Lightroom CC for mobile: Export catalog to ingest in Lightroom classic

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Can a feature be added to Lightroom mobile to allow exporting of catalogs to later ingest into Lightroom classic cc?The value of Lightroom mobile for me is to have a portable version of Lightroom on a device (my iPad) that I can take to location shoots and load raw files to. I can then review shots with the client, make basic edits and apply ratings. But as I work with larger raw files, it’s much faster to transfer files to my main computer when I get home. I can’t transfer gigs of files to and from the cloud. It makes a lot of sense to me that if you just added a feature to export a Lightroom classic catalog that you could import and delink files on your desktop, then Lightroom mobile would become an INVALUABLE tool. I can’t finish work on my iPad as I’m a portrait photographer and I need to do photoshop cleanup and beauty work. Also, another feature would be to sync or copy and paste adjustments to multiple images. I know I’m not the first to suggest this, but the other posts I looked at didn’t seem to get much response or traction, so I’m flagging it again.
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Kento Watanabe

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Yves Crausaz

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Properly prepare your LR Classic environment, uploading photos to a folder.
by yyyy / yyyy-mm-dd.
Configure the synchronization settings so that the files are loaded into the same folder yyyy / yyyy-mm-dd.

Change your workflow ....
1 ° On the iPad, put the synchronization on "OFF"
2 ° Import the images from the memory card
3 ° Treat the best photos, delete the bad ones
4 ° Choose with the client the photos he wishes to keep
5 ° Delete non chosen photos
6 ° Activate the sync, it will be faster, because it will only affect a few photos!
7 ° Back on your computer, you can copy the memory card
8 ° Only photos not copied from the iPad will be reloaded or if the photo has not yet arrived by synchronization, as soon as synchronization a virtual copy will be created next to the original.
There you go !


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Kento Watanabe

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Thank you so much for giving me a new workflow.I’ll test it out.

I think this still seems to be a big workaround for something that could be streamlined and much more efficient.
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Yves Crausaz

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I practice often as I explain above, even with 20 GB it is possible if you organize yourself for the management of the names of folders as indicated.
As soon as the sync from iPad to Cloud, to computer is over. On the computer, so I have all my shoot photos including those that have been synchronized with their pre-processing done on the iPad (in the virtual copy eventually.

The collection corresponding to the album on LR Mobile, on LR Classic, I duplicate it to not lose this selection, but this copy will not be synchronized. I delete the synchronized collection of LR Classi by accepting the deletion of the LR Mobile catalog. The copied collection, I declare it as a target collection, it will become the collection of the shooting. I go in the folder and with the spray, declaring all the photos in this collection that I can rename according to my system. And I simply synchronize this collection which will automatically return the dynamic previews to the Cloud and therefore in an album on the iPad! And reminder, dynamic previews synchronized from LR Classic to the Cloud do not count for space used on the Cloud included in your subscription!

A good knowledge of the system helps to use it well!

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Hi Kento,

You make a very good point in your request, bu do not expect this to be implemented. Here is -sadly- why I believe this:

* An offline (usb, ...) sync tool has already been requested, but I don’t see it happen either. You can upvote for it, though...
* Adobe has announced the won’t add sync options to Classic. If you want better integration, go to the cloud version
* Adobe has no interest in this kind of usage. They want to sell cloud stourage and push you towards LR Cloud, whether you like it or not. There are many reasons for that, ranging from being able to run AI on their servers to keeping you captive if you ever want to switch to another DAM.

Achieving a good workflow with the 20 Go limit needs a little mental gymnastic, but it’s achievable. You loose all your folder names, though, which is a huge pain. But again, don’t expect any improvement on that topic. Take it or leave.
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Thanks Antoine,

I’m definitely not holding my breath haha.

Definitely seems like adobe is pushing us towards the cloud. It’s just a shame as this could be a good intermediate until cloud workflows and storage are improved... Also internet access haha.
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You can improve cloud storage... just get your wallet out! Haha!

I’m ok to use cloud based apps, but I will never accept to use an app that does not give me full access to my own files, both raws and catalog infos. What if I want to migrate? What if they decide change their rates? What if I need to pay to get them back? What if... ?

To be honest, I’ll have a look at other DAM when my subscriptions ends