I recently spent a lot of time importing photos neatly into Folders and that went well. Then I made a Collection of some old vacation photos. A few days later, the Collection showed 0 photos, and I could not figure out why. I thought I would just be more careful the next time I made a Collection.
Then, I made another Collection of a more recent vacation, worked hours on editing them, and reorganized them by dragging them exactly where I wanted them within the Collection. I was ready to export them so I could make a sideshow in Premiere Elements. I opened the Export Dialog Box to export them, changed my mind, and Canceled, then went back to the Folder (not the Collection) to look at them one more time. When I went back to the Collection, it showed 0 photos. As I looked at this some more, I realized all my edited photos seemed to be totally missing from Lightroom. Only the photos that I had deleted from the Collection still remained. Worse than that, they seemed to be deleted from my external hard drive. Obviously, I deleted them but I certainly did not intend to and don't remember deleting anything.
I had saved the photos in another location so it is not a disaster. But I need to figure out what I am doing wrong, as this has happened twice. If I make a Collection and add some photos and later the Collection has no photos, what am I doing wrong? Is it so easy to accidentally delete photos that you don't realize you are doing it? I restored my original photos but all my edits are gone. I really love this software but this seems like a big problem.
Thanks for any advice on this. I read the other posts about missing Collections but those situations seem a bit different.
Thank you for replying to this. I think what I actually did in this situation is that I had all my photos selected, then clicked on an individual photo (in the Folder) and hit delete, thinking I was deleting only one photo. I did not realize that there was such a thing as a "more selected" photo, and that I still had all the photos selected and I only changed the "most selected" photo. I watched a video by Julieanne Kost about this which was helpful. I think in this case I just accidentally deleted all the photos in the Collection, thinking I was deleting only one.
Thanks so much.