Could you please let us know the exact version of Lightroom you are using on both machines? Also, are you looking to use this second machine only for the editing purpose?
If you are using Lightroom CC- Cloud version then, please refer the following tutorial: Use Lightroom CC across your devices |
7.4 on both systems.
Essentially, I don't want to use the desktop anymore. I want to operate out of just my laptop.
(But I don't want a ton of files to bog down my OS speed...)
Ok so Mohit has referred a link that will give info on how to use sync between your mobile devices.
With respect to LR Classic cc specifically you can sync Collections from your desktop to the Creative Cloud and Smart previews will be stored in your Cloud storage and you can access these files with your laptop and other mobile devices. However you need to be aware that you can only have images from one LR Classic at any point in time. So if you sync Collections from your Catalog on the laptop then the Collections from the desktop will be removed..
Thing to consider either store your image files on an external HDD so you can use them with your laptop and LR Classic.
Or consider using LR cc on your laptop to access the Collections from the desktop.
Thank you for your replies. I'm still a bit confused however. Why is lightroom so confusing????????
When I set up Lightroom Classic CC on my laptop, it transferred a ton of photos over (presumably from my desktop version) but then this DRAMATICALLY slowed down my computer and ate up lots of memory/battery. Therefore now I'm thinking it would just be best to store these on the cloud now....
My original question was still not addressed: The collections however did NOT transfer over from my desktop classic CC to my laptop classic CC. Is there a way to do this without transferring the actual files and eating memory? Perhaps use the lightroom CC?
My second question was still not addressed:
Is it necessary to transfer the original files? Or, can I keep the original files on a hard drive and just use the synced photos on my new computer for access, to avoid taking up hard drive space?