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Photos slows down and is very slow #1
Henrik Lorenzen's picture
by Henrik Lorenzen
December 3, 2017 - 10:10am

Hi all 

i am trying out Photos and I have an issue 

i shoot with a Nikon 12-15 mb files but when I want to edit the files I  have a spinning ball in the cornet and it take 4-6 sec before I can adjust 

it is very sluggish  and lacking alot

my Mac 1 TB ssd 16 gb ram so it should work like a charm 

is this just me or is there a general issue with photos


PhotoJoseph's picture
by PhotoJoseph
December 3, 2017 - 7:32pm

Definitely not normal. Can you try photos from another camera (anything, even an iPhone) and see what happens?

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by Henrik Lorenzen
December 3, 2017 - 8:44pm

Hi Joseph 

yes I have and it is the same 3-4 phots edit then it slows down with my D3 D200 D90 only my iPhone is it quick since it is not raw

but I found a other way to do what I want to 

Since I would like to have all my photos on my iPhone/ipad

i do all my editing in C8 then export 300 kb files to photos then sync them :)

Apple should get their act together  and kick Aperture back to life but they never gonna do this 



DaveP's picture
by DaveP
January 26, 2019 - 9:52pm

I don’t have a problem with speed in Photos. I have an external 1TB Solid State Drive hooked up to my MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt 2 (using a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapater). My Photos library is 750GB on the SSD. It is the only file on the SSD. When I fill 90% of the SSD I will move the Photos library onto a 2GB SSD.

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by Jim Pappas
September 19, 2021 - 6:49pm

Do you automatically have Photos set to keep a local copy of your originals on your Mac, or do you have it set to only keep the originals in iCloud?

/Jim Pappas

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by DaveP
September 20, 2021 - 2:32am

I don’t use iCloud Photos. As of today my Photos library is 853GB on the SSD. It is now on a 2TB SSD.

Jim Pappas's picture
by Jim Pappas
September 20, 2021 - 2:41am


My question was actually to the OP.  His problem sounds like his originals are not on his Mac.


/Jim Pappas

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