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Lost an entire wedding edit

Explorer ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Its a busy season- I had a huge wedding - did 99% of the edits and then had about 100 mini-sessions which I imported and began editing. I went back to the wedding to finish it up and all of my edits are gone, other than the basic preset I apply. So I lost all of the corrections I made; cropping, spot edits, lighting color, etc. I delivered some previews - and those have all the edits, etc.  I have not changed anything at all, I didn't move any files, or do any updates that I am aware of, no external synching, nothing. The only thing that has happened is that my computer turned off once or twice without properly closing LR. 
 
I see a .lock file - but it just keeps updated every minute... I am not computer savvy. 
 
Is there anything that can be done without losing ALL of the work I did before this wedding edit? 
 
I can obviously re-edit this but damn, a lot of work went into it!
 
Lightroom Classic version: 12.5 [ 202308091523-68a7abd6 ]
License: Creative Cloud
Language setting: en
Operating system: Windows 10 - Business Edition
Version: 10.0.22621
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 24
Processor speed: 3.7GHz
SqLite Version: 3.36.0
CPU Utilisation: 0.0%
Built-in memory: 65451.5 MB
Dedicated GPU memory used by Lightroom: 4431.9MB / 8043.0MB (55%)
Real memory available to Lightroom: 65451.5 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 9170.5 MB (14.0%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 14446.9 MB
GDI objects count: 1068
USER objects count: 3309
Process handles count: 4296
Memory cache size: 2264.8MB
Internal Camera Raw version: 15.5 [ 1595 ]
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 5
Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX,AVX2
Camera Raw virtual memory: 1063MB / 32725MB (3%)
Camera Raw real memory: -192969MB / 65451MB (-294%)
System DPI setting: 144 DPI (high DPI mode)
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Standard Preview Size: 3840 pixels
Displays: 1) 3840x2160
Input types: Multitouch: No, Integrated touch: No, Integrated pen: Yes, External touch: No, External pen: No, Keyboard: No
 
Graphics Processor Info: 
DirectX: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (31.0.15.1659)
Init State: GPU for Export supported by default
User Preference: Auto
 
Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic
Library Path: C:\Users\Owner\Documents\New catalog LR -aUGUST-v12.lrcat
Settings Folder: C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom
 
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Explorer ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Edit to say: Is there anything that can be done without losing ALL of the work I did AFTER this wedding edit?  

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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For one of these photos where the edits appear to be lost, did you perhaps (accidentally) import the file more than once? And now one set of photos has edits and the other one just has the import preset? Please search for one of these in Lightroom Classic files by following all four steps below:

 

1. In the Lightroom Classic Library Module, on the left, under Catalog, click on All Photographs
2. Turn off all filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
3. Turn off all stacking (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
4. Search for at least one of these photos by file name using the Lightroom Classic Filter Bar

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Nope - they're only in there once. 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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For one of these photos where the edits seem to have disappeared, what do you see in the History Panel of the develop module? Can you show us a screen capture of the History Panel (use the "Insert Photos" icon, do not attach files)?

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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This history panel on them has only the first round of the presets I added - none of the corrections I made after. They are all like that except for the ones that I had exported to the bride as a preview. 

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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To clarify - I added the presets and did some color adjustments and such - but all else is missing.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Idea #3 — please check to see if somehow you have more than one catalog file. Go to File->Open Recent and see if there are multiple catalogs listed there.

 

PS: I specifically asked you to not attach files, and you attached files. My web browser cannot open attached files here. In the future, to help you properly, we need the files included using the "Insert Photos" icon.

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Apologies - I didnt understand

There are lots of catalog files there but I dont use those = I only use the august 12 one. always. Last August I had a big old syncing issue and had to make a new one = I probably dont have the correct workflow - but I always work from the same catalog for all of my shoots. Once they're delivered I remove them from LR.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 04, 2023 Nov 04, 2023

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Nevertheless, it would be a good idea if you opened those other catalog files and looked at their contents to confirm that these "lost" edits are not in one of those other catalog files.

 

Do you make backups of the catalog after every editing session? If so, look in those backups as well. It seems like if you have critical photos (like wedding photos), making backups of the catalog file after every editing session would be a good strategy.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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I see a .lock file - but it just keeps updated every minute... I am not computer savvy. 

To Clarify

 

The lock file gets created when you open a catalog. It exists so that you cannot open that catalog twice. The lock file will be deleted when you close the catalog properly. If LrC crashed, or you force quit, then the lock file does not get deleted. In that situation you will not be able to open the catalog, and you should get an error message stating the catalog is in use.

 

At any rate. this is not your issue.

 

Moving on.

 

Library Path: C:\Users\Owner\Documents\New catalog LR -aUGUST-v12.lrcat

 

Based on the name of the catalog in use. I question if this is the correct catalog. August was a bit long ago for a wedding session (but I am not a Pro, so...). Now you stated you are using LrC v12.5, and the catalog has v12 as part of the file name, so it could be the correct catalog. But August???

 

Many members would advise on having just one catalog. But for the Wedding Business , I would think that separate catalogs for separate clients, or session's, is probably common. As such, I am thinking again, is this the correct catalog.

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That is the correct catalog - I know it says August but that was when I had made a new one.

 

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Graphics Processor Info: 
DirectX: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (31.0.15.1659)
Init State: GPU for Export supported by default
User Preference: Auto

Also, not related to your problem, And you might be waiting for the Wedding session to be over before risking any mods whatsoever to your computer. But have you noticed that your GPU driver is out of date?

 

You have v516.59, (released last year) while the current Studio driver at NVIDIA is v546.01 (released two days ago)

 

This could effect the use of AI Masking.

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Ooh thanks for the catch! Ive been using the AI masking a lot more. I will update it.

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