1. AndrewPaulCooper's Avatar
    I'm thinking about upgrading to an iMac and I am a little worried about image process flow.

    In Windows I have a non backed up folder structure where;

    I dump my camera data, a load of large RAW digital images (30M each) then throw the duffers, sort 'like' images (e.g. different exposures for HDR recovery) into sub-folders, do some experiments etc.

    Loads of data, not worth backing up

    I then have a backed up folder where;

    I move images good enough to keep
    and merged images (usually with their source file(s).
    the native format of the program I am using
    The final image in all it's glory.

    Can I do this on an iMac

    i.e. select a folder (and all sub-folders) to be ignored by iCloud / iPhoto to avoid filling my bandwidth and iCloud data with potential garbage?
    05-02-2018 08:48 AM
  2. dcoke22's Avatar
    Yep.

    The stuff that the app Photos puts into iCloud (if you choose) is the stuff actually in the Photos library. The stuff I shoot RAW does not enter the Photos app, but just gets dumped to disk in a location I choose via Lightroom and thus does not get to iCloud. At the most basic level, when you mount a SD Card (or whatever you're shooting onto) it just shows up in Finder (File Explorer is the Windows equivalent) like any other disk.

    As for backups, the built-in backup software, Time Machine, gives you control for choosing things not to backup. You set this in Time Machine's Preferences.

    Personally, I choose to let Time Machine backup the images I have in Lightroom, but I could easily structure the folders to make it easy to exclude some or all of those images.

    I do occasionally make some time lapse movies. Sometimes I end up with 10s of thousands images that get packed into a time lapse movie. Those images do not end up in Photos or iCloud or in my Time Machine backup. I do, however, have a Backblaze account. Since they let customers backup unlimited data for a flat fee, I do let my time lapse source images get backed up to there.
    05-02-2018 02:50 PM

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