It was disconcerting because if I hadn't happened to look for a random favorite file in the Catalog, I wouldn't have known it wasn't there. Is there a reason that LR would "import" it by copying it into the destination folder but not import it into the catalog? Is there a way to identify which photos are skipped (other than attempting to reimport as I did)?
I can think of two possible reasons (and there may be others) for photos to not be imported in this situation
- The photo is a duplicate
- The photo is not a recognized file type
How can you identify skipped photos? The obvious (but tedious) way is to compare the number of files imported in each folder in Lightroom to the number of photos in the same folder in your operating system. I am not aware of an automated way to do this.
Thanks for the suggestions dj_paige, but:
1. It doesn't appear to be a duplicate because:
a. Though there were several other files with the same name, there was no other version of this particular file in the Catalog.
b. The second attempt to import from the destination folders did find it and import it.
2. I don't think it's an unrecognized photo type because it is a .JPG.
I guess what I'm wondering is, is LR import reliable or should I look for an alternative (suggestions)? Maybe I just got unlucky and this initial import was a one-time problem due to the initial large size and the problem won't recur? Or, I did it incorrectly and someone can point out how to avoid the error in the future?
I don't really know the answer, while you should be able to find all 48,000 images when you import with no exception, I can't say if the problem was Lightroom or some other factor.