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Migrating from Aperture to Photos #1
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by Noah
March 27, 2021 - 12:21am

I have pretty much decided to migrate my photos from Aperture to Photos. For context, my Aperture library is ~150GB with ~15k photos, of which ~3k have had some form of editing done to them.

Whenever I try to make this move, I get analysis paralysis and can’t finish it. The crux of my issue is that I have to pick between 1 of these 3 options and I don’t love any of them:

1. Migrate RAWS to Photos, storing the versions off in a sidecar.

2. Migrate the versions to Photos, storing the RAWs off in a sidecar.

3. Migrate BOTH versions AND RAWs to Photos

At the moment, I’m leaning towards #3, but don’t love the idea of having some photos that kind of basically look like duplicates, even though they are not.

What have other people done? Are there other options I should consider?

Thanks!

Noah Davis
Hacker and Photo Enthusiast

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by Noah
April 13, 2021 - 3:03pm

For those who might be stuck in a similar situation: the Aperture to Photos migration retains the original, as well as the edits (without the specific per-adjustment editing instructions) and does so without creating duplicates. I wasn’t following the instructions closely enough, and missed the Mojave part that suggests generating previews for all photos. After doing that, I got the migration behavior I was hoping for.

Noah Davis
Hacker and Photo Enthusiast

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