I've been an iPhoto user for many years. It's always been fine for doing basic edits and creating basic events for organization. In addition, the only camera I've been using for the past few years is my iPhone. I recently had a business trip to the UK and borrowed a friends Panasonic Lumix. The pictures were so much better than what I could take on my iPhone, especially with zoom. I did some research and recently purchased the Sony DSC-HX50/V. So far I love the camera! It's not a SLR, but I'm not ready to deal with multiple lenses. I also downloaded the 30 day trial of Lightroom 5. It's a little overwhelming when you are coming from iPhoto, but I've been working my way through Adobe's video training and I'm learning a lot. There are some things I haven't quite figured out moving forward. I have both a current model iMac and a new MacBook Air. My free trial of Lightroom is installed on my iMac, and that's where my iPhoto library resides. I'd like to be able to work on my photos using Lightroom from either one of my two Macs without duplicating the files. I believe when I purchase Lightroom I will be able to install it on both of my Macs. I also need to look into the cloud version of Lightroom to see if that meets my needs (cost isn't the biggest issue). I believe there is a way to move my pics to an external drive and make edits in Lightroom to a scaled down version that will update the actual file when I sync to the external drive. Sorry for the long winded post, but if any of you have suggestions...I would be happy to hear them!!