Recovery of deleted photos.
I accidentally deleted photos from one of my collections. Is there anyway to retrieve these edited photos? Thank you.
If you simply deleted the collection, that only removed the collection from the catalog. However, the images should still be in their folders. A collection is simply an organization of images within the catalog. It does not physically move images. A collection can be an organization of images from multiple folders. But it does not move the images from those folders. It simply creates a reference to those images and organizes the images in a group within the catalog. So unless you went to the folders and delete the images they should still be in their original location.
If you did in fact delete the photos you should be able to find them in the trash or the recycle bin, depending on your operating system. But in that case it will be necessary to edit them again because all of the editing will have been discarded from the catalog.
deleted photos from one of my collections
Do you mean:
Three very different scenarios
More clarification please.
I had accidentally deleted the photos from the catalog and hence they were also removed from the folder.
Did you do this in Lightroom Classic? Or did you do this in your operating system?
If you did this in Lightroom Classic, did you click on the button that says "Delete from Hard Disk"??
Why did you say at the top that you deleted photos from a collection and now you say you deleted them from the catalog? Which did you do?
I did this in Lightroom classic. Instead of deleting the rejected photos from the collection, I accidentally deleted them from the catalog and hence they were also removed from the folder. Fortunately I had not formatted my memory card and I was able to re import the photos into the Lightroom. Of course, now I will be spending several hours again to edit these photos.
If you have made a Catalog backup that recorded those edits, then there is a method to recover the edits from the backup catalog.
This may save you the "hours of work" to edit again-
Having already re-imported the files may have complicated this process!
I'd like to suggest you consider a backup strategy that would protect you from this and many other problems. (NB putting files in the Cloud doesn't mean you can forget about backups, as some sites claim - it's misinformation!)
Thanks. Will do.
Thanks for your reply. I had accidentally deleted the photos from the
catalog and hence they were also removed from the folder. Fortunately I had
not formatted my compact flash card in the camera. So, I have imported the
originals again into the Lightroom and will have to spend several hours
again to edit them. Lesson learned the hard way!
You could have saved yourself those hours of work in the following way:
First, you should have restored the images. Either from that memory card, but it's better to have a backup of your photos. This could have happened with a folder of older images too, and then you probably would not have had the possibility to restore them from a memorycard.
Second, you should have replaced your catalog by a backup copy. That backup catalog would have contained all the edits, as long as it was a backup from just before you made the mistake.
Thanks for your help. I will definitely follow your recommendations from now on.
"Deleted"? What were the exact sequence of steps (in detail, please)? Were these steps done in Lightroom Classic or in your operating system, or somewhere else?