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Near the end of the previous movie I started to talk about creating a new folder or moving images. What I want to do in this movie is take things a little bit further. In particular, I want to talk about a common problem that happens to most Lightroom users. The problem stems from making changes to our photographs' location outside of Lightroom. Then Lightroom really doesn't know what to do. So let me create the problem first and then take a look at a couple of different ways that we can solve this problem. Well, I am going to go ahead and navigate to my Finder, so I am now outside of Lightroom.
I have this folder inside of family which is called beach. I am going to move this folder, so now I've positioned this folder in a new spot. I go back to Lightroom and you see that Lightroom is like, "hey, there is some kind of problem here." I'll click on the folder. It question marks it. Where did those files go? Sometimes you don't even know that the problem exists. Let's say you're working in your overall folder here and all the subfolders are hidden, and you don't really see those. You don't necessarily know there's some kind of a problem. Well, there are a couple of different ways you can start to tackle this. One is to navigate to your Library pulldown menu and here select Find Missing Photos.
This will then show me the problem photos. Another way to do that would be to go to one of the folders and right-click or Ctrl+click and choose Synchronize Folder. Now, this will give us the ability to click on Show Missing Photos as well, again, showing us the problem photos. Now, what we want to do eventually is synchronize things. We want to relink our files or find out their location somehow. So we can do that a couple of different ways. Again, we can right-click or Ctrl+ click and choose Synchronize Folder, and Synchronize really is all about just keeping your catalog up to date.
It says, hey, I know all the changes that have been made. It's informing Lightroom what we've done "behind its back". So I can import these new photos, remove the missing photos from the catalog, scan for any metadata updates. Sure, I'll go ahead and synchronize this. Now, when I do this, one of the things you are going to notice is I have a new folder here, and then in my family subfolder, it's gone. It said, "hey, I found out where all those files were. They are over here in this location." Now that they're in this location, well, I can grab the folder, drag it, bring it back to the spot where it was before, and I'm good to go, right? What's happening here when I make changes inside of Lightroom, it doesn't really matter.
It knows something happened. When I make changes outside of Lightroom, that's where the problem begins. Well, let's take a look at another scenario. Now, I'll go to the Finder for a moment. I'm in this beach folder. I all of a sudden move the folder once again. Go back to Lightroom. It says, "hey, hey, what's up?" Well, we already know that we can right- click and Synchronize, or we can go to our Library pulldown menu and we can Synchronize there as well. But another technique that we can use is to simply click on the question mark. This will then open up this dialog, which says, "can't find the file.
Can you help me locate it? Give me a hand." Sure. I know where the file is. I'll go to Locate and what I am going to do, in this case, is I am going to look for that beach folder, and there it is. Make sure I find beach_01.dng. Sure, got it, select that file. It will then relink up those other files. Now I am good to go. Now, in regards to this folder that it left behind, I need to get rid of that, because the folder now exists up there. One simple way to do that. Right-click or Ctrl+click, and here you can choose Remove.
All right, now that folder is gone. Then again if I want to move the folder back, I can simply grab it inside of Lightroom and reposition it and it knows where this is. Now, you may be thinking, "okay, that's kind of convoluted. I'm not really sure about all of that stuff." What I'm hoping that you're picking up is that if you ever run into a problem in regards to Lightroom not being able to find files, inside of Lightroom 3 you can either right-click and when you right-click, you can go to Synchronize. Or what you can do is if you're in a folder, you can always go to your Library pulldown menu and you can look for the missing photos, or you can go to Synchronize Folder.
Now, both of these techniques work the same way; one is a shortcut, one is a little bit of a long cut. I'm also hoping that you've picked up from this particular movie that if you see a question mark, you can always click on that question mark and then you can try to locate the file yourself. All right. Well, that wraps up this movie.
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