16 Replies Latest reply on Oct 24, 2017 7:30 AM by Jao vdL

    Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?

    RWMOREY71

      I have just started to play with the new Lightroom. I went to import files from my network but it told me I didn't have enough room because it wanted to copy the files to my local drive. I don't want Lightroom to do this. However, there is not an option in the app to leave the photos where they are during import. I believe this option does exists in the "classic" Lightroom.

       

      Am I missing something or is this a (pretty glaring) oversight on the part of Adobe?

        • 1. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
          Brad Lawryk Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          You can change your local storage settings in the preferences (or turn off local storage completely)

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          • 2. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
            selondon Level 4

            Are you trying to Migrate a Catalog from Classic or just Import Photos?

            • 3. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
              Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              If you want to import a large amount of images this way, you will have to either import in small batches and wait until they are uploaded to the cloud after which the app will release some of the local storage used, or change the location of the local storage to a big external or network disk in Preferences.

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              • 4. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                RWMOREY71 Level 1

                I was experimenting with importing files.

                • 5. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                  RWMOREY71 Level 1

                  This is a really poor design decision by Adobe. I don't understand why the app can't upload the images from wherever I have stored them and let me tell it to just leave them where they are.

                   

                  I don't want to make the location of "local storage" to be the actual location where the files are stored for fear they will get "down sampled"

                   

                  Is it possible to upload the images to the Creative Cloud storage myself?

                  • 6. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                    Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    RWMOREY71  wrote

                    Is it possible to upload the images to the Creative Cloud storage myself?

                    Yes, you can upload them through a web browser by going to http://lightroom.adobe.com

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                    • 7. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                      williaml16012882

                      How many images/videos are you trying to import?   Do you know the total size of the files?

                       

                      How much disk space is available on your local drive?

                       

                      if you choose not to store originals locally, all the originals will be stored in the Cloud.  Lightroom CC only caches the originals on the local drive as you need them.  If an original is not used for some time, it would be removed from the cache to save storage space.

                       

                      When importing, it is possible Lightroom CC is using storage space to generate smart previews and temporary storing the files until it is sync to the cloud.

                       

                      Lightroom CC is cloud based and does not store originals locally, unless specified.

                      • 8. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                        Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        The way import works in Lightroom CC is that it copies all files first to the local folder. Then it will (slowly) start uploading them to the cloud. When they are there and you have the "local storage" option unchecked, it will start deleting them from local storage. This means that you need at least as much space in your local drive as what you are trying to import. This can be a major problem for those with small SSD hard disks. The only solution is to upload to the cloud through a web browser (just drag the files into the photo area or use the "add photos" button). This works for all file types and avoids this local duplication issue.

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                        • 9. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                          Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                          Or as I said above to import in small batches and wait until the images are uploaded.

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                          • 10. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                            davidd27946157

                            This is a pretty horrible glaring omission.  For those of us with hundreds of gigs of photos on a NAS, and just want to add them to the catalog in place, Lightroom CC is rendered completely useless.  I guess I'll be using classic until they figure out how to make this work for those of us with a backup solution?..

                            • 11. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                              RWMOREY71 Level 1

                              So if I set local storage to "0" will it only hold the images there temporarily?

                              • 12. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                                Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                RWMOREY71  wrote

                                 

                                So if I set local storage to "0" will it only hold the images there temporarily?

                                Yeah but temporarily might take a while. It is not immediate. I don't know when it does the clean up. Might be at quitting or restarting time of the program.

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                                • 13. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                                  Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  davidd27946157  wrote

                                   

                                  This is a pretty horrible glaring omission.  For those of us with hundreds of gigs of photos on a NAS, and just want to add them to the catalog in place, Lightroom CC is rendered completely useless.  I guess I'll be using classic until they figure out how to make this work for those of us with a backup solution?..

                                  If you already have 100's of gigs of images or like me multiple terabytes of them, you are not the target audience with Lightroom CC. Lightroom Classic is the solution if you have this much data. You can still use Lightroom CC and sync from Lightroom Classic just parts of your Library and access them in Lightroom CC on mobile or desktop OS and edit. Lightroom CC is very much a v1.0 app that misses 90% of what it needs to make it a full solution. If your needs are modest it is great but if you shoot 1000's of images in one day, have a gigantic library already, have limited internet bandwidth or need to batch edit, use curves, print (lightroom CC cannot print!), use virtual copies, use editing history (no such thing in CC), etc. etc, LR CC is not a solution to switch over to completely but you can still use it on the side.

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                                  • 14. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                                    davidd27946157 Level 1

                                    I mean, I guess.  If it's really unrelated and separate, with limited features like, that, I'm not sure why I wouldn't use Mylio instead..?

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                                      RWMOREY71 Level 1

                                      The only reason I was interested in using the "new" Lightroom was to backup my photos to the cloud. it would be nice to have occasional access to them online but mostly just as a way to back them up.

                                       

                                      I followed someones advice about setting my local storage to "0" but the location I specified for my images is using the same amount of disk space (900mb) as the first small set of images I synchronized with the cloud.

                                       

                                      I ran the import before I went to bad last night so that my PC could sync overnight which it did but the local files never got erased.

                                       

                                      The net net of all this is that I won't be using Lightroom CC until I'm forced to when Adobe inevitable end of lifes Lightroom "classic"

                                      • 16. Re: Leave Photos Where they Are on Import?
                                        Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                        If you just want to backup your files there are cheaper solutions that offer unlimited storage and automatic online backup.

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