is it safe to export raw photos to osx Photos?

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  1. jesusplay macrumors 6502a

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    SD card gets exported to Photos, if I need to edit a photo I export it from Photos Unmodified to a new folder and I work on it in lightroom/photoshop


    I'm new to this, is this a good plan?
     
  2. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Why not just work inside of Lightroom? If you have Lightroom, simply just import to that App and edit from there. If you want to work on a project inside of iPhoto then export the images out of LR to a folder and then import to Photo.

    Here is where it gets fun. You can decide. Everyone here works differently. If you are new to LR, you can check out a few tutorials to get you started.

    I like Adam Lerner's quick tips on management inside Lightroom

     
  3. jesusplay thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Photos is free and I might not have lightroom/adobe suite for long as I'm new to this
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Well, you do get what you pay for.

    But Photos can edit RAW files too. You may not like Apple's RAW rendering, but hey, it's "free" as long as you an afford a Mac. You can also reference images in Photos (i.e. don't use the option to "copy" into Photo's library itself). Then those RAWs can be opened and worked on like any other file on your Mac, by Ps, Affinity, etc etc. No need to export from Photos and go through all that fuss. Once you finish editing, just save back into the same folder and then IMPORT that edited version into Photos if you need to. Photos works non destructively, so when you reference images the image itself doesn't change, even if you edit it in Photos...you'd have to export the edited version, as you've seen.
     
  5. The Bad Guy macrumors 6502a

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    For the life of me I can't understand why anyone using an actual camera (as opposed to a phone) would use Photos™ other than the vanity of syncing their stuff with their iDevices.
     
  6. jesusplay thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I like the library?
     
  7. The Bad Guy macrumors 6502a

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    Now you're just being silly. A mosaic isn't a library. ;)
     
  8. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Heh.

    The "library" is really nothing but a hidden (from you, its owner) folder system, organized by date. With previews and a few other support files. I don't quite see why it would be preferable than say just Pictures/2015/etc. (unless you pay for Apple's iCloud Photo Library service, which requires you to use a managed library. Mylio works better and is more flexible, although it doesn't necessarily include cloud storage, but it does do synching).

    And you wouldn't have to go through the hassle of exporting when you wanted to work on the image in some other program; it's just there in the file system. Even if you use Photos to find it; just use "show in Finder" instead of export and waiting and then finding the export.
     
  9. FWRLCK macrumors member

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    It's inexpensive, works for the vast majority of my photos and was a fairly seamless import from my Aperture library? Would I prefer an updated Aperture? Sure, but this works okay for most of what I need. When it comes up short, I export the RAW and work in Affinity.
     
  10. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    When I got my first Powerbook I used iPhoto aka Photo a lot. It was what fit me. Every year however I wished it did more, and eventually it did. When I got my first DSLR I needed more tools to edit my photos. iPhoto was great for when I needed to create an album for my website, but Apple squashed that dream and went with just a simple little iCloud. No more iWeb so iPhoto became a way to organize my images to put in a book. Its also great if I need a PDF rendering of a book or a quick slideshow. I haven't checked to see if Photo does the PDF rending.


    @OP I was assuming that you owned a copy of LR. You can purchase a copy at any online camera store or at any local office supply store. I got mine on sale because it was bundled with my camera. Using Lightroom as a beginner, you can start with adjust the White Balance and Exposure. Basically the same stuff you are doing inside Photo. The difference is that not only does LR handle more of the RAW files, it also adjust according to what lenses you are using. You can also add more presents and making it more customizable to your taste. It's really not that hard to use. You just have to sit down and use it. Each time learn something new when you open Lightroom up. Check out the videos posted on Youtube and the tutorials on Lightroom Killer Tips http://lightroomkillertips.com
     

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