Lightroom CC mobile: Can anybody provide input for raw file sync workflow?

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I‘ m using Lightroom Classic together with LR for mobile together with Nikon D800 NEF/RAW files. Doing so I haven’t found an optimal workflow / dataflow for my typical shootings:I typically have shootings (wedding, architecture, travel) somewhere in the field with lousy internet. But I want to get an overview of my shots and pre-edit some of them, maybe send some first images to my clients. So I use a Lightning Adapter to load the raw files to my iPad and import them into LR for mobile. There I can do whatever I want.BUT: as the internet connection is usually bad and the LR cloud storage is limited, only a small number of the images get uploaded to the LR cloud. When I come home, I import the raw files from the sad card to my computer and there the sync problems take place:Some images are twice in my catalog.Some images are edited on my iPad but this edits are not automatically applied to the images in my main computer.And I would like to delete the raw content from the cloud (to free space there) but not delete the image from my catalog (so that the smart preview content is still available).Can anybody give me an advice how to do that?
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BUT: as the internet connection is usually bad and the LR cloud storage is limited, only a small number of the images get uploaded to the LR cloud. When I come home, I import the raw files from the sad card to my computer and there the sync problems take place: Some images are twice in my catalog.
This is because LRMobile will always seek to complete the job you asked it to do - import those files to the LR server. It would be dangerous if it didn't. LrClassic will then get those files via sync. Then by importing the files into LrClassic, you are importing them again and creating the duplicates.

So one solution is not to import them again, and just wait until they have synced up and down.

Another idea, if you want to continue as now maybe look up my Syncomatic plugin which would allow you to automatically sync edits between the files.
And I would like to delete the raw content from the cloud (to free space there) but not delete the image from my catalog (so that the smart preview content is still available).  Can anybody give me an advice how to do that?
You would need to unsync them. The most reliable way is to remove them from All Synced Photos in LrClassic, but this also removes them from the collection, which you don't seem to want. So my way is to go to the collection in LrClassic, unsync it,  add all the photos to the Quick Collection, remove them from All Synced Photos, then add all the QC's photos back to the shoot collection. Sync the collection again and only smart previews will be in the cloud.
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Thank you John, I will try your suggestions today evening.
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I've also come unstuck with this. I hope that Adobe will make Lr Classic easier to use with Lr mobile.
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As read previously in this forum, the won't add aditionnal sync/cloud features to LR Classic. Read: be happy with what you have and pay every month...
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I've now done this round trip quite a few times....this is what I am finding works.  

  1. I have lots of 16GB SD cards - so I use a fresh one for each shoot.  I keep them as backup until I am back on home base.
  2. While on the road with lousy Internet, I set the option in LR Mobile on the iPad to OFF - so the App does not attempt any sync'ing at all
  3. After each day (shoot) I load the card into the iPad PRO using the Photos app; then transfer them all to a folder within LR; then delete them from Photos and empty Photos' trash.  So, just one copy exists on the iPad + the backup remains on each card.
  4. I can freely rate, edit and delete from the iPad and can weed out some of the junk - also trying to keep the size manageable.
  5. Once back on home base, I can turn synching on and it all flows up to LR Classic.  From the iPad's folder in LR Classic on the MAC, I move them to where they will ultimately reside on my RAID.  I continue editing and deleting.  When DELETED from Lr Classic, they are also automatically removed from All Sync'd Photos and from the device.
  6. When I am really done editing, I can remove them from All Sync'd Photos and then just (re)select the SELECTS I want to appear back in the Lr Mobile universe and then they become available on the iPad (again), iPhone and Apple TV.

Here are the caveats
  1. Putting each shoot onto a separate card simplifies loading the cards into Lr and keeps the 'accounting' easier.
  2. But you need enough storage on the iPad (with a D800 that's a bigger challenge than an OLY EM-1)
  3. And you do need to pare down the iPad before turning sync'ing back on....the risk is that if you only have the 20GB plan, you can blow over that - and now you have a mess on your hands.  But if you can work within your cloud limits (whether 20GB or the 1TB) then this is as viable as it gets.  This workflow is workable for a mini-trip but for the 'big one' to Antarctica or Africa, it might collapse under its own weight.
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You workflows seems pretty close to what I had in mind, but like you mentioned it, the big issue is the 20 Go limit.
How will LR choose the images to sync or not ?
How can we do some housekeeping ?
(Not speaking about the huge wast of bandwidth -both at our side and at Adobe's side-...
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LR will sync ALL the images (unless while you are OFFLINE) you delete them from your iPad first.  So, import to LR when the iPad is OFFLINE/SYNC'ing PAUSED.....then you are free to load it up with as many GB's as you have space .... then cull them down and delete them before re-starting SYNC'ing and only those will go to your DeskTop.  You can PAUSE/Re-Start SYNC'ing by clicking on the 'cloud' icon in the top-right corner of the screen.