Workflow on a Mac using Photos

Jean Luc Oregon

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I am stumped on the best way to manage photos on my Mac. I am shooting RAW. I import into Photos (the Apple resident photography app which stores and categorizes the photos and has some editing tools). I am also using several post-processing tools including Lightroom, Luminaire, and Topaz AI. The problem is the image files are hidden inside Photos and I have to drag them out to work on them with the post-processing software. Then, they are lost outside of Photos unless I import them back in. What a hassle. I find using the PS and Luminaire plug-ins to be sketchy at best. I can stop using Photos all together and instead use Lightroom or Luminaire for both storage and categorization and for editing. But, then I look the functionality of Photos across platforms. Any advice??????
 
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My workflow starts with an upload of all the RAW files into Lightroom and I run the first cull of the set, the missed focus shots usually. I do all my editing in Lightroom and only rarely jump out into PS if I get excited by a particular shot. PS for me comes later if I get a yearning to get creative. Once culled, edited and exported as 'Full Res' and 'Internet Res' I connect my external drives (x1 working x1 backup) and still in Lightroom I categorise them. My last stage is to upload my Lightroom catalogue to the Cloud.

So for me Lightroom edits (which could include PS) and catalogues with no real interference from any other software.
 
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I hope to read more photographers workflow process too!

Currently, as a personal and amateur photographer, all my photos are imported JPEG+RAW into the Apple Photos catalogue. I also use Google Backup & Sync and have it backup into Google Photos on the cloud.
From there, I have selected photos to play with in Lightroom.

I would really like to move the photo collection (Apple Photos) off the main hard drive, but I am afraid of what effect this will have when the drive isn’t plugged in.

2021 and I miss Picasa
 

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I hope to read more photographers workflow process too!

Currently, as a personal and amateur photographer, all my photos are imported JPEG+RAW into the Apple Photos catalogue. I also use Google Backup & Sync and have it backup into Google Photos on the cloud.
From there, I have selected photos to play with in Lightroom.

I would really like to move the photo collection (Apple Photos) off the main hard drive, but I am afraid of what effect this will have when the drive isn’t plugged in.

2021 and I miss Picasa
I agree. Part of my problem is I have a Sony A7R IV and my photos are usually 61MB in size. Apple Photos has a hard time handling them. What I have taken to doing is store them on an external drive (after automatic backups to Dropbox and Google Photos), import them into Luminar Catalog, cull them from there, edit which I wish, and exporting edited files as JPGs so they can be imported into Photos. Should be an easier way.
 

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We currently use Adobe Lightroom, and use Luminar 4 as a plug in.
Which operating version are you using for your Mac? What type of Mac are you using?
 

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Jean, You could also look into using Sony's Imaging Edge Desktop Software. It supports high quality Raw files. If you look to get Lightroom I would also suggest you get an external hard drive to use for storage of your photo catalog.
 

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