4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 19, 2015 1:42 PM by ianhgsy

    recovering photos removed from Lightroom


      Two questions, I am afraid (fairly new to LR)

      I have, in error, removed (not deleted) a couple of photos from LR.  They are still in the Explorer folder but not visible.  According to various searches, my understanding is that the only way to recover them is to open up a back up Catalogue and import that.  That sounds great, if the last back up was just prior to removing the photos but, I would have thought, that you would lose all your work up till that last back up.  There must be a straightforward way of telling LR that photos xxxx and yyyyy can be made visible again?  My other method, which is long winded, is to move the photos, in Explorer, to another folder and import them.  Obviously not the right way but . . . . can someone tell me what a muppet I am and tell me how to do it slightly easier? 


      Similar problem with editing a photo in PSP and wanting to save it into the original LR folder, as a different image name.  I do that, but LR doesn't see it.  I have to go through the palaver of moving it and re-importing it.


      Many thanks.


      Ian Hunter

        • 1. Re: recovering photos removed from Lightroom
          sarsaxen Adobe Employee (Admin)

          Hi Ian Hunter,


          If you have just removed some files from Lightroom, you would be able to import them in Lightroom.

          If you start working on one of your backup and then you will lose the edits you have done so far but that also can be recovered by merging the two catalogs together.

          May I know what do you have to import when you go into the import window and select the folder from where you have removed some images?




          • 2. Re: recovering photos removed from Lightroom
            ianhgsy Level 1

            Hi Sarika;


            I have 600 photos in this folder of which, approximately 200 are currently not visible in LR.  I highlighted one photo to be removed but discovered that I had, in fact, highlighted two and I wanted to have one of them back.  I can import straight from the current folder but, with 200 images removed images, it takes a little time to load all of them and then I have to pick the one I want.  I have a folder into which I put the image I want to recover, then go to import images, navigate to the folder and select the image and re-import it into the original folder.  It is such a long-winded way of recovering from a simple mistake that, I am certain, there is a quicker way of doing it.




            Ian H

            • 3. Re: recovering photos removed from Lightroom
              sarsaxen Adobe Employee (Admin)

              No there is no other way to do that  but if you have not made big changes to your catalog after your last backup apart from removing the folders then you can go back to the last back up you have created.


              ~ Sarika

              • 4. Re: recovering photos removed from Lightroom
                ianhgsy Level 1

                Thank you.  Your help is appreciated and I will just have to be far more careful in future.


                Regards and thank you again


                Ian H