Mac or Windows? Which version?
Which exact, number version of Lightroom?
Are you using a card reader or directly connecting the camera? (Card reader is much better.)
Thank you Joe. I use a Canon 5D sr and a mac running version 2015.10 release
I am connecting through a card reader
I take it that LR is not popping up any message about not being able to import some files (followed by the list of files)?
Is the problem that the files are not imported at all, or that the files are imported into the catalog but not found on the hard drive?
Are all the files shot on the same day?
(LR likes to separate the files by date on your hard drive.)
Are any grayed out in the Import dialog suggesting that LR thinks they are already imported?
You are always doing a "copy" or "copy as DNG" at the top of the Import dialog, right?
Using Finder, check the rights on the hard drive, and each of the folders and subfolders storing the files. Make sure you have READ and WRITE access for your username.
Thank you again!
LR does not pop up any message that the files have not been imported. They are not imported at all. I import directly from the camera card right into my lightroom catalogue as opposed to a file on my desktop etc.
The files are shot in succession. I see them on my camera card as I scan through them on my camera, but then some random files do not get into my LR catalogue and I don't find out until it is too late and I have already formatted my card
Nothing is greyed out. Yes... Copy
I have used the finder to check my entire computer for the missing files but nothing.... Its a mystery
Just to clarify some potential misunderstandings....
Your image files are not "in" the LR catalog. Your pictures are on the hard drive, just like your spreadsheets and documents. The catalog just references your pictures by path and filename.
The Folder panel in the LR Library module will show you where LR thinks your files are. You should confirm this using Mac's Finder.
After you import the files into the catalog and copy them to your hard drive, do you format the card so that it is empty?
Do you directly connect the camera to the computer, do you use a card reader? (Using a card reader is better.)
Here's a crazy thought, a wild guess. I have been in a couple of conversations in this forum where people have accidentally stacked their photos and didn't realize it. So, try this: use the menu command Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks, and then search for one of the photos that you think weren't imported.
Sorry, I should have clarified. Yes, the images are in a folder on my harddrive, and the finder cannot find the image files I am seeking. The ones that should be beside the files I do see. I always use a card reader to attach to the computer
Thank you so much... NO go unfortunately Good try
But following my theory that you did something accidentally and don't realize it, it wouldn't hurt to see if the photos are somewhere else. You can do this in Finder by using the search feature to search all hard disks for one of these missing photos by file name.
Ok, scratch that theory.
Has this happened once, or more than once? If more than once, I would start suspecting perhaps a card-reader malfunction (or malfunction of the USB port/USB cable if there is one involved hooking up the card reader). You can try a different card-reader, or temporarily try using the USB cable that came with the camera to import your photos and see if the problem goes away.