How to use Lightroom effectively both at home and while travelling?

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I’am new to Lightroom CC and intend to take a good holiday shortly.

Below is our situation. The question is which option suits best?

       I.          Install LR CC Classic on laptop and export/import its catalog to the desktop? or

      II.          Install LR CC and use extra Cloud storage?

Situation

Travelling means we’ll not have plenty of internet access on our way.

We’ll take with us 2 bodies, 4x 32GB mem cards large enough to contain all pictures made during the trip. We’ll take with us a newly bought small laptop as well: Intel i5, 8BG and 256GB storage, W10Pro. Large enough for some Lightroom CC Classic usage. At home we’ve all our pictures (around 100.000 in total) on a desktop pc, W10Pro, local storage including external backup of both the photo’s and Lightroom CC Classic’s catalog.

Discussion

I opt for to install LR Classic on the laptop. Whilst travelling I will copy every day’s pictures from card to the HDD. Not going to empty the card. From there I might do some culling and keywording and basic editing. Coming home would make me export this catalog together with the pictures, copy those to the desktop and import it into our main catalog. Moving the pictures from within LR. In this way I will not lose any keywording.

The alternative - as far as I can see - would be using LR CC on the laptop. That might still prove to be useful for several reasons. 1) I may set it up in such a way that we’ll sync our best pictures from LR Classic to the laptop - which is nice to have. 2) Once getting a stable internet connection LR CC will sync automatically all pictures to the cloud and from there to our LR Classic (when we get home) and thus get all travel pictures on our main filesystem. The downside of this is that I will lose any keywording applied in LR CC. The other downside I see is that we’ll generate >100GB, by far exceeding the 20GB space we have now in our basic subscription.

The question is: to use or not to use LR CC and cloud storage during travelling. Am I - as an all time user of desktop applications, not having much mobile experience - missing important arguments here pro mobile and cloud storage?

What are your opinions and experiences?

Kind regards / met vriendelijke groet,

Jetze

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Using Lightroom Classic on both computers and merging the catalogs when you get home via “Import from Another Catalog” makes the most sense, especially if you do not have fast, reliable and cheap internet on the road.
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Thank you Johan,Regards, Jetze
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From the setting you described I agreed that Johan's suggestion is by far the best option for you.

I am a little paranoid about storage, so I recommend that you double-check the available storage and storage related settings on your laptop: 4x32GB = 128GB needs half of your HDD. Add several GB for the OS, programs e.g. Then add some GB for Lightroom previews and the catalog itself... 
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Thank you for your reply tpnotes,I promise I'll do the math as soon as I know the amount of space remaining on the laptop. Worst case scenario is that I will have to buy extra SD cards in order to have dual copies of each and every file. I feel no wish to test Murphy's law here.Kind regards, Jetze
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Hi there

I just can share my personal workflow when travelling. My camera has two memory cards, one only for backup. I'm using my iPad Pro during travelling with an SD Lightning => SD Card adapter.

Workflow
  1. Take my pictures (camera is writing to both SD cards simultaneously)
  2. Copy pictures to ipad local storage (pictures) using sd-card adapter
  3. Empty the SD card and putting card back for next shooting
  4. Upload all pics using LR CC App on the iPad (possible when offline)
  5. Do some editiing direclty on the iPad
  6. When wifi is available, LR CC App automatically uploads the fotos to the cloud
  7. Back @ home, sync all photos back to desktop using LR CC or LR Classic

If something happens, I still have the second SD card in my camera as a backup.

Pretty cool, ya? 
 
Liceo
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Thank you Liceo, it is nice to have a dual slot camera in this respect. Could you be so kind to elaborate a bit on step 4? You describe it as "uploading". It appears to me you might be importing here? Am I correct? Step 6 is certainly what I would like to happen. How long, in your experinece, it typically takes to upload - say 20MB worth of - pictures?Thanks for helping me out, Regards Jetze
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Yes, indeed. I meant with step 4 importing into lightroom cc. Same process works on a notebook the same way of course. I use the iPad, because i like the display.

Upload time of course depends on wifi and internet up-speed. This year, i was in dominican republic and i was surprised how fast the upload was. Not sure, if Adobe uses kind of compression algorithm for transfer the data..
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Thanks a lot Liceo,I do think I'm gonna dive deeper into this mobile thing and experience what it can do and what that means to my way of working.
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I do the laptop and Classic. It works, it’s faster, and most importantly, I know the workflow.
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Thanks John, I think I will be with you in this case. Regards, Jetze
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One other thing that helps is to export keywords from your main library and import them to your travel library.  That way you will not invent "new" keywords accidentally.
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Thanks Rory,
I was trying to copy my catalog to the other laptop. Intending to remove all the pictures and reference to file locations on our main computer. I would then be "left" with a catalog containing all keywords and collections and no pictures.
Somehow I have a rights issue on this copied catalog as it is reported as write protected. Do not yet know how to resolve that. Will give it a second try for sure. Otherwise I will export / import the keywords like you propose. Done that before.
Thanks a lot for your advise! Regards Jetze