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Getting my collection in the cloud... Best way to make that happen?

joshua

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Hey there.. I've been out of the Lightroom scene for a number of years and just getting back into it now.

A lot has happened since I've been away including Lightroom CC and Dropbox Smart Sync.

I have probably about 500gb of photos in my Lightroom Classic catalog that's currently on my HD (and a backup on my other HD) but I want to get it in the cloud and since I don't access most of the photos that often, I'd like to keep them off my local drives except when I need them.

Is this exactly what Lightroom CC does?
And if so, how do I convert my offline catalog to their cloud?
Do I get 10tb of space with CC?
Does anyone do this w/ Dropbox Smart Sync as well - and are there pros and cons of one versus the other?

Sorry if this is a total noob question, but googling around I couldn't find a clear answer.

-- Joshua
 
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Yes, this is what Lightroom CC does. You get 1TB in the standard plan. You can extend this to 10TB, but that is very expensive and you don’t need it. Lightroom CC can migrate a Lightroom Classic catalog. Dropbox always stores a local copy, so that won’t be an alternative.
 

joshua

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Dropbox now has a Smart Sync option without the need for local storage - that being said Lightroom CC sounds like the solution. Is there a doc/link you recommend to do the conversion or do you just launch and go?
 

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Lightroom just stores a preview when it syncs so you still need to keep it on your hard drive if you want a decent size file.
 
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Lightroom just stores a preview when it syncs so you still need to keep it on your hard drive if you want a decent size file.
I'm not sure what you're suggesting here. Lightroom CC stores the original in the cloud, and gets that original from the cloud when needed. You don't need to store a local copy, unless you know you'll be offline a lot and need full size copies during that period.
 
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Do I have to change my settings to have them store the full size ?
If you do want to store the originals locally, then yes. Go to Preferences - Local Storage and check the option 'Store a copy of all originals at the specified location'.
 

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Suggest moving this thread to the CC forum.
 
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Are we talking about the same thing? Any image added to any LRCC app will always upload as full original size. But if the image is synced from LR Classic, only smart previews (2560px long edge) are uploaded.
 
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