Adobe generates DNG smart previews using the creative cloud infrastructure and syncs those compact images to your iPad. Your originals stay on your hard drive or external hard drive. It's easy to create projects (collections) and sync with one click but this is not available with the stand alone LR6; only with a subscription. LR Mobile is a free app from the Apple App Store.
The alternative is to export compressed jpegs with a quality setting of say 40 to 50 and copy them to your device, but that’s obviously a manual process.
Thank You 99jon,
So if I have this right, and it is what I suspected, the only "easy" way to do it is with a subscription to the CC. Otherwise I would basically have to do what I did in the past and just transfer folders over, or like you said export smaller files to transfer so that I don't take up as much space with them.
Regarding the subscription, and LR Mobile, the subscription you're referring to is CC right? Also, for when you say sync with one click, can I sync multiple projects, and is it done through the cloud? While it may be unusual, I really prefer not having things pass through someone else's cloud in order for it to go from one of my devices to another.
Thanks again for the help.
The easy way is with a CC "Photography Plan" subscription, which includes Lr (and LrMobile and LrWeb) and Photoshop. You just right click a collection (which can represent a project), and the photos are synced.
Alternatively you export JPEGs and use whatever way Apple allow you to put your photos on your iPad.
Yes, that's right AJ2058
The only way to sync is through Lightroom CC which comes with the Creative Cloud subscription.
And yes, you can sync multiple projects which are called collections in Lightroom.
Once, you sync the images through Lightroom desktop, they go on Lightroom web (lightroom.adobe.com) and sync to your device and this involves cloud infrastructure.
Here, is the related article for you : https://helpx.adobe.com/mobile-apps/help/lightroom-mobile-faq.html