Is it that the photos don't show up in Import, or do they show up and are greyed out thumbnails and won't import?
If they don't show up, it could be because you had your camera set to shoot RAW+JPG, and the RAWs were imported. There is an option in LR that indicates whether or not to import the JPG in this situation. It's in Catalog Settings, but as I am at work, I don't remember the exact location/wording.
If they show up as greyed out thumbnails, its because the photos have already been imported into LR and there is no reason to import them again, just find them in the Library Module and work with them as needed.
Thanks so much for getting back to me. I have tried half a dozen workarounds and seem to be doing OK. But there are still a few that don’t get imported - not just greyed out indicating that they are duplicates. In one case I got a report, which was very helpful, but even then there were a couple that didn’t show up.
In one case the missing files were bmp/pdd photos. BMP I can ignore, but PDD being Adobe Photoshop should have transferred, I’d have thought. Still I am working on changing these to JPEGS, and that should work.
Here are my notes from another set:
"Indian Point rocks and tides - only 15 out of 81 in 'tide pool' folder transferred. One (Sparkling Sea) was there in its tiff version but not the jpeg version, yet in other cases the the jpegs are there, but not the tiffs."
This all requires my working my way through several thousand photos to make sure they are all there. Mostly I can do it through comparing the number listed in LR with the number listed in the FInder.
But it seems a little problematic. Any suggestions?
Do you mean PSD and not PDD? Because if you really mean PDD, those will not import.
You did not mention if your camera is set to shoot RAW+JPG.
Is there an error message?
Can you show us a screen capture of when this happens and describe what you expect to see?
What version of Lightroom are you using?
What is your operating system?
I did mean pdd but will just go ahead and covert those.
These are photos from my past, nit current, so none of these are RAW.
No error message, except that once.
Not sure how to show you a screen capture of what’s not there. Let me ponder that.
I am in a funny situation. I am attending a workshop on Lightroom, and have to take my laptop. My laptop can only work with LR4, so I am using that temporarily. I plan to acquire LR5 for my desktop as soon as I have finished the workshop. Meanwhile I need to import photos into the LR4 program for the class from the collection (not in LR) on my desktop.
The OS on my laptop is OS X 10.6.8 (I have Yosemite on the desktop).
I’ll be figuring out what to send you as a screenshot…
Go to your favorite search engine, type in
screen capture Mac
Once you have the screen capture, click on the camera icon here in the forum to attach the screen capture.
how old are these JPGs anyway? Were they scanned, or from an old digital camera? What scanner or camera?
Yes these are old, scanned some time ago from pre-digital photos of varying vintages, cameras and scanners. If you think that’s the problem, I assume rescanning once I’ve identified which ones didn’t make it.
Here are 2 screen shots: The first shows the message “No photos found” when I am trying to import from the USB drive.
The second shows what is on the USB drive. There are about 50 jpegs.
Your screen captures didn't show up. If you are replying via e-mail, that doesn't work, you have to attach the screen captures using the web interface
I was using Safari - do you know that there doesn't seem to be a 'reply' option in the Safari interface with this site - and no camera button. I've noticed that before. SO I've switched to Firefox.
I trashed the screenshots before I left last night. SO this is a copy from the email I sent. If that doesn't work I'll recreate the problem.
So, in your operating system, show me the Pproperties box for one of these JPGs that doesn't show in Lightroom.
Hmm, not sure what that means. But here goes. The first is from the Finder window, the second from the Info window. The first is from that set - but this is a very very old photograph (my mother in her youth). But I have some more recent ones that also didn't transfer. I'll add one of those.
And I do apologize if this is not the correct information. I truly appreciate your patience.
These don't appear to be in the folder that was the Lightroom screen shot, which was named
6. Hewish Years
Can we see similar from one of the photos in that folder?
But, the screen capture of the properties of "Joan with Boots and Fluffy" does not indicate that it is in folder named 6. Hewish Years
The properties indicate it is in some other folder.
I don't want the more recent photo, I need to see one related to the Lightroom screen capture above, in other words I need to see the properties of a photo that is in the folder "6. Hewish Years"
I give you three guesses, because really this shouldn't be happening to you, and one of these three could be the answer
1. Reboot your computer. Somtimes this fixes these types of problems.
2. If that doesn't work, close Lightroom and delete your Preference File Preference and other file locations in Lightroom 5
3. If that doesn't work, close Lightroom and using your operating system, remove the period from the folder name, making the folder name "6 Hewish Years"
Thanks dj. I will try these and get back to you later… I have to go right now, but really appreciate your time. I am encouraged that you think that even my very old photos should be able to be integrated into Lightroom.
One more thing ... this is an issue that might not be an issue, because I am not a Mac user, I bring it up, it doesn't seem correct, it still seems like there's a problem, but maybe a Mac user will say there's no problem here
The last screen capture (reply #16) shows the photo in the folder
Macintosh HD\Users\sheilaspear\Pictures\1941-1964\1941-1956 Dad's Album\6. Hewish years
But the screen capture in reply #8 in this thread, which shows both Lightroom and your operating system seems to show the photo in
USB20SFD\6. Hewish Years
and that's not the same folder! Or is it the same folder and I'm not knowledgeable enough about Mac computers? Can you explain this? Can someone else explain this?
I was moving photos from my desktop to my laptop via a flash drive. It does seem possible that that was part of the problem.
I’ll start that part of the process again and see what I can work out.
Question marks means that Lightroom cannot find the files ... did you move or rename them (or the folders that contain them)? This can be fixed via http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm
What do you mean you tried "various things"? Would you please be specific about what you tried so I can understand where you are in this process?
If you are going to delete your preference file, please make sure you follow this part of the instructions:
The user Library file is hidden by default on Mac OS X 10.7 and later. For temporary access to the user Library file, press Option and choose Go > Library in the Finder.
Also, back to this fact that the photos you were trying to import were on a flash drive. Have you tried importing these photos from the hard drive? You kept showing me information that the photos were on your hard drive.
It seems clear that I got quite confused and was trying to import the same photos from different sources. SO today I removed them all and started again. The vast majority were imported without trouble, but there are still quite a few that remain in the source folders. Again there was a report that indicated that some (10) failed to import and others (32) were unsupported or corrupt. I know which ones these are. Others are probably duplicates but there are still quite a lot for which I can find no explanation. But I'll work on it, and if necessary will start another inquiry.
I thank you for your patience and persistence. I learnt a lot from your questions.
I have found the problem. The photos that were not imported had no extension. Now all I have to do is add an extension to them all. Fun!