Last night before bed I went to update my apps as I always do, but this time I was confronted with a message: my 16GB iPhone 5 did not have enough storage to succesfully update apps! Needless to say, I need a larger capacity iPhone, but to immediately solve the problem I went to my MacBook, opened iTunes with my phone connected and found that 7 of my 16 gigs were allocated to my 2000 picture library!
Considering that mobile phones are the new point and shoot cameras that we all have with us at all times, it’s easy for an unmanaged library to quickly grow beyond its means, and that’s what happened here. My previous iPhone was 32GB, so I rarely had to watch my memory, but now with less storage it may become an issue. Not to worry though, becasue thanks to Techrepublic.com I discovered a little known stock OSX application that makes managing a large iPhone photo library as easy as uning iPhoto!
Image Capture is a dedicated photo manager that ships with OSX, but up until today I didn’t know it existed and therefore I had never known its benefits! Simply put, when a camera or USB device is connected Image Capture acts as an importing medium. It brings up the photos stored on the device, and allows you to quickly view, sort and import or delete multiple photos at a time. Anyone who has been faced with thousands of iPhone or iPad photos knows all too well the lack of options to select and delete multiple (50 or more) photos at a time. With IC however, just Shift+Select your way to photo deletion heaven and free up much needed storage on your iDevice!
For full instructions and a description of Image Capture see this post at Techradar.com