I have a number of photos (000's) in different catalogs and in many there are sub catalogs. When counting the photos LR counts the sub-catalogs which is obviously fine but it also adds all the sub totals together and then reports the result in the top level catalog.
Do you really mean different catalogs and sub-catalogs? Or do you mean folders and sub-folders? To answer your one question, in the Library Module, go to Library>Show Photos in Sub-Folders. Turn this feature off.
In addition to what JoeKostoss said I'm not sure I understand your concern.
I have a number of photos (000's) in different catalogs and in many there are sub catalogs. When counting the photos LR counts the sub-catalogs which is obviously fine but it also adds all the sub totals together and then reports the result in the top level catalog. This gives the impression that there are twice as many photos as there actually are!
The LR Library 'Folders' panel shows you the actual number of files contained in a folder. If menu Library>'Show Photos in Sub-Folders' is selected you can see the actual number of files in a folder tree (top-level folder + sub-folders). You can use the LR Library Filter Bar (\ key) to see the actual number of files by 'File Type' and numerous other parameters:
I started using LR many years ago when I only had a few photos so I may well have started down the wrong path in the way I save my files but I have no idea how (nor great desire) to try to start again!!!! Typically my photo shoots are stored on my HDD as a folder containing everything from that shoot and the edits are subsequently saved in a sub folder in that same master folder. Compounding my issue is that on occasions for a specific export to a commercial print house I have copied some files into a new sub group within the master group and therefore when I sync the LR catalog .....well you know what happens to the totals!
It sounds like you are trying to keep track of the actual number of "unique images" you have imported into LR. Is that really helpful? I have no idea how many unique images I have, but I can use the LR Filter Bar, Keywords, Ratings, Stacking, Collections and other tools to locate and organize my image files. More here:
I did mean folders and your reply has done what I wanted.
Thanks for your input.
Thanks for your input - I had not really considered the option of using the filters so yours together with the other reply have help greatly.
Thanks for your time.