I just joined as a paid Lightroom CC subscriber. I may have toggled something recently because all 11,000 phtots on my iPad are syncing up to the cloud space. I did not intend this. On my iPad the total file is 40GB so I could store them all in the Adobe cloud but 99% are things that I won't edit. I already have my photos synced to my iMac for backup so I am at loss as to why I would want my all my photos automatically uploaded to Adobe. It has completed about 30% of the uploads, and while think I know how to stop it, I don't know if I should.
I would love some friendly advice on why or why not I would want to store all my photos on Adobe and perhaps some thoughts on what complications come from trying to store and sync my entire photo library in Adobe, on my iPad, and my Mac Photos. I've had enough trouble keeping my Apple ecosystem in sync.
If you are a subscriber (which plan?) then Lightroom Mobile will automatically upload everything that you have imported, to the Cloud.
When you say you have the photos already synced to your iMac, what was your workflow to achieve this? And on the iMac are you using Lightroom (Cloud Based) or Lightroom Classic?
The advantages of using cloud storage is that you can access and share your photos on Desktop, Web, Mobile and view on Apple TV.
The disadvantage in that it costs money and you may prefer to store your files on a local disc with the traditional Lightroom Classic.
I have about 150GB in the Cloud and rarely have issues. Although Cloud storage is a pain if you have slow, or obviously, no internet.
The Desktop and Mobile apps store recently imported full res files for a period, determined by various factors (on Desktop you can set the % of local cache). After a while these are replaced by Smart Previews or Thumbnails to save space. Additionally any photos you edit are normally pulled down from the Cloud at full res, again being replace after a while.
Minimal disc space on a phone with low storage or a Mac/PC with a small SSD can also prove problematic.
Thank you Selondon. Your question about how I sync my photos shows I was vague in describing my use environment.
I've never used the Lightroom Classic. As I have just joined the Lightroom Cloud community, I didn't have any photos uploaded until just a few weeks ago. When I said I synced by photos, I was referring solely within the Apple ecosystem. I have thousands of photos that were mostly taken with my point and shoot Canon cameras going back to 1999 but recent photos are simply from my iPhones over the last decade. Using Apple's sync feature in iTunes I regularly uploaded my photos to my aging mid-2011 Apple iMac. iTunes allowed me to sync all my photos between the iPhone and what pictures are from my iMac and/or iPad. I've had nearly all my photos on three machines and more recently in iCloud. Not a completely perfect environment but I have been able to access all my photos from all devices and new photos get synced to all my Apple devices.
My desktop computer's aging Sierra MacOS 1012.6 operating system cannot run Lightroom Cloud. So at the moment I have only been storing and accessing in my Lightroom photos from my iPad.
As I mentioned in my original post, I have flipped some switch that instructed Lightroom Cloud to suck all my iPad photos up to Adobe's Cloud. It took a number of days, but for some reason it stopped at 4709 pictures. And I still am trying to figure out if it has all of them.
So I plan to use Lightroom Cloud for storing and editing all the RAW files I find worthy of importing, editing and sharing/printing, but I wasn't expecting all my Apple photos to be imported. I have my photo library located on my iMac (in Apple Photos) and in ICloud, that is synced with my iPhone and iPad. Now it looks like I have all these in Adobe Lightroom Cloud. I see all the advantages of cloud based storage, but do I really need all of these photos in two Cloud environments? I'd love to hear how others witinthe Apple ecosystem make use of Abobe's Cloud without confusion and frustration.