What does this message mean? : "The file name "DSC_0088.jpg" is offline or missing." I am in the process of importing photos from iPhoto (don't really know what I'm doing....) and when I look at one of the imported photos that message pops up. I know what "DSC_0088.jpg" is. I don't know what it means that the file is "missing".
When you import photos into the catalog of Lightroom, the program takes note of where the photos are stored. The message that a photo is missing means that Lightroom has lost track of that photo, i.e. it is no longer in the location where LR thought it was.
This typically happens if you move or delete photos outside of Lightroom. Another possibility is that the photos are stored on an external harddisc which is no longer connected.If the latter is the case, this can be solved simply by reconnecting the external drive.
Could you provide some more details on how you are going about things so that we can help more specifically?
Thank you so much for your reply. I have a couple of bigger issues that I am dealing with: too many photos on my laptop: 40,000! (Of course I have to throw away many of them, but that is time consuming). I have a MacBook Pro and have primarily used IPhoto. I have recently purchased 2 external drives and have transferred my photos to those, but I need a basic education about how photos are stored, copied, etc. I have recently been told that iPhoto only shows and deals with jpegs, not RAW. About 1/3 of my photos are RAW, so I purchased Lightroom, so I could do more with those RAW photos. I have been told by my local Mac store that I need to delete most of my photos from iPhoto, because it's causing problems. I am reluctant to do so until I am sure that all of the keywords, descriptions and editing I have done to these photos is not lost when deleted from iPhoto. I just watched a tutorial about importing to Lightroom and got out of it that I needed to copy photos from iPhoto to a file on my desktop and then copy to Lightroom. I did that, it seemed to work. Then (because of my storage/memory issues) I deleted the photos (just a few as an experiment) from that desktop file. I'm guessing that is why Lightroom doesn't recognize the the photos. It seems that (learned from another tutorial) that one uses "Add" , Lightroom is only connecting to the source of the photo, not actually copying it to the program. Sounds like I need to use the "Move" feature instead. My ultimate goal is to store the photos on the 2 external drives and eliminate most of them from my lapop. So my basic questions have to do with what data (metadata??) is copied from iPhoto to an external drive (RAW???) and what isn't copied. Basic understanding issues,obviously…. I hope this isn't too much to ask. If you can recommend a book or resource that can explain those basic issues to me I'd appreciate it. I just got back from a trip and I can't download my new photos until I manage the rest!
While I can't answer questions about iPhoto (I'm sure someone else can), if you want your Lightroom photos to be stored on the external hard drive(s), you can move them there yourself before you import them into Lightroom (using "Add"), or equivalently, import them into Lightroom using "Move" and set the destination to your external HD. I think moving them yourself and importing using "Add" is much easier and more foolproof.
There's no reason you can't take your new photos that you just took on your trip, and put them on one of the external hard drives right now and import them into Lightroom using "Add".
A couple of important notes: Lightroom only contains pointers to your photos, not the photos themselves. Thus, after you import a photo(s) into Lightroom, you should no longer manage these imported photos (move, delete or rename them or the folders that contain them) using your operating system. Only manage these photos using Lightroom. (The photos that have NOT been imported into Lightroom can be managed via your operating system).
Very sound advice by dj_paige.
Maybe in addition to his notes about how Lightroom manages things: as you learned from one of the tutorials, photos imported into Lightroom are not imported into the program or the catalog. The catalog is 'merely' the directory of where those photos reside that have been imported. This is why LR loses track of the photos if you move/delete them outside of LR.
When importing, you can do several things, as you noted:
- simply 'add' them: in this case, you're simply telling LR to leave the photos where they are and add that information to the catalog
- 'copy': leave the original file where it is, make a copy of it, put it in the location you specify in the import dialog and store that information in the catalog
- 'move': move the photos from where they are to where you specify in the import dialog and store that information in the catalog
I can't tell you about iPhoto as I have no experience with this program. However, it should be fairly easy to find out whether your edits, keywords and description make the transition to LR by importing a few photos as a test (using 'add' for this test) and check whether you see the keywords etc. in LR.