I've been poking around the forum and looking elsewhere on the web trying to research my question but I've decided that, when it comes to digital photography software, everyone's criteria is very specific. While I can get bits and pieces of info from each post I read, I wanted to lay out all of my requirements and let the experts help me decide what to do. Some background: Almost all of my pictures are taken with my iPhone (currently a 5S) with some small number of them coming from a small Canon point and shoot camera (Canon PowerShot SD780). I'm not using a DSLR and have no plans to get one anytime soon (but you never know). I've amassed a bunch of digital photographs over the last 10-15 years. I also have a HUGE box full of old hard copy photos from my family that I want to scan, add metadata to, and do some minor cleanup if I can figure out how to do it. I'm computer savvy but know next to nothing about digital photography. I recently got a new 27" iMac with the 3Tb fusion drive, 32 GB RAM and the high end CPU, so computing power or disk space isn't an issue. I have the latest iPhoto but I'm considering Lightroom and possibly Aperture as well. I've messed around with iPhoto on my old MBP and it seemed ok but here's the kicker - I really REALLY don't like my photos being sucked into an iPhoto black hole. I like having them organized and stored in the filesystem and just using the tool to simplify the organization, adding metadata, filtering them by criteria, face recognition, and to provide some newbie editing tools. So on one hand, since I've not done much with my photos, the simplification that iPhoto provides seems like it would be the way to go until I "graduate" to one of the higher end tools (e.g. Lightroom, Aperture). On the other hand, I feel like I don't have as much control over the organization and storage of my photos with iPhoto and from what I've read, this is where Lightroom would be better for me. I realize that, at least initially, I wouldn't be using most of the features that Lightroom would provide but if iPhoto copying my photos into it's own library is going to bother me, this may be my only option. And I'm also concerned that, as I learn the software, it has the tools I need to scan the older photos and make it as easy as possible to do the corrections (since I'm a novice at that) and add metadata like location, dates, etc. If I try iPhoto first (since I have it) and can't get past the photos not being available in the filesystem, I'd then be stuck with having to figure out how to export them and then import them in to Lightroom and then I'd have the duplicates with my originals (which I'll keep on the filesystem even if I import them into iPhoto). I'm probably overthinknig this but some expert guidance would be appreciated.