Consolidating all photos

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Pilsbury1981, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. Pilsbury1981 macrumors member

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    #1
    Hi all

    I currently have all my photos saved across iPhoto, Aperture 3 & Lightroom 4. They are all saved on my iMac's HD. Is there a way to export all the photos into 1 file on an external drive but still have both iPhoto and Lightroom access the same folder? If not how do i export all the files off my iMac into a format that 1 of the programs can use?

    Hope that makes sense???
    Thanks for all responses.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #2
    You're talking about two (three technically with aperture) different applications. I'd pick one application and stick with it. This will greatly simplify your work flow.

    I prefer Aperture because it can hold all my images in its library container file. I don't have to manage the images via reference. My workflow is that I easily move the Aperture library off my laptop onto my DAS every January so I have a new library every year.

    Lightroom doesn't do this as easily and I prefer not managing the files that way. I'm not hating LR, but Aperture fits my needs better.

    tl;dr you're better off sticking with LR, or iPhoto or Aperture don't try to use all of them
     
  3. Pilsbury1981 thread starter macrumors member

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    #3
    Thanks. How do i lift all my photo's out of the programs and put them into the one (say aperture)? Do i have to export them all into a file and then put them all into the chosen program? is there a quick way to move them?
     

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