Migrate to Lightroom Classic on a Mac

If you’ve used a Mac for a while, your photo library may be in iPhoto or Aperture—both of which have been discontinued by Apple. In fact, Aperture no longer runs at all starting with macOS Catalina. The easiest path to bring your photos into the present is to upgrade to Photos for macOS, but as I’ve discussed elsewhere, I prefer Lightroom Classic for many reasons. (For a discussion of the migration process to Photos, read Jason Snell’s Take Control of Photos.)

Moving to Lightroom Classic isn’t a straightforward process, however. Moving from iPhoto or Aperture—not Photos—is made easier because Adobe includes a migration tool in Lightroom Classic. That tool came as a direct response to Apple tossing aside ...

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