Can anyone help me ?

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I got my new camera 10 months ago - proper SLR with big RAW files - beyond my old PC. So I bought a new PC, and Lightrooms. I copied all my old archive (carefully sorted) onto my BT Cloud and want to load the new pix there, then have a decent photoeditor sit on top of the BTCloud to edit and tweak what I store remotely. I am completely baffled by Lightrooms (which I was told was intuitive and straightforward) and am fast approaching terminating my contract. Can anyone help me ?
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Christopher Webb

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James Gray

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I assume you have acquired the manual and read it.  There are You Tube videos you can access.  If you are in the USA there is probably camera club near you that can help you learn and find the resources to learn.
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Christopher Webb

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James, Thanks; yes it probably is an RTFM problem at heart, but every other piece of photoediting / filing software I've used hitherto has needed zero instruction.  Chris.
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   It appears that BT Cloud is a backup service.  Seems possible that it wouldn't allow direct access for editing.
   Unless things have changed recently, Lightroom (LR) needs direct access to the files, so whether or not BT Cloud allows it, probably doesn't...
   As for intuitive, that is a relative term.  I found that LR had a steep early learing curve, then became much easier as I learned the basics. 
    There are lots of 'LR Beginner" resources on-line.  I'd suggest you hold off actually importing your images until you understand how LR imports & manages your files, then you can make an informed decision on how you wish to manage your files.
   Keep in mind that once you start editing images in LR, it is very difficult and painful to migrate to another RAW editing program - all RAW editors are very propriatory and do not play well with one another.
    Best of Fortunes
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Art, Thank you - both for the key point about how the BTCloud is configured - I suspect you are right, and the heads-up re RAW editing compatibility. 
Had a chat tonight with a photo amateur friend who confessed to loading everything off flash cards onto a freestanding hard disk and editing them from there (with Lightrooms) then storing the ones worth keeping in the cloud.  Chris
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Chris,
     I certainly agree with getting images off flash drives.  Personally, I don't believe flash drives (SD cards, etc.) are a sound backup strategy.  It seems like chaos to me.   
     And being somewhat opinionated, I see Cloud Storage as nothing but a profit generator for Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, etc.  And historically there have been cases where Cloud services have closed operations with no warning - resulting in significant data loss to their clients.
     Personally, I self manage my backups using both RAID and off-site storage.   That said, I certainly do see Web/Cloud based services as a super way to manage and share images with friends, family, and clients.
    One other thing you might want to consider is to start monitoring the LR 'problem' pages.  I think it can be pretty eye-opening.  Especially if you don't already have thousands of RAW images that you've already edited in LR.
    Another random thought.  I'd suggest that you keep your RAW images in their native format.  My experience in moving to a non-Adobe platform was that there were problems with other RAW editors interpreting Adobe's so-called DNG standard.

Best of Fortunes, and do some deep research before committing.   Its sorta like a marriage....
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Are you using lightroom classic (desktop version) or lightroom cc(cloud version)? Both being available through the Adobe creative cloud, for your needs I would suggest that you use 'cc' then sync your images to the Adobe cloud then share that image(s) via the generated link where others can view, download and edit your image(s)
As for learning LR, the best way to learn is YouTube & plenty of patience
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Christopher, Thanks, I'm renting cc but have baulked at the cost of doing the "easy" thing which is to use the Adobe cloud, but I'd need to upload all my previous photos taken on simpler cameras.  Patience is something I hope to acquire when I retire !  Chris
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I ust admit that LR Classic isn't that easy to learn as Adobe want to make us believe. But you should be able to find basic instructions easily on youtube, and once you get used to the User Interface, that should be it. Certain things are really complicated, like the print module, but editing and administrating is. Don't give up

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Danke Christian.  Ich habe jetzt mehrere YouTube Beispiele gefunden - und werde es noch ein bisschen lange versuchen.  Chris