I am a little late to migrate to Lightroom. I was an iPhoto user, then an Aperture user, and when Apple killed Aperture, I switched to Apple Photos. I regret my decision.
Apple Photos does not meet my requirements and I want to switch to Lightroom. I also want to get as much organizational information (ratings, keywords, metadata, labels, faces) as possible. I think that's possible with Adobe plugins iPhoto → Lightroom and Aperture → LightroomBut as far as I can tell, Adobe did not create an import plug-in for Apple Photos. Fortunately, I still have access to my old Aperture library before I migrated it to Apple Photos.
Can you help me to put together an import plan that optimizes the amount of organizational data stored? These are the resources available to me:
Aperture Library 1.aplibrary(7.3 MB), which I only include for the sake of completeness. It is
last openedTimestamps are six minutes apart two years ago. Its existence seems to be consistent with the experiences of other users.
Aperture Library 2.migratedaplibrary(118.41 GB) born of my unimaginability Aperture → Photos Migration and seems to be actively modified by photos, but is still readable by Aperture. The Aperture → Lightroom Plug-in does not want to import
.migratedaplibrary; it wants one
.aplibrary, I tried to just rename it
Aperture Library 2.aplibrary, and the plugin did not like either.
iPhoto Library.photolibrary(7.4 MB), which I only include for the sake of completeness. It is
last openedTimestamps are six minutes apart two years ago.
Photos Library.photoslibrary(73.45 GB), the main file used by photos every day.
- A Backup Folder with Aperture Reference Image Files (195 GB)
Usually, I can tell from the size of each library where my photos are located. But since Apple Photos stores so much in the iCloud, I can not be sure. I have not downloaded all the originals to my iMac, but I can.
I imagine the best result would be to import my old Aperture library (with metadata), import my current Photo Library (photos only), and magically deduplicate between them. I imagine that's just a mess. The details scare me and I am not sure if I can massage my migrated Aperture so that it is suitable for use with Adobe Aperture → Lightroom Import plug-in.