I'm having some confusion with folders vs collections as I prepare to switch over from Lightroom Classic CC to Lightroom CC and I'm afraid I'm going to need some help figuring out how to safely and wisely handle things.
I have my photo library, and my catalog on a LaCie external drive at this time that I plug into my MacBook Pro whenever I want to work with my photos.
I have cleaned up this library and now have it down to between 8,000 and 9,000 photos in this library, and the Catalog is optimized with no missing photos.
This library is organized into hundreds of Folders in the folders tab on Lightroom Classic CC.
So I could share some of these photos, I created some Collections under the collections tab, and about 1,200 of the photos from my Folders, are organized into Collections with sub-categories, just like in my Folders. All of these Collection sub-categories show up in Lightroom CC (although I can't see the main headings), where I can see these, roughly, 1,200 photos. For example, I have a Collection named "Birds" and under that heading in Categories, I have about 150 sub-categories named for a bird type (Cardinal, American Crow, etc...). I can see all of the individual bird type sub-category Collections in Lightroom CC, but not the heading "Birds," so they appear alphabetically, mixed in with all of the individual mushroom types I have in the sub-categories under the Collection "Mushrooms," with the Bird sub-categories and Mushroom sub-categories all mixed together, and not under their headings as they appear in my Folders or Collections in Lightroom Classic CC on my MacBook.
Of course, the rest of my 8-9,000 photos that are not in these collections, don't show up in Lightroom CC.
How to get all of my photos to show up in Lightroom CC, organized (ideally as they are in my Folders) is sadly not proving to be intuitive to me, nor am I finding a good forum, video, tutorial, etc... as to how to accomplish this. I have found the page that offers Migration instructions (Migrate photos and videos from Lightroom Classic CC to Lightroom CC), but I'm concerned about doing this until I better understand exactly what I'm doing.
In the end, I want to have all of my photos on the Adobe Cloud, organized, and a decent workflow from my iPhone X and my Nikon cameras, so I can do all of this web based through the new Lightroom CC, and have the ability to easily access and share all of my photos, and I'm afraid to make any moves until I have a better understanding of how to accomplish this, as it sounds like you can only do it once.
My understanding is that my photo Library is separate from my Catalog of edits and meta-data affecting these original photos. Will migrating my Catalog also migrate all of my photos to the cloud? The migrations instructions aren't clear to me whether I'll be migrating my photo library, my Catalog, or both. Should I do away with my Collections? Do they become obsolete once the Library is moved over? Will my Folders and subfolders from Lightroom Classic CC be visible in Lightroom CC after migrating? If not, do I have to re-organize all of this?
I'm a bit nervous about proceeding until I have a better grip on this stuff, and will have great respect and appreciation for anyone who can clearly lay out what I need to do to get up and running on Lightroom CC in an organized way.
Please forgive the long-winded post, and thanks in advance for any help you can provide,