You mention that your Main Catalog is local on your laptop. Do you have multiple catalogs? Do you have Lightroom prompt you each time you open the application? Is there a possibility that you opened a different catalog, downloaded your raw files to that catalog? Where was the source for the images? Are you working with Smart Previews?
Hi, thank you for replying.
I only have one laptop (along with a bunch of backups) which opens automatically each time. No possibility that I opened up a different catalogue. I have smart previews switched off because I'm short of disk space currently.
Not sure what you mean by 'source for the images'.
Check the filter bar that something isn't turned on that is causing some image to not show ip.
Not managed to solve this - not as simple as filter bar etc. It's clear it's a one off problem so I will report back with solution when I work it out.
What has happened is that some images that were previously in my catalogue do not appear to be there any more (ie I can't find them by scanning through the folder from within Lightroom library module that they previously were in). Any attempt to re-import them back into the catalogue results in Lightroom telling me that they have been previously imported. Not sure what to do.
You are looking in the WRONG folder. The photos are in some other folder. You have accidentally imported the photos into a different folder than the one you are thinking they should be in, probably by importing using COPY instead of ADD.
Please do all of these steps in order:
- Click on All Photographs
- Turn off filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
- Expand stacks (Photos->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
- Use the Filter bar to search for one of these photos by file name.
Now you can see the photo in Lightroom, and you know what folder it is in.