By default, iPhoto launches whenever you plug in your iPhone or another camera, allowing you to import your photos into the application. However, many folks prefer to import their photos to another application rather than iPhoto or import them to a folder on their hard drive.
There is an applicaiton that comes bundled with Mac OS X called Image Capture that allows you to import photos from your iPhone directly to your computer. You can even choose to have Image Capture automatically launch every time you plug-in your iPhone.
Another benefit of the Image Capture application is that you can use it with your scanner as well. I happen to have a older scanner whose drivers are incompatible with OS X Mavericks. But using the Scanner in conjunction with Image Capture allows me to render the scanner once again functional.
Quick Guide: Automatically Launch Image Capture when Plugging in an iPhone
- Open the iPhoto applicaiton.
- Choose iPhoto > Preferences from the menu.
- Click General on top of the Preferences window.
- Click the Connecting camera opens: drop-down list and choose Image Capture.
Quick Guide: Import Photos using the Image Capture Application
- Open the Image Capture Application.
- Click to select your iPhone or camera in the left pane.
- To import only specific images, select the images to import. Hold down the ⌘ key as you select to choose non-adjacent images.
- Click the Import to: drop-down list on the bottom of the window and navigate to the folder where you want to save your images.
- Click the Import button to import only the selected images or the Import All button to import all images.