Keeping track of unorganised photos in Photos.app

Posted on by Elliot Jackson

When Apple released Photos.app 5 months ago, I took the opportunity to subject my photo library a well needed reorganisation. I moved my photos over from Lightroom album by album, making sure I deleted any duplicates, bad shots and ones that—when being honest with myself—I knew I’d never look at again along the way.

It took a while but now that it’s done (and has been for some time) I feel much happier about the state of my photo archive.

Rather than having to do this again at some point in the future, I’m endeavouring to keep everything organised as I go along from now on. To help with this, I use 2 smart albums to help me keep track of things.

The first simply filters out screenshots to be deleted. There is only one condition for the smart album (“File” → “New Smart Album...”): Filename ends with .png.

A screenshot of my screenshot smart album settings

The second one is equally simple: it groups all of my photos that have yet to be assigned to an album. It’s condition is Album is not Any.

A screenshot of my unorganised smart album settings

So far Photos.app —with iCloud Photo Library turned off—combined with this system is working very well for me. If you have yet to try it out, I’d encourage you to do so.

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