Aperture to Lightroom............ Finally Done.
After the Aperture Demise announcement in 2014, I plotted, determined which home and then went out to do the long laborious task.....
Determining do that Lightroom was going to be the new home, work space and DAM for my images, I could then proceed. As my Aperture Libraries were Managed, I had to break the barrier and find the RAW images. I then exported those on to new External LaCie Rugged Hard Drives. Since many of the G-Tech Drives were from 2009 why not invest in new drives. So all of the RAW images were exported on to new USB 3.0, Fire Wire 800 2TB LaCie Rugged drives. From 2003 till 2016 Folders of exported images were on 2 of the LaCie drives.
In 2017 summer, I bought a new iMac 27 2TB. USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt3. All images successfully exported on to new external LaCie Rugged 3.0 hard drives. Check.
Having determined that I wanted to Import through Lightroom room by DATE, this made the importing process a lot faster. Selecting a year folder and then selecting a few months at a time. All images were imported into Lightroom folders by date, YYYY MM DD. I then could add a description. 2015-08-15 Rome for example. I also renamed all files with My LAST NAME_YYYY MM DD .CR2
As we have a second home, I felt comfortable having the LaCie Rugged drives as they were being moved back and forth.
So I started the long journey in February of 2018. Working backwards I started with the 2015 Folder on to new 2TB Drive. Then 2014, 13 and 12. And of course two additional drives as Back Ups. Bought another Drive again with Two additional Back Ups of the same for 2011-2003. From Canon 7D to tiny small first ever point and shoot DIGITAL camera, the files sizes reduced drastically and of course RAW Files to small jpg.
As "Developing" styles change and new tools are available, I felt the long task was worth it. It was nice to go back in time and see the images of the kids so small, old family members that may be here no longer including our beloved dogs. Yes I have to "Develop" again, but to me it's worth it as this new house has more rooms.