Why do I keep them all?

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:

  1. Import all photos into Lightroom
  2. Look through all photos and mark all out-of-focus or other easily identifiable rubbish for deletion
  3. Delete all rubbish
  4. Mark all the good ones
  5. Go through the good ones and mark the excellent ones for editing
  6. 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?

Answers please on an email.

You can see some of my photos on my website. But wear sun glasses because they are dazzling mhbphoto.uk


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