When you import photos from a camera, USB card reader, or Kodak Photo/Picture CD, iPhoto tries to import every photo. But since importing can be slow, at times you may want to import only a few photos.
Ways to import only selected photos:
If you have imported from a camera or memory card once, and added photos, it's easy to import just the new ones. Import as you would normally but when iPhoto asks about importing duplicates, select Apply to All Duplicates and click the Don't Import button (Figure 2.13).
Figure 2.13. When iPhoto prompts about duplicates, tell it not to import duplicates. iPhoto will import only the new images on the camera or card.
Use Image Capture to download selected images from your camera to your hard disk (Figure 2.14 and Figure 2.15), and then import those files by dragging them into iPhoto.
Figure 2.14. To download selected images in Image Capture, connect your camera or insert your memory card, open Image Capture, and click Download Some to see a thumbnail list of available images.
Figure 2.15. After clicking Download Some, Shift-click to select a range of desired images (Command-click no longer seems to work) in Image Capture's thumbnail listing, and then click the Download button.
If you're importing from a memory card reader, view the contents of the card in the Finder in icon view and drag just the desired images into iPhoto.
Relying on iPhoto's duplicate checking capability to import only new images on a camera or memory card is slow because iPhoto looks at each photo in turn. If you want to import just a few selected photos quickly, choose one of the other methods.
If you import a photo, delete it in iPhoto (but don't empty iPhoto's Trash), and then import again, iPhoto still sees the deleted image as a duplicate.
If you want to see selective import in a future version of iPhoto, tell Apple via the Provide iPhoto Feedback command in the iPhoto menu.