When importing your photos to your computer from your camera, SD/XD card, thumb drive, or iOS device, iPhoto automatically separates the images into “Events” based on the date the photos were taken. This is the default sorting level for Events and is a great place to start when sorting through your images for further categorization; we prefer it to sifting through camera or device defined file names. Renaming Events
In our sample, you will see photo events titled for December 24th and 25th, or as I’d like to rename them, Christmas Holidays 2012.
To rename an event, click on the default title, then enter your preferred title for the photo group. Be sure to make your event title unique and descriptive. Here, I made sure to include the year.
Now, December 24th and 25th were originally sorted out as two different events as the photos were taken on two separate days. However, it’s my preference to include both days under the single event title “Christmas Holidays 2012”. To merge the two events together, click and drag the remaining event days into the main event file. Hint: Look for the green “plus” (+) sign to appear before you release your mouse.
If this is the first time you’ve merged your images, you will be prompted to confirm the action. Click “merge” to complete the combination.
On the other hand, we may have had so many events on a single day, that we find ourselves wanting to split the days apart. In our sample, we started the day at home, then went to visit Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas dinner.
We can split the photos between the two locations by selecting the first image taken at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, clicking on “Events” in our iPhoto menu bar, then selecting “Split Event.”
A new “Untitled Event” title bar will appear between the photos, and this may be updated with a new title of your choosing.
In last week’s post, we reviewed how to organize photos in iPhoto by using “faces.” Today, we take our organization to the next level and explore how to use “events” in our sorting.