Apple released the new Photos app today along with OS X 10.10.3. I never gave iPhoto a serious try, but I did use Aperture for a while. Photos seems to aim for somewhere between those two.
I love the idea of Photos handling everything for me. That seems nice, so I’m reviewing my current workflow to see how that might work out.
I have 3 different photo sources: iPhone, a Digital Camera, and my Film Cameras. Today I process them all the same way.
- Import images from card or scanner using Photo Mechanic
- Write captions for every image in Photo Mechanic
- For film scans, write camera info into exif data using exiftool
- Move files into dated folders (e.g. 2015/04-April/)
- Import (in place) into Lightroom
- Edit and share as needed
Photo Mechanic is the best way I’ve found for captioning, keywording, renaming, uploading, etc. It’s fast and great at what it does. I don’t want to lose that. Lightroom is a decent file manager and has no problem working with files organized in the Finder. I like being able to see the files. I’ve got a lot invested in Lightroom, plugins, and edits.
I rarely edit my iPhone photos, which means there might be a use for Photos after all. I’m considering handling each type of photo differently. That sounds like a terrible idea, but here’s what I’m thinking.
Film scans stay in their usual tidy folder-per-roll structure. Film scans are usually either ignored or edited in Photoshop. I upload my favorites to Flickr so they don’t need to be in the Photos library.
Digital (Raw) photos from the Fuji look best when converted from Raw using Capture One. I could use Capture one to crop, edit, tweak and export JPEGs for import into Photos. The Raw files would remain in dated folders, acting as a sort of “negative”.
iPhone images automatically end up in the Photos library so there’s nothing to do here, file-management wise.
The drawbacks I can think of are:
- I have to caption all iPhone photos using Photos, which blows.
- I lose my Lightroom plugin workflow. This is probably ok since most of them also work in Photoshop if I need them. I’m hoping we’ll see some decent plugins for Photos before long.
- I can’t see the iPhone files. I hate that.
- All my snapshots are everywhere all the time; easy to view and share
- I get to use Capture One for Raw conversions from the Fuji
- Raw files and film scans remain neatly organized, and those are usually the important files.
I’m certainly over-thinking this, but I feel it’s worth a try.