Since Apple replaced iPhoto with Photos, the forums have been full of wailing and lamentation. This is what forums are for of course; no one bothers to let the internet know when everything is great. But Photos has changed the way your snaps are sorted and categorised and no one likes change. One change in particular, has alarmed many people. Photos no longer hides ‘hidden’ photos from the All Photos view. In iPhoto, you could mark a photo with the hidden flag and it wouldn’t show up in any of the albums or events views. This was a handy way to discretely tuck any cheeky bedroom
Photos changed the way snaps are sorted, and no one likes change
shots out of view. It was never going to resist the forensic glare of the vice squad, and it wasn’t meant to. But I know several couples that used this feature to tune the family photo album, so that the lace and elastic didn’t normally show up with the holiday snaps. In Photos, ‘hidden’ pictures are only actually hidden from Moments, Collections and Years. They still show up in ‘All Photos’ and are explicitly added to a new smart album called ‘Hidden’. Hardly discrete.
You can still keep your boudoir shots off the desktop in Photos, but you need to create a separate library for them. Hold down å when you start Photos and click Create New. You need to remember to close Photos and reopen it using the normal library every time you have finished using the secret one, so that the default library remains the safe one.