Apple Photos (OSX) uploading referenced files to iCloud?

meduk1

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I'm trying to increase my usage of Apple Photos by using it for both my large collection of RAW file's as well as general phone photos synced via iCloud. What I've been trying to achieve is NOT having my large collection of RAWs automatically uploaded iCloud and eating up all of my iCloud storage.

To do this I've turned off the setting for iCloud to manage my files in its library, so by default my Macs photos files are referenced. I can then selectively chose which files to consolidate in my library and therefore upload to iCloud.

I've created an Album that contains approx 7000 referenced files. I've validated that these files are indeed referenced by creating a Smart Album that looks only for referenced files and it finds all 7000. Overnight Photos has started uploading these files to iCloud filling up my space - I'm at a loss why? Any ideas?
 

Indydenny

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When you check the iCloud Photos box in preferences, all photos in that library will be uploaded, no matter which folder you place them in, or what kind of file they are. (I hope I'm understanding your question.)

The easiest (not sure it will accomplish what you want) is to create a second Photos Library and import your raw files there. Only one Photos Library can sync with iCloud, so your second one (the Raws) would be separate and you could sync that with Google Photos, Dropbox, Flickr or ???

I often use a second Library for a vacation or event. Then later I can export the photos that I want and add them to a Folder in my main library.

To start a new Library, just hold down the Option Key while launching Photos. You will be given an option to "CREATE NEW." Name it Photos RAWS, Photos Vacation, or whatever. From then on, just hold down the Option Key when you launch and you can choose which library to use. (Apple should make the concept of multiple libraries more obvious as it can be very useful!)
 

meduk1

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May 30, 2008
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Thanks, yeah I'm now leaning towards the second library approach to handle my large file collection.

I don't think this is the intended functionality, I had a call with Apple Support this morning who confirmed its a bug. From the limited reading (as most people's problems are trying to get photos into iCloud, not stop it) it appears to be functionality that worked until Catalina.

If you check out the video here it shows how it should work. Apples own setting in preferences even states that referenced files in your library won't be uploaded. https://macmost.com/using-referenced-photos-to-exclude-photos-from-icloud.html
 

robgendreau

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I seem to recall trying this and having problems back in the day (even aside from forgetting to turn on "copy into..." or to turn it off. Maybe it had to do with changing that setting on more than one instance of Photos (ie on another computer), but it's been too long. In any case, given the demands of synching, I would think the most prudent and robust approach is to use different libraries. And maybe look at PowerPhotos to help manage that.
 
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