Import Photos from SD Cards to iPhone and iPad with New Apple Adapter; Older Adapter Now Works with iPhone

SD card adapterAbout three years ago, Apple released an adapter that allowed you to import photos from an SD card to an iPad. Curiously, this adapter never allowed you to do the same on an iPhone.

Yesterday, Apple released a new $29 or £25 Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, which works with both types of devices (iPhone 5 or later, and recent iPad models). At the same time, Apple released iOS 9.2, and this software update allows the older adapter to work with the iPhone, as well as with the iPad.

I have one of the older adapters, and find it much more practical than trying to find the SD card slot on the back of my iMac. I also like the ability to easily select photos to import on the iPad, and delete photos from the card as well. I had long wanted to be able to do this on the iPhone, because, if I’m traveling, it’s nice to be able to back up photos easily. I generally always have my iPhone with me, but not my iPad.

So if you have the older adapter, update your iPhone, and you’ll be able to use it there. And if not, you might find that this adapter is useful. At $29, it’s an inexpensive accessory that may improve your photo workflow.

New Book Teaches You How to Manage Digital Photos on a Mac

Tc digital photosWhy take photos if you can’t find them later? Digital photography expert Jeff Carlson has developed a simple system you can use to make your photos browsable, searchable, and generally navigable!

Jeff leads off by helping you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the three most popular photo-management applications: Photos from Apple, and Lightroom and Photoshop Elements from Adobe. Once you’ve picked the app that’s right for you (and there’s a chapter on migrating to Lightroom from iPhoto, Aperture, or Photos), you’ll learn to create a custom workflow for importing, evaluating, keywording, and tagging your photos so they are quickly sorted. For each of these essential aspects of your workflow, Jeff provides step-by-step instructions for each of the three covered apps.

It’s all too easy to lose everything if you don’t have backups, so Jeff discusses how to back up and archive photos to protect your irreplaceable photographic memories.

Jeff also helps you pick an online service that can put your photos everywhere, looking particularly at the pros and cons, and how-tos, of iCloud Photo Library, Google Photos, Lightroom mobile, and Mylio.

Get Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac, Second Edition.

Prevent Photos from Opening When You Connect an iOS Device in OS X El Capitan

By default, in OS X, when you connect an iOS device and there are new photos that haven’t been imported – if you aren’t using iCloud Photo Library – the Photos apps opens so you can import pictures. This is also the case if you mount an SD card, or any other device with photos.

Previously, the setting to turn this off was in the Image Capture app. But now, this setting is in Photos.

Connect your device to your Mac, and click it in the Photos sidebar. (If the sidebar isn’t visible, choose View > Show Sidebar.) Look up near the top of the window, and uncheck Open photos for this device.

Photos open at launch

Now, if you want to import photos from that device or SD card, you can do so by launching either Photos or Image Capture; or you can access the SD card directly in the Finder if you prefer. (Or you may use other software that can import photos.)