Where are the Files Imported into Photos?

So with the most recent Mac OS release, Yosemite, or Mac OS 10.10, they replaced iPhoto with Photo.  When you plug in your camera, it automatically detects it, then imports your photos into the Photo app.  From there, it has the usual sharing options, to Facebook, Twitter, iCloud … but what if you don’t want to share to any of those.  Let’s say you want to share the photo on WordPress?  Should be simple, right?

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If you click more, it has a few more options, but no WordPress, or Google Plus.  It has to be one of the supported extensions.  The only way to include a picture onto WordPress would be to select the file to include … but where is the file?  When you try to search for that file, it is nowhere to be found.

So I found that the file is actually embedded inside another compressed file within your Pictures folder, but you won’t actually see it by going to that folder in the Finder.  What???

So here’s what you have to do.  In the Finder, go to your Pictures folder.  Once there, you have to go to the Photos Library, but don’t double click it … it would just take you to the Photos app.  Right click on the Photos Library, then select Show Package Contents.  It will then give you another hidden folder

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Once you select Show Package Contents, you will see the following:

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Double click the Masters folder.  It then has folders arranged by year, month, and day.  So if you wanted to view pictures from 05-22-2015, then you would have to navigate to the folder 2015/05/22.  For example, when I go to that path, I get the folder 20150522-032809.  Once I double click into that, I will see my file, and then I can drag that file over to my WordPress page.

Wow, that is such a big ordeal, just to include a picture onto your blog.  This would hold true also for any other web page that is not on Apple’s list of approved extensions, like Meetup, Google Plus, and this list goes on and on.

I think I may opt for Picasa, which will at least allow me to take the file, and manipulate it any way I want.

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5 Responses to Where are the Files Imported into Photos?

  1. Pete says:

    I was dissatisfied with Picasa for deep editing. I bought photoshop elements for around $60 and the editing along with an excellent photo organizer with camera/card import feature is way worth the money. Mac/Pc compatible.

  2. debster822 says:

    I don’t know how to post a picture to my WordPress blog, and after reading your post, it seems so time-consuming that I may keep my blog pictureless. What a P.I.T.A.!

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