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LrC and LR Travel Workflows

eric.hollis

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Lightroom Classic version: 13.2
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  1. macOS 14 Sonoma
  2. iOS
Hello all,

I read through the entire 'Lightroom Classic Missing FAQ' book, but I still have a few questions/puzzles with my workflows. This is my current workflow:

1. I take RAW photos on my SLR
2. I import from the SD card into LrC, copying the files to a new YYYY/MM/DD folder structure on my external HD
3. Move some of the photos into a collection and sync that to the cloud so I can later flag and reject my photos on an iPad, etc.

Sometimes, my workflow changes when I travel, and I only bring my camera and iPad. In this case, I:
1. Import original file-size images into LR mobile on my iPad
2. When I get home, I import the files from the SD into LrC

For step 2, I realize that this is redundant since LrC will pull down the original file for any cloud photos. Previously, these would be stored in my local user directory, but I have since changed that to save to a directory on my external HD.

So my question is, if I import files directly from the camera to the iPad, and those then sync to a local path on my hard drive, what happens if I delete the files from LR? Does LrC then see they were deleted from the cloud and attempt to delete the local copies I have? Ultimately, I may want to load photos into LR mobile while I am traveling, sort them, edit some, etc., but eventually, I just want them stored locally on my hard drive. If I then decide to put them back in the cloud, I would add them to a collection in LrC and sync them.

Thoughts on how I should handle this workflow?

Thanks!
 
I use my iPadPro and Lightroom when I travel and everything syncs back to my master catalog on my MacStudio.

This is the way it works. My MacStudio LrC runs 7X24. In Preferences Lightroom Sync is set to sync to the folder of my choice and not the default machine generated folder.

You use Lightroom to import into the Adobe Cloud. Do not import to the local option. Lightroom will replace any imported images with Smart Previews to save space on the mobile device and only resync the original file for the Adobe Cloud IF you need it for sharing or printing. Meanwhile All of you master image files are stored in the Adobe Cloud and as long as you do not delete files from the cloud, your master catalog will get and keep a copy.

If you should delete an image from the cloud, it goes into the “Deleted” album for 60 days before it gets deleted from the Adobe Cloud.

There is a blog article on the LightroomQueen website about using Lightroom and Lightroom Classic together.


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So my question is, if I import files directly from the camera to the iPad, and those then sync to a local path on my hard drive, what happens if I delete the files from LR? Does LrC then see they were deleted from the cloud and attempt to delete the local copies I have? Ultimately, I may want to load photos into LR mobile while I am traveling, sort them, edit some, etc., but eventually, I just want them stored locally on my hard drive. If I then decide to put them back in the cloud, I would add them to a collection in LrC and sync them.
If you delete images from LR, they are only "unsynced" in LrC, i.e. they are NOT also deleted from LrC. So if you do want to delete them from LrC you would then need to do that manually (doing the delete from LrC would be easier, as that DOES also delete them from the cloud). However, if you want to keep them in LrC and re-sync them back to the cloud as Smart Previews you can do that by adding them either to a synced collection or to the special "All Synced Photographs" collection in the Catalog panel.
 
If you delete images from LR, they are only "unsynced" in LrC, i.e. they are NOT also deleted from LrC. So if you do want to delete them from LrC you would then need to do that manually (doing the delete from LrC would be easier, as that DOES also delete them from the cloud). However, if you want to keep them in LrC and re-sync them back to the cloud as Smart Previews you can do that by adding them either to a synced collection or to the special "All Synced Photographs" collection in the Catalog panel.
Thank you, this is very helpful. I think I have a better grasp on the workflow now. I’m ok to import via LR knowing that the original files will sync from the cloud and stay in LrC even if I delete them from the cloud.
I have one more question. Right now, my photos are in a directory structure as YYY/MM/DD and I import any new photos in this way. If I set my LR sync directory to that same structure and date format, will the files sync into the corresponding date with any other photos I might import directly into LrC? Or am I better off just syncing cloud images to a separate directory and then moving them in LrC as needed?
Thanks
 
I have one more question. Right now, my photos are in a directory structure as YYY/MM/DD and I import any new photos in this way. If I set my LR sync directory to that same structure and date format, will the files sync into the corresponding date with any other photos I might import directly into LrC?
Yes. That's exactly what many of us do, i.e. set the sync download location folder to be the same parent folder that's used when we import directly into LrC, then set the same dated sub-folder option.
 
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