not all icloud pictures are in an ipad. what to do?

as part of anther question

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Apple_Operating_Systems/OS_X/Q_28653927.html

I'm trying to understand icloud / iPhoto as part of getting all the data off a mac.

in iPhoto on the mac, it says there's about 8000 pictures with dates back to 2010.  on an ipad, the user doesn't see any pics fom 2011.  likely other pictures are missing also.  

I logged into icloud.com and it shows pics from 2011, so iPhoto uploaded to cloud?  But then why doesn't ipad have them?  It's a 32 gb ipad and icloud says there's 9GB of pictures and there's 2 GB free, so there should be more pics on the ipad.

Thoughts?
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strungCommented:
Check the iCloud settings in the Share menu in iPhoto. It may be that the user set it only to import new photos and not import existing iPhoto photos.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
thanks, but there's pics from 2010 and 2012 on the ipad. is there a way to get a count of pics in icloud?  Iphoto has that about 8000 number of pics. curious if Icloud and iphoto have the same number.  or some other way to compare what's in both places?
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strungCommented:
Have a read through this:  https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201317
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
photo stream!  that's another thing / seperate from photo library, right?

it's  a short term thing:

 Photos in My Photo Stream are saved on the iCloud server for 30 days

I kinda want to turn that off toavoid confusion, but certainly not an explaination for files from 2011
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
thanks.  but again, deals with / acknowledges that photo stream isn't a long term solution ./ i don't think it's the answer to the situation here.
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