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Sorry, this is a long post but this seems to be a complicated subject!
I'm a long time user of LrC but considering a move to LR (cloud), for a few reasons:
I like the idea of being in the cloud and the flexibility it provides, and don't mind paying for the capacity I need but having worked in IT for over 20 years, it's a big leap of faith to rely solely on Adobe to secure and protect my data. I would feel much more comfortable if it was possible to maintain a local copy of my files (which I could also then backup elsewhere, if I chose), including flags, ratings, edits and tags.
From reading articles online and other (very helpful) posts on this forum, it seems I have three options...
So my questions are...
Is the above all correct? Am I missing anything that I should be aware of or should be considering?
Do other LR Cloud users worry about keeping local copies or are people happy trusting Adobe to look after their data?
Any other thoughts or recommendations?
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I posted an Idea to Adobe about the backup issue here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-ecosystem-cloud-based-ideas/p-backup-and-import-of-full-clo...
Please upvote it!
As for the rest, you are fairly spot on. Last year when I was considering making the jump from Classic to Cloudy, the recovery aspect was an import point for me. I was all in at the time that I needed the original images plus all non-destructive edits and this was going to be a hard failure point. My possible solutions at the time boiled down to three choices:
1. Stay with Classic only
2. Get into some hybrid of Classic and Cloudy as many others have.
3. Change my requirements.
When I considered th third point, I had to ask. Why do I need originals? Using a SQLLite tool, I opened my classic catalog and started to muck around in the data. I could not find a single instance of history where I ctaully edited the image after I assigned it my final edit status. So I changed the requirement, I need to be able to recover the meta data and 100% quality image of the final version. The result, on my primary desktop I run an export of all images I care about at 100% quality with all meta-data that has two or more stars.
This "export" of 10K images takes a couple days to run 🙂 but this is now my primary backup in case Adobe is compromised.
I do have "keep originals" enabled on my primary desktop. More for performance reasons; however it is also a good ultimate backup concept or peace of mind.
Thanks for the reply.
Absolutely agree with your idea and I've just upvoted it. Although I can't help getting the impression that Adobe don't want to make it easy for users to exit the cloud ecosystem.
I think I'm very much in the same position as you, in that once I've finished curating and editing a set of photos, I never edit them again. That's why I was thinking I could move a set of edited photos to an album in LR, then export the contents of that album to a folder on disk. I could create a high level album folder in LR called "exported" or "archived" or similar and move the album there once I have it safely on disk. A similar approach to what you're doing with exports I think 👍
I disagree on one point.Adobe already has a downloader, and also has made it very explicit that you "own" your own data.
As a result, taking all your data from Adobe is a fairly straightforward process. Doing something with it on the other hand is not.
I tend to think (or hope/believe) that it is more a case of priorities than something nefarious.