I’m doing my first photo backup to Backblaze B2 over the new CL connection.

My next project is getting syncing square between Lightroom Classic and Neue Lightroom. I’m over this whole “sorry, your prized photo exists only as a Smart Preview” thing, partially because it’s seldom true and I hate the feeling I get every time:

  1. Make some edits. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»

  2. Note some banding or other weird artifacts … try to back out of the edit that might have caused them. ❓

  3. Realize the banding is because it’s a Smart Preview. πŸ˜’

  4. Tap the little cloud icon, see that it says the local copy and cloud copies are both Smart Previews. ⁉️

  5. Feel a cold wash of terror. 😱

  6. Run upstairs to where the physical raws all live, pop open Finder, search on filename, deal with the fact that I have owned maybe eight or nine Fujifilm cameras over the years and never, ever resets the file naming convention (memo to self: go do that) and hence have multiple originals with the same name. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

6a. Find the file. Reimport it to local Neue Lightroom (which seems to sometimes say “oh, nice, I was wondering where you put that!” and other times says “hold it you – this is a duplicate!” 😌

6b. Don’t find the file. Halfheartedly search around for it in a few little stashes I’ve got but come to grips with the fact that some things slipped through the cracks during numerous tool changes in the years before I finally just stuck with Lightroom. 😭

6c. Find it as a jpeg. That I did in monochrome. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I think the whole reason for this is not thinking hard about how sync was supposed to work between Lightroom Classic and Neue Lightroom back when the split happened. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ«

Anyhow, off we go.