If you use both Flickr and Adobe Lightroom, and upload from Lightroom to Flickr using Jeffrey’s “Export to Flickr” Lighroom Plugin, you might find that sometimes images don’t get uploaded, or get uploaded and forgotten.
I typically find this out, for example, when I edit keywords or other metadata for a bunch of images, then use the File->Plug-in Extras->jf Flickr Extras command to resync the metadata at Flickr for hundreds of images at once. Often I’ll be told “the metadata for 471 images was updated but 2 images were not found at Flickr”.
At this point, you need to know how to do 2 things:
- assuming the images were really uploaded, you want to reassociate the Lightroom copy with the Flickr copy
- if that fails because the images were not really uploaded, you want to identify them and actually upload them to Flickr
The first one is easy; also in the jf Flickr Extras dialog, there’s a command “associate images”. Try this. If you’re lucky, it’ll just work. If it fails, you need an easy way to tell which images it failed for; that’s where this tip comes in:
Switch to grid view if you’re not already there. Select all of the images in the batch you’re working with. Make sure the filter bar is shown (this can be toggled in the View menu: “Show Filter Bar”), then filter by text, and filter on: Text | Any Searchable Plug-in Field | Doesn’t Contain | “flickr”. This works because the jf Flickr plugin adds a field with Flickr in the name to any image it uploads.