How do you delete your unneeded photos or do you hoard them like me?

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
billythek Veteran Member • Posts: 5,260
Re: How do you delete your unneeded photos or do you hoard them like me?

sethmarshall wrote:

Thanks, Billythek for your input - under what criteria do you keep of the 10% of landscapes you do?  If a certain landscape clearly isn't something I am proud of, as long as focus is good I still find it hard to delete because it reminds me of the experience.

As for family gatherings, that's the hardest for me.  I may fire off a dozen of my baby in rapid succession, and even when there is clearly a best photo, unless focus is way off it's hard for me to delete anything even in the same set.  Maybe it's my video background, but I appreciate all the minute expression changes and can't delete.

Do others simply keep everything?  Or do most of you find the best and be done with it?

I don't have any set criteria, other than if I don't find a picture interesting, I usually delete it.  My method is not for everyone, though.  I have friends that keep double copies of everything.  That's too much overhead for me.

I tend to work a location or subject quite a bit, trying different angles and exposures, etc.  I obviously don't need 10 copies of the same shot; I just keep the best one.  Sometimes my keeper rate is much lower than 10%.  But I'd say 10% is about right for the number of pictures I keep from a trip.

When I take pictures, I'm not usually trying to take snapshots to document places I've been.  I'm trying to take pictures that other people might enjoy seeing, or might disturb them, at any rate grab their interest.  At least, that's my intention.

But, if I ever take that trip to Nepal, I'll probably keep double copies of all of those.  And like I said, I treat family gatherings a little differently.

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