David (the Laptop Elf) is trying to get some data off a 2011 Macbook, which has a dying hard drive. He pulled the hard drive and now has to connect it to her new Windows computer and transfer the data. But the MacBook uses iPhoto, and it has a single file with all the images balled up together. Sort of. R/C the iPhoto data file, and you'll be able to open it as a folder. You'll then see all the original images and transfer them over with a simple drag and drop.
If you recently bought a new Macbook to replace a much older Mac, you may have trouble restoring old backups of photos and video stored in iPhoto from the elder machine. Pictures in iPhoto are stored in a blob called the "library". You have to right-click on the icon (which is secretly a folder) and select Show Package Contents, then you can find the original photo files (possibly sorted by year) that can be copied to your backup location.
Doug is a singing voice teacher who recently upgraded his Macbook Air with the new Apple M1 design. Leo says that Doug is the ideal candidate for the M1. But what Doug is experiencing is issues with his backups being restored. What Leo recommends is to use the old computer to upload all photos and videos to iCloud. Use the most recent version. The way the old iPhoto used to store them is in a big blob. Go to the Pictures folder and R/C on the library. Select "open contents." There he will see the original photos folder. Copy that over.
Claudia is finding that half of her photos have disappeared in Apple Photos. She's taken her computer into the Apple store and talked to a genius but they have no answer, except that she has a second library. But the photos aren't there either. Leo says that the second library is the old iPhotos library. But that doesn't answer why her photos have vanished. They've also disappeared from her backup. Apple wants to wipe her drive and start over. Leo says it's common for tech support to want to wipe and go back to the original install. But the problem is, she'll lose her data.
Jim wants to be able to use his iPad to make annotations on photos and then sync them to his Mac. But Apple has killed iPhoto, and the photos won't sync to iPhoto on the Mac anymore. Leo says that he can't keep using iPhoto because Apple moved to Apple Photos, which won't talk to his old iPhoto desktop app. So Jim will have to update his desktop and start using Apple Photos. Then it'll sync again.
Chip has all of his photos on his laptop and would like to get them on DropBox and an external hard drive before it fails. Leo says that the drive option is the easiest and fastest. Then he can just drag and drop them. The problem, though, is that iPhoto puts it all into one huge file called the iPhoto Library.
Debbie has an old 2007 MacBook. She can't plug her iPhone to it and transfer her data. iPhoto keeps quitting on her. Leo says that she can turn on Wi-Fi syncing on the phone and use that option. It's slower, but it will work without crashing. iCloud Syncing is also a good option. Then she can sync it without even running iPhoto.
Cary's iPhoto app has been deleted. Have her pictures been lost? Leo says probably not. She can get iPhoto back through the app store, but her originals should still be on the hard drive. She should look for a folder called "Original Photos" and then select "Show Package Contents." She should back up all of her originals. Once she's done that, she can open the new Photos app and it'll migrate the photos automatically. Photos isn't worse than iPhoto, it's just different.
Fakhar is having issues with iPhoto. Leo says that Apple has replaced iPhoto with Photos in OS X Yosemite. Fakhar says that happened to him and he lost a lot of features and slide shows. Leo says that many of the features that iPhoto had are missing, while some are still there but aren't as apparent. Apple has written it from the ground up and will likely re-add those missing features as time goes on. Face recognition is still there, but it's harder to locate within albums. Leo advises patience. Unfortunately, that's the world of Apple. It's their way or the highway.
Since Apple is retiring iPhoto, she is worried about all her albums. What's a good alternative that will allow her to preserve those albums and keep using them? Leo says that Apple's new Photos app will be available for both iOS and OS X. And it'll be comparable to iPhoto and Leo suspects that it'll have all the same functions as iPhoto when it comes out next January. Until then, there are other choices. She can turn on Google Plus' automatic photo upload, which is essentially Picasa with various new features including AutoAwesome.