6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 20, 2017 10:39 AM by melissapiccone

    Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC

    radishrog

      Hi.  I'm a longtime iphoto/photoshop elements user that is making the switch to LR.  I'm a hobbyist who is also the families photo depository.  I don't have an interest in maintaining my iPhoto library so I plan to use LR going forward for new photos as well as old.  Two things are important to me:  keeping key words and the edited versions of my photos.  In other words, I just care about the photos as I see them displayed in iPhoto currently.  No need for the originals.  In iPhoto, aside from some keyword based smart albums, I don't use albums and events.  In a sense, I guess I have one big album, and it displays photos in chronological order (I edit the original date of any old photos I scan).

      To my surprise, I see the LR iPhoto transfer plug in does not transfer photo adjustments.  I assume that means I will get the originals only without the edits I made in iPhoto.  As a result, would it be better for me to export my entire library from iPhoto with title and keywords into a folder that will eventually be my import folder for any new photos to LR?  In a little experiment I did, I see I am getting keywords, and photos are displaying in chronological order.  Does anyone see a flaw in this plan?

      I presume I would then delete the contents of that unintelligible iPhoto library some how afterward.

      I'm currently running OS 10.9.5 and iPhoto 9.5.1 with 6,700 photos mostly jpg with a few RAWs and a smattering of videos.   

      Thanks for any info, suggestions and experience you can share.

        • 1. Re: Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC
          melissapiccone Adobe Community Professional

          I don't envy you. I literally spent moths getting my stuff out of iPhoto and starting over in LR. I did all chronologically and I used Adobe Bridge to get it done. My photos are organized by decade, year, month and some some months are broken down into events.

           

          Adobe Bridge saved the day. I had multiple Bridge windows open to see and move the images around. Using Bridge, I could see into the folders and isolate just the images all in a single "location". I used show files in subfolders, then you can select just jpgs to hide the folders... make sense?

           

          I wasn't able to keep any keywords or adjustments. However, with my organization, keywords aren't critical.

          • 2. Re: Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC
            radishrog Level 1

            Hello Melissa,

            Thanks for taking the time to respond.  I appreciate your experience AND the sympathy!  I feel like I'm missing something though.  Why not use iPhotos export tool to export all of my photos in one massive export to a folder?  In my situation, my only album really is the entire photo library, so it would be one export and I would get my edited photos plus the keywords.  In your situation it would have been exporting the contents of each album.  To my small mind, that seems easier, but I have the sinking feeling that I'm missing something important.

            • 3. Re: Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC
              melissapiccone Adobe Community Professional

              I think it's because I already had everything organized the way I wanted it and I didn't want to lose the organization. I moved everything over so it was organized as I moved, instead of organizing later. I had lots of scans and stuff with the wrong dates.

              • 4. Re: Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC
                jonathanp41403920 Level 1

                I'm currently trying to do the same thing as Radishrog. I was on an older version of iPhoto (08) and Snow Leopard and wanted to trial Lightroom before I potentially buy it. I exported my 18500 photos from the iPhoto package to 240 named folders on an external drive. To do that I used the export function in iPhoto, selecting 'Current' (to get the latest, edited versions of my photos) + the highest JPG quality + 'Title' (if my iPhoto copy had a title) or 'Use album' (if the photos didn't already have a title) which gives the exported file a new name based on the Album name but in sequential order. I also ensured that 'Keywords' were selected in the Export dialog box.

                 

                I then had to upgrade MacOs to El Capitan (my iMac won't take Sierra but El Capitan should be ok) and obtain the trial versions of Lightroom and Photoshop. So far, its mostly going well. I've imported a few of the photos from the external drive and they seem to be the edited versions. They also have the filenames I exported them with and I'be been able to do a few basic edits in Lightroom.

                 

                One problem I have is that I can't seem to find the keywords that were associated with some of the photos in iPhoto now that I've imported them into LR. As mentioned, I checked the Keyword option when I exported from iPhoto. My trial copies run out in a few days so I'm hoping to resolve this before then.

                • 5. Re: Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC
                  jonathanp41403920 Level 1

                  Hi Melissa - when I import my photos (previously exported from iPhoto 08 using the Export tool as described above), where would my keywords show up in LR? In the keyword area on the right side of the screen? I'm seeing nothing there for photos that definitely had keywords in iPhoto

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                  • 6. Re: Importing edited photos from iPhoto to lightroom CC
                    melissapiccone Adobe Community Professional

                    I have failed miserably with keywords, so I can't help you. Maybe they didn't save to the file from iphoto. I manage my images by decade, year, month, event. I know, I have an OK memory. Not ideal, but keywords are not my friends...