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Duplicated photo stuck uploading (not syncing)

New Here ,
Nov 13, 2022 Nov 13, 2022

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I have one photo (CR3) that I edited in Lightroom on my mac which I then proceeded to "Duplicate 1 photo" to have a different edit. The original is edited and properly synced but the duplicate is stuck in persistent "uploading" state—despite leaving for a considerable amount of time.

 

On my mac, Lightroom CC:

kierrsun_0-1668337920586.png

 

On my iPhone and iPad:

kierrsun_1-1668338045360.jpeg

 

On iPhone and iPad album view:

kierrsun_2-1668338113799.jpeg

 

All apps are updated to the latest versions as of time of posting.
macOS Ventura: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom version 6.0

iOS 16 & iPadOS 16: Lightroom version version 8.0.0 7FE042/60

 

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New Here ,
Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

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Yes I have struggled with this too!! I will duplicate a photo, oftentimes if I want to make it black and white, and it does exactly that. The only way I have gotten around this was to delete the duplicate and then do that again... which is very frustrating. One time though it happened with the original photo and I started panicking. So frustrating.

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Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

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IMO-  Trying to 'Duplicate' a photo from a file that exists in your computer is prone to problems.

Lightroom uses your original files that are stored in the Adobe Cloud. (FIles in your computer are only 'cache' copies.)

If you try to Add/Import a 'duplicate' to the catalog, Lightroom would refuse as it allows an original file to be uploaded only once.

 

The way to edit different versions of the one original photo is to use 'Versions' within the Lightroom Editing window-

1) Select the photo in Lr and Edit [E]

2) Choose [Versions] at the base of the editing panels-

2022-11-16 09_29_19-Window.jpg

3) Click on the [+] to create a new version, give it a name-

2022-11-16 09_29_34-Lightroom.jpg

4) Now you have a 'duplicate' in your library that you can edit individually-

2022-11-16 09_30_03-Lightroom.jpg

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.0.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.0, Lightroom 6.0, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0, Windows-11.

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Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

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THANK YOU for explaining LR's not accepting duplicates, and what to do!

I had the same problem.

Jackie

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Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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I understand your flow, but I think this one is a separate issue. I did not try to import the same file again, simply it was already imported and synced to the cloud (uploaded weeks ago). When you right click a photo, there's an option to make a duplicate—this works quite differently than versions because for example, I may have different edits for a single photo co-existing in different albums. Whereas if I try to use Versions, changing the edits in one photo will change it everywhere that photo is referenced from.

 

For example, I need to have a Portrait and a Landscape crop of the same photo in the same album in presentation and sharing for the client.

 

Nevertheless, I wish we don't have to rely too much on our own workarounds because of Lightroom bugs 😞

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