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Sharing a Lightroom library

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Jun 17, 2023 Jun 17, 2023

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Apologies in advance if this is an uninformed question, but I'm a novice trying to figure out if Lightroom is a viable solution to our problem.

 

Our organization has an Adobe for Enterprise account, and my department manages a large archive of photos (500GB+). We are looking for an application that would enable multiple users to quickly preview photos stored on a shared drive or the cloud. Facial recognition functionality would be a huge plus.

 

I recently started using Lightroom and have been impressed so far, but rather than importing images into my Adobe user account's cloud storage (which will exceed my allocated storage), we'd like to be able to upload photos to a location with more storage that would allow multiple users to access the images via Lightroom. Our organization uses Box for cloud storage, so it would be great if there were a way for Lightroom to access Box files, but I haven't seen any evidence that's possible.

 

Our tech person suggested using a shared Adobe library--which would theoretically have unlimted storage--to store the photos, but after spending a few hours fiddling with Lightroom, I cannot figure out if it's possible to import images into an Adobe library or to enable multiple Lightroom users to access the same library.

 

I'm hoping someone can advise me if it's possible to store Lightroom photos in a shared Adobe library or if there's another possible solution to meet our needs. Thank you.

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Jun 17, 2023 Jun 17, 2023

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  • Lightroom only uses Adobe's storage options.
  • It doesn't offer any other options, but as the base is 1TB, your 500GB+ would fit in this easily.
  • Anyone with the account email can log in, I don't believe it's multi account accessible, but you can use invites for edit access. 
  • It's not an Enterprise solution. 
Sean McCormack. Author of 'Essential Development 3'. Magazine Writer. Former Official Fuji X-Photographer.

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I think the best Lightroom can do is allow sharing albums for collaboration. But that does not involve central storage for a team, it means each user shares images from their own Creative Cloud storage allocation, so that’s probably not going to solve your problem. Many of the limitations are because Lightroom is designed as a single user application.

 

If this is primarily about enterprise team access to a very large number of images to be integrated into projects, you might look into Adobe Experience Manager Assets. I don’t know a lot about it, but I know it is a lot more oriented to efficient team access than Lightroom is. AEMA might require storing everything on an Adobe cloud server, though I hope I’m wrong about that.

 

Watch the overview video on the AEMA web page, and see if it looks like it might be a good fit.

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