I don’t like to throw things away. I get it from my mum who went through World War 2 and rationing. However, it’s not just physical possessions; it extends to just about everything, including photos that are a bit rubbish.
When I photograph an event, I can take over 1,000 photos a day. At about 50MB per jpeg and raw file, that’s about 50GB of data. Hence I currently have over 16TB of disk space to store them all, including backups.
My workflow goes like this:
- Import all photos into Lightroom
- Look through all photos and mark all out-of-focus or other easily identifiable rubbish for deletion
- Delete all rubbish
- Mark all the good ones
- Go through the good ones and mark the excellent ones for editing
- Edit the excellent ones and export to jpeg
Now, all the ones I didn’t consider worthy of editing I should delete and free up space. But I don’t just in case I ever revisit the folder and decide I want to edit what I once considered a lesser quality photo. But I never do, so why don’t I get rid of them?
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