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Using Lightroom Classic and CC

sawhearn8-icloud

New Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2019
Messages
1
Lightroom Version
Classic version 8.2.1
Operating System
macOS 10.14 Mojave
Hi, I have the Adobe Photography bundle, am using Classic on my iMac and have brought in RAW photos from an external hard drive. I own a MacBook Air and would like to view my photos on that when away from home. Is it a good idea to load Lightroom CC on my desktop and laptop so I can sync between the two? I've read conflicting reports about the wisdom of doing this. I'm a keen amateur photographer and just beginning to learn Lightroom properly (with great assistance from this site).
 

I-See-Light

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 27, 2013
Messages
1,113
Location
Queensland
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
Here is what I do, and as a "beginner" you might do the same until you learn more.
1. On my desktop- Lightroom-Classic only.
2. On my Laptop- Lightroom-CC
3. On my desktop- Lightroom-Classic - Add selected photos to Collections and mark selected Collections to Sync to the Cloud.
4. On my Laptop - Lightroom-CC- View, Edit, Share, the 'synced' photos.

Do not install Lightroom-CC on the Desktop computer- it will just confuse things.
Start by syncing limited number of Collections from Lr-Classic. If you add all your photos to a collection the sync may take a long, long, time!
Note that this workflow does not sync full-size files to the Cloud, but instead in Lr-CC, you are working with files (like DNG Smart Previews) with a long edge dimension of 2560 pixels, but with enough detail for most editing (and "Saving to JPG" on the Laptop)
 

nkawoods

New Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2015
Messages
16
Location
Lenexa, KS
Lightroom Experience
Advanced
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
I’ve been using Lightroom Classic on my Mac desktop and Lightroom CC on a traveling small MacBook. I have all my photos stored on my desktop; I keep an album “working collection” in LR Classic that I sync up with LR Mobile and use that with Lightroom CC on my MacBook when traveling.

I would love to just use the cloud to store all photos along with my catalog so I could access everything on both computers but I initially ran into big sync issues when I migrated to Lightroom CC on my desktop and tried to use Lightroom Classic on the same computer to edit . I migrated back to Classic and removed Lightroom CC from my desktop; it was a huge hassle to fix. I now only import photos to my desktop catalog using LR Classic.

Having been burned before I’m cautious about moving back to the cloud, but with all the recent improvements in Lightroom CC, I find myself revisiting the idea of trying to keep everything in the cloud but maintaining the ability to edit photos as needed in Lightroom Classic. There are some things I would hate to lose in Classic that aren’t available yet in Lightroom CC. Is there a way to do this that wouldn’t lead to the same sync issues I had originally? Thanks for any thoughts on this.
 

nkawoods

New Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2015
Messages
16
Location
Lenexa, KS
Lightroom Experience
Advanced
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
Update: I bit the bullet and bought both of Victoria’s books on Classic and CC, looks like I’ll be able to design a workflow that works for me based on the info in those books.
 

I-See-Light

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 27, 2013
Messages
1,113
Location
Queensland
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
Update: I made the statement- "Do not install Lightroom-CC on the Desktop computer " in my post above.
TBMK Installing Lightroom-CC (now just called "Lightroom") on the desktop is a way to easily transfer all your Develop presets to the laptop.
And yes Victoria's books are great!
 
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