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MacBook Pro - Nikon D700 Photo Import

My wife is a photographer and she is in the process of migrating from a PC environment to a MacBook Pro.

We recently purchased a new MacBook Pro 2.7 Ghz 15 inch with retina display. We also purchased the Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop. My wife shoots and edits in Raw. She shoots with a Nikon D700.

In the default settings, the process of importing photos from the Nikon to the MacBook launches in iPhoto. We have configured iPhoto to edit images in Photoshop by default.

I was hoping for input on a few topics:

1. Is there a better way to import the images from the Nikon to the MacBook hard drive and edit in Photoshop than using iPhoto? In the PC environment, she would download directly to the hard drive and then open the files in Bridge or Photoshop. It seems that using iPhoto may create a version of each file in the iPhoto library and then another when she edits and saves the image.

2. When running the import for large file quantities (100+ images), it tends to error - saying that some of the files are unreadable and then stopping at that point in the import process. We then need to turn the Nikon off and back on, have the MacBook re-detect the Nikon and restart the import process from where it left off. This seems cumbersome and prone to resulting in missed files.

In summary, I am looking for input on the best workflow for importing images from a Nikon D700 to a MacBook so that they can be edited in Photoshop.

Thanks for your help.
Brian Clausen
Brian Clausen
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You can change the default photo import behaviour on the Mac using the Image Capture program as described here:


Instead of connecting the camera to the computer, remove the card and use a USB 2 (or USB 3 if your Mac is new enough to support it) card reader. This will likely stop the download errors you are getting. If not, after you have copied the pictures, use the camera to reformat the card.

Finally, if you are planning on doing your editing in Photoshop, you are best off using Adobe Lightroom to catalogue your photos, rather that iPhoto, as it is much more powerful and integrates seamlessly with Photoshop.
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