iPhoto: How big is your library?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Wingnut330, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Hey Folks,

    I'm trying to determine if I want to continue using iPhoto or if I should make the leap to Aperture/Lightroom. Library size seems to be a consideration, so I'm curious how large your iPhoto libraries are.

    I take a fair amount of pictures but not a ton. My library is around 6,000 images - all from the last 24 months. So I guess my average is around 250 . month. At that rate, should I consider a more powerful tool, or is iPhoto aight?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    I have about 7-8000 photo's but that's spanned over a 5-6 years!

    iPhoto is adequate for me and the integration with .Mac is what keeps me to it.

    I'm sure iPhoto can handle plenty more photo's.. > 15-20,000?

  3. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    i only have 2000 from the past 5 months. i wouldnt worry about iphoto to much, it can handle it.
  4. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I have 3500 from the last few years. I took a lot when I first got my SLR but I'm no pro or anything, and since my camera is a bit heavy it usually gets left behind during trips.

    Also really annoyed at OSX losing a whole load of my pics. I plugged my memory card into my PowerBook and it somehow erased a good 300 pics from some days out with friends.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The reason you might move to Aperture is because it handles meta data better (alows access to more of it) and has finer control over adjustment. But if iPhoto works an you like it why move away from it? I think iPhoto should be able to handle 20,000 images.

    Backup could be an issue? How are you backing up youe iPhoto library. Aperture has a nice built-in backup feature with "vaults" and it tracks wht's been backed up.
  6. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    I have a Time Capsule and was just planning to use it for backups. Thoughts?
  7. AxisOfBeagles macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2008
    East of Shangrila
    I'm unaware of any size restriction on your iPhoto files other than the obvious - the amount of disk space you have available.

    Personally, I find iPhoto to be an excellent library manager. The key, IMHO, is being diligent in editing and tagging (keywords) as soon as you add items into the library. But that's true of any management tool.

    As for backing up - I've been using Time Machine ... but it makes me nervous to rely solely on it, so I also (about once a month) do a manual backup of my critical files - including my iPhoto library.
  8. Kirbdog macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2005
    Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
    iPhoto '08 is supposed to be able to handle in the neighborhood of 250,000 photos. I currently have close to 30 000 RAW images in iPhoto in my iMac. I use iPhoto to do casual editing. For in depth editing I still use Photoshop and Aperture respectively. I do find that as my library grows it does take longer for everything to load and get going.

    I do let Time Machine handle daily back ups and has been working flawlessly since day one. But I do still back up all my photos to a second external drive weekly and to a DVD once a month that I store in a remote location. In the event of a catastrophy I can replace a hard drive or a computer but not my years photographs.
  9. telf22 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    i currently have 115,651 photos. but it is my job so i take alot.
  10. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Iv got about 15 thousand in iphoto and about 4-5 in Aperture.
  11. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Awesome! Thanks for the all of the replies. I think I'm gonna go with iPhoto and PS Elements. I may upgrade later, but for now that's what I'm gonna try.
  12. telf22 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    good choice. i've tried elements 6 and it is surprisingly very good.
  13. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I have 64GB worth of pics. 33,467 files...I would say 30-40% are thumbnail size. To date I have just manually sorted by month using folders. I only copy them to my MBP when I want to edit, otherwise they are sitting safely on my PC's RAID array or in the backup external drive I have lol
  14. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    just passed 20,000.

    That's about 120GB, ranging from my first 3MP camera in 2003 to my current 12.8MP 5D. :) Most of the library is RAW files (didn't get really serious until about three years ago).
  15. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    I've got about 4K photos (though my rate of photo taking is increasing rapidly), and iPhoto and PSE. I think Ap/LR is better for finer adjustments, better RAW handling (though iPhoto isn't terrible) and great for things like stacks. Also, Ap/LR handle external photo libraries better. But you walk away from stuff, too -- like .mac integration, consumer-grade stuff (calendars, etc.) and a real clean, simple interface. I looked at both, and stayed with iPhoto/PSE6 (PSE6 was what did it for me)

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