Am I crazy to empty iphoto and only use Lightroom?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Scottish Sue, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Scottish Sue macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2013
    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 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!

  2. techwhiz macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2010
    Northern Ca.
    iPhoto -> Lightroom

    I manage and store everything in LightRoom.
    You can use both. But I only use LightRoom.
  3. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    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.
  4. Scottish Sue thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2013
    Very useful. Now I just have to figure out how to get all the photos transferred out of iphoto


    Thanks - similar to what I was thinking. I have been taking my RAW files off immediately due to size onto an external hard drive.
  5. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Same here, my only use for iPhoto is to export to my iPhone/iPad.
  6. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    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.
  7. macAllen macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    Las Vegas
    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.
  8. dmax35 macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    4 TB of photo's imported into Lightroom and very happy with the transition.
  9. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    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.
  10. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    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..
  11. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I only use iPhoto to sync to my iDevices and uploading to the web.
  12. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    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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