I share these in hopes that they will help guide and influence the future development of Lightroom CC.
I have had numerous syncing issues that had various consequences, some serious enough that I had to delete photos and re-import them, which retains (most of the time) edits and tags, but not the album associations they had.
JPEGs are highly problematic. When exporting original JPEGs, the edits inconsistently would not show up back in Lightroom Classic. It turns out, that for those photos, Lightroom CC was adding the AlreadyApplied=true metadata tag to those images, making Lightroom Classic think that all the metadata adjustments had been written to the pixel, even though they had noe. In my efforts to diagnose this, I ended up losing all edits on a couple hundred of my photos when I applied a tiny adjustment to the color noise on an album of 500 photos. The ones that were not properly showing up in Lightroom Desktop, then lost all of the adjustments I made in Lightroom CC when I pasted that adjustment to them.2. Recoverability
Lightroom CC has very limited ability to recover errors. It does have a simplified edit history. And you can undo certain actions. But there are many actions that are not recoverable (deleting a photo, adding it to, or removing it from an album are a few examples). And it’s fairly easy to make some of these mistakes.
There is the Lightroom Downloader tool however, it requires constant closing and re-opening to keep downloading images. And remember the sync reliability issues I mentioned above? As I’m writing this, there are two images in my Lightroom CC library that have had a sync issue for the past couple weeks and still have not been able to be downloaded by the Lightroom CC Downloader.3. Portability
And lastly, I have concerns about the portability of my data. While the first two concerns I think can and eventually will be addressed. I’m not confident that anyone is considering addressing this issue.
The problem with the Lightroom CC workflow is that my organization of my photos is stuck in a proprietary LR format. Whenever I look at software for my files, especially my images, I am also thinking about what it would look like if I chose to or was forced to leave that software. I’ve used four digital asset management (DAM) tools over the course of my photography. From iPhoto to Aperture, and eventually to Lightroom Classic and then Lightroom CC. Software is not permanent. It gets discontinued, it gets updated, and sometimes we choose or are forced to switch. So if and when that happens, I want to know how I’m going to do that. In a worst case scenario, I should be able to export my images to folders that will allow me to find them. In Lightroom CC, the default structure is by date, which has no relevance for me. I don’t know what happened on Dec 1, 204. I don’t know what pictures I’ll find there. Nor do I know what date, or even what year, I went to Jade Lake. Even worse, there is not even a way to export images arranged into folders of any kind from Lightroom CC without doing it manually, album by album.
In Classic, all my images are already in folders. From there, I can always select all photos with edits, and export a JPEG or TIFF with the same file name, append something like -lredit to the end, and save them in the folder, right next to the original image. So in a worst case scenario, I can take my photos anywhere, without the need for photo software.