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Managing your photos in this digital age can be a challenge given that we don’t hesitate to take photos, selfies and video and social media encourages to share all our images all of the time.

In fact it is estimated that 1.2 billion digital photos were taken around the world in 2017.

Images taken in 2017

Apple have promoted the iCloud as the place for storing your images for some time and in 2011 Steve Jobs was famously quoted as saying, “the truth is in the cloud.” In order to manage your photos, you need to understand how iCloud works and then you can make your choices,

iCloud Photo Library automatically keeps all your photos in iCloud, so you can access them on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, iCloud.com, or on a PC. When you edit and organize images in the Photos app, your changes are kept up to date and visible everywhere. Apple

You can choose to store your photos on your own computer or external drive and we have this post which shows you one way of setting this up.

How to… use the Photos.app

Apple have set up the Photos application in the same way on all Apple devices. In Photos, you have four main categories to review and manage your images:

  • Library
  • Shared
  • Albums
  • Projects

In addition the app automatically sorts your images with the following additional “smart” filters that automatically identifies:

  • Videos
  • Memories
  • Favourites
  • People

These are then collected in to:

  • Moments
  • Collections
  • Years

You can then creates your own Albums and drag or send photos to those albums. Note that these are only organizational tools and deleting an album doesn’t necessarily delete your photos. (Always good to check before deleting any memories!)

Finally when you share your photos, these too are collected in to side bar selection called “Shared.”

The application then provides ways to use your photos in Projects and you can create books, cards, calendars and prints.

Editing with Photos

You can edit your photos, apply adjustments and reset your changes (Revert to Original) without impact on the original photo.


  1. Double-click any photo for editing.
  2. Click Edit in the upper-right corner of Photos.
  3. Select from the editing tools to the right side of the window.
  4. Make the changes and adjustments and you can see the affect on the image as you do so.
  5. Click Done when complete.

The benefit of using iCloud for your images is that any changes you make on your Mac in the Photos app will be available to view and edit further on your other Apple devices.

Apple support page