8 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2017 12:27 PM by Jao vdL

    Lightroom CC local storage

    RealMayer1111 Level 1

      Real Mayer 2017-10-21 11:15

      Hi

      I have installed Lightroom CC and set local storage to 0% and accepted the default folder location.

      I did not check the box to store files locally, in the advanced section.

       

      I have uploaded 3 photos from 1 camera. Upload has completed, photos are available

      on my iPhone 8 via Lightroom CC app. I even modified 1 photo and the changes were reflected

      in Lightroom CC on my Mac.

       

      I looked in the directory on my Mac under :

      /Users/Remer/Pictures/Lightroom Library.lrlibrary/6e2ae66e3a384046b4da792d3b7999be/originals/2017/2017-10-21

      and the three 5.7MB jpg files (10mpix camera) are still there, even though they are in the cloud in full resolution as per setup.

       

      What is the purpose of subscribing to Lightroom CC with 1TB of storage, if my local storage is not cleared afterwards.

      I do not want to store anything locally at the most just previews.

       

      Please can someone explain how this is suppose to work.

        • 1. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
          Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          You can't get it to be completely zero. Lightroom CC will need at least the files you are currently working to be actually present locally. Otherwise it wouldn't be able to generate previews or do anything with them. They then persist for a minimum time before getting deleted from your local storage. You simply need some cache to be present locally. It doesn't do this immediately because otherwise it would be constantly downloading the same file over and over. I don't know how long this minimum time is.

          • 2. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
            Costin.M Level 1

            Hello Real Mayer!

            I tried something and it seems to work. I did the same things like you, but, after the Lightroom finished to sync my pictures and uploaded all my pictures to the cloud, I accessed the location where it stores the pictures (on my Mac) and I deleted them from there. After that, Lightroom still showed me my pictures but the ones from cloud and I could edit them and all the modifications was saved on the cloud. No picture was downloaded on my Mac unless I went to settings and checked the option to Store a copy of All originals locally.

            You could try this way, but I strongly suggest you to delete one picture for this test or make a back of your originals in another place until you'll be sure that in this way you won't loose any picture from your work.

            Best regards!

            • 3. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
              RealMayer1111 Level 1

              I will monitor over a period of time to see if they disappear from the HD directory. I should not have to go and delete these one by one myself, even if this works also, that would not be practical for a user that knows nothing about HD and storage, and would go against the simplicity of the product (Lightroom CC) claimed by Adobe.

              • 4. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
                Costin.M Level 1

                RealMayer1111

                I think I found out the way that Lightroom works with the files.

                Step 1: I save the pictures from camera on my Desktop, let's say in the folder "P".

                Step 2: When I add the pictures from the folder "P" to Lightroom, it will copy them into its folder, Settings -> Local Storage -> Your Lightroom CC Files, and this folder is like a temporary folder. From this folder it uploads the files to Adobe Cloud, your online storage, but it won't automatically delete them from this temporary folder even if you unchecked the option to "Store a copy of ALL originals locally".

                Step 3: You can delete the files from the temporary folder (Settings -> Local Storage -> Your Lightroom CC Files) after Lightroom synced the files to your online storage. The files won't be deleted from your online storage, you can edit them and any modifications will be saved on the online storage.

                Step 4: If you want to save only few pictures with your work on the local drive, choose a picture from Lightroom, right click on it and choose “Save To…” and there you’ll see more options to save your picture. In this way, you’ll choose which  file to be saved and where without checking the option "Store a copy of ALL originals locally" and putting the Lightroom to download all your files from the online storage on your local drive.

                 

                The only bug that I see in all this situation, but I think soon Adobe will fix this, is that every time you add pictures from your local drive to Lightroom, it will copy them to that temporary folder and it will upload them to cloud without delete them from the temporary folder after the upload was finished.

                I hope this helps

                Best regards!

                • 5. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
                  Mark Rutherford Level 1

                  Forced cloud storage is a deal killer for every professional photographer I know. As a former board member of the APA, I know a lot of pro shooters. Back to PS+Bridge for us. RIP LR.

                  • 6. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
                    Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    https://forums.adobe.com/people/Mark+Rutherford  wrote

                     

                    Forced cloud storage is a deal killer for every professional photographer I know. As a former board member of the APA, I know a lot of pro shooters. Back to PS+Bridge for us. RIP LR.

                    Why? Lightroom Classic is there and will remain there and be updated for years to come. You don't need to do Lightroom CC. The Lightroom that we know and love is still here.

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                    • 7. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
                      Mark Rutherford Level 1

                      Yes but eventually the older versions must be updated so we professionals can't commit to an app that will be obsolete at some point in the relatively near future. I did say we will stay with PS+Bridge but there are other viable options too- like Capture One. This will turn out poorly for Adobe if they still care about the pro market. BTW- I have been an Adobe customer since PS v.2, taught PS & LR at a university and was on the original LR alpha team when it was called Shadowland. I have dear friends on the PS and LR team but I'm gobsmacked at Adobe's choice to extort more cloud storage.

                      • 8. Re: Lightroom CC local storage
                        Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        So you're depriving yourself of a perfectly good tool because it might get obsoleted years into the future? That seems like a strange business decision. If there is a better tool out there sure go for it, but nothing is that sure in the tech world anymore and that tool might disappear in a few years too. Nobody is forcing anybody onto the cloud or to pay for cloud storage right now. You don't have to do Lightroom CC if it isn't for you. It is not for me either as my main catalog as my multi terabyte image library doesn't scale to the cloud. Also I rely on way too many features in Lightroom Classic (I hate that they named the cloud product Lightroom CC - endless confusion and angst). It does work great as a solution to edit my images I sync to the cloud from Lightroom Classic on my iPad and on my secondary laptop. This works just fine without paying for any extra cloud storage.

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