Let’s talk photography.
I was shooting in RAW and keeping the originals on a 4TB hard drive and editing in Lightroom. That’s what pro photographers do so I decided that’s what I should do, too. Recently, I reconsidered this cumbersome process and thought, “do my photos really need to live in a McMansion?”
With the launch of Apple Photos, I started thinking perhaps it was time to go back to the blissful basics of light editing and one spot to store all the photos.
The editing tools are actually pretty legit in the new Photos app, but the real reason I want to convert is this: the app uploads and stores your original photos to the Cloud so they are safe. The camera does more post processing when it’s set to JPG, meaning the picture is prettier requiring less editing. It’s so much simpler. And the photos are more accessible.
I still love using ThisLife to keep all of my photos because I love the way it organizes… but this new cloud Photos app may make it irrelevant. However, I wanted to find a photo from 2005 and was easily able to find it in ThisLife. Apple Photos is still not there… I’m not sold on the moments and collections method of organization. I think it’s confusing.
(In case you’re curious – my former process was to export all of the finals from Lightroom and sync with ThisLife, which I do like, but it’s just a few more steps.)
I uploaded, edited and shared from the Photos app. I think I’m going to try this out for a little while. It is certainly easier. Plus, I can share easily on iCloud with family, which is private. In any case, I think I will continue shooting in the smaller JPGs so I can use a cloud service (like Dropbox or Box Sync) rather than an external hard drive. The photos looked fantastic straight out of the camera and all I had to do was crop some of them.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, Independence Day celebrations:
How about you, mom photographers? How do you organize and store all of your photos?