May 22, 2022

What To Do If You See “The File Could Not Be Found” Message in Lightroom Classic

If you see this message (as shown above) when you leap over to the Develop module, it just suggests Lightroom has actually lost track of the initial high-res image. Lightroom still has the thumbnail preview in its brochure (which is why you see an image on screen at all), but you cant modify it without the original image (or at least, a Smart Preview, however this one does not have either). At some point, you moved the picture– not in Lightroom– on your computer system (which is exactly what took place here. I dragged the folder of images from my hard disk drive onto iCloud, but Lightroom is still trying to find it on my computer system. Heres how to repair it fast:
STEP ONE: If you search for at the top of the best side panels, youll see that not just is there no Histogram graph (its missing out on due to the fact that it cant discover the original), however in the bottom left corner of the panel it literally says, “Photo is missing” (as shown circled around in red). To fix this, click directly on “Photo is missing out on” (as shown here) and it brings up a dialog (seen in the center of the screen above) that tells you where Lightroom last saw the original, and theres a Locate button so you can inform Lightroom where you moved the photo. Click the Locate button.
All you have to do is click on this initial image (at its new area); click on the “Select” button and now Lightroom understands where the initial is once again. Plus (big reward here) all the other images in that exact same folder are now automatically repaired and relinked to the thumbnail previews in Lightroom so you can modify any one of them without having to relink them one by one.
Above: Now when you look at the image in the Develop module, the “File can not be discovered” warning is gone, and the image is ready to start modifying. Thats all there is to it.
Today marked the 500th Episode of “The Grid”.
Thanks to everyone who sent us kind words about reaching the 500th episode of our photography talk program. It actually was a fun episode (well, at least for everybody who isnt a Dallas Cowboys fan). Anyway, Im embedding the episode listed below if you get a possibility to inspect it out.
Have a great weekend everybody. Catch you next week! #GoBucs! #TitanUp!
– Scott.

If you see this message (as revealed above) when you leap over to the Develop module, it just indicates Lightroom has actually lost track of the original high-res image. Lightroom still has the thumbnail sneak peek in its catalog (which is why you see an image on screen at all), but you cant modify it without the original image (or at the extremely least, a Smart Preview, but this one does not have either). To repair this, click straight on “Photo is missing” (as shown here) and it brings up a dialog (seen in the center of the screen above) that informs you where Lightroom last saw the original, and theres a Locate button so you can tell Lightroom where you moved the image. All you have to do is click on this initial image (at its brand-new place); click on the “Select” button and now Lightroom knows where the initial is again.