This article is the final pre-release chapter in Jeff Carlson’s upcoming “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” scheduled for public release later this month. Apart from the introduction, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Streamed Advice for Managing Your Digital Photos” for details.
Move Photos from iPhoto to Aperture or Lightroom
In Chapter 3, Choose a Photo-Management Application, I laid out my criteria for a good photo-management application. And if you remember, iPhoto didn’t fare well: it handles offline images poorly, its support for metadata is shallow, and its limited export capabilities are frustrating.
It also happens to be widely used—which is why I’ve included iPhoto throughout the book, despite its limitations. iPhoto is a well-intentioned application that unfortunately hasn’t progressed to match modern photo-management needs. If you’ve decided that you’re ready to move to a better tool like Aperture or Lightroom, this chapter will guide you.
What about moving to Photoshop Elements? Although the Elements Organizer is more capable in many ways, it’s not a significant improvement over iPhoto (in fact, its inflexible smart-album replacement, “saved searches,” are a downgrade). If you’re going to put the work into moving your iPhoto library, do it to a significantly better application such as Lightroom or Aperture.
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