How to Find Your Missing Unlinked Photos Fast
It’s one of those things that drives a lot of us crazy, and a key part of the solution is so easy to overlook, you might never realize it was there in the first place.
The problem: Having images all throughout your catalog that are “missing” (they’re not linked to the high res image, and they don’t have smart previews, so they’re basically just a low-res thumbnail, so you can’t edit it in the develop module, or maybe even see a decent size preview of it).
The solution: is to instantly find all those missing images and gather them in one place so (2) you can show Lightroom where the originals are now (which relinks the thumbnail to the high-res image, making them editable again).
To do that, in the Library module go under the Library menu and choose “Find All Missing Photos” as shown below. This instantly goes through your entire library and display just the images that have lost their link to the original (in my case, it’s 544 photos) so you can tell Lightroom where the original are now located (then the photos will be linked and not “missing” anymore).
This is a handy one to know for that weekend you’ve been meaning to set aside to finally get your catalog organized. Could this weekend (hey, ya never know).
Hope you find that helpful.
P.S. Hey, I’m in Philly next week. Want to come out and spend the day with me at my Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 (reloaded) seminar? Yeah — come out out (details here).
Nice tip thanks!
However now I couldn’t imagine situation like this (missing photos) if I am completely organizing my photos – what about I’m working on – all in Lightroom. Maybe it depends on individual methods how to handle with photos in computer.
What the what? I went from 91 missing photos to 48,550 when I did this. Is it because I have most of my catalog’s photos archived on two separate external drives (yay for redundant backups) and they aren’t currently plugged into my computer? Will they become “found” when I plug the drives in?
Yes, once those drives are connected the folders and photos on them should no longer be considered offline.
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Scott, Very nice tip and, indeed, I was totally unaware of this. But this weekend may not be the one to do this 😉