You have to understand that Lr is not a browser-based program. That means that Lr does not automatically display (or count) everything that is on the hard drive.
Images have to be imported in Lr in order to be displayed or counted. For this reason you cannot use Lr to search for images on your hard drive that are not dispolayed in Lr.
Only Mac Finder (or Win Exp;lorer) can give you an exact account of what is on your hard drive and what is not.
Also, the hard drive might contain images in formats that are not supported by Lr (for instance PDFs). They will not be displayed or counted and cannot be imported.
Thanks for the response.
At your suggestion I compared a collection of pictures (msc. film strips, 35mm film strips, slides, and prints) scanned by DigMyPics. The Finder sees 4,300, Lightroom 4,145. Close enough. It will be interesting to see where the discrepancy lies upon closer examination.
Following your lead, I will look more closely at the discrepancy between the whole collection of 360,000 and that which LR sees, 29,500.
discrepancy between the whole collection of 360,000 and that which LR sees, 29,500.
Otherwise, Lr is having only a small fraction instead of the majority.
Note: folder sync will count importable photos on disk vs. catalog - it ignores non-importable files.
You are correct!! The number should have been 42,300. Getting tired.
And thanks for the reference to Ottomanic Importer's "Import Folders or Files" function. Will download that tomorrow. I need all the help I can get.
As mentioned, files other than importable images will increase the number reported by Finder. I'd add here, that for some types of photo file format, if you write the LR changes back to the file on disk as well as in the Catalog, there will be an independent "sidecar" file with .xmp extension for each one.
If you are making output JPGs into the same folder structure, and (IMO sensibly) not selecting for them to be re-imported to the Catalog, then these will appear in the total file count too.
It is also possible for more images to be reported inside Lightroom, than there are files on disk, where you have made virtual copies.
In my opinion, it is vital to first fully separate the concepts of "an image", and "a file", in order to get the most from LR. Unlike with e.g. Bridge, these are not the same thing; they are managed differently, and often without a one-to-one correlation.
"An image" is a virtual entity which needs to refer to a given file on disk, but which in LR has a reality independent from that. You might have a file on disk which is not referenced at all within LR, or that is referenced by just one, or by more than one image within LR (by means of virtual copy). An image within LR can be changed to point to a different file and folder on disk, while remaining otherwise the precise same entity - including all its LR-specific organisation such as Collections etc, which don't really care about the file on disk at all.
Ottomanic Importer in LR. Ran OI for a few folders and it seemed ok. Ran it on all my folders and it hung (for > hour) ... I quit. Today I was going to try again on many but not all photos. Got the usual startup messages abou OI not valid for LR, etc., and proceeded. The OI progress bar in upper left was visible, but nothing happened ... and LR would not respond.
Quit LR and restarted application afresh. Hoped to start with new Catalog at least. No luck, OI was there as before!
Q1 How do I rid LR of OI?
Q2 What is the problem w. OI?
Q3 Do you have an email address for these OI related questions?
To "un-install", just click the 'Remove' button (in plugin manager).
However, I'd appreciate if you contact me outside the forum so issues can be resolved, if not for you, for others who may have the same problem.
Tried above ... can't get back to Library ... OI still trying to install. Am dead in the water!!
You're a busy man. Tried sending you a message on account you referenced above ... messages full. Tried calling, 1415 hrs, voicemail full. What do you advise?