The Best Little Lightroom Tip You’ll Learn All Day
and I’ll bet it’s one you didn’t know, but I’m tellin’ you, if you ever get the dreaded “Photo is Missing” message in Lightroom Classic, you will love this time-saving, frustration-saving tip that you’ll use again and again (OK, I’m might be over-playing this hand, but honestly, this tip has saved me so much time). Here’s what it is:
OK, this isn’t the tip – it’s leading up to the tip, but if you see an exclamation point warning up in the right corner of the thumbnail, that’s letting you know it can’t find the image. If you take the image over to the Develop Module, you get a large “Photo is Missing” warning. So, you click directly on that exclamation point warning, and it brings up the name of the missing file (in this case, it was SK1_0298-HDR.jpg which is a long name to remember), and the location of where it was LAST (it’s obviously not there, or it wouldn’t be lost, but at least it tells you where it last saw it). You have the option to click the “Locate” button and then search your drive or external hard drive e to find it. Don’t do that yet.
Here’s the tip: That little dialog that shows the name and location of where it last saw your original image file? You can click and highlight the name (as shown above), and then hit COPY (Command-C on Mac / Ctrl-C on a PC), and copy the exact name of that file into memory (no having to memorize a long name).
Now just paste that copied name into the Search field (it’s in the upper right corner on a Mac), and boom – it finds the image and you’re set (as seen above). Don’t forget (if you’re on a Mac anyway), to click ‘Search:” and choose ‘This Mac’ or it’s going to look just where you were last, and not your whole computer or external. Pretty handy stuff. 🙂
The FREE “Depth of Field” Two-Day Portrait Conference, Which Kicks Off Tomorrow (and I’m teaching two Lightroom sessions)
Some folks will be watching online, some watching in person at the event at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City, but no matter where they are, B&H Photo is doing this entire event for free, and it’s not too late for you to come to either – all you have to do is RSVP at this link, and let ’em know you’re coming.
I’m teaching three classes along with some amazing instructors like: Joe McNally, Kristina Sherk, Peter Hurley, and so many more great teachers. Check out the class schedule here. Hope I see you in New York (I’m heading there today!). Can’t wait!!!
Have a great Monday, ya’ll!
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Hi Scott, thank you for the great tipp!
Is there a possibility to show all the pictures that are missing in the catalogue?
In the Library module there’s a menu command called “Show Missing Images” that will do the trick.
For Windows, Select File Explorer from the lower task bar (the folder icon), click on This PC , there is a Search This PC area at the right where you can paste in the name of your photo, or a description. You can narrow the search area by clicking on Pictures, or to a folder where you keep your photos. If you keep them on an External Drive, you can click on that after clicking on This PC. Or, you can just paste your file name into the search area in the lower task bar.
I can’t paste a screenshot in here, but here is a Microsoft Support link, with lots of ways to search.
What if you are on Windows?