photos for storage, sharing and rarely for the "Photos" projects, and don't like the editing software included at all. I hate being forced to use this software.
    IPhoto used to allow you to assign what software you like to edit your photos and videos, and now you have quite a process including exporting and re-saving these files before you can start working on your projects.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Nicole, very good point that I missed putting out in the article. Seems like Apple has done the same thing with other applications, in which they are revised them and left out important features. Then we have to wait three or four iterations to see those features get put back into a program. Pages, for example, really got downgraded though it feels streamlined and lighter. Well, thanks for your feedback.

    • tony
      May 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      I couldn't agree more -- YUCK!
      I want my ratings back and endless "SORT" options, not this crap.

    • Clare
      May 8, 2015 at 3:02 am

      I also hate the new Photos. I used to play with iPhoto with great pleasure. I am not dumb when it comes to using software, but the new photos is crap. I have spent HOURS trying to understand how to use it and so far have not understood it completely. I am so disappointed that I no longer am able to enjoy playing with, sorting, looking at, using, or enjoying my photos.

    • Confuse624
      May 17, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      I absolutely hate it! What you to take me 10 minutes to do took me hours today!
      It also does not give me the choice to upload photos to shutterfly even though I do the plug in on my new MacBookpro 13.
      Should have kept it simple!