To use the migration process, you’ll need to first upgrade your Lightroom catalog to at least Lightroom 6. If you don’t own it but you have subscribed to the Creative Cloud Photography Program, download and install Lightroom Classic 7 and upgrade. Here’s a video on how to upgrade to Lightroom Classic 7. If you have subscribed only to Lightroom CC, sign up for a free trial of the CC Photography Program.
If that’s more than you want to take on, there is an alternative: save your work out to the files (“write to XMP”), and then do a straight import (Add Photos) in Lightroom CC. The downside to this, however, is that this XMP process will not save your collections (and in the migration process I recommend using collections to mimic your Lightroom Classic folder structure if that is meaningful to you). You’ll also lose pick and reject flags and virtual copies. If you decide to use the XMP process, there’s still value in watching the migration video to understand what will carry over and what won’t. (Use keywords instead of collections to capture your folder structure).
To save to XMP:
- Resolve missing file and folder issues for any photos you want to migrate over (see migration video)
- Resolve metadata conflicts if you use multiple Lightroom catalogs or another raw editor in addition to Lightroom (see migration video)
- Select all your files – go to All Photographs in the Catalog panel
- Go to Metadata>Save Metadata to Files (Cmd/Ctl-S)
To import your photos and work into Lightroom CC, in Lightroom CC click on the + (Add Photos button) and navigate to your folder(s) of photos.
Note that even Lightroom 6 and Classic users can use this alternative “write to XMP” process.