Lightroom is not showing all the pictures in a folder

Explorer ,
Sep 24, 2015

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I am wanting to edit some images in a particular folder in Lightroom.  When looking at the folder in File Explorer there are almost 100 image files in the particular folder.  However, Lightroom only sees 22 files.  I've selected the folder and tried both IMPORT and SYNCHRONIZE however nothing happens.

How do I fix this?

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 24, 2015

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Hi tonymuffin,

It could be possible that those other 88 images are present in Lightroom and they are in some other folder depending the import settings that you chose.

Would suggest you to pick up the file name of any one those left over 88 images and search for that file name in Lightroom.

To do a search, choose all Photographs in Library Module and press backslash (\) to turn on the filter bar and type in the filename in the text box

search_capture.PNG

This will show the image if it would be there in Lightroom Catalog.

You can right click on that image and choose Go to Folder in Library to get to that folder which contains that image.

Regards,

Chetna

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Explorer ,
Sep 24, 2015

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Ok but that doesn't solve the issue.  I found the picture.  The same picture is listed in another folder.  However, I want the 88 images that are missing from the LR folder to appear in LR in that folder.  How does one fix that and why is this happening?

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LEGEND ,
Sep 24, 2015

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It sounds like you might have imported the photos into Lightroom using the COPY option and so Lightroom is referencing a copy in a different folder.

So, when you find the folder in Lightroom that contains the photos that Lightroom is referencing, right-click on the folder name, select Update Folder Location, and point Lightroom to the copy of the photos in the desired folder.

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Explorer ,
Sep 24, 2015

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the imported photos were down via IMPORT not copy.

with that said, the folder containing the 100 images is listed in LR but 88 of the images are not.  Neither IMPORT or SYNCRONIZE do anything.

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LEGEND ,
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tonymuffin wrote:

the imported photos were down via IMPORT not copy.

In the Import dialog box, you must choose COPY or MOVE or ADD or COPY AS DNG. Obviously, you have chosen COPY.

Thus the solution I provided (which doesn't involve Import or Synchronize) will work. You need to find the folder in Lightroom that contains the photos (which is not the same as the folder you are seeing in your operating system with the 100 image).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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There are three types of import: Copy, Copy as DNG, and Add.

Since some of your "missing" images are being referenced in other folders, it sounds like you either did a "copy" import when you wanted an "add" import, or you externally moved the images (using Explorer?) after the images were imported into LR's catalog.

Are your "missing" images shown in the Library grid? Are they marked as missing "!" ?

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Explorer ,
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That's not correct.  The particular images are indeed in 2 different folders.  So, yes they are duplicates.  However, ALL the folders should be selected when importing the uber folder into LR as it was.  So, both folders should be listed showing the images.  They were NOT copied.  They are not marked as missing.  They simply do not show up in the folder.

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LEGEND ,
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Hi, Tony, you can keep arguing, or you can follow my instructions and the problem will be solved in under 2 minutes.

  1. In Lightroom, find one of the photos in Lightroom that is in the "wrong" folder.
  2. In Lightroom, RIght click on one of these photos and select "Go to Folder in Library"
  3. In Lightroom, on the left hand side, in the Folder section, the "wrong" folder will be highlighted. Right-click on the "wrong" folder name, select Update Folder Location, then select the "right" folder.

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Explorer ,
Sep 24, 2015

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I beg your pardon... I am not arguing.  and as I stated... they images are NOT in the wrong folder.  they are in the correct folders.

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LEGEND ,
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So will you try what I suggested?

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Explorer ,
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I have to agree with tonymuffin.  This does not solve the problem.  Until recently my "Pictures" in Lightroom have shown about 29,500, now they show 22 for no discernible reason.  I have not changed the settings that I am aware of - so how do I get back to showing 29,500 ??

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LEGEND ,
Jul 30, 2016

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Jim Air wrote:

I have to agree with tonymuffin. This does not solve the problem. Until recently my "Pictures" in Lightroom have shown about 29,500, now they show 22 for no discernible reason. I have not changed the settings that I am aware of - so how do I get back to showing 29,500 ??

