Hi, I started using Photos with my complete set of photos from Aperture, so I have about 70,000 photos stored in my library. I have Optimize set to save originals to the Mac.
Now, I want to change up my management of the System Photo Library & iCloud. I want to only keep my current year photos in this library. I’ll still have my original library of 70,000+ photos. My process would be in January I would export all current year photos and import them to my original library. Then I would use an empty System Photo Library to start collecting all the photos for the new year. This will keep my use of iCloud down as most of my activity to date on my mobile devices, has been related to the current year photos.
I’ve looked around and cannot find a clean way of switching from year to year using the System Photo Library & iCloud with an empty library. In the documentation, I’ve read it states that the new library being designated as the System Photo Library will have the photos stored in iCloud merged into it. I don’t want this to happen. I want to start new each year.
Is there an easy way to accomplish this type of library management?