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Import My Process: 2020 Apple Photos to Lightroom Classic Migration

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By the way, since @clee01l mentioned migrating to the cloud-based Lightroom first: in my small test, it only migrated the unmodified originals, and keywords were not preserved for raw or non-raw files. File names are the cryptic Photos file names. Titles and captions/descriptions migrate, as does other metadata. If the Title field isn't in use for an image, the migration process puts the original filename in the Title field.
 

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Wow a lot of brainpower. I am in this dilemma too...I want to go forward and start using LR with external plug-Ins like Topaz etc. I have a huge Photos library of 240 GB which I have backed up by year an albums to external HD/RAID. Going forward I want to convert to LR. The process of migrating all my old stuff to LR seems like an incredible process. I am hampered by having even worse internet than BertL...a neighborhood network with a radio relay nailed to a tail Douglas fir tree. My best UL is 3 mbps. Getting all my photos into iCloud originally took weeks. Not only that if I download back from the iCloud I will get 100s of errors for corrupted files...who knows if it is my stuttering internet or incompatible old versions. So doing this same process up to Cloudy LR is not at all appealing. Maybe Elon Musk/Starlink will save all of those in the non fiber universe which Apple and Adobe seem to be oblivious to. This is a few years off as they are in beta version now. I know that there are only 6 billion camera users versus 60 billion smart phone users so I am not holding my breathe for them to make photo users life easier. Can someone suggest where in this migration process I might go? I am thinking just keep my old Photos Libraries split into Archives by years and go forward in life with Adobe LR? It is kind of like Marie Condo...if I have not looked at those photos for years do I really need them in LR? I am using Big Sur and it seems to have issues that further complicate this whole process. Appreciate a simple path for a big problem.
 
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Wow a lot of brainpower. I am in this dilemma too...I want to go forward and start using LR with external plug-Ins like Topaz etc. I have a huge Photos library of 240 GB which I have backed up by year an albums to external HD/RAID. Going forward I want to convert to LR. The process of migrating all my old stuff to LR seems like an incredible process. I am hampered by having even worse internet than BertL...a neighborhood network with a radio relay nailed to a tail Douglas fir tree. My best UL is 3 mbps. Getting all my photos into iCloud originally took weeks. Not only that if I download back from the iCloud I will get 100s of errors for corrupted files...who knows if it is my stuttering internet or incompatible old versions. So doing this same process up to Cloudy LR is not at all appealing. Maybe Elon Musk/Starlink will save all of those in the non fiber universe which Apple and Adobe seem to be oblivious to. This is a few years off as they are in beta version now. I know that there are only 6 billion camera users versus 60 billion smart phone users so I am not holding my breathe for them to make photo users life easier. Can someone suggest where in this migration process I might go? I am thinking just keep my old Photos Libraries split into Archives by years and go forward in life with Adobe LR? It is kind of like Marie Condo...if I have not looked at those photos for years do I really need them in LR? I am using Big Sur and it seems to have issues that further complicate this whole process. Appreciate a simple path for a big problem.
Note this original post was about migration of the Photos Library to Lightroom Classic. Lightroom Classic only supports migration from Aperture and the legacy app iPhotos. There is no migration tool from the Photos app to Lightroom Classic. If you have a less than stellar internet, Using the Lightroom Cloud is not probably desirable.
 
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A number of people have reported in the last year that the Avalanche app is far superior to the buggy and limited Lightroom plugin for converting Aperture libraries to Lightroom. The product web page has said conversion from Photos app libraries is "coming soon" for the past couple of months. So you might contact them to see if they're willing to provide an estimate when that might be available. (Small companies are more willing to answer such questions, since they don't have armies of overpaid lawyers telling them to be afraid of vaporware lawsuits.)
 
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