Please start your own thread with complete details on what problem you are having.

Including what OS you're using and what exact version of LR you are running.

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Explorer ,
Jul 31, 2016

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Why would they have to start their own new thread!? It sounds like the same issue I've been experiencing.  Today I go into Lightroom and there are even more pictures that are no longer there.  The ONLY solution here was to create a completely new catalog. 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 31, 2016

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That's not the ONLY solution.

I provided a solution in reply #3 that will allow you to find the photos in Lightroom and then if desired, link the photos in Lightroom to the folder you want them to be in.

It seems that neither person in this thread reporting this problem has even tried to do this, even though it solves the problem.

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New Here ,
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so what happened if you don't find them?

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2021

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I have the same problem as Toni... my pictures are in my photos folder, but when I open Lightroom and try to edit some photos they do not show up in Lightroom. Most pictures in my photos folder are there, but some are not.  Say I take a screenshot, the photo gets copied to photos, but when I wanna edit in Lightroom it does not show up in the folder

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2021

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@Dusty5FBF 

You have accidentally imported the photos using COPY rather than ADD. So Lightroom Classic thinks the photos is already in the catalog, but in a different folder than you think they are in. It does not allow you to import the photos again (this would be a mistake if you did import them again). Find them in the Lightroom Catalog by following all 4 of these steps, in order:

 

1. In the Lightroom 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 Filter Bar

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2021

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Yes thank you!! I figured it out!  All is well

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New Here ,
Jun 01, 2017

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I'm having this exact problem. All the images copy to a new folder destination, but no preview thumbnails show up in my lightroom catalog. I've tried 3 separate import > copy attempts and receive "no photos in previous import." Frustrating. Here goes try #4.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 01, 2017

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kelseyschork

If you are indeed having the same problem as others in this thread, there have a been a number of solutions suggested, please try them. Importing the photos again is not one of the solutions suggested.

But I am not convinced you have the same problem, and I request you describe your problem in detail.

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New Here ,
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Make sure you don't have any stacks.  This is exactly what I was seeing with CC.  OMG what a fright.  I saw this thread and searched other forums but always "no good answer."  I prepared myself to having to rebuild the database, trying out some exports and imports.  It was going to be a mess.  Then I realized ... duh ... that I had stacked photos.  The photo count at the bottom just counts what is showing, not the photos stacked behind.  My 13 of 21 had 8 hidden in a stack.  Photo stacks can be very subtle to notice.  Select all visible photos in the folder, control click (mac) to get the menu, go to stacking / expand all stacks.  That worked for me.  Back to 21 of 21!  Hope this helps you...

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New Here ,
Mar 08, 2017

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Dkhyde - You're my HERO!!! The count of the folder said 248 but only 171 pictures were showing. I went into my Smart Collection of "All Pictures" and the pictures were all there AND in the right folder. I had stacked them. In LR5 they used to CLEARLY show they were stacked... in CC it's not as evident. Thanks for the great solution!

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New Here ,
Mar 29, 2017

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What seems to be the same problem in LR CC for PC appeared today but none of the suggested solutions work. Only 25 of 196 pictures are showing in a given folder.  All but one appear to be star-rated, although I have no library filters selected. When I try to synchronize the folder I am told there are no pictures to import and when I try to manually import them from the Explorer folder all the pictures are greyed out, suggesting that the pics are somewhere in the catalog. So far everything seems to be the same as previous posters. HOWEVER, when I search the whole library for one of the missing photographs get a null result. I don't stack pictures, so that is not the problem. Any help would be gratefully received.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 29, 2017

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Lightroom thinks the photos are imported into a different folder.

Here is the search you need to do. Perform all of these steps, in order

  1. Click on All Photographs on the left hand side of the Library Module (under the word Catalog)
  2. Expand all stacks (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
  3. Turn off filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
  4. Perform a search in Lightroom using the Filter Bar, search for one of these files by file name

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