Hello! I have been using Lightroom CC since I started in photography. I will be working in an isolated location with limited internet access for the next year or two. My internet access isn't restricted, but I will have data limits and the connection will be fairly slow. This obviously won't work well for Lightroom CC and everything being in the cloud. I have looked at migrating over to Lightroom Classic, but it looks like I will have to maintain duplicate files in "from mobile" folder in order to retain my current collections.
Is there a better way to migrate my collections from Lightroom CC to Classic? Or is there a better way to continue working in Lightroom CC while away from civilization?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
If you sync your Lightroom Classic to the cloud, the cloud images will be downloaded and the cloud albums will become collections in the 'From Mobile' collection set. If those images already exist in Lightroom, they will not become duplicated. A collection is only a list, it does not physically contain images and so images in a collection are not duplicates of images elsewhere in the catalog. They are all one and the same image, presented in different collections.
For obvious reasons Lightroom Cloud relies on good to great internet connectivity. In this instance you may be better off working with Classic and worry about migrating your work to the cloud when you get back or at least at intervals when you have access to speedy internet service.
I have a reasonably fast connection and still it takes a few days for all of my images to show up in the cloud after a shoot with several hundred (or more images) and be fully synced into Lr's ecosystem.
I may be mistunderstanding you but it sounds like you've already downloaded a local copy from the cloud to an external drive? Why not try this test... take one folder from your external and import it into Classic. Ensure that your edits are intact. If they are it should be straightforward enough to import the rest of your work.