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Old Feb 21, 2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Am I crazy to empty iphoto and only use Lightroom?

As a new photographer (and Mac and ipad user), already at 90,000 images and have a mess!

I use Lightroom to process and am thinking of emptying all photos out of iphoto, deleting it and starting over. I do use external drives as back up, but access the photos so often, prefer to keep as many as space will allow on MacBook Pro, with a selection synced to ipad. Am stuck!

Is it a mistake to dump iphoto...it is only really used as a storage place to view as all my editing is in Lightroom. I can manage the photos in Pictures on my desktop, so why have iphoto. Do I need it to sync to my ipad (and hopefully soon an iphone)?

I also have many duplicates and want an easy way to find them - which I thought would be easier once I chose where to manage the photos eg via Lightroom or iphoto.

Any help really appreciated!

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Old Feb 21, 2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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iPhoto -> Lightroom

I manage and store everything in LightRoom.
You can use both. But I only use LightRoom.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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managing files in LR

I just use Lightroom 4 to file and Manage my RAW files, I use it to export files from memory card into folders on my external raid systems, then I import what I need into collections in Lightroom, I find it does the job well, I prefer it to Aperture which I used up till about 8 Months ago.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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I manage and store everything in LightRoom.
You can use both. But I only use LightRoom.
Very useful. Now I just have to figure out how to get all the photos transferred out of iphoto

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I just use Lightroom 4 to file and Manage my RAW files, I use it to export files from memory card into folders on my external raid systems, then I import what I need into collections in Lightroom, I find it does the job well, I prefer it to Aperture which I used up till about 8 Months ago.
Thanks - similar to what I was thinking. I have been taking my RAW files off immediately due to size onto an external hard drive.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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I manage and store everything in LightRoom.
You can use both. But I only use LightRoom.
Same here, my only use for iPhoto is to export to my iPhone/iPad.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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Very useful. Now I just have to figure out how to get all the photos transferred out of iphoto
Depending on how you set up iPhoto, you may find your original images in the iPhoto library (with their original file names) and you can import them into Lightroom from there.

Go to your Pictures folder, and find iPhoto Library. Right-click and choose "Show package contents."

You should see a folder called "Masters," and within it there will be other folders . . . and among all those folders you should find your originals.

Point Lightroom's Import dialog at the originals . . . and you'll be on your way.

In the second part of your posting you talk about moving your RAW files off to an external, immediately. If you've done this for all the photos you now have in iPhoto, you can import those into Lightroom without messing with iPhoto at all.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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Not crazy just smart...

Your not crazy, just smart. iPhoto IMO is just for the average user, who has a photos and want to edit them casually.

Your not the average user. Just like my self I have and take a lot of photos. Lightroom does an extremely good job when organizing photos. Your photos are stored in what ever location you choose. For me its in a external drive. So the set up is kinda like Finder. Theres no "Show package contents" Its simple.

As far as editing, I used to use photoshop for tone, color and the occasional manipulating. But I dont do much manipulating anymore just tone and ect, so with that LR is my only photo editing/ organizing app.

Theres a lot of presets out there for LR too.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 04:30 AM   #8
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4 TB of photo's imported into Lightroom and very happy with the transition.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 07:38 AM   #9
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Tell LR to import the raw files....and don't look back. Either that or start using Aperture and it will share the library that iPhoto started. With either LR or Aperture you can get world class plugins from Nik, OnOne, and others.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 07:54 AM   #10
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here is another one voting for LR... In 5 years of mac I have never used Iphoto but need to ammit that I do not have any Ios device..
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 01:44 PM   #11
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I only use iPhoto to sync to my iDevices and uploading to the web.
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 08:04 PM   #12
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I used to use iPhoto with MobileMe and WebGallery. Now it's just a portal for my iPad/ipod. It was very convenient to put my photos in iPhoto and create an online gallery for friends and family to download photos. You can't do that with iCloud.

Lightroom works best in editing. Although you still need a way to backup your photos.
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