Lightroom CC: Image search feature inaccurate in some cases

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The new search feature that's supposed to recognize objects without having to tag is basically useless. I had a collection with 10 or so pictures that were clearly of waterfalls and about 20 others that were paths, rocks, and woodland images. I did a search for waterfalls and it returned one image that was a river shot one of some leaves and one of a path. Zero waterfalls.

Is this a real feature or a marketing gimmick. Google can tell me what's in my photos and even where they were taken so this isn't rocket science.
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If you've only just uploaded the photos (or you uploaded them previously and didn't have the technology preview turned on) then it probably hasn't indexed most of your photos yet.
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I'll bite maybe so. Then why not give a message that the photos haven't been indexed. But let's go a step further if they hadn't been indexed wouldn't it not find anything not the wrong things?

Not only were the results disappointing the time it took to give me those wrong results was a joke. The search box indicated it was just the one folder so about 25 images ad I actually got up, came back and it was still thinking.

Compare that to when I ask for "cats" in my Google photos which has tens of thousands of images and I get immediate results, on my phone or desktop.

This just seems like a poorly implemented toy trying to keep up with industrial technology.

Its had all night to index my images so I'll give it another try. I haven't uploaded my full catalog so there are only a few hundred that I had synced currently. I wouldn't think it would take that long.
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Yeah, indexing indication would be really useful. I bet the servers are getting hammered right now, with everyone uploading because of the release. I can vouch for the fact it usually works quickly.
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Even let's go a step further. I just received this email for Adobe, yes it's an add but look at what it says:


Quickly add some photos and organize them in albums and folders. Find the shots you need with automatically applied keyword tags that make searching a snap.


It doesn't say upload and then wait a while ndexes to be built it says upload and search. That just flat doesn't work in my opinion. And if you're saying they have to be indexed then Adobe is flat lying in their promotional materials.
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Yeah, I think I could have worded that better. Although to be fair, what it says is true - there is a full stop/period between the sentence about it being quick, and the sentence about searching. If they gave explained everything in detail, you'd never reach the end of the email. Usually the indexing is pretty quick.
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That would be nice. Seems like nice is something Adobe's forgotten about.
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The tech behind this search image recognition is Machine Learning models that run in cloud. There are data scientists behind this working to improve the image recognition models all the time. The more people who use this feature and start to sync their images into CC cloud the better Adobe's data and models will get. From what I can tell their models are very basic right now, it can recognize for example a dog or a cat or a girl vs a boy but it's not sophisticated enough yet to say recognize a black dog vs a white dog.  Again, over time I expect this to improve but it's a feature that's going to evolve over time and not be 100% right out of the gate.