davidneale: I didn't upload from anything from Photos. I exported my pictures to folders when iPhoto was dying and they all went eventually (I think). I'll try to upload from Photos when I get a chance.
David, I didn't upload from Photos- I exported my pictures to folders when iPhoto was on its way out and used those. They all went (I think).
Jeffff: It will work fine but I don't think it will be quite as fast as putting the SSD on the internal bus. (I could be wrong... but I don't think so.)
Scott B: I too agree that HDDs have their place -- and that place is anyplace but your boot drive. If you don't mind the extra time it takes to launch apps and open and save files (among other things), by all means continue booting from a mechanical disk. I'll never to do it again voluntarily. (And, for what it's worth, you can have have more than one powered USB hub on your system... I have three right now and have had even more in the past.)
I hadn't noticed -- but I rarely rotate pictures in Photos (or Aperture) unless I'm planning to use them for something. Most of my pictures come from my iDevices, so they're (mostly) oriented correctly anyway. In any case, it's not a dealbreaker for me (not even close). Thanks for mentioning it, though, davidneale - someone may benefit from your pain.
I've got an issue when I hit 1TB regardless of which option I choose. I haven't hit it yet on Google or Flickr but I suspect it won't be long. Since I'm also using three cloud-based unlimited storage services (at least at present) for backup, I'm not worried about LOSING any photos... But seeing all of them on all devices may become a challenge when I hit the 1TB barrier. We'll see.
Jared: I know RAW is a problem... But I shoot more and more of my stuff on my iPhone lately... I hadn't really given it much thought. I don't suppose Flickr is going to support RAW anytime soon. I just started backing up everything to Amazon ($60/year), BackBlaze ($50/year), and CrashPlan ($60/year) so I'm not worried about backing 'em up. But it would be nice to have them avaialble everywhere without having to save two files. vpndev: I like it. Maybe Apple will like it, too. One can only hope.
Good one, Kelly! Don't know why I never thought of it. I have dorky clip-on sunglasses things that will be easy to hold in front of the iPhone. OK, gotta go; I can't wait to try it! Thanks!
Geoduck: Me too!
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